Biden Admin's Possible Plea Deal For Suspected 9/11 Architects Enrages Victims’ Families As Well As GOP

 August 30, 2023

Victims’ families of 9/11 are enraged over a possible plea deal for suspects, calling the matter 'Betrayal' by the Biden administration.

According to the Associated Press, the backlash comes as the victims' families of the 9/11 attack received a letter Aug. 1, from the Pentagon, informing them the federal government may consider a “plea deal” for "principal architect" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators seeking to avoid the death penalty.

Reportedly, more than 2,000 family members of those killed in the 9/11 attacks fired back in a letter, saying, without a trial, it would

"continue to keep the information provided to his [Mohammed] legal team — information that no doubt would shed light on the identity of the 9/11 conspirators — secret and hidden not only from the 9/11 Families but from the American public."

-Collective letter from 2000+ Victims Family Members

Turning up the heat, against the Pentagon's potential plea deal, Republican lawmakers are speaking out. On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz, (R) Texas, and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, (R) N.Y., sent a to Secretary of State Lloyd Austin calling any potential plea deal "completely unacceptable," adding it would rob victims' families of a "full measure of justice." The letter said-

"Make no mistake, any outcome short of the death penalty for the September 11th plotters would be completely unacceptable.”

"These families have already been robbed of their loved ones, they should not also be robbed of the full measure of justice in this case. The September 11th plotters are mass murderers, deserving of the ultimate punishment. Indeed, if there are persons walking the face of the Earth who are deserving of the death penalty, it is these five men."

-Sen. Ted Cruz, (R) Texas, and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, (R) N.Y

In a statement Tuesday, reportedly Cruz told Fox News, that if the terrorist attacks never face trial,-

"the American people and the victims of this horrific attack will be denied the justice and closure they rightly deserve."…"Any outcome short of a trial followed by the death penalty would constitute a total failure of leadership by the Department of Defense," …adding that [he and Malliotakis will be] "working to ensure that the Biden administration is responsive to congressional oversight, especially as we consider government funding."…

-Sen. Ted Cruz, (R) Texas

On Monday, Malliotakis posted on X, formerly known as Twitter-

"It’s been 22 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks. My colleagues & I are telling @POTUS that plea deals for the terrorists responsible for those horrific attacks are unacceptable. These murderers deserve the death penalty - NOTHING less,"

-Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, (R) N.Y

Criticizing the possible plea deal, Cruz and Malliotakis have joined Rep. Mike Lawler, R.-N.Y., House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Rep. Pat Ryan, D-N.Y., who also sent a letter to the Biden administration last week.

On Tuesday, a grassroots organization made up of 9/11 survivors and victims' families, Justice 911’s president, Brett Eagleson, reportedly told the outlet, it's a step forward to see lawmakers sound the alarm on the plea deal, but much more still needs to be done to ensure justice is served. Eagleson said of the negotiations-

"This is an absurd betrayal of justice,"... "This is all about the fact that they're entering into plea deals, which would allow these five inmates to avoid a public trial — and we deserve better as Americans."…"We are families who have been fighting for 22 years for the real story for truth and accountability. And allowing these detainees to take plea deals is just another step in this 22-year-long odyssey of our government trying to keep the real information about who committed 9/11 and who (helped) those hijackers under lock and key,"

-Brett Eagleson, Justice 911’s President

Over a year ago, amid allegations al Qaeda prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay endured torture, including waterboarding, at the hands of the CIA, negotiations began, The accusations have raised concerns about the potential impact on prosecutors' cases. In response, Adrienne Watson,  National Security Council Spokesperson, in a statement that the Office of the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions within the DoD, sent, referring to the informational plea deal letter Watson wrote-

[that the White House was] "not consulted in advance regarding the letter" [and it] "reflects no policy shift, decision, guidance, or anything else from the White House."…"We remain deeply committed to justice for victims of terrorism as well as accountability for its perpetrators,"

-Adrienne Watson, National Security Council Spokesperson

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-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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