November 16th, 2009
02:31 PM ET

Trying 9/11 suspects in New York City?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/16/9-11.jpg caption= " Lights near Ground Zero to memorialize September 11."]FROM CNN's JACK CAFFERTY:

A heated debate is following the Obama administration's decision to bring some of the 9-11 suspects to trial in New York City.

Democrats are praising the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the attacks, and four others in a civil court here in the U.S. They say it shows what a strong justice system we have.

But Republicans are calling it a bad idea and asking why alleged terrorists should get full judicial rights of U.S. citizens. Former New York City Major Rudy Giuliani says these terror suspects should face military tribunals... Giuliani says the trials will put New York City residents at unnecessary risk.

A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 64% of those polled say Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried by a military court, while only 34% say he should be tried by a civilian court. But, the poll shows 60% of those surveyed agree Mohammed should be tried here in the U.S.

Nonetheless, a lot of people here in New York don't think this is such a good idea. Mike Lupica writes in the New York Daily News that a fair trial for Mohammed in New York won't change the worst day the city has ever had:

"This is a trial that will dominate the city and hold it hostage and bring back the day and none of the dead. This bum will get the stage he wants and tell the city it is a target all over again."

Here's the question: How do you feel about trying five of the 9/11 suspects in New York City?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Karl writes:
Try them on Peoria, Des Moines, Fresno even Winnemucca, I don’t care and it doesn’t matter, just get the long overdue trials over with. They are a far greater threat to us in Gitmo as poster boys for terrorist recruitment than they will ever be here in the US being processed through our legal system that has worked just fine for over 230 years.

Zach from Washington writes:
Unfortunately, giving them a highly-publicized civilian trial gives them more of a chance to spew their propaganda and anti-American rhetoric. It also gives politicians a platform to attack Bush/Cheney policies. Instead of the focus being on the thousands of murders these people committed against civilians, it will become a political circus. Bad idea. They need to be treated like the war criminals they are. And then taken out back and shot.

Ken from North Carolina writes:
I think it is the thing to do. If a man commits a rape in N.Y. and is captured in New Mexico, he is not tried there. He is brought back to N.Y. to face his accusers and that is what is being done in this case. While many New Yorkers want to demonstrate to those who wish to harm us that we do not fear them, there are many in New York that, after 8 years, are now afraid of their own shadow.

Marie from Hillburn, New York writes:
The victims (the people of New York) should have an opportunity to see those "thugs" tried and convicted. To try them in a military tribunal elevates them to "soldiers". They don't deserve this distinction.

Bruce writes:
Republicans are second guessing the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military during a time of war? Jack, tell me it isn't so! But of course the Republicans don't want the torture details which they have so vigorously defended to come out. And of course, sadly to say, the Obama administration is probably playing politics and using this as a way to get the torture details out to the public.

Bob from Arkansas writes:
I think it is great. After they are found guilty, hang them from the Empire State Building.

Filed under: September 11
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Rob of Brooklyn

    as a NY'er I'm not thrilled .We really don't need this people in our city . GO away

    November 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  2. Melissa

    I think it needs to happen. If nothing else, for mental closure by the citizens.

    November 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  3. Peg from NY

    I feel that NYC is exactly where they should have the trial. That is where the crimes were committed.

    November 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  4. Susan Frost

    If I'd blown up 3000+ innocent people in New York, I'd be asking for a change of venue to Gitmo!

    Tuscaloosa AL

    November 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  5. Jayne

    Considering the successful prosecution and sentencing of the first World Trade Center bombers in New York City, I think it's a great idea. While I might understand the sensitivity of the victims of the event and their families, I do not understand the constant paranoia coming from the right. It appears they are using this as a political tool and it's very unseemly. These same folks will complain that electricity to execute the convicted criminals was paid for by the American people. Just wait and see.

    November 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  6. Rick Medina,OH


    We have Federal court houses throughout the country. Who really cares which one we choose. The point is that the process is moving along. When they finally strap these guys to a gurney, no one will care where they were tried.

    Rick, Medina, Oh

    November 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  7. roger

    That is where they committed their crime, so that is where they should e tried.! Give them a fair trial and execute them- preferably slowly.

    November 16, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  8. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Well, it would be nice if they could get a fair trial instead of the kangaroo court at Gitmo.

    November 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  9. bob frompa

    what will be the cost for n.y. and the country will be at risk of another attack sorry iam against it

    November 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  10. Theresa in Bozeman

    Obama has been criticized for not holding closed military tribunals for these people. Instead he has opted for civil trials in New York. I believe his logic is that if they receive public civil trials with all the rights afforded under our Constitution, then no one can say they didn't get a fair trial. Finding an impartial jury in New York is going to be another matter.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  11. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I say, go for it.
    Of course, you and your republicans will disagree regardless of it's merits. Heaven forbid you would have anything positive to say.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  12. Mark

    It is time to give them their day in court and get it over with.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  13. Anne -- Sulphur, LA

    Both the Constitution and international law guarantee a fair trial to these men. There is nothing in those illustrious documents that says the right to that trial is limited only to citizens of the country hosting them. Like it or not we have to try them as fairly as possible - if we want our citizens to be treated fairly in other countries.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The latestest in a seemingly endless string of bonehead ideas from someone who obviously hasn't a clue.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  15. Joe CE

    Where would we try them if terrorism was nota threat? well that is where they should be tried. If the trial were held in Pudink, it would not make terrorist tragets in NY less attractive.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  16. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Well Jack, the crime did occur in NYC. Hence, it is the right decision to try the accused there. I can't believe the controversy surrounding the locale. It is time for this to end. And let's get over our being attacked. The towers were attacked in 1993 and life went blindly on. Other countries have suffered countless attacks. But they continue in. It is time to let go.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  17. Bud Rupert, Reston, VA

    That's where they should be tried. Let the People of New York find the bastards guilty (aftter hearing all the evidence of course) and then have the pleasure of invoking a death sentence

    That's what I call Justice. What goes around comes around.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  18. Ed from California

    If the people of New York are scared to try these scumbags. They can give them the trial at my house. And when we find them guilty we can hang them at this beautiful tree out side of town where the buzzards hang out. We get rid of these hoopleheads, they go see Allah, and the buzzards have lunch. It's a win-win-win situation!

    November 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  19. jenny

    Good luck finding a jury in that pool.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  20. Paul, Austin, Texas

    I do not live in New York City but I used to live there. The only possible other place to try them is in a military court somewhere. If we do that and I am not saying we should not the world will see us as a people that want only one outcome death to them all. Yes that is what they should get and if trying them in New York City in a civilian court makes us seem more just then that is what should be done.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  21. Ed

    I don't have a problem with it. Of course, I don't live in New York; however, if we've become to afraid to try someone for a crime, then maybe we don't deserve to survive as a nation.


