January 29th, 2010
08:12 AM ET
5 years ago

White House eyes moving site of 9/11 trial

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is among those suspects set to face a trial in a civilian criminal court.
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is among those suspects set to face a trial in a civilian criminal court.

Washington (CNN) - The White House is considering moving the site of the September 11 attack trial from Manhattan if the U.S. Justice Department sees fit, senior administration officials confirmed Friday.

"Conversations have occurred within the administration to discuss contingency options should the possibility of a trial in Lower Manhattan be foreclosed upon by Congress or locally," a senior administration official said.

The turnabout comes after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other politicians expressed great concern over the costs and disruption of holding the September 11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accomplices at a courthouse near ground zero in Lower Manhattan.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Michael Bloomberg • Obama administration
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Try KSM in Federal Court!!! The military tribunals have not proven effective enough. We get convictions through the federal court. In KSM's case, if the trial were held in NYC, I don't think he'll make it out of the city alive.

    January 29, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Orange Curtain, CA

    Enough of the games and postering already and just start the trial. Why did the Republicans wait so long and put off the trial until after Bush left office?

    January 29, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Paul from Phoenix

    Nice job AG Eric Holder. Hey, I have an idea as to where these terrorists can be tried.....GITMO, in a military tirbunal.

    January 29, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. JD

    Unless the trial is moving back to the military courts, this whole thing is nothing but a feel-good sham that gives avowed foreign terrorists more rights than their American victims.

    0bama should be impeached for this absolutely unparalleled act of brazen stupidity.

    January 29, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. bennie new york

    Keep it in NY. We can't keep sidestepping our judicial system by holding military tribunals where we rig the case. If these kooks are really guilty, we shouldn't have to rig a trial in order to prosecute them. Safety isn't an issue- I'm sure New York, as well as the FBI, are being very diligent about making sure these trials don't result in some kind of attack on the city.

    January 29, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Lacross Mom (the real one)

    Thank you CNN for changing the original degrading photo of Khalid to this much more respctful one. Remember that he is innocent until proven guilty in a U.S. court of law and we should show him respect until then.

    January 29, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. DOG1

    The WH is thinking about bowing to the right wing on this issue, but why? Possibly to point out that the the right wing is a afraid of these accused terrorists? If we acknowledge that we, like the right wing, are so afraid of just of few of these guys that we can't even have a trial for them in the city they attacked we have completely lost this "war on terror". The right is even afraid to try to incarcerate them on U.S. soil in prisons like the Supermax where we currently have hundreds if not thousands of criminals that make these guys look like kindergarten kids. This is really just an attempt by the right wing to further control this country through fear but what they don't get is that it will show weakness, even cowardice on the part of the United States.

    January 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Rickster

    Ooops.....add yet another loss to Obama's record. Man, it's astonishing at just how inept this president is. I mean this is getting to be like the figurative train wreck that you just can't take your eyes off because it's one pileup after another.

    January 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Gerry NH

    This just goes to show the world that this administration has no idea what they are doing.

    January 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Nevada dude

    fine, ok. just bring that man to justice. end of story

    January 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Bob in Pa

    Move it back to a Military court and be done with it.

    January 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. John L. - NYC

    Without tyring to sound inflammatory in anyway, my first reaction is "duh!" Let's see, $600MM+ to secure this city over the course of the trial (likely closer to a billion), repainting the bulls-eye on our back, gridlock and disruption to the city not to mention if they are to try them in federal court (which i still disagree with – they aren't US citizens, this was an act of war), how could they possibly get a fair trial here? The city that their comrades devasted in killing more than 3000 people? nearly twice as many as US casualties Afghanistan?

    Not sure when this ever made sense to anyone who truly understood the logistics/financial impact, security risk and emotional consequences. I'm happy that it sounds like they are coming to their senses.

    January 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |