Politico's Elias Groll reports today that "angry family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks on Wednesday called for a U.S. investigation into allegations that journalists at the British News of the World tabloid sought to hack the phones of their lost love ones."
"Someone should look into it to see if their rights were violated - the family members I've talked to are appalled, they're disgruntled, they have to relive the pain all over again," Jim Riches, a former deputy chief in the New York Fire Department whose 29-year-old fireman son was killed in the attacks, told POLITICO.
"I think they crossed the line. They're trying to get messages from loved ones in the last moments of their lives. It's horrible, and they should be held accountable. It's despicable and unethical," Riches added.
Sally Regenhard, vice chairwoman of 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters & World Trade Center Victims, said that she also supports an American probe and added that the latest allegations come at a particularly hard time for victims' families.