    November 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  22. John from Alabama

    Jack: It is fine with me. These individuals violated laws of New York City, the State of New York, and the federal government. I believe New York City is a good place to start the judicial proceedings. Attorney General Eric Holder has the charges and the evidence to convict these individuals for the crime of murder. Let's get it started so I might see justice carried out before I die.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  23. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Jack I don't think it is necessary. That is what military courts are for. These are people charged with war crimes not jay walking. Any media coverage of this trial will only fuel terrorists that are sympathetic to their cause. There is no way they could find an American jury in New York that would give them a fair trial at least in the opinion of the terrorists. Once they are convicted any death sentence with 24 hour news coverage will only make them martyrs. I am for holding them indefinitely without a trial. That’s legal and it is quiet.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  24. Hugo Kijne

    There is no doubt in my mind that this trial should take place in federal court in Manhattan. By bringing these criminals to 'normal' justice the US denies them a special status as Muslim martyrs. And if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with the beard he grew, actually comes to New York in the next couple of weeks, I suggest that he be greated by that most annoying of all Christmas songs, 'Here Comes Santa Claus,' preferably in the recent version of Bob Dylan. If they play that often enough, he'll be longing back for the days he was waterboarded.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  25. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    What the heck are you doing? We are sending a very clear message to the terrorists, if you wan't to commit crimes against America, now is the time to do it, we will treat you pretty good and make sure you aren't uncomfortable. We are finding out how naive Obama really is.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  26. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    If I was a federal defense attorney and a shister, I'd be very happy to take the tax payers millions to defend them but since I have a conscience I think they should be tried, convicted and punished in Gitmo.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  27. Diane

    Why not

    November 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  28. Ken, DE

    I think the kuwaiti who planned the 9/11 plane crash should be tried in nyc where the crime took place. It is time for right wing politicians to stop the terrophobia. NYC has 36,000 policemen three times the police force of Los Angeles. Security for new years eve is much more complicated then this event. The military has had 8 years to start the trial, and they have failed. Let's stop the whining and have the trial in the big apple.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  29. Jim from Chicago

    Trying these criminals in New York City says that we are a nation of laws that will not create phony show trials even for crimes as heinous as 9/11.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  30. mark pribble Anna Illinois

    As far as where it should not matter, what matters to me is i believe that they should be tried in a Military court, this is not a civil case, and they do not have the rites as citizens of this country granted by our constitution. They should be tried by the Military, this was an act of war. and it should be treated in that manner.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  31. william fitzwater

    These trials need to be in the open. It is just like the Nuremberg trials it was something that brought our the true nature of these people into the open showed the distortion & perversion of there beliefs in the open where it is very difficult to defend. We need to give these terrorist something they never gave their victims that is a fair trial to show them even the most heinous offender will still get justice . Our country is a rule of law not about vengeance but after all is said in done they will receive justice.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  32. vdH in Mansfield, Ohio

    The media being what it is, I think such a trial would tend to "glorify" 9/11 to the al Qaeda around the world. I think it is a bad idea. BTW, I'm a democrat.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  33. Simonsays/Orlando

    I hope they're aquitted and released on the streets of New York. I think at that point you would see a lot of New Yorkers get their final justice on them. And where are they going to find "a jury of their peers"
    to hear their case. Their peers are murdering terrorists not regular citizens of this country.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  34. JENNA

    How do you feel about trying five of the 9/11 suspects in New York City?

    This is what we should have done from the very beginning. Instead GW violated the Geneva Convention by torturing prisoners and held them captive for years – hundreds who did no wrong but since we tortured them we can't release them (we created NEW hatred).

    This is just another blunder in a long list of blunders by GW Bush.

    President Clinton was brilliant – the first attack on the WTC resulted in those responsible to be rounded up, tried in US Courts, Convicted, and PRISON. That is what you do to terrorist – you don't attack nations that have nothing to do with the terrorists..

    Roseville CA

    November 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  35. Dennis from Albuquerque

    Ithink that it is the right thing to do. These murderous scum should be tried in New York and then executed for their crimes. Bush held on to them for six years without any kind of a trial, so it's time for closure for all involved, expecially the familes of the victims.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  36. Scott Cash

    Sound perfect to me. Take em down to ground zero, toss them out of the police car and let the victims family take care of the trail and punishment right there. They will get a swift trail I assure you.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  37. Mr. D

    I don't think it's a good idea. Why not have the trials in some small town that is isolated and security can be more easily enforced. Why ask for trouble. The trials should be as low keyed as possible. The 9/11 bombers didn't broadcast their plans, why give them public visibility.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  38. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,this absolutely the dumbest thing this administration has done to date,these people are war criminals not bank robbers,the only thing being acomplished here is that the administration has given these terrorists a world wide stage for propaganda!

    November 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  39. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Very good! It shows pride and security in your own civilian judicial system! A criminal is a criminal, period! A military court gives these criminals even more clout from being considered as being in the same calibre of any soldiers from any nation! This decision shows a state of mind that does not confuses people by given criminals more recognition than they deserve from their horrific acts. Do not lower the U.S. at being at war with civilians that are criminals by elevating them from the use of military trials....these criminals are not even close to any qualities that suppose to exist from all our worldwide military personnel and missions! This decision shows a nation of law that is strong, stable and protect its own people from all criminals through the exercices of your democratic institutions...in other words these future convictions are reflective of all the people of the U.S. bringing to justice all the wrongs done to their people and their nation! You are a nation of law, of democratic institutions and a military force but you are not a military nation with just military law.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  40. Donna

    If it helps us Bury them 6 feet under, sooner then I'm all 4 it

    Aurora, Co

    November 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  41. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    I fell that for those suspects that we ABSOLUTELY KNOW had a hand in terrorism, there should be no trial. They should be (like the lying, thieving, self-serving, treasonous Bush Bunch) publicly skinned alive, doused with gasoline & set on fire. I strongly believe the death penalty is severely underused in our Nation and the method of execution should fit the crime. Our present criminal justice system with regards horrific crimes, such as terrorism, murder/rape of senoirs & children and selling out the USA & it's military is no deterrent.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  42. Conor in Chicago

    I think it makes sense to try them in a civilian court in the city that they attacked. Making their trial a secretive military affair simply adds to the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11-some of which I give credence to myself.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  43. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Go for it! Don't think we have to worry to much about them picking a jury of "peers."

    November 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  44. wahela

    They should be tried in the area that they committed their crimes in. So New York City would be the place. I believe it would be a difficult task finding 12 unbiased Americans to be the jury, tho.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  45. Linda in Arizona

    I think it's a mistake. Why do it when you don't have to? It's another in the ever-growing list of things I find incomprehensible about the Obama administration. What is the benefit in having the trials in NYC? It will stir up bad feelings, cost a fortune, and nobody in the entire world cares a rip if they get tried in the courts or by a military tribunal. Obama administration = maroons.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  46. Mark, Worcester MA

    I don't understand how the New York judicial system is appropriate for this crime. The attack was of nationwide significance, then and now. It was terrorism on the largest scale, with the intention of genocide. While NYC surely has a good system, shouldn't their trial and sentence be of proportionate?

    November 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  47. Karen, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    This is the worse decision the Obama Administration has made. To subject the victims and families of victims of the 911 tragedy to months of rehashing the gruesome and horrible details is torture for them. Try the criminals at Guantanamo and imprison them there until whatever verdict is carried out. This will eliminate pain for the victims of 911, the enormous cost of security, and the publicity that these terrorists want. They deserve nothing.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  48. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The terrorist suspects should all be tried in a military court and Guantanamo is just fine. This was an act of war carried out on the entire United States and was not limited to just New York. Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. were also hit by these terrorists. A military court could hear all of the testimony and protect the intelligence sources that supplied the information, a civilian court could not accomplish this. A military court would not have O J Simpson type jurists.

    The executions by firing squad should be held in New York but not the trial.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  49. Cheryl

    I fell fine. It seems like the right thing to do. The Republican alternative is to leave them in Gitmo forever. The right wing is trying to frighhten the easily-frightened into believing they are in danger with the suspects in NYC – like they are going to bust away from their armed guards and run beserk through the streets. I am much more concerned that we have of citizenry that falls for this stuff.
    Houston, TX

    November 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  50. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    This is unnecessary insanity by Obama! There is nothing wrong with the judicial process in military tribunals!

    9/11 was a direct attack on this nations military headquarters – The Pentagon!! It was and will always be an "Act of War". These combatants should never see U.S. soil!!!

    November 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  51. Carlos Gonzalez

    I would feel great about it. Are we suppose to try them somewhere where the memories are less vivid therefore less real?

