Saying the decision isn’t “going to get any easier for them,” Mayor Bloomberg today urged U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder to announce once and for all where the Obama Administration intends to hold the trials of five terror suspects.
The mayor was reacting to a caller to his weekly WOR radio show who complained that the lengthy decision process was fraying nerves in New York, especially in the downtown Manhattan area where the feds had originally wanted to stage the trials and then seemingly withdrew from contention.
But two days ago, Holder startled the city by testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee that “New York is not off the table.”
“I don’t think the decision is going to get any easier for them,” said the mayor. “I’ve given them my opinion. They can do what they want. I do think they should do it in the sense of making a decision one way or another. I hope the decision is to have the trials elsewheres.”
On Wednesday, Holder said that the Obama administration didn’t know yet where it would try Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators, adding that New York is “not off the table.”
“No final decision has been made about the forum which Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants will be tried. As I said at the outset, this is a very close call,” Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“New York is not off the table for where they would be tried, but we have to take into considerations that have been raised by local officials” and community groups,” he said.
(Source: NY Post / Foxn News)