Family Group Calls on President Bush to Respond to 9/11 Commission

NEW YORK, NY – A group representing family members of September 11th victims killed at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93 reacted to a statement from the chairman of the 9/11 commission by demanding action from President Bush

“We have all been waiting a long time to see if this president, who has been very vocal about the need to hold accountable those responsible for corporate corruption, will use the same methods of justice and objectivity toward those in his own administration,” said Andrew Rice, who lost his brother David at the World Trade Center on September 11 th .

Rice was responding to statements made by former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 panel, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, that September 11 th “was not something that had to happen.”

“There are people that, if I was doing the job, would certainly not be in the position they were in at the time because they failed,” Kean said in a December 17 report on CBS News. “They simply failed.”

“My son was murdered on September 11th,” said Bob McIlvaine, whose son, Bobby, also worked at the Twin Towers. “I’m outraged that we’ve had a murder investigation for two years, yet no one has been held accountable. And none of the questions about how it happened have been answered.”

Added Colleen Kelly, whose brother, William Kelly, Jr., died at the World Trade Center, “I challenge the Commission to be courageous, to live up to the human ideals of truth, justice and integrity. The findings of this Commission will undoubtedly be recorded in the annals of history. I agree with Chairman Kean.: we have to get it right.”

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows represents more than 100 family members of September 11th victims and 3,000 supporters. Members of the group have traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Italy and Britain, and are currently organizing the first international gathering of families affected by terrorism and war. Their website is www.peacefultomorrows.org.

Peaceful Tomorrows, Box 1818, Peter Stuyvesant Station, New York, NY 10009

NEW YORK, NY – A group representing family members of September 11th victims killed at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93 reacted to a statement from the chairman of the 9/11 commission by demanding action from President Bush

“We have all been waiting a long time to see if this president, who has been very vocal about the need to hold accountable those responsible for corporate corruption, will use the same methods of justice and objectivity toward those in his own administration,” said Andrew Rice, who lost his brother David at the World Trade Center on September 11 th .

Rice was responding to statements made by former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 panel, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, that September 11 th “was not something that had to happen.”

“There are people that, if I was doing the job, would certainly not be in the position they were in at the time because they failed,” Kean said in a December 17 report on CBS News. “They simply failed.”

“My son was murdered on September 11th,” said Bob McIlvaine, whose son, Bobby, also worked at the Twin Towers. “I’m outraged that we’ve had a murder investigation for two years, yet no one has been held accountable. And none of the questions about how it happened have been answered.”

Added Colleen Kelly, whose brother, William Kelly, Jr., died at the World Trade Center, “I challenge the Commission to be courageous, to live up to the human ideals of truth, justice and integrity. The findings of this Commission will undoubtedly be recorded in the annals of history. I agree with Chairman Kean.: we have to get it right.”

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows represents more than 100 family members of September 11th victims and 3,000 supporters. Members of the group have traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Italy and Britain, and are currently organizing the first international gathering of families affected by terrorism and war. Their website is www.peacefultomorrows.org.

Peaceful Tomorrows, Box 1818, Peter Stuyvesant Station, New York, NY 10009

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