Wednesday, March 25 2009 - Legal Response to 9/11
9/11 victims' kin seek release of secret documents
By Joe Dwinell
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Three families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks head to court today to plead with a federal judge to release a million pages of documents detailing the mass murder of nearly 3,000 Americans.
Those secret papers, one Bay State family member told the Herald, are "so bad you won't believe it."
"It was out control," Paul Keating, 45, said of security on Sept. 11, 2001, including at Logan International Airport in Boston where two ill-fated jets left on a collision course with infamy.
"My mother went through the most public murder you could imagine . . . and I've been putting up with this crap for seven years," Keating said of his refusal to settle his case out of court.
Keating's 72-year-old mother, Barbara, a Framingham native, died aboard American Airlines [AMR] Flight 11.
Keating is making legal history today, along with the families of Mark Bavis, 31, and Sara Low, 28, by asking Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in Federal District Court in Manhattan to lift the order keeping all the evidence hidden.
Low was a Boston-based flight attendant on Flight 11; Bavis of West Newton, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175. Both jets left Logan with hijackers on board and were slammed into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.
"Sept. 11 should not have happened," said attorney Donald A. Migliori, whose firm represents all three families.
He said the secret papers include depositions of former Massport Executive Director Virginia Buckingham and former Logan security chief Joe Lawless.
If the documents are released, plans are in the works to make a public archive.
As for the three families, they vow to hold out for public trials next year
- refusing any share of $7 billion in secret settlements to expose how 19 terrorists
brought a nation to its knees.
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