New York City’s Police Commissioner Ray Kelly recently told a group of Young GOP’ers this January that no one from the Obama administration consulted with him prior the announcement that the trial for confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be held in lower Manhattan.
Mr. Holder made the initial announcement to the press on November 13, 2009. On January 21, 2010, Mr. Kelly made the following remarks to the New York Young Republican Club.:
“We were not consulted,” Kelly said tersely of the decision. He stated that the trial “will raise the threat level of this city,” a threat that “will not fade any time soon.” And it affects more than lower Manhattan, we learned. “We will have to look at the entire city as a potential target.”
In fact, Commissioner Kelly also emphasized that the upcoming terror trials were “thrusted” upon the city (see video). However, according to remarks Attorney General Eric Holder made to the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 18, 2009, he had consulted with both Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly already. (see video):
“First, we know that we can prosecute terrorists in our federal courts safely and securely because we have been doing it for years. There are more than 300 convicted international and domestic terrorists currently in Bureau of Prisons custody, including those responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the attacks on our embassies in Africa. Our courts have a long history of handling these cases, and no district has a longer history than the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. I have talked to Mayor Bloomberg of New York, and both he and the Police Commissioner Ray Kelly believe that we can safely hold these trials in New York.”
Somebody is not telling the complete truth about the decision-making process that went into making New York City the host of the 9/11 terror trials, and frankly, the Department of Justice’s recent track record on transparency and truth-telling is far from ideal. Just ask Gerald Walpin and voters in Philadelphia.