Friday, January 29, 2010

White House to DOJ: Find another location for KSM trial

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
The White House ordered the Justice DepartmentThursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan.
The dramatic turnabout came hours after Mayor Bloomberg said he would "prefer that they did it elsewhere" and then spoke to Attorney General Eric Holder.
"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 New York City." 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?


Just a conservative girl said...

I think that this has more do with saving face, I don't think congress would have given them the money to hold the jury in NYC.

Alexandria VA did the one for the
"20th hijacker". It was a logistical nightmare for the city. Eventually it was done and the verdict was a good one, but that particular courthouse is right next to a bunch of condo's and small businesses. I wouldn't want that man that close to my house.

The mayor has announced he doesn't want anymore terror trials here, but it is a federal court so I don't think he can say all that much.

Angie Lee said...

HAVE NO FEAR! Our moronic half-wit Hillary-Clinton-Wannabe paralyzed from the neck up governor Jennifer Granwhore will find some way to try to finagle getting them brought here to Michigan. She was already hopping up and down stupid crazy with glee when she thought the detainees might be coming up here to Standish.

Real good place for them, just north along the I-75 corridor from Detroit, where the radical Islamists have already taken root....

Anonymous said...

Damn...I must be living in some alternate reality. I can't even wrap my mind around the fact that this is even happening. The person allegedly responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001 being tried under our laws and he will get the opportunity to foul the atmosphere with the stench of his hate-filled rhetoric?! What the hell is that about? C'mon son!

Meanwhile back at the ranch...all that hair, KSM? Personal hygiene misdemeanor. Dude, get help IMMEDIATELY. Not a good look.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Well, they have to hold them near one of the sites of the attacks . . . I say hold them in the basement of the Pentagon.

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