Thursday, May 04, 2006

I got no joke here. This woman is my hero.

Carie Lemack's statement at Moussaoui's sentencing:

CARIE LEMACK, 9/11 FAMILY MEMBER: Good afternoon. My name is Carie Lemack. I'm from Boston. And I was just here in town today for business -- myname is Carie Lemack. It's C-A-R-I-E L-E-M-A-C-K.

My mother, Judy Larocque, was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. And we're from Boston, and this is my first time at the Alexandria courthouse today. And I have to say, I am glad to see this will be the last day that Mr. Moussaoui is in the headlines.

He's going to be in jail for the rest of his life, which is exactly what this man deserves. He's an al Qaeda wannabe. And he does not deserve any credit for 9/11, because he was not part of that. And I am so glad the jury recognized that and realized that he just wanted to kill Americans, but he wasn't even skilled enough to be able to do that.

This country needs to understand the real risks that we are facing. We can't even get our Congress people and our president to lock up nuclear material, even though terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, have said he wants to kill four million Americans. This country can't screen all of the cargo on the planes that we fly on, that I flew on here today to be here.

We have to look at the real problems in this country. If we're going to blame Zacarias Moussaoui, he's not the real problem. The real problem are the terrorists who do want to kill us, like Osama bin Laden, who is still not captured.

So, I'm glad the jury looked at all the evidence and recognized that this man was an al Qaeda wannabe who could never have put together the 9/11 attacks, the horrific attacks that killed so many people. I'm just glad to be an American today, because we finally have felt like justice has been done.

There were a lot of family members who wanted to see Zacarias Moussaoui die. But there are a lot of family members who did not. And the jury looked at the evidence and made their decisions. And I'm proud of them today, and I know my mom would be proud of them, too.

She would prefer to see someone like this spend their time in jail and have to think about what he's made the decisions in his life and what he's chosen, because he was not capable of pulling off these horrific attacks. He's a wannabe who deserves to rot in jail, and I'm just glad that he got what he deserves today.

So, thank you, and thank you to the jurors who worked so hard and to the attorneys who did the best they could with such a difficult client in such a difficult case for the prosecutors. But I think now the most important thing to understand is to know what happened on 9/11. And unfortunately, not all the evidence is out there.

The Transportation Security Administration is still keeping some of the aviation evidence secret. They won't let us know what happened on those planes. And we need to make sure that they finally let the truth be told so we know what happened, so that we can make sure it doesn't happen again. Thank you.


Alana said...

Amazing. I'm in awe.

Beth said...

Thanks for posting that. I missed it in my news skim, and it's one of the smartest pieces I've read since the verdict was announced.

dad said...

It is somewhat amazing that such a cirus could produce such superbly expressed truth and wisdom. She is my hero also.

RandyLuvsPaiste said...

The sad thing is, we're fed so much shit from our government & media that when somebody actually says something real, we're astounded.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I am thankful that the reverence we have for the people that were directly victimized on 9/11 has enabled them to speak up and be listened to, at least by everyone except Bill O'Reilly.