Antics at 9/11 military hearing anger families of victims
Debra Burlingame speaks out
- Duration 6:49
- Date May 7, 2012
Debra Burlingame speaks out
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Anger and frustration from some of the families of 9/11 victims after a female attorney for one of the accused terrorists.
To the man behind 9/11.
Wearing traditional Muslim dress in the courtroom the attorney was.
Asks that the women at that hearing respect her client by dressing as she does and quote more modestly.
-- I dressed in this culture you know.
And Avaya and I -- that way when Amy with my client.
At all times he'd never see me dressed like this.
And it's out of respect for his cultural -- religious beliefs.
And -- dress like -- in court.
That is what is required -- me there was somebody dress just in a way that.
-- in keeping with my clients.
Meantime the suspects have repeatedly disrupting these hearings without bursts of prayer shouting at the judge in on it goes.
Debra Burlingame brother was the pilot aboard American Airlines flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon she is the co-founder of 9/11 families for -- safe and strong America.
And we wanted to get your reaction to being told by -- by miss.
-- who is the cook county public defender I gather who's been gotten sent down there to defend one of these terrorists.
She wants you and others like you family members who -- attendance to respect her client by.
By wearing traditional Muslim garb in that -- well the way she realized she was calling for quote cultural sensitivity.
And remember she's doing it on behalf of the man whose religion told them.
That they must go and kill 3000 -- So I'm wondering if she would be you know amenable to that.
But let let me tell you what's really going on here by the -- is she wasn't addressing people like gallery.
She actually was even more galling was it was heard her remarks were pointed to that the prosecution side.
The navy jag lawyers in military uniform.
-- -- today that that uniform is to immodest and I think it was DOJ lawyer -- was -- very corporate suits having that these are knee length there's nothing -- about it by our standards.
But here's what's really going on him again.
She's got a client who is manipulating her.
These attorneys have a a very bad relationship with the room clients these these -- these -- hobbies let's remember these people have admitted.
Have expressed -- desire to.
Plead guilty I didn't back into that why not just because so they're saying that they're out for a -- purposes we have the this this this pretense of a presumption of and then and then.
But in the real world -- and I don't have to -- that when we're talking about them.
She's at that did the defense attorneys in this case are and dealing with problem clients -- view that in the no different -- the prosecutors across the -- they are all part.
Of an -- system of justice they don't recognize or respect including her debut -- in the eggs -- -- things out ways of these defendants these these lawyers had a hard time getting their clients even meet with them much less work with them and this is her way.
Of trying to build -- rapport and -- trust thing with him meanwhile he's.
But reducing her to a laughing stock this sends a message to -- his -- -- brethren all over the Islamist world.
That even from their cells they are manipulating the -- -- in the courtroom.
It's funny is it having practice fly -- today you don't.
Necessarily believe in the people you -- -- criminal lawyers have to defend some very bad guys including suspected terrorists and there's a place for that our system and we need to have that our system.
This takes it to another level going out there demanding respect.
For a four KSM the other two from including -- the prosecution like you say take off your military uniform addressed more modestly.
Because I want you to respect the man who you who you missed prosecutors -- killed nearly 3000 America think about it.
From the defendants going to be forget about her because -- -- used to -- to get there that there they're they're really mocking her as well.
From their point of view.
This is this is there way to manipulate the system I mean -- think about what she said in court she said.
When it when they are dressed and -- in -- modestly these women these jag lawyers these very professional attorneys.
They are forcing our clients to see and to violate their religion as she hit a distraction and let your child rightly should be okay well they -- so distracted when they're putting together this very complicated plot plot all over the world and and -- in the western world -- we're very focused.
When they were in San Diego and when there were and you know new York New Jersey they were very focused so that's bogus.
And also remember -- you know that Darren they're not gonna get jag attorneys to put on -- head scarf.
The whole point if it.
Is to rob our faces and the fact that they got a western lawyer to stand up and ask.
And demand that online their god be respected that it turning for our case and stood up.
In the -- the judge which is -- -- -- commissioner at standard actually asked him what his religion ones as if anything other than his long was going to be somehow.
A case for having him remove them from from the scene of the judge and what of these the defendants got up and turned around and face the -- some of the family members -- the back.
Ramzi bin Al sheep and -- giving the thumbs up thumbs up to the victim's family members well.
It's not clear to me that -- that she would've known that was a family but.
But the bulk -- it up mocking that they're doing well how are we supposed to react to that deficit digital we don't give them what they want here's here's what.
Here's -- how -- by the way it must be said.
That Zacharias -- -- to be exact same thing in the eastern district in federal court so this isn't like -- conditions you know.
Are bad in federal court that -- couldn't do it in federal -- right he did all the time and and the judge had -- -- down.
Just like judge our colonel Paul did in this courtroom.
But how we reacted this -- by understanding what -- is this is there a way of saying we do not.
Recognize your system and we're gonna continue to insults and disrespect you.
It it is hard for family members to see the people -- who killed.
Their loved ones 3000 of their fellow human beings.
Eight in the name of ala.
Haven't attorney stand -- an American attorney stand up and accord a blot and an ask the prosecution.
Was trying to get justice for our loved ones.
That's that that's balling but just remember this is more -- -- And you have to view it that way it's more -- is keep perspective yeah yes -- -- what it is a decently for being here.
We appreciate it --