Twin Towers 21 years later, the process that has not yet taken place

Twin Towers 21 years later, the process that has not yet taken place
Twin Towers 21 years later, the process that has not yet taken place
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21 years have passed since the September 11 attacks and there are still chapters open in the story of attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon. The identification of some victims is still being worked on, two were recognized on the eve of the twentieth anniversary, and there are still trials open such as that of the terrorists considered the minds of the attack. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other people are being held in Guantanamo awaiting trial. The hearings have continuous cancellations or postponements.

The complaint comes from the relatives of the victims. Nearly 3,000 people died in 2001 when four airliners crashed into the Twin Towers World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon headquarters in Arlington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Family members of those who have lost their lives seek answers in these processes. Gordon Haberman, whose 25-year-old daughter died at the World Trade Center, has been to Guantanamo from Wisconsin 4 times to follow the trials. “It is important to me that America can finally get to the truth about what happened, how it was organized. I want to see this process ».

If convicted, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed risks the death penalty upon capture number three of Al Qaeda. James Connell, one of the other terrorists’ lawyers, said the parties are still trying to reach a preliminary agreement, with sentence without trial. In 2009, then President Barack Obama announced that Mohammed would be transferred to New York to be put on trial in a federal court in Manhattan, but the city refused due to the high security costs.

David Kelleya former New York attorney who co-chaired the Justice Department’s national investigation into the attacks, called the delays a failure to prosecute a horrific tragedy for the victims’ families, a tragedy that should be prosecuted in an ordinary court, not military like.

These trials were long postponed and not brought before an ordinary court also because Mohammed and the other accused were not treated as common prisoners. They were held in secret prisons after capture and interrogated using methods such as waterboarding hoping to get information. Torture allegations linked to these treatments would jeopardize a non-military trial.

The more time passes, the less the possibility of having a trial seems to be: the less the memory of the witnesses and the less willingness of the families of the victims to continue. Mohammed is one of the few leaders of the terrorist organization alive. Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, Ayman al-Zawahri last August. According to the military commission that investigated Guantanamo, he planned the attacks for three years and he himself declared his loyalty to Osama bin Laden and confirmed his full involvement in the attacks and other episodes of terrorism.

As every year from 8:40 am to noon, New York time, there will be the ceremony of remembrance of the victims, this year in the presence of the vice president of the United States Kamala Harris. The names of the victims will be read and there will be silent pauses as planes hit the towers and the Pentagon and United Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. At sunset the lights will recreate the towers.

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