9/11 Suspects Will Be Tried in New York
The big news of the morning is that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorism suspects currently held at Guantanamo Bay will be tried in New York in civilian court.
“I am absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice. The American people will insist on it. My administration will insist on it,” Obama said in Tokyo during a trip through Asia.
Civil rights advocates hailed the decision to move some of the cases to traditional U.S. criminal courts, but Republicans blasted the Obama administration for bringing terrorism suspects to the U.S. soil, arguing it could spark new attacks.
I don’t think this increases the danger of terror attacks against New York; the city is already a target. It does increase the danger of circus trials, with grandstanding civil rights attorneys and constant outbursts and tirades from Mohammed.
One thing’s certain: it will be the biggest windfall for the media since the OJ Simpson extravaganza.