Tedisco: New Yorkers Shouldn’t Bear Cost Of Terrorists’ Trial

Assemblyman urges the President, Congress to move the trial or agree to pay all expenses
November 25, 2009
Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,I,C-Schenectady/Saratoga) today expressed outrage regarding the Obama administration’s decision to try five September 11 terror suspects in federal court in New York City. Tedisco points out that the trial raises serious cost and security concerns for the people of the Empire State.

“New York residents have suffered enough, now they will have to pay millions of dollars for a trial that provides the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks a forum from which to spew his anti-American rhetoric. This is a shameful and frightening decision by U.S. Attorney General Holder and the Obama White House,” said Tedisco.

The terrorist attack on September 11 killed nearly 3,000 Americans. The five men who will stand trial are accused of conspiring to finance, train and direct the 19 hijackers who, on that infamous day, seized four airliners, using them to wreak havoc and destruction along the Atlantic seaboard.

News sources report that the trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four co-conspirators in New York City could cost nearly $100 million in taxpayer funds. Tedisco points out that had the trial been held by a military tribunal, as was done with the 2000 Cole bombing terrorists, justice could be done without reopening old wounds and saddling our state with more bills that we simply cannot afford to pay.

“State lawmakers are already fighting over cuts to essential services, such as health care and education. Having suffered so much already at the hands of these terrorists, why should New Yorkers be forced to pay for the expense of this trial, too?” asked Tedisco. “I am urging our federal representatives and the President to move this trial back to a military tribunal where it belongs or to at least pay for the astronomical expense it will bring to our state.”