Reversing his original stance, that it was fitting that the masterminds of the September 11 attacks be tried here in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg is now expressing skepticism toward the plans to hold trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Al Qaeda members in our downtown courthouses. From the Times:
"It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will,” he told reporters on Wednesday. "It’s going to cost an awful lot of money and disturb an awful lot of people,” he said. "Can we provide security? Yes. Could you provide security elsewhere? Yeah, and I mean — the suggestion of a military base is probably a reasonably good one. Relatively easy to supply — to provide security. They tend to be outside of cities so that they don’t disrupt other people."
Bloomberg now becomes just the latest of several politicians — Governor Paterson included — who are worried about bringing the terrorists to the heart of America's financial center. Maybe he realized he's going to actually have to ride the subway to work every day to avoid the inevitable traffic disaster around Foley Square.
Bloomberg Wants Terror Trial Moved [City Room/NYT]