Suggesting Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be tried in New York City federal court was judicial theater in the first place, and now Mayor Michael Bloomberg has requested Attorney General Eric Holder take his road show somewhere else. Hey, I seem to remember we’ve got this out-of-the-way court set up somewhere warm…
They won’t ever agree to have a high-profile trial like this at Guantanamo Bay, but you’ll remember that many of the terrorists at Camp Delta have been and it worked out just fine. Anyway, AP over at Hot Air figures it will be some other federal court, but thinks the Big Apple has the ability to handle security.
Bloomberg does have a point … it certainly will cost a ton of cash to pull this off, and within a week, residents will be pretty mad about the streets closing, detours and traffic hassles. Just ask them how they feel about presidential motorcades.
The White House ordered the Justice Department Thursday 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.”