The U.S.'s proceedings against the alleged 9/11 terrorists are moving along in Guantanamo Bay, and while relatives of victims are eagerly seeking justice, one doesn't want the accused plotters to be killed, if they are convicted. Blake Allison, whose wife was on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into World Trade Center Tower 1, told the Post, "The public needs to know there are family members out there who do not hold the view that these men should be put to death. We can’t kill our way to a peaceful tomorrow."
Allison, whose wife Anna was heading to Los Angeles for business, admitted that his late wife's family doesn't agreed with him, "My opposition to the death penalty does not say I don’t want the people who killed my wife and [the other 911 victims] brought to account for their crimes. But for me, opposition to the death penalty is not situational. Just because I was hurt very badly and personally does not, in my mind, give me the go-ahead to take a life."
The 62-year-old was one of ten victims' relatives able to attend the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other defendants last week. Allison said, "9/11 was a particularly egregious and appalling crime" and does believe that terrorists would have killed more people, yet "I just think it’s wrong to take a life."
Allison also met with the defendants' lawyers before the arraignment and says they told him, "We want you to understand now that there are probably going to be some things we do that are really going to upset you. But believe me, we are not doing anything with the intention of hurting you," which may have been a reference to the tactics they employed during the proceeding: "At one point, Mohammed cast off his earphones providing Arabic translations of the proceeding and refused to answer Army Col. James Pohl's questions or acknowledge he understood them. All five men refused to participate in the hearing; two passed around a copy of The Economist magazine and leafed through the articles."
"When Martin Luther was being asked to recant by the hierarchy of the Roman church for all his Protestant actions, he said, ‘Here I stand. I can’t do otherwise.’ That’s the way I feel. First and foremost, I don’t think it’s right to take a life. It’s grounded in my religious faith. The New Testament is very clear about this," Allison told the Post.