April 17th, 2010
On Sept. 11, 2001, Terry Greene’s older brother Donald was on United Flight 93 that crashed into a Pennsylvania pasture after terrorists hijacked the cockpit. Terry Rockefeller’s sister Laura was an actor and singer who happened to be in the North Tower at Windows on the World that morning, helping run a seminar. Loretta Filipov’s husband, Alexander, an electrical engineer, was flying on business to California on American Airlines Flight 11, the first to crash into the World Trade Center. On the same flight was Wright Salisbury’s son-in-law, Ted Hennessy, 35, of Belmont, who with his wife, Melanie, had two young children.
For years, these family members from Massachusetts — along with 15 others from the Commonwealth — have channeled their grief into activism through a group called September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.
Today they are cosponsoring a peace assembly and parade in Groton that will host some first responders at ground zero (see box). Their activism has a new focus: fighting to have those responsible for the attacks tried in civilian, not military, courts.
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the question of whether self-avowed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in federal court or a military tribunal…
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