9-11 families lobby on terrorist threat

The Nuclear Threat Initiative, a think tank, has teamed up with relatives of people killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to launch a project to raise awareness of the threat of nuclear terrorism, said Cathy Gwin, NTI’s spokesman. 

The project, “Turning the D into an A,” comes from last year’s report from the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, which gave the U.S. government a ‘D’ in its efforts to secure nuclear material and weapons. 

Carie Lemack, 31, whose mother was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, said the Families of September 11 would meet lawmakers and staffers today and tomorrow.

“Osama Bin Laden has pledged to kill four million Americans with a nuclear bomb and we need to lock down the material,” she said, “We’re trying to make it a top priority for our elected officials. In 2004, it was the only thing that both President Bush and Sen. Kerry agreed on.”

Lemack and others will meet Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.), Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.). They also will meet Speaker Dennis Hastert’s chief of staff, Scott Palmer, and other lawmakers’ aides.