published : 2023-08-22

9/11 Families Outrage Over Biden Administration's Letter Indicating Avoidance of Death Penalty for Attack Masterminds

Terry Strada who lost her husband on September 11th demands for death penalty for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

A portrait of Terry Strada in a moment of reflection, taken with a Nikon D850.

Outrage has poured from the families of 9/11 victims over what they perceive as a 'betrayal' from the Biden administration. As the chair of 9/11 Families United, Terry Strada, who tragically lost her husband during the notorious attacks, has voiced this discontent publically.

She sees this as a decision by the government to shield those responsible for planning and financing the atrocities. 'The government appears to protect the perpetrators more than us,' she expressed angrily.

In an attempt to seek justice, Terry is taking her plea to the highest office. She demands the Biden administration to reject a proposed plea deal which could let the masterminds behind the 9/11 attacks sidestep the death penalty.

The plea deal surfaced as the Pentagon and the FBI sent a letter to the families of those lost in the 9/11 attacks, indicating ongoing negotiations which may result in those responsible avoiding execution. 'There has been negotiation of pre-trial agreements,' states the letter.

A high-resolution image of a handwritten letter, symbolizing the communication from the Pentagon and the FBI, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Furthermore, the letter provides that an agreement could obviate the application of the death penalty, although no deal has been finalized yet. However, the insinuation it could lead to was enough to anger Strada and other victims' families.

Strada fervently appealed to the Biden administration to take solid action against these negotiations. 'We deserve accountability,' she adamantly voiced, anguished by the memory of the devastating attacks.

Strada does not believe the terror masterminds deserve mercy. She underscores that they admitted guilt overtly during the confession at Guantánamo Bay, where they are currently detained. Their lack of remorse and readiness to repeat the act if given a chance only fuels her ire.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, among others held at Guantánamo Bay, is of particular significance. Yet, legal issues surrounding the torture during their CIA custody have greatly slowed the advancement of their cases.

An image of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility at sunset, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

Strada criticizes how this miring sends a negative, 'weak' signal to other nations. She believes the leniency may suggest a lack of vigor in addressing terrorism, and that it's crucial to take a firm stand against these organizations

She puts the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the center, accusing it of providing financial support to Al-Qaeda and subscribing to a 'hate-filled ideology'. She points to American intelligence reports to validate her claims and calls for holding responsible entities accountable, right from financiers to those offering logistical support.

As a response to the letter, the families have been asked to submit their views on the case. Strada affirms she will respond, and urges other affected families to make their voices heard too. Through her resilience and unquenched thirst for justice, she continues her tireless crusade, hoping for a response in kind from the administration.