Families of 9-11 victims angry over revelations

Friday, May 17, 2002

NEW YORK -- Some relatives of Sept. 11 victims are seething over revelations that President Bush got advance warnings -- not shared with the public -- that Osama bin Laden's terror network might hijack U.S. planes.

"My wife, had she known, would not have taken that flight," said Stephen Push, whose wife of 21 years, Lisa Raines, was killed aboard the hijacked plane that hit the Pentagon.

"It's shameful that they know as much as they did and didn't warn anyone," said Push, of Great Falls, Va. "They put the business interests of the airlines above the lives of the citizens."

Several relatives expressed hope Thursday that the revelations would intensify pressure for a high-powered investigation into possible intelligence and security failures preceding the attacks.

"For the safety of ourselves and our fellow citizens, we want an investigation to make sure something like Sept. 11 never, ever happens again," said Kristin Breitweiser, whose husband, Ronald, died at the World Trade Center.

She is part of group of Sept. 11 widows who are organizing a rally for victims' families and friends on June 11 at the U.S. Capitol.

The purpose is to support a bill introduced by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and John McCain, R-Ariz., to establish a national commission to investigate the attacks.

Breitweiser became convinced shortly after the attacks that U.S. authorities mishandled clues that could have helped avert the carnage.

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