New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg balked
earlier this week at the upcoming NYC trial
of alleged "Sept. 11 mastermind" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, raising
speculation about whether the Obama administration would back down.
Bloomberg and two prominent New York Democrats wanted the site moved. The White House is now considering
the possibility of an alternate location for the trial, which has drawn attacks from Republicans who oppose civilian trials for
accused terrorists. The administration is just exploring its options at
this point, but what does it mean that KSM's trial could be moved
outside the city he once helped to attack?
- Location Isn't That Important Salon's Glenn Greenwald,
a staunch supporter of trying terrorists in civilian court, suggest the
White House concede the location change as long as they still make it a
civilian trial. "There's no reason
KSM trial has to be in NYC if there are good reason for it not to be -
the key is that there be a real trial - not where."
- Trial Should Go Rural Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) explains
the opposition to holding it in New York City. "There are other places
to try it in the U.S. that are much more remote,
much less a target, and much less a squatting ground for propaganda
around the world," she says. "I think the administration should listen
to the mayor, listen to the mayor's concern, and, candidly, make a
- Get a Military Commission Instead National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez,
one of the many conservatives opposing a trial at all and insisting on
a military commission instead, suggests how to make that happen. "If
they won't go military commission, like they should: Find the most
'progressive' locale. San Francisco? That might prove to be a military
commission's last chance." Lopez hopes that moving the trial to a
Democrat-friendly city will provoke a similar negative reaction.
- NYC Best Equipped For Trial Conservative blogger Allahpundit thinks that,
if they have to go with a civilian trial, it should be in New York.
"There's no hint that KSM’s being sent back to a military tribunal,
that he may end up being tried in a civilian court not located in New
York. Which isn’t entirely smart, by the way: As I said
from the very beginning, if there’s any city with the security
apparatus in place to deal with threats from jihadbots, it’s my
- Military Commissions Not Happening Fox News White House report Major Garrett thinks military commissions aren't an option. "Military
charges against 9/11 plotters have been dropped, ruling out military
commissions. No timeline yet to resolve talks on alt NYC site," he tweeted. "W/out military charges, no commissions. Obama still for criminal trials. Unless changes, mil comishs out."
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