9-11 and the Public Safety :
Seeking Answers and Accountability
Meeting held in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2002 at the National Press Club
Mary Schiavo. Lawyer for 32 passengers’ families from all 9/11 hijacked planes. Fmr. Inspector General, U.S. Dept. of Transportation (’90-’96) . Fmr. Assistant U.S. Attorney; Author, Flying Blind, Flying Safe
Mary Schiavo testimony: "[…] The second thing to emphasize is that in every single aviation disaster, whether there was intervening criminal activity or not, in every single one in the course of modern aviation history it has been followed by, not only were it necessary, a criminal investigation, but also a National Transportation Safety investigation into what went wrong in the aviation system. And the reason for that is so that it never happens again. This is the first time, and this is the worst disaster, but this is the first time that families have been attempted to be silenced through a special fund, which I believe is about silence more so than about money. Why? Because the money in the end is the same. The money is coming and it’s going to be various sources of money. The money could have been made up for the airlines. If you want to bail out the airlines, bail out the airlines. You don’t have to silence the families of the victims to do so. "