February 9, 2010

Move It

We can't help but wonder how many of these New Yorkers and others, who are now yelling not in my backyard to 9/11 terrorist trials in NY (see below), are the same folk who supported the closing of Gitmo, the transfer of its occupants to American soil, granting them Constitutional rights, and/or holding their trials in civilian courts?

Where did these people think Gitmo alum would be transferred? Which U.S. city would not be disrupted by these kinds of show trials? How could any of this be done without costing millions, even billions of taxpayer money?

To quote President Obama, there's a "teachable moment" here, and it is: Tasking one's brain (aka thinking) before acting or speaking, not to mention voting, is a good thing, but when dealing with things that adversely affect the rest of us, it's crucial!

New York Post  |  February 9, 2010

'Saying No' -- For A Reason

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Does President Obama truly fail to understand just how opposed New Yorkers are to holding 9/11 terrorist trials here - and why?

Or does he just reflexively consider anyone who objects to one of his pronouncements obstructionist?

In the latest White House flip-flop on where to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his cohorts, Obama said Sunday he has "not ruled out" holding those trials near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

Yes, he noted that "I think it's important for us to take into account the practical, logistical issues involved." But then he added: "If you have a city that is saying no, and a police department that is saying no and a mayor that is saying no, that makes it difficult."

Poor Obama - all he sees these days is people "saying no."

Not a word about why the mayor and police commissioner - not to mention just about every elected official in the city and state - are "saying no."

Like the minimum $200 million a year in security costs over a five-year period.

Or how such trials would disrupt the economically vital Financial District.

Or how they would disrupt the long-delayed rebuilding of Ground Zero, which may actually - finally - be showing some progress.

Or how they'd only boost New York's dubious status as the terrorists' No. 1 target.

Or how New York City has already contributed more than its fair share to the War on Terror.

(Then again, such trials don't belong in a civilian courtroom anywhere, let alone just blocks from Ground Zero - given that KSM & Co. are enemy combatants who rightly belong before a military tribunal at Guantanamo.)

New Yorkers don't want their city to be used as a showcase for the Obama administration's dubious effort to convince the world of the US justice system's merits.

Move the trials - now.

Original article here.


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