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1.12.07

NOW on the News with Maria Hinojosa

Patty Casazza on Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations

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This Week, Maria Hinojosa talks with "Jersey Girl" Patty Casazza about her reaction to Democrats' attempts to implement 9/11 Commission national security recommendations. The "Jersey Girls" are a group of women whose husbands died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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"This money that lobbyists and big corporations put into preventing legislation that's going to cost them, in fact costs us a lot more down the line. For myself it was loss of my husband."

"Do I wanna throw up my hands? At times. I think I've backed off quite a bit in the last two years, basically waiting for a better political time in which to put some effort back into it."

"But the truth is that the commission did not fulfill their mandate, they did not include whistleblower testimony. They did not, in fact do all that was required. They did not—they omitted so much information on investigation."

"From our leadership right now, we need empirical information in order to go ahead and reinvest our trust in them."

"We all have to participate and realize what's at stake. We have to understand why we're over there."

"I think our children are always the hope. And that if they can see more clearly what it is that has gone wrong, that they themselves will not participate in that in the future. And that means by participating more fully in your government, paying more attention to what is going on around you and the world."

About Patty Casazza

Patty Casazza is one of the "Jersey Girls," four American activist women who lived in New Jersey at the time of September 11th and lost their husbands on the attacks of that day. The Jersey Girls were instrumental in the creation of the 9-11 Comission and now serve as members of the steering committee keeping an eye on the 9/11 Commission's work. Casazza's husband John F. Casazza, a Cantor Fitzgerald employee, died at age 38. She has a teenage son.

Casazza is also a member of the steering committee keeping an eye on the 9/11 Commission's work. Casazza's husband John F. Casazza, a Cantor Fitzgerald employee, died at age 38. She has a teenage son.

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