Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) announced that he would be introducing a resolution calling upon the President to move the terrorist trials out of NYC. Tedisco called upon the president and his administration to heed the public outcry and abandon their plan to give the 9/11 terrorists civilian trials in New York City. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder opted to forego military tribunals for suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-conspirators. Tedisco said the psychological and economic implications of conducting this trial in Manhattan would be ruinous.
“In his State of the Union, the President insisted that he was listening to the will of the people,” said Tedisco. “If he is listening, he will move this trial. Americans do not think that zealots who have killed, or tried to kill, innocent civilians should be given the rights afforded to U.S. citizens. These men are terrorist soldiers at war with America who should be held, interrogated, tried, and sentenced as war criminals, not civilians. They should be tried in military courts and not be allowed near the hallowed ground that the Twin Towers stood upon.”
“It is time for the president to listen to New Yorkers. The reality is that this trial is going to cost this state hundreds of millions of dollars in additional security, court personnel, and lost economic activity. The circus that this trial will become, with terrorists spewing their hatred, may invite another attack upon our state and will only re-open the wounds of those who lost loved ones in those dastardly attacks. This is something that we, as New Yorkers and as Americans, simply cannot afford.”