Daughter of 9/11 Victim Travels to Gitmo to Confront al-Qaeda ‘Monsters’

Patricia Smith, the daughter of police officer Moira Smith who was killed five years ago, pauses during a ceremony Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 at the World Trade Center in New York marking the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)
Patricia Smith in 2006 (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)

The teenage daughter of the only female New York Police Department officer killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S homeland traveled to the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to face al-Qaeda “monsters” on Mother’s Day.

Seventeen-year-old Patricia Smith was only two when al-Qaeda jihadists killed her mother Moira Smith, an NYPD officer, during the 2001 terrorist assault reportedly facilitated by Taliban jihadists in Afghanistan.

According to the New York Post, “The daughter of fallen NYPD officer Moira Smith, who was the department’s only female cop to die on 9/11, spent Mother’s Day in Guantanamo Bay — staring down one of the terrorists the US says helped kill her mom and nearly 3,000 others.”

“I am glad Patricia was able to accompany me here to see for herself the monsters responsible for the murder of her mother,” the teenage girl’s father who is also a police officer, Jim Smith, told Newsweek on Sunday, adding, “It will be her job to carry on the search for justice in the event I am unable to in the coming years.”

Patricia accepted her mother’s posthumous Medal of Honor award, the NYPD’s highest honor, with her police officer father at Carnegie Hall.

Jim’s recent comments came just minutes before pretrial hearings began at Camp Justice in Guantánamo Bay for Yemeni al-Qaeda jihadist Walid bin Attash, who helped plot the deadly 2001 attacks.

“Bin Attash, 39, has been at Gitmo for over a decade following his arrest on war crime charges,” points out the NY Post. “Four other alleged terrorists will be tried alongside him during the death penalty trial, including al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Muhammad.”

“His pretrial hearing also carried over into Monday, which is Peace Officers Memorial Day — the national day of mourning for cops who are killed in the line of duty,” it adds.

At least 41 prisoners are still held at the military prison, commonly known as Gitmo, many of them from war-ravaged Yemen.

President Donald Trump has vowed to keep Gitmo open.

“The number of emergency service workers killed as a result of the September 11 attacks continues to climb, as more officers and firefighters die from related long-term illnesses due to the toxic conditions,” points out Australian news outlet Nine.com.


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