9/11 families criticized for ‘silent’ settlement in negligence case

Five Maryland families, all of whom agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the airline industry over their loved ones’ deaths on Sept. 11, are drawing some pointed criticism for agreeing to keep silent about what they learned during the course of the lawsuit.The families, who chose not to receive money through the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, say they pursued a legal route in hopes that their suits would give them a better understanding of the security breakdowns that allowed the tragedy to occur.

But whatever knowledge they gained, they’re not allowed to talk about it.

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