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Tuesday, November 27, 2001 2:34 PM
This is an electronic version of comments that were faxed to you previously.
I am resending them via email per the direction of Kenneth Zwick, for the
convenience of the Department of Justice. Thank you for your consideration.
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November 26, 2001
Mr. Kenneth L. Zwick
Director, Office of Management Programs
Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Main Building, Room 3140
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
Subject: Comments to Notice of Inquiry and Advance Notice of Rulemaking for
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Dear Mr. Zwick:
We represent , , and ,
three victims of the terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya on
August 7, 1998.
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 is an appropriate
measure to provide compensation for individuals who were killed or
physically injured as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks on
America. The scope of the legislation, however, should be broadened to
include the handful of other Americans who have been directly harmed by
similar strikes by the same foreign terrorists on what is commonly
understood to be American soil.
Just three years before the September 11th attacks, the U.S. Embassies in
Kenya and Tanzania were the targets of other terrorist bombings - this time
by truck instead of aircraft. The attacks killed 22 Americans and seriously
injured 26 more. Ms. Bomer was left blind, and Mr. Pressley has endured
seven surgeries and remains permanently disabled. The survivors, as well as
the families of the deceased, continue to grieve and to seek ways to deal
with their losses.
These Americans were employees of the U.S. Department of State and were
doing America's work - building peace, supporting justice, and promoting
America's interests and foreign policy. However, because of the United
States' role in promoting democracy worldwide, and because of the symbolic
value of their office buildings, the embassies were targeted by those who
oppose our principles.
As President George W. Bush confirmed in his address to Congress on
September 20, 2001, the same terrorist organization is responsible for the
bombings of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington
D.C., and the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. There is no rational
basis for treating the victims of these attacks differently. Our government
must provide equal treatment to all Americans who have been killed or
injured by these same foreign terrorists.
The Bush Administration should seek an expansion of the September 11th
Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 to include the American victims of the
August 7, 1998, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and