November 17th, 2009
04:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani to reiterate criticism of Obama's terror trial decision

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will headline a conference call Wednesday with national reporters to criticize the Obama administration's decision to hold Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's trial in New York.

The call is being organized by the Republican National Committee.

Giuliani has been very vocal, including in an interview Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with John King, about his opposition to having the trial take place in New York.

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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Frank, Las Vegas

    Why doesn't Mr. a noun, a verb and 911 Rudy believe and have faith in the American justice system. Just a few years ago he praised it. So what's he really against? It seems like he's against anything that the Dems suggest, even when it turns out he also ends up against himself. This guy is an idiot.

    November 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. no longer a democrat

    Why can't anyone understand how painful this will be for family members? I didn't lose anyone on 9/11 but my heart goes out to those who did and they seem to be very against this trial taking place in NYC.

    And according to Eric Holder, we are all "cowards". He has lost all credibility after that remark.

    November 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    Trying the 9/11 plotters in New York seems like poetic justice to me. My only worry is that it will be hard to guarantee a fair trial, given the circumstances. That crime was aimed at everyone in the city, whether it hit them directly or not. How do you seat a fair-minded jury when everyone in the jury pool was a victim of the crime?

    November 17, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Ndubueze Chuku

    This is exactly why many people are disillusioned with politics. What about what America stands for? What is right? We are nation of laws and that was exactly Mr. Giuliani's words in 2006 during Zacarias Moussaoui 's trial in a civilian court. And now it's all so wrong. Oh! We are bringing demons to our city to be tried in our courts. This stinks Mr. Giuliani. No, you stink Mr. Giuliani and that's why you were pummeled in your last run for President. You have no principles.

    November 17, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The fireman and policemen Giuliani failed to help as he promised them after suffering all kinds of problems after 9/11, in fact they have gone to Cuba seeking treatment. In fact, it was Giuliani who failed to give them the right equipment prior to 9/11, Giuliani ought not to ever open his mouth about anything regarding 9/11, he's a fraud still trying to capitalize on 9/11.

    November 17, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Chandler

    When another 9/11 terrorist, Moussaui, was tried and convicted in New York, Rudy declared it was proof that we are a nation of laws! It appears Mr. Gulliani no longer thinks that laws should apply to criminals. It seems that people are trying to make the point that since they are not citizens, they shouldn't be tried here. Non-citizens are tried and convicted for their crimes in this country all the time! 195 terrorism trials have taken place in the US since 2001. Where does Rudy get his crazy ideas? Certainly not from the law.

    November 17, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Emma

    Rudy, you have been a man of some importance to some people, but
    during your campaign for president you did not articulate what the voters wanted to hear from you and other Republican politicians. You are so hung up in past policies and the country and the world have outgrown them.

    Also you had lacked critical judgement for disaster preparedness by a poorly developed system to respond to a crisis such as the 9/11 event. It was reported that your fire and police crews' communications and rescue abilities were hampered because of obsolete systems in New York City.

    How valuable can your opinion be? You clearly have joined the dance to belittle the current administration.

    November 17, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |

    I used to have a lot more respect for Giuliani,.. lately he seems to have lost his way and his mind, with some of the garbage he spouts.If the Mayor , and the Police Chief of New York, don't see a problem,... then that should be good enough for this overrated has been.

    November 17, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. CommonSense09

    Rudy is only vocal because President Obama and Administration decided to bring the convicts to NY; no matter where the trail would be held rudy and the republicans would argue the dam if you do and you're dammed if you don't – Rudy go fly a kite.....loser! Oh not to mention your failed presidential run......

    November 17, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Albo58

    The Libs need to understand that the thugs held at Guantanamo are ILLEGAL COMBATANTS, not American citizens so their rights are NOT covered by our Constitution. Furthermore, the idiotic and politically-driven decision by the President's storage, Eric Holder, to have show trials in New York is a travesty! A quick and effective military justice decision and subsequent execution answers the mail!

    November 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Tyler

    Stupid Rudy at it again.......blah.