    November 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  52. Eric, Atlanta GA

    I can't believe how people are making these guys out to be some sort of superhuman villains. They're less than 6ft tall and weigh as much as an average American high school student and we're terrified of them??? Put them in a standard prison population and they'll last as long as Dahmer did. Why have we waited so long to execute these men? How much have we spent keeping these guys in jail long after we've water boarded everything we can get out of them?

    November 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  53. Tucson Bob

    Go for it and get it over with. The wounds will never heal as long as they sit in Cuba. The Republicans are against bringing them to US soil. They've had 7 years with them at Gitmo. Why didn't they do something during all that time? Talk about indecision.........

    November 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  54. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    These --- -s blew up my city. You can bet your sweet behind I want them here for trial. And if they are convicted, I’d volunteer to throw the switch that fries them.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  55. Rory Murray

    If they don't go broke with the cost of security, New York was the scene of the crime and it is fitting that the trial be held there.
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    November 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  56. joe m

    how does one endow rights to individuals who do not believe in the principles that govern these rigths? the rights afforded to defendants in civilian courts are for those who believe in the idea of a free society. by their actions and words, none of these men have demonstrated that they believe in this idea. i'm really not sure how the AG and the government expect to pull this off. i trully hope that they've actually thought of every possible thing b/c if they didn't a really creative lawyer will succeed in having the charges against these men dismissed.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  57. A. Smith, Oregon

    Jack, trying the over 700 kidnapped men housed at Gitmo in American Court Systems is at least an attempt to apply legal and lawful American practices to the abysmal and illegal practices of Bush-Cheney.

    After 7 years, only 3 had any actual charges leveled against them. That would equal a failure or wrongful rendition or kidnapping nearly 98% of the time. Tell me Jack, if Bush-Cheney were kidnapping the wrong person 98% of the time, what does that tell you about their success?

    November 16, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  58. Tina Tx

    If Bush had of completed his job we would not be going through the hassle of trying these men. It would have been over with. They would have been sent to God knows where & taken care of. But with true Bush form he left many things left undone for the next president to fix.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  59. Jim


    I'm inclined to agree with Rudy on this one. Trying the 9/11 suspects in New York not only creates a serious security/safety issue for that city, the charged atmosphere also makes a fair trial almost impossible. Find an easily defended small remote island somewhere.

    Reno, Nevada

    November 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  60. Ron Temecula

    Hi JacK:

    Absolutly!! Yes try them, convict them, and set their penalty in New York City!! THERE IS JUSTICE AFTER ALL..

    Ron Temecula, Ca

    November 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  61. Michael, Alexandria, Virginia

    Jack, its about time. It could have and should have happened years ago. This is change I can believe in. The only people who want to delay this are Republicans who don't want their dirty laundry out in the open.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  62. Joe Pamelia

    This is a two-part question as it has to also address where these people will be housed after conviction.

    The problem is, these people are war criminals, only they are cowards and that is why they attack our general population and do not attempt to meet us on the battlefield.

    Therefore, they should be tried in a Military Court for the appropriate sentencing. The current administration is purposely trying them in a civil court, so these same people can attack our justice system with defense attorneys and appeal after appeal and maybe then be released.

    The question then is, if they are in fact convicted in our civil courts, and later on released, where will they be released, back on the american people again?

    Trying these people in a civil court does not follow the correct procedures of our Justice System.

    Joe Pamelia

    November 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  63. Mike in Greeley, CO

    This is as simple of a legal matter as I can think. Try the criminals where the crime was committed, where the social norms which create the laws and definitions of the specific crimes are the strongest. Man has a right to a fair trial of his peers, and these are the peers whom represent that place of the crime.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  64. MacFab

    Jack, some of the critics have credible argument on this one. However, we shall see who wins the argument. But remember that there so many critics out there that if Pre. Obama walks outside at 12 noon and says that the sun is shining they will say no, it is already night time. God help us!

    November 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  65. BoB bella Vista Ar

    I think it is great. After they are found guilty. Hang them from the empire state building.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  66. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Jack, 1% of all Americans are incarcerated, but the Republicans don't trust our justice system to put these murderers away? Civilian courts have a higher rate of conviction – and execution. Let them do what they do best.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  67. ben stockton, calif

    i dont particularly care where they a tried and as soon as they are tried, line them up along a wall and shoot them.. thats the least we can do to get rid of them, cause i know there are other nuts aver there waiting to take their place.. i

    November 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  68. Ron

    Why wouldn't we have the 911 trials in lower Manhattan?? I mean, traffic is going to be hell around there for the duration, but the Israelis never shied away from putting Nazis on trial in their homeland. Remember "Eichmann in Jerusalem" ?? Sure it's painful for some of the victims families, but the pain isn't going to be less anywhere else. I think it shows the world that we aren't afraid of letting others see our judicial system at work, regardless of the outcome.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  69. david doherty

    I think it's the right thing to do! If you look at the list of victims you'll notice that they were mostly civilans, which were from NY. Not military personnel, so a military tribunal is not the proper venu for the trial. So let NY have it's day in court, god knows it's long over do!
    Dave from NH.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  70. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    I believe this is a bad idea. I will not go into New York during this trial. I'd be afraid. All this is doing is calling unnecesary attention to NYC and marking it as a target for terrorists and our own revenge seeking home grown nuts.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  71. JaneE

    It is as good a place as any. KSM entered into a conspiracy to commit murder. Calling it anything else is glorifying him and his co-conspirators. If he is still sane enough to make a statement, let him. If the memory is too painful, you don't have to listen, but letting him rant will only show the world how deluded and monstrous these maniacs are. The way the terrorists lose is if we don't change in response to them. Holding a real trial is one way to gain back the ground we have already given up.

    November 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  72. Debbie

    It's a terrible idea and the Obama administration is showing just how naive they really are. These people are terrorists and should be tried by the military. What are thinking? We are sending a very bad message........we are weak and naive. Commit an act of terrorism now, while they have more rights than the people they killed. They killed Americans. How do the families of the 911 victims feel about this?

    November 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  73. James from Anaheim California

    I believe that they should be tried by military court and not in civil courts. Just what makes them think they have any rights at all when they ended the lives of 3,000 plus innocent civilians that day? They don't deserve a damn thing much less walking on our shores. Im ashamed that I voted for Obama and he is making me rethink the choice I made in electing him. He has gone off his rocker and he's not even a senior citizen

    November 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  74. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    We have procrastinated too long in trying these terrorists. It is time to do it, and then put it behind us. I don't care where they do it–but it needs to be done and soon. If the secretive Bush terrorist policies hadn't cast a pall over the proceedings already, we wouldn't need to bring everything out in the open to heal ourselves and our reputation in the world as an ethical country.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  75. Joey from Ellenton, Fla

    I forget who said it first, but this quote sums up my feeling: "Justice must not only be done, but must be *seen* to be done." Bloodthirsty and paranoid folk with political agendas will never see the merits of this argument; it seems to me they would be happy to lynch these brutes and forget about it. But that attitude is one of the things that makes people hate us.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  76. Maria

    Why can't they be tried in criminal court in N.Y.? Forget this civil stuff.


    November 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  77. Pam, NYC

    I believe this is a horrible idea. Police Commissioner Kelly may know how to provide the proper security but, in the process, will undoubtedly leave fewer police officers available to protect and serve the balance of the city and its citizens.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  78. susi learn

    first of all, i would remind all those who are trashing obama for wanting this, that bush also wanted to close gitmo and try the terrorists on american soil.

    to directly answer the question, i see no problem with it.


