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Paterson Blasts White House over Terror Trials

by on November 17, 2009

I disagree with a lot of things Governor Paterson has done and said, but he pretty much hits the nails on the head here.

Gov. David Paterson openly criticized the White House on Monday, saying he thought it was a terrible idea to move alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists to New York for trial.

“This is not a decision that I would have made. I think terrorism isn’t just attack, it’s anxiety and I think you feel the anxiety and frustration of New Yorkers who took the bullet for the rest of the country,” he said.

Paterson’s comments break with Democrats, who generally support the President’s decision.

“Our country was attacked on its own soil on September 11, 2001 and New York was very much the epicenter of that attack. Over 2,700 lives were lost,” he said. “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 so close to the attack is gonna be an encumbrance on all New Yorkers.”

This isn’t a Republican vs Democrat issue. This is about common sense. Having an open, public trial in New York for these terrorists is dangerous and ridiculous. We’re not talking about American citizens here. These are foreign terrorists. It’s gonna be a circus, and it is sad that Obama wants to make a political statement rather than learn from this country’s past mistakes.

So, I have to give credit to Paterson for standing up to the White House.

One Comment
  1. Why is this going to be a circus? Why will this be dangerous or ridiculous? We’ve tried foreign terrorists before in civilian courts, and we have genuine war criminals being tried right now in two separate courts in the Hague – civilian courts.

    I realize that many people don’t like this idea, but offhandedly calling it “dangerous” or “ridiculous” is not particularly persuasive, and remember that federal criminal trials don’t get video, audio, or even still photography, so I have no problem with these murderers spouting whatever nonsense they want in court.

    Frankly, they should be placed in the general population at Riker’s to await trial.

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