Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Obama Administration Backs Away From Holding 9/11 Trials In New York

Obama, faced with the overwhelming costs and objection of New Yorkers to having the trial of the 9/11 potters in their city seems to be dropping the idea: U.S. Drops Plan for a 9/11 Trial in New York City:
The Obama administration on Friday gave up on its plan to try the Sept. 11 plotters in Lower Manhattan, bowing to almost unanimous pressure from New York officials and business leaders to move the terrorism trial elsewhere.

“I think I can acknowledge the obvious,” an administration official said. “We’re considering other options.”

The reversal on whether to try the alleged 9/11 terrorists blocks from the former World Trade Center site seemed to come suddenly this week, after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg abandoned his strong support for the plan and said the cost and disruption would be too great.

After all $200 million plus per year in security costs and massive disruption to New York City just to play image politics suddenly sounds like a bad idea when New Yorkers, particularly some pretty key and influential Democrats among them, realized what such a trial and its attendant risks would mean.

By Friday, Justice Department officials were studying other locations, focusing especially on military bases and prison complexes, and no obvious new choice had emerged.
May I suggest a convenient and very secure military base that has a great deal of expertise in holding such terrorists?

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