    November 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  79. Subhash

    It is really sad that the current administration is trying to open a pandora's box as it will let them( under trials) know things that they should not know about and can use that information to their advantage and drum up supports from like minded people not only in the US ,but overseas also .In short it is very silly.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  80. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Jack, these are the same guys that cheered on the torture of suspects and every other policy that George W. Bush used to damage our credibility in the world. Our court system is designed to discover the truth and sentence accordingly.

    The real question is, what are the Bush supporters afraid might come out of these proceedings?

    November 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  81. sharon

    They should have a trial.
    We all should know if they recieved the bush/rove treatment while under the US authority.

    NY ? Sure. Then all that have an enterest can be able to be at the trials.

    Then there will be closure............I hope.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  82. John Ca

    I do not care were they are trying as long as they are put to death for the attack on my sister states is attack made on all the United States and for t our people that died on this day of 09/11/2001 is was a dark day for the EMPIRE!

    November 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  83. george

    That is where they did the crime, and that is where they should get their time, it;s where they rolled the dice, and it is where they should pay the price.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  84. Dan in Seattle

    Although it will require more security, a TRIAL in New York is a must. It's a must because "our way of life", includes a fair trial and due process. This is one of the major cornorstones of our country. Fair trials, due process are not mainstays of terrorists. Rather, they were as much a target of 9/11 as the World Trade Center.
    To those who say, "it's too dangerous", don't be a defeatist. By using that argument you are unjustly saying, "We can't deal with them." If we can't give them a fair trial because we are afraid "they" may do something, we might as well throw the towel in. It's BY holding the trail in New York that we truely beat them.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  85. Katja, Bradenton, Florida

    9/11 was an act of war and should be treated as such. The terrorists should be tried in a military court. Nothing else should be acceptable. I usually support the Prez, but in this, he is mistaken.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  86. john, saskatchewan

    We are not talking about a trial here. We are talking about a circus. This is extremely provocative. What could you expect to hear from a man (eight years later) who was water-boarded 183 times that would resemble the truth? Perhaps the defence could call Rudy Giuliani as a material witness and ask him why he was wandering the streets of New York in the middle of a terrorist attack and not in his protective, impenetrable bunker which was specifically constructed for this type of eventuality?

    November 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  87. Joe Z.

    Why do politicians have no problem sending our troops into harm's way but are so damn initimdated by the thought of people in handcuffs under armed gaurd in maximum security prisons being tried in court of law?

    As a veteran, I personally fought for our system of laws. I for one do not fear prosecuting jihadists. To the contrary, it would be a victory for the jihadists if we abandoned our values and the American judicial system.

    Those who sugest we not bring these terorists to justice are simply fear-mongering, political opperatives trying to enflame emotions of their base and/or audience. Our troops and Americans have more integrity and courage then any of these political hacks and our country deserves better.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  88. Francis Atuahene

    This is one of the double standards decision making process of American body politic. Why do we even believe in Military tribunals when America is preaching to the world as if democracy is the best form of government. Military policies are based on decrees implemented by tyrants and coup makers. May be someone should educate Rudi Gilliani about how his double standards has influenced his understanding of the situation on the ground. What is the difference between trying a terrorist who was caught in the act here in the US in a US court house from the ones in GITMO? Why would he even conceive the idea that the trail location of this devilish extremists would change the cause of terrorism?

    November 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  89. Alice NEWYORK

    Jack like you said ,you guys stir the pot! If media plays this big then we have problems. It was done in the ninetys and it was low keyed. By the media playing, well is it woth it? military or civil won't change what happen the thought of seeing 9/11 shots will make all of us , say oh no ,over kill! Why would you do that? ,,

    November 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  90. honestjohn in Vermont

    These terrorists are more military prisioners than criminal prisioners and to give them a civilian trial in NYC opens a Pandora;s Box of problems. They do not deserve the benefit of rights given American citizens at trial. These are the people who want to kill us and they have killed thousands already. They more rightly should be prisioners of war and treated as such.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  91. Dea in Fayetteville NC

    I think they should be tried in NYC. They attacked civilians when we were not at war, so the people of NY should be the ones to fry them.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  92. Robert Picone

    I'm not necessarily saying it's a good idea to try terrorism suspects in New York, but we certainly shouldn't be scared away from it because it is thought to be a potential beacon for terrorist attacks as the talking points seem to be claiming.

    To refuse to take action out of fear of terrorism would do more to aid international terror against the United States than any treatment of our detainees.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  93. Mark

    This is all about our Attorney General putting the Bush Administration on trial. I would like to know why they are being given a trial period.....when they have admitted guilt? The best thing to do with these murdering thugs is to bring them to New York City and publicly announce they will be turned loose on Times Square at a given time and date.

    Oklahoma City

    November 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  94. g ontario

    republicans want these guys tried behind close doors why if you put them in military court aren,t you saying they are a military force instead of terrorist group find out more in federal court some people don,t want the truth

    November 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  95. Mike S., New Orleans

    I'm more concerned that it took eight years to bring them to trial than I am where the trial takes place. No matter where the trial is held, somebody would object to the location.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  96. Kathy, Willcox, Arizona

    I think it's way past the time that Americans get over the fear mentality that has gripped this country since 9/11. We need to show some backbone and have faith that our principles of fair justice will once again prove to the rest of the world that we're no longer afraid of the monster in the closet. The only way to do that is to mete out justice to these jerks in an open federal court.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  97. adem

    I feel proud of my president he is defending American constitution even in a war time, nothing more patroitic than that!

    November 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  98. vern-anaheim,ca

    they should receive a military trial perhaps in ny city but anyplace is fine as long as these murder's get what they deserve

    November 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  99. Brad in Memphis, TN

    It's exactly what should happen. We are supposed to have justice for all. It's very enlightening of a person's character when they find it convenient to sidestep the trial rights they would demand it for themselves. It's the same sick, pliable morality responsible for sullying the name of the United States with the practice of torture. When you have real values, you keep them even when it's hard.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  100. anthony...nj

    It doesn't matter what venue these maniacs are tried in. I don't want to see them die at our hands and give them the matyrdom they anxiously seek. Lock these misanthrops under spartan conditions for the rest of their lives. Solitary confinement without any outlet to the outside world would be the worse thing imaginable for these scum. Allah will take them when he sees fit and good riddance!

    November 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  101. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    I'm relieved. All along Bin Laden has been trying to portray his murders as battles in a war against western infidel imperialists. Bush helped him by calling it a crusade, dredging up for the Arab world memories of rape, torture, and cannibalism. What a propaganda coups for the bad guys.

    President Obama isn't going along with Bin Laden. He's calling 9/11 a horrific crime and prosecuting those who committed it not as soldiers, but as murderers.

    Things first started going against Al Qaida when Obama took office. This will make Bin Laden question whether Allah really is on his side.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  102. Charles


    I recall ex-president Bush using in his statements/speeches the following argument.

    ".... we will smoke them out and bring them to face the Justice" .

    Well, President Obama is doing exactly what ex-president Bush was supposed to have done, to bring them to justice. He had his chance.
    Again and deja vue, Obama is left to clean the mess left by his predecessor.

    Clinton too had to clean up the mess left behind by Bush Sr. It runs in the family. Charles

    November 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  103. Will from San Jose, CA

    The goal of terrorism like 9/11 isn't to kill people, or destroy buildings. The real goal is to leverage the fear generated by such an attack to terrify the American people into abandoning their core values and way of life.

