9-11 families seek hearings, oppose remains plan
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.