    November 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. NotFooledTX

    You mean the Rudy Guiliani that put the communications center back into the WTC AFTER the first bombing?

    Like that hypocritical dimwits opinion has any merit.

    Like it or not republicans, we are a nation of laws – just watch and learn.

    November 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. m smith

    He needs to go find somebody else to divorce or chase after.

    November 17, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    How are all those wealthy tax cuts working for YOU?

    November 17, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Drone Pilot

    Me thinks Guilliani has something to hide.

    November 17, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. usualone

    What is he afraid of? Timothy McVeigh got a fair trial and he was a home-grown terrorist.

    November 17, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. kl in atlanta

    Let me get this straight..
    The new GOP talking point is that Obama made us look weak by bowing to the Japanese leader out of respect, however it is OK to say that we are too afraid of the terrorists to have them stand trial in our own country and be held accountable to our rule of law, because we don't think our system can handle it. Which seems weaker to you?

    November 17, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Obama is a Disaster

    Can Obama do anything right? He is a total incompetent.

    November 17, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    The republicans are happy using it as a propaganda tool. But they aren't ha[ppy using it as a sign that WE do things the right way.


    November 17, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Limbaugh is a liberal

    And Giuliani vehemently defended Bush Jr.'s decision when Moussaoui (the 20th hijacker) got a civil trial in NY City! What a hypocrite!

    November 17, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. bob in LA

    Good ol' Rudy.
    First he gets drummed out of office and had to drop out of the Senate race against Clinton for lack of support.
    The irony of his critiziing anyone is it was his decision to put the city's emergency services in the basement of the WTC , even after that same building had been a target inthe past.
    It was his commanders that told people after the crashes that the buildings were safe and that evacuation was nto necessary.
    Had immediate evacuation taken place far fewer people would have died.
    So what gives him any right to an opinion on the trial or security?

    November 17, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Peter E

    I personally don't fear bringing a terrorist to justice in a civilian court. (though I understand that the media's fear-mongering generates more ad dollars) I just find a civil trial unnecessary. We talk about the 'rule of law' but let's be honest with ourselves. The verdict IS a foregone conclusion. So why not dispense with a prolonged trial (on taxpayer money) and just go for the speedier, cheaper military tribunal. It's not as if anyone in the world in their right mind is going to believe that the trial would be 'fair' and 'following the rule of law' anyway! Did anyone believe that Saddam could even remotely be acquited, or get a lighter sentence when we gave him to an Iraqi cvilian court? Of course, not! Everyone knew that we had the US army outside the courthouse with guns, ensuring the trial would have the pre-determined outcome we wanted!

    November 17, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Jim in Florida

    Holder's decision to hold a terro trial in NYC is about the most stupid thing I have ever seen the Fed do in my lifetime. The first thing any defense lawyer will do is request a change of venue and if it is not granted that becomes a basis for appeal later on. The plan is stock full of problems, not the least of which these scumbags do not rate a trial under the meaning of our Constitution.

    Perhaps the Obama Administration should just set them free (after performing a lobotomy under Obama Care) and send them back to the hole we pulled them out of. Obama doesn't even think we are at war with any terrorists.

    November 17, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. dave in FL

    obama continues his assault on America.......this man is mismanaging
    our country and destroying it in every way a country can be destroyed...
    -trials for TERRORISTS? have got to be kidding me

    -take over health care and 1/7th of our economy.....been to the post office lately?'re kidding, right?

    -dither over afghanistan?.what would you expect from the UNDECIDER?

    -waste time, effort and energy on healthcare while our economy tanks

    -obsess over factitious "global warming" or "climate change".....lets really screw the economy

    -let's bring race relations in this country to its lowest point ever since the civil rights movement.......nice

    but the main point of your story.......trials for mistake could be bigger than this one and our country will pay for it for decades......have a nice day

    November 17, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Chad

    When 9 out of 10 families who lost loved ones on 9/11/01 don't want a show trial in New York, then that's all that matters. Rudy is correct. What good does this do giving KSM a platform to recruit terrorists and mock the victims of his act of war?

    November 17, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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