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February 1st, 2010
06:00 AM ET

White House: No decision yet on moving 9/11 trial

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/01/31/terror.trial.site/story.ksm.gi.jpg caption="Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is among those suspects set to face a trial in a civilian criminal court."]

Washington (CNN) - No decision has been made on whether to change the current plan to hold the September 11 terrorist attack trial in a civilian court in lower Manhattan, White House officials said Sunday.

Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other politicians expressed concern over the costs and disruption of holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accomplices at a New York City courthouse.

David Axelrod, the senior adviser to President Obama, and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Obama believes the trial should take place in a criminal court instead of before a military commission, as permitted for some terrorism suspects.

However, Axelrod and Gibbs acknowledged that Obama and the Justice Department were considering moving the trial from New York City. Full Story

Should the trial of 9/11 suspects be moved out of New York City? Sound off below.


Filed under: Controversy
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Linda Blankensop

    i can't believe that we are going to try them in civil court. they should be tried in a mitlary court. I wouldn't like to be the one defending them. When our citizens are captured in other countries they just cut off their heads and we want to treat them as if they are regular human beings, they are animals and it is about time that we realize we will no longer treat them as an everyday person. Plus i agree about the republicans trying to make sure they get more people running for them. How soon we forget that when President Clinton was in office and President Bush took the power we were in the black. Now look at our nation and were it is now because of the Bush administration. That is why I became and indepentant. We need more people running for independants so we have a choice.

    February 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  2. rober/reb

    My God!

    Eric Holder who are you to let these killers in the USA, Obie when will you sack up and defend our country that you suppose to lead!

    Do you need to read your oath of the presidency of the USA.

    My God Fellow Wake up!

    February 1, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  3. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    The 9/11 trials of terrorists involved in the terrorist plot should not be held in a civilian courtroom. These terrorists and the ones fighting in most every Muslim nation are not and should not be considered as people with rights. Their laws have no consideration for the rights of their own people they just hand out punishment in hopes to deter others from acting against their laws! 90 lashes to a girl for bringing a cell phone to school and also jail time tells me that they do not really care for people they just care for their rule of law which is inconsistent with peoples rights! As for terrorists caught fighting the coalition in this war on terror they should be tried by a military court and when found guilty should be put to death if they have no remorse! Be sure to let the Muslim world know that they are not martyr's but killers! Martyr's are people who put their life ahead of others who are in danger of losing their lives and these terrorists are the ones that are putting others in danger with the killing of people who are innocent of any wrong doing!

    February 1, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  4. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    The 9/11 trials of terrorists involved in the terrorist plot should not be held in a civilian courtroom. These terrorists and the ones fighting in most every Muslim nation are not and should not be considered as people with rights. Their laws have no consideration for the rights of their own people they just hand out punishment in hopes to deter others from acting against their laws! 90 lashes to a girl for bringing a cell phone to school and also jail time tells me that they do not really care for people they just care for their rule of law which is inconsistent with peoples rights! As for terrorists caught fighting the coalition in this war on terror they should be tried by a military court and when found guilty should be put to death if they have no remorse! Be sure to let the Muslim world that they are not martyr's but killers! Martyr's are people who put their life ahead of others who are in danger of losing their lives and these terrorists are the ones that are putting others in danger with the killing of people who are innocent of any wrong doing!

    February 1, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  5. christine

    I want to know when Kiran and John will host RNC convention? You two know it alls seems to pretend that you care about JOBS, but you want the spending to stop. Your Republican talking point don't add up because if we want to create more jobs, we need to spend. Maybe, both of you should have done your job when the Bush adm was destroying the economy. If you want to be taken serious, you need to do more journalism by asking the Republicans why they want control again when they got us in this mess. John and Kiran, if you are really honest, you will know that there is little that the government can do to create jobs the way you want. IF everyday people are not spending, businesses will close. So, do your job and stop worrying about Republican re-eletion. Show some dignity for your country and people who are suffring by telling them the truth. Hey, both of you can resign and cnn can give your spot to a REAL UNEMPLOYED JOURNALISTS.

