Sept. 11 families worry that Gitmo trials will be 'tainted'
The families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks want justice for the killers of their loved ones. But according to a report broadcast Tuesday on CNN, they want that justice to come at the end of a fair trial, and they worry the detainees in Guantanamo Bay will not get one.
"The evidence so far against these people will be tainted," said widow Lori Van Auken. "You put people to death based on tainted evidence...because of the torture."
The father-in-law of another victim, Bruce Decell, was less concerned with the prospect of the death penalty being requested by military prosecutors. But he also wants the trials of the detainees to be fair.
CNN's Allan Chernoff argues based on the interviews in his report that an untainted trial is at the forefront of the concerns of 9/11 families.
"It's been 6 1/2 years since the nation's most horrific terror attack," he concludes. "In that time, some of those whose lives were shattered by the murder of a loved one have reflected on the events to the point that their insistence on due process matches their desire for revenge.
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This video is from CNN.com, broadcast February 11, 2008.