    We are a nation of laws and justice for all. To abandon those principles, is to give into that fear. An open an public trial is the proper way to respond.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  104. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    I agree with Mike. New York City is the wrong choice of venue. This trial would go more smoothly if it were held in Fairbanks, Alaska, or any other less populated yet accessible location.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  105. Bruce

    Republicans are second guessing the Commander in Chief of the US Military during a time of War? Jack tell me it isn't so!
    But of course the Republicans don't want the torture details which they have so vigorously defended to come out.
    And of course sadly to say, the Obama Administration is probably playing politics and using this as a way to get the torture details out to the public.
    Me?, I'm flaburgasted that the US has decided that we have evolved to the point where we know when and how the use of torture by US is appropriate. Sorry, got to agree with Ronnie Reagan on this one, torture is never appropriate.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  106. John in Lake Tahoe

    Jack, whenever we go to war, we diminish our standing as a country that stands for human rights and justice under law. Doing anything less than trying these people in a legal manner in our courts would be to acknowledge that the 9/11 bombers won the war – that they brought about the destruction of what we stand for.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  107. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    Yes bring them to IL. we have a prison that has barely anyone in it which is a total waste, plus those 3k jobs would be a great boom to many towns and villges in the area that are closing or closed becuase they have no customer base to speak of!

    I am so tired of people like Rudy Giuliani who first argued for them to be brought to justice in our courts in the past, but now speaks with a fork tongue and says that our courts are not good enough to bring terrorists to justice. If they are not good enough for terrorists to bring them to justice in them, how can anyone in America be brought to justice in them I mean citizens!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  108. Chad from Los Angeles

    Just fine. These guys will never be free men in America. If some legal loophole gets them off, we will just ship them off to some other country.

    I am not worried at one bit. I am curious to hear about all the torture they endured and if their confessions had anything to do with that.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  109. Teri in Palm Coast FL

    I'm for it – we'd seem like the biggest hypocrites in the world if we were afraid to show off our justice system and try these terrorists yet not afraid to go to foriegn countries and kill so many of their people.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  110. Adalbert

    I do not see what the problem is. The republicans are just doing what they do best, object.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  111. Kyle Irvine, CA

    I like the idea Jack, but it probably wont happen. Puting these guys on trial in NYC will not erase 9/11/01

    November 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  112. Sly, from Michigan

    It's a "No Brainer" Jack. If you commit a crime in that state or city, you should be tried in that state or city.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  113. Brian - Trinidad

    A really,really,bad decision.It puts so many well-intentioned people at risk,the prosecutor,staff,court officials,judge,etc.,etc.,That decision tells me that Obama not only does not understand who the enemy is on the war on terror,but doesn't understand what the war on terror is all about.This is a political move,hoping that the attention the trial will get will translate into Democrat votes in 2010 and 2012.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  114. Gigi Oregon

    That is exactly where they should be judged guilty. These rogues have no country they are not an army. They came to destroy a city of people and not an army. To be tried in the military court gives them a credibility of belonging to a nation. They do not belong to a nation. They are rogues hiding in the mountains. They harmed the people of a large city to make a big noise, they are nothing. Don't treat them as anything thing but what they are murders of the innocent. Then let the Muslim nations judge them if they are declared not guilty then we have an honest war.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  115. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack first of all if after over 8 years of being held with out a trial and they are still calling them suspects we have a hell of a problem with our criminal justice system.
    Just for grins though I say go ahead and try them in any city in America because it makes no difference which city you try them in. No American is going to find them innocent. What your trying to say Jack is were do we want to assemble the lynch mob for the suspects.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  116. Karl from SF, CA

    Try them on Peoria, Des Moines, Fresno even Winnemucca, I don’t care and it doesn’t matter, just get the long overdue trials over with. They are a far greater threat to us in Gitmo as poster boys for terrorist recruitment then they will ever be here in the US being processed through our legal system that has worked just fine for over 230 years and was ignored for seven years too long. Quit listening to Cheney and stop the fear mongering.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  117. Zach - DC

    Unfortunately giving them a highly publicized civilian trial gives them more of a chance to spew their propaganda and anti-american rhetoric. It also gives politicians a platform to attack Bush/Cheney policies. Instead of the focus being on the thousands of murders these people committed against civilians, it will become a political circus. Bad idea. They need to be treated like the war criminals they are. And then taken out back and shot.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  118. Ken in NC

    I think it is the thing to do. If a man commits a rape in NY and is captured in New Mexico, he is not tried there. He is brought back to NY to face his accusers and that is what is being done in this case. While many New Yorkers want to demonstrate to those who wish to harm us that we do not fear them, there are many in New York that, after 8 years, are now afraid of their own shadow.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  119. Allan Horn - St. Petersburg, FL

    For the life of me, I can't understand why our Attorney General would decide to go against some of the brightest minds in the nation (Fox News and congressional paranoids) and bring terrorists into the country for trial and incarceration.

    If we hadn't listened to those people in the past, we wouldn't be seeing a peaceful democratic Iraq and Afghanistan right now... we wouldn't have a huge number of fresh new patriotic amputees, mentally damaged veterans and fresh military graves... our federal budget might still have a surplus and we wouldn't owe China hundreds of billions of dollars.

    Thousands of children in the world might still have both parents, and the middle class might still be able to afford to send their kids to college.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  120. Zackkatowitz

    Oh please, what a bad idea. Keep him far away from New York, but still bring him to justice.

    Tel Aviv, Israel

    November 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  121. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I find it utterly disturbing that those who's voices are the loudest when it comes to values and morals sink to the depths of those they condemn by lowering their level of consciousness with vengeance.

    The greatest opinion to come out of Nuremberg was that we must as a species hold ourselves to a higher level of consciousness, that following an ideology even at the threat of death is not cause to sacrifice our morals and virtues.

    A higher level of consciousness is to give these people the fairest trial we can provide, no matter the outcome.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  122. Ryan

    What is the big deal with having these people tried in New York? If someone wanted to attack New York City, they would do it whether or not these suspects were in New York City.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  123. Bennett Bernard

    Those scumbags should not get a civilian trial. It was an attack on America and therefore should be a MILITARY trial! As long as it is a military trial I feel it is unimportant where the trial is held with the exception of New York.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  124. Roxane from MN

    So he won't get a fair trial in NYC? I say, go for it and try him in New York!!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  125. Danielle, Wilmington, DE

    I don't think that the should be tried in NYC. Aside from potentially being dangerous for the city, I cannot think of any way they would find an impartial jury anywhere in the country.

    They would be more likely to have a "fair" trial in military court, than in the city where they killed thousands.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  126. Ilse , Las Vegas

    KSM has been in U.S. custody since March 1, 2003. If military trials are so great why haven't we had a trial yet? How do the 9/11 families get justice if these animals die of old age waiting for the military?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  127. scott

    I think its great that they would be tried in New York, I think it would be better if they announced them being released at the site, and let Justice take its true course

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  128. jeremy

    A TRIAL!, NO. We should put him in a room and let people through things at him a little every day. jack people like this dont deserve a chance. Im all for rights but this is just plain wrong, we give rights to people who dont deserve them!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  129. omar hassan

    i think we should give this man a fair trial and i dont think it should matter where.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  130. Courtney from Fort Worth, Texas

    I wonder how much torture these men had to go through before they were charged.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  131. Roman Deutsch, Butler, PA

    I can remember a day when America was afraid of nothing, now America is afraid of everything. Putting these guys on trial in the U.S. don't amount to nothing, considering the Judgment that comes from Christ. Now, that is something to fear.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  132. Jim/NC

    I don't understand the Obama administration and Holder. The good people of New York deserve better that open old wounds. The decision by Obama and Holder is purely political and has nothing to do with justice. The American people can see clearly through this fog and know that this wll be the Bush administration on trial. What is sad about this is that the Republicans will be in charge in the future and they will hold a grudge, making the Obama administration the target. When will this ever stop?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  133. dick

    It makes me proud to be an American. We face are adversaries and provide the kind of justice that made our country great and respected...something we need to get back to!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  134. starleo14672 Greensboro N.C.

