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9/11 families (excluded by lottery) protest Guantanamo trials in letter

Posted by kleroterion on Thursday, 18 December 2008

NEW YORK – Two dozen Sept. 11 family members signed a letter Wednesday opposing the military trials of five men charged with orchestrating the terrorist attacks, and some suggested their opinions cost them a spot attending the proceedings. While the family members who attended this week’s proceedings at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba expressed support for the tribunals, “we also feel obliged to make clear that many of us do not believe these military commissions to be fair, in accordance with American values, or capable of achieving the justice that 9/11 family members and all Americans deserve,” read the letter, released by the American Civil Liberties Union. […]
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednedsay that five family members were chosen through a random selection computer program to attend the proceedings from a pool of 113 people. Their selection was “based on what came through the computer,” not their opinions, he said. Each family member was allowed to bring someone, he said.



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