Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last week that New York City will host the terror trials for suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and 4 suspected co-conspiritors has ignited furious debate across the political spectrum. Democrats overwhelmingly support the decision, with the exception of one embattled local governor, but Republicans say the trial would grant the wishes of Mohammed and put the city’s security at risk.
New York bloggers comment:
“While the majority of Americans aren’t happy with the plan to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists in New York City, more New Yorkers support the plan than oppose it, according to two new studies.”
“Ah, the old politician-debating-himself bit. Kills every time.”
“A day after voicing his opposition to plans to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists in New York, Gov. David Paterson backtracked from those statements and blamed the press for sensationalizing his remarks. “We don’t need to spend a lot of time on this,” he said. “The decision is made. That’s the president’s decision. We’re Americans. We will follow the decision and we’ll trust the President.
“Paterson then claimed that the media had ramped up his disagreement with the Obama administration’s policy in hopes of selling papers…”
The Buffalo Bean: Gov. Paterson blasts WH over terror trials.
“I disagree with a lot of things Governor Paterson has done and said, but he pretty much hits the nails on the head here.
“This isn’t a Republican vs Democrat issue. This is about common sense. Having an open, public trial in New York for these terrorists is dangerous and ridiculous. We’re not talking about American citizens here. These are foreign terrorists. It’s gonna be a circus, and it is sad that Obama wants to make a political statement rather than learn from this country’s past mistakes.”
“Is David Paterson that afraid of the American legal system? Does he believe that New York City is not safe?
“Have a little faith in the American justice system. Governor.”
“Sorry Governor - New York City is bigger than your concerns - it is called closure.”
“The decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the other 9/11 conspirators in a public, civilian court within sight of Ground Zero is one of the strongest expressions of America’s strength that I have heard in many years. There is no honor, no pride, no confidence in trying your enemies in secret. There is honor, pride and chutzpah for America to hold fast to our ideals, trust our democracy, and try our enemies in full public view.”
The Village Voice: Shadegg’s taste of terror.
“To be fair, Shadegg referred to numerous persons, including bailiffs, “the jailer’s little brother” and “some innocent Clerk of the Court,” who might have daughters or sons who could conceivably be kidnapped. Shadegg also said, “I saw the Mayor of New York today said, we’re tough, we can do it,” which the Congressman apparently finds inferior to living in fear that a Die Hard plot may come to life.”
Gothamist: Daily News coverage of NYC 9/11 trials.
“In an over-the-top package on the terrorism trial, the Daily News files three additional stories on case — going so far as to send sports columnist Mike Lupica all the way to Texas to pen a piece about how the city of Dallas never got a chance to try JFK-shooter Lee Harvey Oswald because he was gunned down first. Later in his column, Lupica voices his opposition for a New York City trial, noting it “will dominate the city and hold it hostage and bring back the day and none of the dead. This bum will get the stage he wants and tell the city it is a target all over again.
“Lupica’s biggest fears could become realities if Mohammed chooses to he serve as his own lawyer — a situation an ACLU lawyer told the paper is relatively probable.”
Politics on the Hudson: Assemblyman Ball: Keep Terrorists Out of America.
“Ball said he plans to draft a state resolution during the extraordinary session of the legislature next week that will ask New York’s congressional delegation for a roll-call vote on H.R. 2294, which would require prior consent from the Governor and Legislature of any state receiving the transfer of a terrorist detainee.”