    Here we go again, the republicans say do not bring therm to the United states, c'mon we have Manson in prison and he is not going anywhere, Our prison authorities can handle these guys. When we become afraid of every little thing we will not think clearly, and make a good decision. We have lived in fear of these guys since 2001 and it is time to put it to rest, try them,imprison them, or put them to death. I am in favor of the latter. I think Bush stood at the world tower area and told the fire fighters we would get them and bring them back and we will make them pay .

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  135. Terrance

    Just like any other criminal the people who brought terror to New York will final face justice in the location on the crime. They will almost certainly be put to death and justice will then be served to the millions of people who lost family. I will still sleep comfortable tonight knowing they will be back in New York because no other criminal gets out of the FBI custody so neither will they.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  136. steve


    I think it's the perfect storm which will remind everyone why Obama should not be revoted back into office.

    Thanks Liberals

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  137. Nate

    If it were up to me, these men... if you can call them such.... would not even be alive today. Let's build them a shack in Antarctica. Even that is more than they deserve.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  138. Dr. Ray

    Trying the New York Five (that's what they'll be called) will be a circus until the terrorists mount a rescue, kill hundreds of hapless police officers, private citizens, and government workers. And it won't make any difference at all to them whether they succeed or not. They'll get the forum that they want - death and mayhem for the infidel.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  139. Sheri

    Of course try them here. 911 get Over it. But do not forget it. We are not under any risk. Stop acting like a buch of scared cats, that's what the terrorist want.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  140. Quint

    I am torn on this issue, but I think that having the trial in a U.S. court is important. It shows that the people of the United States can give a fair trial and punish the guilty. If the U.S. military tries and convicts these men, the rest of the world may doubt that the rule of U.S. law has been met and satisfied.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  141. Daniel

    Jack, I'm a new yorker and I think this a terrible idea. Traffic and security are bad enough as it is during events like the UNGA. This show trial will be 10 times worse and could stretch on for years. It's just a stupid idea to waste millions of dollars and completely inconvenience hard-working New Yorkers. NY will have a big cross-hair on it for the duration of the trial. If anything happens, it will be on Obama's head.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  142. Lila Williams

    Let's grow a little backbone. When did Americans become such chickens. Sure lets try the terrorist in New York and bring him to justice. Great idea!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  143. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    I think we should invent a few more "Justice?" systems in America from which we can pick and choose whether we want to 'just Kill'em" maybe "just torture'em" or just put'em away! Who needs all this fairness anyhow? It just makes us feel bad.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  144. Annie, Atlanta

    Since I’m from Atlanta, all I can say is if we were attacked, I’d want to see those responsible tried and punished accordingly right here where we could all watch it up close and personal.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  145. Brian

    I don't see a problem trying them in NYC. It's been done before and it's a testament to our confidence in democracy and in our own judicial system to try them there. My question is: Who in their right mind thinks that they're going to find an impartial jury in the Southern District of New York? It doesn't matter what evidence is presented at the trial, we all know how 12 New Yorkers will vote before they even take a seat in that jury box. I have no problem with that either, by the way.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  146. Gary M. Shuler

    I agree that they should be tried under military law. I'd go a step further to make it a secret location so they're terrorist buddies can't put innocent civilians in danger. I'm a retired soldier and beleive this should've been handled a long time ago by the prior administration, but I'm glad to see President Obama moving forward with it.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  147. Giovanni Gallardo

    These terrorists consider themselves at war with U.S. so why not try them as combatants in a military court... of course these cowards want to claim there soliders for Islam and then want to be protected by our civilian liberties. As a New Yorker I say these dirtbags deserve none of the protections of the country they sought to destroy.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  148. P.J.

    It is true that if these men are in fact responsible for the attacks on September 11th, that they should be tried in New York where the crime was committed. However, it is an American principle that everyone be tried by a jury of their PEERS. Since no peers can be provided for these men, then this trial should be handled without the benefit of jury.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  149. Musediq Abdul

    The alleged terrorists should be tried in New York where the crime was commited, that would give a vivid sense of the dastard act to ensure the right punishment. GITMO is in another peoples country, if Americans do not want the suspects in thier country, then they are not good for cubans as. What is good for goose is good for the ganders.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  150. Dan Fleury

    The government may feel confident they can get a conviction of Mohummad but what if the other 4 were detained in the first place by information obtained through tourture? Mohummad may not walk out with a not guilty plea, but what about the other 4?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  151. Wendy from Charlotte, NC

    It is the right thing to do to use and follow our own rule of law. I would like to see America stand up and walk the walk again. The man who bombed the WTC in 1993 was captured by the Clinton administration within 2 years of the bombing and is serving a life sentnce in the Supermax prison in CO. Being Americans, we've always done the right thing even when the right thing was harder. I want to feel that pride again.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  152. Morris

    We are the most powerful country in the world but we act like scared chicken. We can try the five murderers in New York and show that our system of justice can perform under extraordinary circumstances. What are you scared off Jack? They are not the boogeymen. The are not supermen. They are the scum of the earth in human form.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  153. annie

    THE TERRORISTS WIN when the public expresses fear of detainee trials in federal court in NYC. this is America, people. let's not turn into surrender-monkeys. trust our Constitution. that's what makes us the greatest democracy in the world.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  154. John Mendes

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in Washington D.C. at the Supriem Court.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  155. Kevin

    I believe that it shouldn't matter if they are tried in a civilian court because they attacked the people of New York as well as the government. These terrorist are targeting civilians as well as military personnel. I think that most Americans don't realize this fact and don't realize that these terrorist do not distinguish between government officials and civilians when they attack.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  156. Chris

    Lets start with, where do they deserve the "rights" to a trial?? The guy that robbed the store gets a trial in the same room as these animals? Animals is what they are, we put rabied animals down.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  157. Helen

    As I am concerned NY is the place. Ny has all those UN people there with great security. You should be fearless Jack.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  158. Warren Allen Smith

    I was on Omaha Beach in 1944, live a few blocks from Ground Zero, and photographed the planes crash into the two greatly missed towers. Try the terrorists here in New York City? By all means, along with Cheney, Bush, and all religious patriarchs.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  159. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I'd rather see the terror suspect trials held in Rawlins, Wyoming. The town is safely located in an area surrounded by high mountain desert terrain, is home to the state prison, and could provide an unbiased jury pool. And I'm sure, their local economy could use the boost from all the media coverage.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  160. Bob Klimstra

    I live about 20 miles from Thomson Illinois. Please leave the terrorist in Cuba and let the legal system work in Cuba. Side note what will all this cost ?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  161. Robert White

    Where else are you going to try these men? Maberry, NC with Deputy Barney Fife providing security?

    I think it's appropriate for the city they attacked to be the city that puts them to death! They will also be able to see that the city has recovered and has rebuilt faster than anything they have seen in their lifetime.

    The strength of NYC and America should prove to them that we can't be intimidated and that we will win this war!

    They can take that Jihad and put it where the sun doesn't shine!!!!!!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  162. Nyela

    Try them in Cuba, New York, Disney World, or Sesame Street...For Pete's sake, just try them. Holding these monsters indefinitely gives them more of a stage than bringing them to New York and getting it over with.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  163. Darrell from Indiana

    Jack, (although I might get into trouble for stating this idea), I do not believe these five terrorist suspects will ever make it to trial. With the news coverage being 100% against these individuals being tried in the USA (which is actually our law), I think someone will attempt and succeed to execute kill them off before the trial can even begin.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  164. Matt from Long Island, NY

    I like the idea of bringing these murders back to the scene of the crime as almost a rectification for their transgressions, but yet, I do not think it is smart to give the Taliban a reason to terrorize NYC again. Living 20 minutes away from the city, I know how nerve racking a situation like this can be.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  165. Richard D. Laing

    I think that whatever decisions that our president makes, you're going to have those who disagree. Where were the when President Bush tried "terrorist" in this country in civillian court? Guiliani seems to be one of the bigger hyprocrites, when he critisizes President Obama for the same thing that he praised President Bush for.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  166. Bob D of Morristown, NJ


    It is important for these horrendous miscreants to have a fair and open trial not to preserve the rights they don't deserve, but for what it says about our nation. We tell the world we are a nation of laws applied equally to all, as opposed to those nations that conduct secret trials in kangaroo courts.

