ABC News reports tonight that Attorney General Eric Holder is in New York for a sort of security summit "with federal prosecutors, the New York City police commissioner and other key officials" in anticipation of the upcoming 9/11 terrorist trials. A federal grand jury is already supposedly hearing evidence and presumably will come back with an indictment. One would hope.
Elements of trial prep underway are reportedly:
* Beefed up counter terrorism and intelligence operations
* Deployment of sniper teams
* Heavy weapons deployment
* Traffic diversions
* Use of undercover officers and surveillance measures
* Coordination with FBI, U.S. Marshalls, and intelligence divisions
All at a price tag of well over the initial $75 million estimate. The cost be damned! Chuck Schumer issued the following statement:
"The bottom line is these are federal terror cases that will bring to justice, in federal court, the evil men behind the attack on our nation on 9-11," Schumer said today. " It's common sense that the federal government pay for security costs because these trials will place a significant burden on the NYPD and the city to keep lower Manhattan safe and secure. Additionally, the tools and resources needed for a trial of this scale are enormous. Attorney General Holder told me he will press to fully reimburse the city's security expenses and I will hold the Administration's feet to the fire to do just that – no matter what the cost."
And all this is for what? For a grandstand for terrorists who hate us, who engaged in activities to kill nearly 3,000 Americans, who can't wait to spew anti-American venom in their now public forum. They will claim that they've been tortured and abused. Poor things. Evil Americans.
Dick Cheney rightly points out that "holding the trial in a lower Manhattan courtroom near ground zero will make Mohammed 'a hero in certain circles, especially in the radical regions of Islam around the world.'"
It's all even more absurd when you recall that KSM had already tried to plead guilty and asked for execution. End of story.
But, no. The man-child Obama and the left-of-liberal Eric Holder want to hold this circus in New York City.
Amateurs. Incompetence. Disgrace.
Update: Donald Douglas has more at American Power.