Hearing recalls 9/11 attacks for victims’ families

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Whether they watched or not, family members expressed frustration that it’s taken so long to bring the Sept. 11 conspirators to justice.

The administration of President Barack Obama dropped earlier military-commission charges against them when it decided in late 2009 to try them in federal court in New York. But Congress blocked the civilian trials amid opposition to bringing the defendants to U.S. soil, especially to a courthouse located just blocks from the trade center site.

Al Santora, whose firefighter son Christopher died at the World Trade Center, said this week that he hopes the trial can proceed quickly once it starts.

“They have tons and tons of evidence and they’ve already admitted their guilt,” he said. “So I don’t know why the trial should be long.”

“I want to bear witness that in fact these people are brought to justice,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Meghan Barr and Karen Matthews in New York, David Dishneau in Hagerstown, Md., and Jessica Gresko in Fort Meade, Md., contributed to this report.

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