Over the weekend former New York Governor George Pataki and best selling author and columnist Ann Coulter joined more than 70,000 American’s in signing HUMAN EVENTS and RedState.com’s petition urging General Eric Holder to reverse his decision and move the 9/11 Khalid Sheik Mohammed trial from its scheduled New York City location back to a military tribunal.
HUMAN EVENTS’ petition has grown at a quick rate of 10-12,000 signers per day since starting just last week (January 6).
First to show their support for the petition was Former New York Congressmen Vito Fosella, and Rick Lazio but it was only hours before other influential politicians, authors, and even actors voiced their desire to support the cause. Three former Presidential candidates, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Steve Forbes have attached their names to the petition as well.
A huge media buzz — and a gathering political storm — were widespread after Holder’s decision to try KSM in a civilian court just blocks away from Ground Zero was announced in mid-November but faded quickly. After a terrorist attack on Christmas day on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 — a reminder that the dangers of radical Islam are still imminent — the issue has been brought back to light
“We must continue to shine a light on this issue because providing terrorists a civilian trial not only endangers those in New York City today, but also sets a perilously unacceptable standard for combating extremism in the future,” petition signer Rep. Tom Price (R.-Ga.) told HUMAN EVENTS.
The complete list of petition signers include the following leaders former Governor of Virginia. George Allen, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), columnist and author Ann Coulter, publisher Steve Forbes, former Rep. Vito Fossella (R.-N.Y.), Rep. Trent Franks (R.-Ariz), Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Governor. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio), Rep. Pete King (R.-N.Y.), former Rep Rick Lazio (R.-N.Y.), radio talk show host and author Mark Levin, NY State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, columnist and author Michelle Malkin, actor and author Chuck Norris, former New York Governor George Pataki, Rep.Tom Price (R.-Ga), former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, Rep. Aaron Schock (R.-Ill), Rep. John Shadegg (R.-Ariz), Rep. John Shimkus (R.-Ill) Rep, Todd Tiahrt (R.-Kan).