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Thousands Rally In NYC To Protest Trying Terrorists As Civilians

December 6, 2009

AMERICANS RALLY IN THOUSANDS TO PROTEST ERIC HOLDER'S TERROR TRIAL DECSION December 5, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bill Zeiser at bill.zeiser@gmail.com or (516) 448-5489
Website: www.911neverforget.us

Despite Cold, Heavy Rain and Wind, Large Crowd Gathers To Protest Trying Terrorists as Civilians

NEW YORK, DECEMBER 5, 2009 Today, several thousand protesters gathered at Foley Square in New York City to rally against Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and 4 other 9/11 co-conspirators as civilians in federal court.

Despite bitter cold, strong winds and heavy rain the crowd stayed through the 2-hour rally. The event was organized by the 9/11 Coalition to Never Forget and featured speakers representing 9/11 family members, first responders and our troops.

Among the notable moments: actor Brian Dennehy read a statement from Judea and Ruth Pearl, the parents of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Dennehy, reading their words, said "We, who witnessed the darkest side of hell, and have since spent every moment of our lives studying the anatomy of terror, we refuse to accept the strategy of normalization that Holder's decision represents. Terror is a crime against society, and should not be tried in the same court as crimes against individuals or against a particular country."

Dennehy was one of several entertainment stars who issued a statement challenging Holder's decision to bring the terrorist detainees to New York City for civilian trials, along with Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Danny Aiello, Robert Davi, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Ben Stein.

As the rain continued to pour and the wind howled, the crowd's enthusiasm never waned, sending a powerful message to those seeking to bring war criminals like the 9/11 mastermind to trial in US civilian court: New Yorkers and their fellow Americans view this issue as one of national and Constitutional survival, and they will fight Holder's decision all the way.

The rally was covered by national and local media and will be online at C-SPAN here: http://www.c-spanarchives.org/program/290460-1

Full List of Speakers:

MELISSA KEENE: "Star Spangled Banner"

STEVE MALZBERG (M.C.) Talk-Show Host

DEBRA BURLINGAME 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America

TIM BROWN The Bravest.com

PETER REGEN FDNY

BRIAN DENNEHY Actor

GREG & LAUREN MANNING 9/11 survivors

EDITH LUTNICK Representing 800 Families of Cantor Fitzgerald

ANDY McCARTHY Former Federal Prosecutor

CURTIS SLIWA Talk-Show Host

LEE IELPI & TERRY MULLAN FDNY Dads and Moms

DAVID BEAMER Father of Todd Beamer

ZUHDI JASSER American Islamic Forum for Democracy

ROBIN & RON GRIFFIN Gold Star Parents

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ: "God Bless America"

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