The Department of Justice told HUMAN EVENTS on Tuesday they still have not ruled out a trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York City even in light of the failed Times Square bombing attempt.
“There has not been a decision made,” Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.
“We have stated for months, just do a basic Google search, I do not have any announcement with respect to whether it’s going to be in a federal court, military commission, or which location.”
“Even in light of the recent attempt to bomb Time Square?” asked HUMAN EVENTS. “Yes, for months, feel free to do a basic Google search,” said Boyd.
Including the recent attempt by Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American, to set off a car bomb in an area where thousands of tourists roamed the streets, there have been at least ten attempts to bomb New York City since September 11, 2001, that have been made public.
Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.) told HUMAN EVENTS that “New York City continues to be the number one target of Islamic terrorists. As the Times Square car bomb shows us, New Yorkers face the real threat of terrorism on a daily basis.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it is cutting New York City’s funding for terrorism prevention programs. New York City is set to receive 25% less for port security and 27% less for transit security programs.
“If Attorney General Eric Holder were to move forward with the Obama Administration’s outrageous plan to put Khalid Sheik Mohammed on trial in Lower Manhattan, the Obama Administration would significantly increase the already enormous terror risk to the people who already live, work and visit New York City,” said Rep. King.
King said that liberal civil liberties groups and sympathetic defense attorneys will undoubtedly file hundreds of court motions and engage in delay tactics, which will cause the trial to go on for years and would shut down huge parts of Lower Manhattan.
Holder last week told the members of the House Appropriations Committee that terrorists should have the same rights that a Charles Manson would have.
“Osama bin Laden, in your opinion, has the same rights as Charles Manson?” Rep. John Culberson (R.-Tex.) asked.
“In some ways, I think they’re comparable people,” replied Holder