New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has done a 180 degree turn on agreeing to try 9/11 confessed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a downtown Manhattan federal court house.The New York Times is reporting that Mayor Bloomberg wants the trial moved. (h/t John McCormack -The Weekly Standard):
“It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“It’s going to cost an awful lot of money and disturb an awful lot of people,” he said. “Can we provide security? Yes. Could you provide security elsewhere? Yeah, and I mean — the suggestion of a military base is probably a reasonably good one. Relatively easy to supply — to provide security. They tend to be outside of cities so that they don’t disrupt other people.”
Mr. Bloomberg’s announcement (and change of heart) comes on the heels of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly telling reporters and a New York GOP audience that he was never consulted about the decision to have New York host the 9/11 terror trials. It looks like Attorney General Eric Holder has further explaining to do about the New York terror trials.