On Friday Governor Paterson said he would "cooperate to the full extent" with the federal government's plan to try five terrorists linked to 9/11 in downtown Manhattan. Today, he's reversed course.
"This is not a decision that I would have made. New York was very much the epicenter of that attack; over 2,700 lives were lost. It’s very painful. We’re still having trouble getting over it. We still have been unable to rebuild that site, and having those terrorists tried so close to the attack is going to be an encumbrance on all New Yorkers.”
Paterson is one of a few Democrats to come out against the Obama administration on this issue. But he has lots of people on the other side who agree with him, including Rudy Giuliani, who, we understand, knows a thing or two about 9/11.
Paterson Calls Obama Wrong on 9/11 Trial [NYT]
Gov changes his mind: Sept. 11 trial in NYC a bad idea [NYP]