    If we are to get the whole world to join us in our struggle to suppress terrorism our image on this matter is crucial.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  167. Terry Doherty


    Let the military try them and be done with it! This was a military operation let them resolve this...

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  168. fran

    This is a horrible idea. Truly, this is the worst idea the President has had yet. He will be unnecessarily creating a sense of anxiety among New Yorkers and the surrounding areas. Please, Military court, not in New York, no detainees in New York, please.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  169. drdgzarlenga

    The Moslems to be tried in the USA MUST BE TRIED BY the Military Courts. They do not satisfy the requirement of citizenship in the USA to be tried by the Public Criminal Court.

    They are foreign soldiers, enemies of the USA. They are military. Try them in the Military Criminal Court NOW

    Dr Zarlenga

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  170. Fritz

    Bad idea to bring them here in New-York for a trial.
    To the terrorist, it will be like going to OPRAH or LARRY KING LIVE.
    They will find an ideal stage.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  171. Bill G.

    I think trying them in New York sends an important message:

    You are no more important than any other psychopathic common criminals. We are not afraid of you. We will give you all the rights other common criminals are afforded...then we'll stick a needle in your arm and kill you.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  172. Mary Anne Romanowski

    These are TERRORISTS...try them in a Military Court. They should never set foot on American soil...I say, try them at GITMO...execute them and that part of history not has a period at the end of this mess. They "deserve" nothing and America has nothing to show the world.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  173. Andy in New Jersey

    Isn't this what this country is all about, justice? We need to live up to the ideals upon which this country was founded. New Yorkers are a tough lot and can handle a bunch of alleged terrorists. Its about time that the self described perpetrators of 9/11 were brought before the bar of American justice.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  174. tom

    I think the terrorists should be tried here in public court,outdoors if necessary,so thousands could see justice done.If you are too afraid in New York,bring them to Ohio .I would gladly help with security,for free!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  175. Shirley S, Bethlehem, PA

    Why don't the crybaby Republicans sit down and shut up?

    Don't they think the USA can handle this trial? Isn't America Number One? I'm a 64 yr old woman and I think I have more faith and guts than the whole GOP.

    Damn GirlyMen!!!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  176. Shaun - PA

    I think it's a terrible idea, all it's going to do is reopen old wounds for the city. I mean it's great that there's some sense of justice being found here, but this trial is going to be a strain on the citizens of NYC, emotionally and mentally.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  177. Michael n Seattle

    everyone desreves their day in court wheather in NY or elseware if your afraid that your city can't handel the situtiation then you had better find another place to live I feel that only in the city where the crime was committed would be the best place to prosicute the offenders. why put your burden on another city

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  178. leonard milbyerl

    Regarding the gitmo detainees and the trials. Send one or two detainees to each high security federal prision we have in the system. Hold the trials in those states. Close gitmo.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  179. Jeff in Boulder

    Jack, just when I thought the Obama administration couldn't do anything dumber, they decide to bring these war criminals to the US so we can have another OJ Simpson-like circus. And the talk of how many new jobs will be created to imprison them here in the US is just plain sickening.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  180. D. Rogers

    The crime was commited in New York so should the trial.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  181. Yousef Bittar

    Bringing these people to trial in U.S. and more specifically in NY city shows that we are not scared of these "bums." They attacked NY city let them be trialed in NY city. I think it sends a powerful message to those attackers and to the world and that message is if you attack our city then you will be trialed by (and in) our city.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  182. John Metz (Virginia)

    Why try them at all. They do not deserve something they admitted they took away from American lives – life in a free country. Tie them all on a boat with a hole in it and a time bomb near the Somali coast with a flag saying "come get us". Let the pirates do their thing.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  183. Oliver Silva

    As a democrat, I wonder if the democratic leadership have really thought through their decision to support this idea. I think it is a terrible idea. What happens if one of them is aquitted? Do we just let them go? How are they going to present evidence in open court, without giving away the sources and methods that we use to fight terrorism?
    Go back to the drawing board.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  184. Kelly in Michigan

    The Republicans have us running scared for 8 years and it's time to say ENOUGH. Bring these suckers to trial at the scene of the crime and let the world watch. We can't not do this out of fear of a media circus, fear of the verdict or fear of what our constitution might look like when exposed to the world's light.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  185. Tim Brown

    Trying the terrorists in NEW YORK is an excellent idea. Show the terrorist and show the world that we can bring them right into NEW YORK. Teach the world the we are not scarred. Teach the world of our fierce respect for a system of LAWS. Bring them in right next to the 911 site and hold them up to a system that our military are dying to preserve.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  186. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Bad idea??? No, let him feel the wrath of the city of New York. What resident didn't feel what he and all the others did on 9/11? In fact, All the residents of the US felt it! Now it's his turn to feel the wrath.

    One question I have, How do you find an impartial jury in NYC???

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  187. Gustavo Soto

    These monsters must be tried in a military court, out of New York. The terrorist are going to make New Yor city the main target of their activities and the city will pay again for a bill that it does not owe.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  188. Tony

    Gee Jack,

    When did you become so afraid of the terrorists?

    You willing to shut down our Judicial System so they don't "get any ideas"?

    They've already gotten their ideas Jack. Remember 911?

    New York is a prime target anyway. And in the case of KSM, it is the venue of record.

    When you start wanting to change venues because of possible repercussions, the Terroists have already won...

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  189. Debbie Henry

    Why should they be tried in a military court? Military court is for members of the military. Regardless, why not NY where the victims can confront their attackers? Why make them travel if they wish to attend? If the victims or families of the victims want to attend or hold vigil, it would be cruel to make them bear the added time and expense. And, if not NY, where would you suggest it is held? Have faith in the military and NYPD to make it secure. After all, many of their victims were their own.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  190. Nico

    Jack, this is my second time living in GTMO, I've been here since August of '08. I first lived here from '00-'04 and no one asked me of my opinion nor did they ask my mother who at the time was in the Navy, of our thoughts on transporting terrorists to our front yard nor were we able to formally stress our concerns. Since that time however we've had zero situations of security breaches and to be honest they are no longer even a thought too us. These terrorists will be perfectly protected in New York, the police department has all the capabilities of properly supervising and confining these terrorists throughout the trial process.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  191. Tom McHugh

    I agree with you Jack, trying them in the U.S. could and probably will be an invitation for more of the dirt bags to show up again. I say hold the trials somewhere else.
    Tom...Reno NV

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  192. Ernst Aebi

    Telling the world we are afraid of a bunch of incarcerated terrorists? Doesn't that make us look like wimps? Won't that encourage our enemies?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  193. Christine M

    As a NY native, I am decidedly happy that these men will face our court system. It will be a teaching moment for Muslims around the world: democracy in action. We need to try these men as human beings, and let them be judged by the human beings who were most impacted by their actions. We cannot continue to treat these men as animals without human rights. I have no doubt they will pay the consequences for their actions. I only hope they do not receive a death penalty, the penalty they pray for. AND I am sure that the brave men and women of New York and the U.S. Marshall service will form a very tight security ring around these men. We cannot live in fear. We must stand up proudly to these people with the example of our generally fine jurisprudence.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  194. Paul F. Caron

