Holiday Season at the World Trade Center Marked with Reflection, Hope
As family and friends come together this December, we remember the winter and holiday traditions of several victims and their families.
Last week in a public program held at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara reflected on post-9/11 New York, the challenges of prosecuting terrorism, and his role in bringing senior al-Qaeda officials to justice.
In conversation with Cliff Chanin, executive vice president and deputy director for museum programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Bharara discussed the impact of the 9/11 attacks and his time with the Southern District (2009–2017). In the clip below, Bharara explains how bin Laden became known to the Southern District.
“When I was a young Assistant U.S. Attorney, I tried to explain to people what the Southern District does. One of the things I would kind of brag about on behalf of my colleagues was you always want to be ahead of the curve. And on 9/11, the awful name of Osama bin Laden became a household name everywhere in the world and he wasn’t before that. And some people like to say, ‘Nobody ever heard of him before.’ Well we had. And I show the first page of the indictment from 1998 where the Southern District indicted bin Laden and a number of other folks in connection with the bombing of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. That was al-Qaeda.”
You can watch the full program here. This program marked the end of the fall 2019 public programing season, but the winter/spring 2020 calendar of public programs will be announced in January 2020.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff