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9/11 justice: War crimes trials don't engage public

WASHINGTON — This time of year especially, Carole O'Hare gets stuck in a sad reverie at her California home, wondering about the last moments of her mother's life, alone, aboard the hijacked Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

''I think of my mom sitting on that plane by herself,'' she says of Hilda Marcin, 79, listed as victim No. 2,964 on the Pentagon's 9/11 war crimes charge sheet. "I can't imagine what those 40 minutes were like. It must have been a lifetime.''

Seven years ago today, the horrific hijackings united this nation in grief and determination. Now, despite four years of on-again, off-again Guantanamo war crimes tribunals designed to get Sept. 11 justice, there is little evidence that the trials resonate with victims' families and the American public.

''The Guantanamo trials are much more secretive,'' said O'Hare, 56. "If Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the mastermind of the attack, and these attacks took place in the United States, that's where the trials should occur.''

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