WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Attorney General Eric Holder And Terrorist Trials

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Ten years after the fiery collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, Lower Manhattan came close to becoming an armed camp once again.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Story

But it was in April of this year when, after 507 days of legal wrangling and community uproar, Attorney General Eric Holder finally bit the bullet.

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He reversed the administration’s decision to hold civilian trials in Manhattan federal court for the self-proclaimed September 11th mastermind Khalid-Sheik Mohammed and his co-defendants.

Holder made the decision with great reluctance.

He blamed Congress for tying his hands, but failed to mention Lower Manhattan’s Community Board No. 1, and its president, Julie Menin, who helped to force his hand.

She began leading protests after the police department revealed that the trial would cost $200 million a year for the extraordinary security involved.

“Anytime you’re spending $200 million a year in security and anytime that they’re proposing having 2,000 checkpoints it just doesn’t make sense,” Menin told WCBS 880 reporter Irene Cornell. “There are checkpoints around the New York Stock Exchange and Park Row and it basically has meant that most of the small businesses around that area have closed as a result.”

“But in terms of advocacy, generally you need to propose a solution in order to win on an issue. So, I thought it was very important that we not just criticize having the trial downtown, but that we actually offer a number of solutions to get the trial moved,” said Menin.

But now, there will be no civilian trial.

Khalid-Sheik Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators will be tried  by a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay.

Where do you think Khalid-Sheik Mohammed should be put in trial? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • Stephen M. St. John

    Holder is preventing a discovery process in federal court so as to further the cover-up of the truth about 9/11. That would include my own independent discovery that the purported 9/11 “Dulles Airport” surveillance video is a total fraud. Shadows of passersby outside the terminal entrance in the far background of the video, plus the lack of features one would expect to see outside the entrance at Dulles, prove that the video could not possibly have been filmed at Dulles, but was filmed elsewhere, and then fraudulently presented to the public and to a jury as having been filmed at Dulles. Details, including photos, are on my website at http://www.show-the-house.com/id107.html. Holder is not a straight shooter, and is an accessory after the fact in this instance.

  • michaelfury

    “As for the Department of Justice, it shows their inability to prosecute individuals who are responsible for the death of 3,000 people on the morning of 9/11. Apparently our Constitution and judicial system — two of the very cornerstones that make America so great and used to set such a shining example to the rest of the world — are not adequately set up to respond to or deal with the aftermath of terrorism. To me, this is a startling and dismal acknowledgment that perhaps Osama Bin Laden did, in fact, win on the morning of 9/11. And chillingly, I wonder whether it wasn’t just the steel towers that were brought down and incinerated on 9/11, but the yellowed pages of our U.S. Constitution, as well.”

    – Kristen Breitweiser


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