“I get this call out of nowhere,” Ms. Lucznikowska said. “First you get the flash in your mind: Is this a joke? Somebody you don’t know saying you’re invited to meet the president, you want to say, ‘Name, rank and serial number, please.’ ”So, Ms. Lucznikowska alleges that the president invited her among the 9/11 relatives because she advocates shutting down Gitmo. Hmmm......
Although the 9/11 and Cole relatives said they were pleased that the president met with them, not all embraced his views on Guantánamo. Ms. Lucznikowska needed no convincing from him, however. For years, she felt that Guantánamo and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq had become intertwined as symbols of torture and of justice long delayed and therefore denied. They had, in her view, become symbols of revenge.
“I’m not interested in revenge,” Lucznikowska said. “Revenge is useless if you don’t uphold your own principles. What good is it to punish someone if you are not punishing them justly? That’s what America is all about.”
If political labels are necessary, Ms. Lucznikowska falls leftward, part of a group called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows... She was invited to the Obama meeting, she said, because she had immersed herself in reading and writing about Guantánamo.
Nevertheless, the late Mr. Arias's two brothers reportedly weren't too happy when they learned that their aunt was among the 9/11 relatives invited to last week's meeting'. They were not invited.
Andy and Donald Arias, attended the hearings of five suspected plotters of the 9/11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay last month and support keeping the facility open and prosecuting the detainees immediately. By comparison, Lucznikowska has complained about alleged torture of Gitmo detainees and favors closing Gitmo.
The Arias brothers both sent letters to Obama protesting her presence in the Oval Office because she does not speak for or represent the Arias family. They complained that Lucznikowska is exploiting their brother's name to promote her own agenda.
Ultimately, I think Barack Obama was probably unaware of Miss Lucznikowska's views on Guantanamo and did not realize that Mr. Arias had two brothers - otherwise, in all likelihood, he would have invited them, and not her, to the meeting. Keep in mind, the president is not the kind of person who would go about exploiting a 9/11 victim like that. It's just not his nature to behave in such a callous manner. [Ahem.....]
P.S. A brother of the late Adam Arias comments on the JamieWearingFool blog:
"Was Valerie [Lucznikowska] representing her "own view" when she paraded in front of the U.N. and the White House with a poster of my brother with a caption reading, "Not in His Name?" Who is she to say what can be done in "his name?" Valerie is a carrion feeder and a liar." [h/t Jawa Report]
I just wish someone would have informed Obama and his staffers about Lucznikowska's leftist views.
Ultimately, the White House needs to do a better job of keeping abreast of these things, otherwise, the American people may start to believe that Obama is going soft on terrorists - which of course - is not true. [Ahem.....]