New York, NY--April 4, 2011--Families of victims, first responders and survivors of the September 11 terror attacks will travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, April 5th, concerning the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted "mastermind" of the 9/11 attacks. The hearing, titled, "Justice For America: Using Military Commissions to Try the 9/11 Conspirators," will be led by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security which is sponsoring the hearing. Victims' relatives are angry with the Obama administration's failure to bring charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four 9/11 co-conspirators more than two years after they told a military court that they wished to plead guilty.
"The American people have made it crystal clear that they do no want these war criminals tried in civilian courts. Congress, on a bi-partisan basis, has closed every door to terrorist show trials on U.S. soil," said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America. "The families have had enough. If President Obama doesn't move these cases forward before the 10th anniversary of the attacks, there will be hell to pay."
David Beamer, whose son, Todd, was killed in the attacks, will testify. Todd Beamer, 32, was among the group of passengers and crew on United Airlines flight 93 who mounted a counter-attack to take back the hijacked plane. The younger Beamer's final words, "Let's roll," before the passenger-led revolt became a rallying cry which helped to unify the nation in the aftermath of the attacks