Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: Department Of Justice’s Plan To Try 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed In New York City Will Impose Tremendous Security, Financial And Personal Costs On New Yorkers

January 21, 2010

“In response to a growing public and vocal outcry among New Yorkers, today I wrote United States Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to reverse the Department of Justice’s much maligned plan to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators in New York City. My correspondence to Attorney General Holder outlined several concerns directly related to the staggering costs – from a security, financial and personal perspective – these trials will exact on New Yorkers.

New York City is more than the world’s recognized capital of commerce – it is an enduring symbol of hope and freedom for people everywhere. Convening a high-profile trial of a terrorist such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed could serve as impetus for America’s enemies to try to strike again. Additionally, with the financial costs, to say nothing of the tremendous personal costs, of these trials estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars – and New York City and New York State struggling to close massive budget deficits – this plan needs to be reversed.

I believe New Yorkers should not be asked to bear these costs and that Attorney General Holder should direct the Department of Justice to immediately reverse this ill-conceived and rightfully criticized decision.”