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Friday, October 25, 2013

9/11 victim: U.S. government 'caters' to terror suspects at Gitmo -- By Tim Mak, The Washington Examiner

A victim in the 9/11 terror attacks spoke out Thursday against what he views as unfairly sympathetic press coverage about conditions for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

"We cater to them. In the court of law, they don't even rise when the judge walks in. I find that disturbing. I don't believe they recognize our justice system,” said Jim Jenca, who was injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York. "I couldn't get this kind of defense if I committed a crime. I'd be in an American jail, [and] I wouldn't have as much due process as these five defendants have."

Jenca, 52, was a security manager for an investment banking firm in 2001. He was sent to Ground Zero after the first plane hit the Twin Towers. When the first tower collapsed, he was knocked to the ground, consumed by the dust cloud and trampled by terrified people trying to escape. The attack, he said, led to lung, knee and back problems — not to mention post-traumatic stress disorder.

He is frustrated about the coverage of Guantanamo detainees, Jenca told reporters at the detention facility where he was attending the military tribunal of five suspected terrorists tied to the 9/11 attacks. He said it made him "angry" to read complaints about alleged mistreatment of detainees in the media. The detainees receive high-quality defense counsel and their Islamic faith is respected, he said.

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