Sunday, November 22, 2009

Please Read David Beamer's WSJ Op-Ed

One of the sharpest critiques of the Obama Administration's move to grant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others a civilian comes from David Beamer. He wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on Friday lambasting this ill-conceived decision.

If the name sounds familiar it is because he is the father of Todd Beamer who was killed aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 along with 40 passengers and crew (excluding the terrorists.) It was Beamer who cried out, "Let's roll," as he and the other passengers tried to take back the plane from the hijackers.

The elder Beamer's concluding paragraph is particularly heartbreaking:

A final observation: During the proceedings a young lady, dutifully attentive, sat with a stack of paper about 15 inches high on her lap. The papers contained names, single spaced, of some 100,000 people who signed a letter in opposition to this decision. This young woman, Jill Regan, lost her dad, Donald J. Regan, FDNY of the Bronx, who died trying to save others on 9/11. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Al.) asked that those names be entered into the record at the end of the session. It was agreed, but by that time the chairmen and most of the Democrats were already gone. I grieved for her—and for all of us—anew.

Heaven help us all.

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