9-11 fam­i­lies seek hear­ings, op­pose re­mains plan

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

NEW YORK | Fam­i­lies of Sept. 11 vic­tims on Sun­day called for con­gres­sional hear­ings to es­tab­lish fed­eral pro­to­cols on how to han­dle hu­man re­mains af­ter dis­as­ters like the ter­ror acts that took thou­sands of lives in New York, Washington and Penn­syl­va­nia.

At a news con­fer­ence near the Sept. 11 me­mo­rial, fam­ily mem­bers spoke days af­ter Pen­tagon of­fi­cials re­vealed that par­tial re­mains of sev­eral vic­tims were in­cin­er­ated by a mil­i­tary contractor and sent to a land­fill.

The fam­i­lies said they op­pose a plan to place uniden­ti­fied hu­man re­mains of the New York vic­tims in an un­der­ground repos­i­tory at bedrock they say “des­e­crates” the mem­ory of their loved ones.

“Are our loved ones’ re­mains mar­ketable?” asked Ros­aleen Tal­lon, sis­ter of fire­fighter Sean Tal­lon, who died in the 2001 at­tack. “They’re us­ing them to mar­ket trin­kets.”

She held up a gift key­chain in­scribed with “No Day Shall Erase You From the Mem­ory” — the same words that grace a me­mo­rial wall 70 feet un­der­ground. reformed mil­i­tary com­mis­sions and how both the Obama and the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tions have suc­cess­fully used civil­ian courts to con­vict and sen­tence ter­ror­ists.

The of­fi­cial spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the con­tents of the speech haven’t been re­leased.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.