LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Applause for Sept. 11 bill

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The Sept. 11 victims’ families referenced in two recent editorials criticizing Sens. Arlen Specter and Lindsey Graham wrongly implied the senators somehow had failed to stand up for them (“Specter’s vote for an Obama job?” and “Strange Graham-Kagan dance,” Comment & Analysis, July 20 for both).

Contrary to the views expressed in those editorials, both senators have been stalwart and forthright in their support for the efforts of the families of the Sept. 11 victims to bring civil suits against Saudi government actors for their funding and support of international terrorism. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, legislation that these senators have sponsored along with Sen. Charles E. Schumer, is an excellent proposal aimed at strengthening America’s efforts to hold terrorists and their financial supporters accountable for the harm they cause, and it ultimately deters terrorist conduct.

If the editorial board is truly interested in the continuing fight of the Sept. 11 victims’ families to obtain justice and prevent future terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, it should applaud these senators for their support of this measure, call on other members to sponsor the bill and press for its prompt passage.

ALICE HOAGLAND

Mother of Mark K. Bingham, United Airlines Flight 93

Los Gatos, Calif.

SHARON PREMOLI

Survivor, One World Trade Center

Manchester, Vt.

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