Sermons from February 2014

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The U.S. vs Khaled Shaikh Mohammad, et al

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“In January 2013 I was chosen by lottery to spend a week at Guantanamo Bay to witness the tribunals. The lottery consists of victims’ family members, survivors and first responders involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The defendants can receive the death penalty if convicted and so sentenced. I was particularly interested in speaking out in opposition to capital punishment while down there, and had many opportunities to do so. In addition, I and the other family members met with the defense teams, as well as with the prosecutors. There were journalists and watchdog organizations represented there. Despite the fact that I knew a fair amount about what’s been going on before and was opposed to the case being handled at this venue, that week opened my eyes to practices of the Pentagon/ Military Prosecutor that are direct threats to so many constitutional rights we take for granted, and that I had assumed were sacred.”Phyllis is a Native New Yorker who’s lived in Westchester for 30 years. Her son, Gregory, 31, worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in IT and perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. She and her husband, Orlando, spoke out soon after in opposition to military retaliation being contemplated by our government. They also opposed the incursions into Iraq and the creation of the Patriot Act. They soon were connected to like-minded victims’ family members who created September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows on Feb. 14, 2002.
She believes that the military tribunals, in addition to the creation of the prison camps in Guantanamo, are among the many very disturbing consequences of our government’s using the names of victims to justify attacks on other innocent victims in foreign lands, attacks on our constitutional rights, and unjustified military might. Her motto is “Not In My Son’s Name!”