    February 1, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  6. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Good morning guys.

    I was discussing the 9/11 trial with a friend and we both couldn't believe how much fear there is in holding this trial in a court of law. So little faith in our system of Democracy. I wonder why that is? Is it just political posturing or is there a real fear that wherever the trial is held, an attack could take place?

    Either way, it seems that the terrorist have won in stripping Americans of their courage and faith.

    I watch Rudy Giulliani talk of how wrong this is to be tried in a U.S court of law. Yet, he defended Bush's policies. Rudy Giulliani couldn't find his way through Florida, what makes him think he knows something now?

    The Republican mantra is only going to further the downfall of America.
    They brought this misery to America, divided America to conquer her for power. Yet, they have no power, only One has power over all things.

    I think if New Yorker's can't mustard up enough courage and faith as Americans to do their civic duty, then maybe bringing the trial to a place like Pittsburgh, where Justice truly reigns and courage and faith thrives. I have enough faith that we can uphold the Laws of the Land and bring Justice. I for one, am not afraid of any terrorist, but there is a day where terrorist will fear Me.

    February 1, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  7. regina boston

    Mayors, governors and other politicians only oppose the location of the terrorist trials within the United States because President Obama wants to hold them here. America is suppose to be the most powerful country in the world. So why the fear? These men have been accused of committing crimes against this country and should be tried here.
    It does not take much to see that those in opposition to holding the trials in this country do so in hopes it will result in an Obama political failure.
    Jobs, balance budget – maybe the county executive should ask the residents.

    February 1, 2010 at 7:07 am |
  8. lhkeller

    Take the trail out of the united states.This country does not need any more strife. We have more important and pressing issues to deal with at this time.

    February 1, 2010 at 7:02 am |
  9. ken

    No, the 9/11 trial should be held in NYC. Obama needs to stop listening to all the whiners like king, bloomberg ,gooliani, and me too shumer. We now spend 1 trillion dollars on defense and homeland security and everyone is too scared to have a trial in NYC. The military has had 8 years to have a military trial and they have not . It appears that Obama will have the trial wherever the republicans tell him to have it. Bin laden said israel is the reason they had the 9/11 attack so why not have the trial in israel.

    February 1, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  10. DanIel

    We have become a nation of cowards. We want security, but not in our back yard to procecute or jail terrorists when they are cut.

    February 1, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  11. Guy in Virginia

    New York is the #1, perfect place in which to hold the trials for the 9/11 perpetrators. The people of NYC deserve to have these animals tried in the courts of the city that they attacked; and they also deserve to view the proceedings in an open forum. These detainees are criminals and Al Qeada is a criminal organization. They are not Soldiers, representing a government with which we are at war and they are not worthy of the title "Enemy Combatants". That would be an honorific that these criminal terrorists have not earned. Having just returned from three (count 'em) three years in Afghanistan working for the Department of State, I can intimate that there are plenty of senior military personel over there who feel exactly the same way.

    February 1, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  12. J.Falvo

    The trial for any jihab terrorist should take place in a military court at Guantanomo, Cuba, the cheapest way to go and the safest way to go. What's the problem with Attorney General Holder? Let's have a little courage, Mr. Holder, and admit your decision was way off base!

    February 1, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  13. mike-sey

    It is astounding that the mighty US gives fresh evidence almost every day that Osama Bin Laden is winning, andthat the country's vaunted judicial system and constitution is so weak that it can not handle a fair trial for a handful of suspects. It boggles the mind.

    February 1, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  14. Joe Mast

    If you're concerned about security, why not Fort Knox, Ky. Surely there's a facility in place to conduct a trial there. Talk about bullet proof and safe...

    February 1, 2010 at 6:42 am |