Could 9/11 'Architect' Die Before Trial?

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is at Gitmo, awaiting his 25th pretrial hearing
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2017 1:30 PM CDT
Many 9/11 Victims' Families Still Waiting for Remains
The towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building on Sept. 11, 2001.   (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

People around the US on Monday paused to remember the victims of 9/11 on the 16th anniversary of the attacks. In Shanksville, Pa., for instance, Vice President Mike Pence gave a particularly personal tribute to those aboard Flight 93. Here's a sampling of some of the related coverage on the anniversary:

  • Awaiting trial: The man called the "architect" of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, remains in Guantanamo Bay awaiting trial on terrorism charges. In fact, he's preparing for his 25th pre-trial hearing, reports the Guardian, which explores why there's a decent chance he'll die in prison before his legal case is finally resolved.
  • No remains: Sixteen years later, thousands of people still have no remains of their loved ones lost in the attack, reports Time. About 40% of the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center haven't been able to be ID'd, though DNA testing of remains collected at the site continues to this day. The 1,641st victim was identified just last month.

  • From the kids: When her father was killed in the World Trade Center's North Tower, Delaney Colaio was just 3 years old. Today, she's working on a documentary about all those like her who lost parents in the attacks, a group that numbers more than 3,000, reports the New York Times. The goal is to interview them all for We Go Higher.
  • First responders: A memorial was being erected Monday on Long Island that honors not only those killed in the attacks but the first responders and recovery workers who died of illnesses related to the search and rescue mission, reports the Los Angeles Times. The story provides background on the scope of problems faced by those sickened from exposure to toxic smoke and the tricky problem of proving a link.
  • In the classroom: Noting that classrooms today are filled with kids born after the attacks took place, NPR explores how schools are wrestling with how to teach them what happened on 9/11.
  • Volatile accusation: A lawsuit on behalf of some victims' families against the government of Saudi Arabia alleges that the Saudis paid for a "dry run" of the hijackings two years in advance. The New York Post has details.
(More 9/11 anniversary stories.)

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