A message from Karen Loftus re hearings at Guantanamo Bay

From: karen.v.loftus.civ@mail.mil
Sent: 8/14/2014 8:25:18 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Office of Military Commissions Update

Dear 9/11 Families,

Court resumed at 2:00pm (1400) yesterday in U.S. v. Ramzi bin al Shibh.  The judge heard oral argument from Mr. Bin al Shibh’s counsel, Mr. Harrington, and rebuttal argument from government counsel Clay Trivett, on AE312A  (GOV), the Government Emergency Motion to Reconsider a severance order separating Ramzi Binalshibh from the other four Accused for his own trial.  The Military Judge ruled on the motion and agreed to reconsider his order and hold the severance in abeyance, meaning Ramzi Binalshibh will be back with the other four accused in a joint trial for the forseeable future, and, the  Prosecution hopes, until the end of the trial.

The Prosecution was very pleased with the Military Judge’s ruling as the Prosecution seeks to maintain this trial as one joint trial with all 5 counsel for the entire trial.

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Many options for visiting 9-11 sites: memorial, museum, tours, tribute centre, apps

By Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press

The 9/11 Tribute Center facade on Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan. The Tribute Center offers a small, intimate look at the events of September 11th, 2001, and also offers walking tours led by individuals connected to the events of that day, including survivors and first responders. (AP Photo/9/11 Tribute Center)

The 9/11 Tribute Center facade on Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan. The Tribute Center offers a small, intimate look at the events of September 11th, 2001, and also offers walking tours led by individuals connected to the events of that day, including survivors and first responders. (AP Photo/9/11 Tribute Center)

Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the September 11th attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National September 11 Museum since it opened May 21. More have come from New York than any other state, but the museum also hosts so many international tourists that you can’t even identify all the languages being spoken.

In addition, nearly 15 million people have visited the September 11 Memorial since it opened three years ago on the footprints of the twin towers. That’s 1 million more a year than visit the Statue of Liberty.

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Study: 9/11 Dust Cloud Likely Caused Widespread Pregnancy Complications

By Sam Frizell Time Magazine 

Expecting mothers who lived near the World Trade Center when the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 were more likely to give birth prematurely and have babies with low birth weights, according to new research.

The massive dust cloud that enveloped Lower Manhattan after the collapse of the Twin Towers was a highly toxic environmental hazard that consisted of asbestos, cement, gypsum, glass fibers, lead and other metals and was highly alkaline. Past research has shown it caused asthma and cancer in many first responders and local residents.

A new working study, released this month by Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt of Princeton University, shows that the 9/11 dust caused pregnancy complications in expecting mothers. The study has not been peer-reviewed.

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