The White House has asked the Department of Justice to find another venue for the Kahlid Sheikh Mohammed trial. After New Yorker backlash and Mayor Mike Bloomberg coming around, the White House has changed its tune.
From The New York Daily News:
ordered the Thursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower .
The dramatic turnabout came hours after said he would "prefer that they did it elsewhere" and then spoke to .
"It would be an inconvenience at the least, and probably that's too mild a word for people that live in the neighborhood and businesses in the neighborhood," Bloomberg told reporters.
"There are places that would be less expensive for the taxpayers and less disruptive for ." MORE
Keep in mind that they still want to try the 9/11 suspects in American civilian court, but not in NYC.
I think this reversal has everything to do with politics and the aftermath of the Scott Brown victory. Public opinion was running high against having the trial in NYC. Yesterday when Sen. Kristen Gillbrand and Rep. Nydia Velazquez both came out against having the trial in NYC, I knew the tide might be turning. Obama and the Democrats must be fearful that New Yorker’s anger over the trial could have easily set the stage for another Massachusetts like upset in 2010.
Now the big question becomes, where are they going to move these trials to? If the Democrats fear another blue state stronghold upset, could they be so bold as to foist these trials on a red state where they already expect to lose?
Via: The Weekly Standard