Al Qaida victims dueling among themselves over Guantanamo

Miami HeraldFebruary 10, 2009 

Days after President Barack Obama heard from victims of al Qaida at the White House, some participants are issuing dueling press releases on the president's plan to empty the prison camps at Guantanamo.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold fired the first rhetorical shot across the bow Monday with a challenge to the president to include military families in national security decisions.

Tuesday brought a reply from the so-called Jersey Girls, widows of men who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and consider the prison camps "an enormous stain on America's reputation."

''The Military Commissions System, which allowed evidence obtained through torture and coercive interrogation tactics, has been a dismal failure both legally and practically,'' wrote Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg and Lorie Van Auken.

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