Don't Miss: Reliving Sept. 11 in Court Why did it take the Moussaoui trial to finally get all this information from the government?
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Don't Miss: Reliving Sept. 11 in Court

Hamilton Peterson's parents were on United Flight 93, the hijacked plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. He's already heard the cockpit recording that will likely be played in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial. And he wants everyone to hear to it.

"Once it is reported out what is on that tape, to not hear the actual tone and tenor of those people will mitigate the impact of the truth of 9-11."

Peterson spoke with Steve Inskeep this morning about the secrecy of this tape... a tape that only the family members have heard. Steve's interview is worth a listen.

But something has been bugging me about this recording and the whole Moussaoui trial. For years, the U.S. government as well as local agencies have been stingy about releasing all the information it has about the attacks. No one wanted to talk about people jumping from the twin towers. But at the Moussaoui trial, harrowing videos of the jumpers were played over and over again. It took a lawsuit to get the 911 calls from New York City released last week... almost five years after the fact. But now that prosecutors are all hot to kill Moussaoui, they can't wait to get these details out.

Somehow the public's right to know and ask questions about Sept. 11 has taken a back seat to making sure we have someone to execute for the crimes.