    If the intent is to show the world our method of civil justice Jack, I would say it is not worth it, and the world doesn't care. Everyone knows what happened on 9/11. What are we trying to prove by calling all the witnesses, opening old wounds and spending the big bucks? No, I am with the Republicans on this one. This idea wasn't thought out very well.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  195. Carolyn Harper

    I cannot understand why we are acting like we are so afraid of these detainees. We have the best legal system in the world and the best prisions. Why do we have to "hide" our trials in some kind of secret military court. This is something that happens in a "banana republic" not in the US. Bring them on. Stand up for crying out loud. Stop being frightened on these horrible crazy people. We can handle it.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  196. Lelia

    Of course we should try them in civil court. It IS fitting that they be tried in NYC. ALSO. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? These are people (not just dirt-bags, Jack) and they have the right to a fair trial. Have we all forgotten what we fought for in the Revolution (right to due process, right not to be tortured, right to habeas corpus)? It continually surprises me that we want to deny everyone but US that right whenever it suits us. It may offend some people's sensibilities but trying these individuals properly is the best thing to do &in accordance with our values as a country.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  197. Pilar

    I always thought that comments like "why extend justice for American citizens to terrorists" was a way of showing the world that the US worked with a double standard - one world for us and a different one for you, one set of ethics in the US and another outside the US. We have a justice system that we are supposed to be proud of because it considers a person innocent until proven guilty. It should work for anyone, a terror suspect from Afghanistan as well as a crime suspect in New York. Then maybe we can prove to the world that we really do believe in human rights, justice for all, no torture (we have protections from police harassment at home, after all) in the US as well as outside the US.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  198. Jeff

    Jack, As a lifelong New Yorker that lost friends in 2001 I want justice served by my peers. Let us have them...

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  199. David

    I say bring `em here. I would love to be on that jury. It will send a powerful message to the rest of the world. We lived through this cataclysm, and we're not afraid! I trust the NYPD to maintain security. Those like Mayor Giuliani who say this is pre-9/11 thinking are the ones living in a pre-9/11 mindset. You can't fight terrorism like we fought Germany and Japan. This is an intelligence and law enforcement operation with a military component as backup. I just wish somebody had realized that before 5000 Americans gave their lives on foreign soil.


    New York

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  200. Steve, American University

    It's been said before, but being terrorists doesn't give them supernatural powers or superhuman strength. They'll be under full control at all times, so they won't pose a threat.
    Good luck finding a juror in NYC who doesn't know about 9/11. They're going to be convicted and sent right back to prison.
    As for their friends busting them loose or retaliating against the city, how is that different from any of the other 364 days a year when terrorists want to destroy New York City?
    This is under complete control. This stupid panic will be forgotten very quickly.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  201. Tim

    The most heinous criminals in our history got fair trials. Daumer, Manson, Madoff. Give them a fair trial, we Americans deserve it. THEN we can hang them.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  202. Larry Fries

    The potential Muslim and other terrorists who will show up for the trials will reveal themselves.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  203. Jim O'Connor

    Jack, I wouldn't mind these five having a trial in New York City if, at the same time the trial was going on they would be building five gallows at the sight of the World Trade Center, and after the five were found guilty they would be transported thj the World Trade Center and hung in public.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  204. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – The arguments against this are mostly erroeneous. The rights of the accused are the same whether in civilian court., UCMJ military court, or special military tribunal. Calling them soldiers and their crime and act of war is a social promotion for them which we do not want to give them. The risk in New York is off the charts anyhow – this will not increase it. The chance of conviction is no better or worse, too – if General Holder says we have enough admissable evidence, we do. We have to bring charges against these people on terms that benefit US – treat them like common criminals, not soldiers. Make the trial routine, not a circus. Convict them and execute them like any garden variety serial killers. Due process of law, a fair trail and a speedy hanging – that's the ticket!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  205. John

    Why has everything become a right or left thing? This is neither.
    What it is, is an attack from non-citizens on citizens. These people should not have the rights that we as Americans enjoy. It IS just that simple.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  206. Peter

    The quickest and most effective way to deal with those guys, pack em on an old Douglas C 54 with just enough fuel to get to 12K ft. flight level and have the crew parachute out. Problem solved at near 0 cost. Over. Peter~

    November 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  207. Steve

    Hi Jack: Please tell your senators who are also lawyers to get off their ego trip and use their common sense in regards to high security that they will need to to prosecute these terrorists. New York City and where the courthouse is located is not the ideal place to run this high profile case. Tell them to listen to the mayor and what he is saying. Is there anyone paying attention now a days? Obvisiously not ! ! !

    November 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  208. Bill Mandigo

    Jack – It looks to me like the administration has found a first class diversion in the 9/11 trials. This will dominate the news and reduce the exposure to the failing economy, unemployment rate, health legislation, etc.. It will cost millions for the U.S judicial system to take these bums to trial but a small price to pay for diverting the news from all the other bad stuff.


    November 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  209. T.L.Warren,Atlanta

    As a veteran I agree with Att.Gen.Eric Holder,we need to stop being a nation of Cowards.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  210. Ron Margheim Fairview, Oregon

    Why spread fear! We are a Nation of Laws once again. The Cheney crowd is fearful that his torture abuse will once again be brought up, so he has Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and now Cafferty (???) stirring up fear of these terrible extremest being brought back to face trial for their crimes? How dare us to have allowed our names to be used as torturers, murders and thugs! Time to show we still believe in truth, law and decency!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  211. Angela, Charlotte, NC

    These terrorists must not be allowed to terrorize us again, and by refusing to try them here in the US, they would be doing just that. Remember how noone would fly after 911? If we stop living our lives as usual and believe that by keeping these prisoners out of the US and trying them, terrorists will not seek retaliation, we are naive.
    Europeans have dealt with terrorism for years, and tried those who perpetrated it in the courts. We must show some backbone and do the same.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  212. Kevin Drake

    This is ludicrous on so many fronts – it is completely delusional to think the world will love us for showing our court system is so good. We make ourselves laughingstocks. Next let's talk about the security risk - OMG! On top of that we give combatants who are WORSE than most military people the status of civilians! LOL? Moreover, we are ripping open the wounds of so many – WTF! Military tribunals, far away from the place where so many innocent people still grieve and still bear the wounds of this unspeakable event make the most sense. My only question, why didn't we deal with this already? Let's spend our money on our own people, not these scumbag terrorists!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  213. Henya CA,

    I 'm for it they committed the crimes in NY they should be tried there
    This happen before in the 90s with the first booming of the world trade center so I do not have a problem with that,
    Unfortunately it took 8 years because the privies Adminastrion did nothing, Finally we have a President that is doing something about it,

    November 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  214. Sue

    I think it's ridiculous that we let Bush start a war of choice, put our service members at risk, then presume that we can avoid being touched at home by even the most remote "risk". Come on people, quit being such wimps. war is hell!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  215. typee

    These guys are not military–they are evil thugs, criminals. New York
    knows the type, has the police force, and a built in cheering section to send them to the second judgement.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  216. Pat

    Britain and Canada try violent terrorists in civil courts located in large urban areas. Is our justice system less capable?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  217. Llewellyn Howell

    Jack –

    There are only two choices here: either try them in the country where the crime was committed or try them in the country where they they were captured. Trying them (whether in civilian or military courts) in Afghanistan or elsewhere doesn't seem like a reasonable choice to me. Our system of laws is a great one and we need to be able to demonstrate that, contrary to what we did during the Bush admininstration. Maybe a change of venue would satisfy you (Omaha, NE? Youngstown, NY? Glendale, AZ?). The use of someplace extraterritorial like Guantanamo or Diego Garcia doesn't fit with the image I have of America. In my view, it has to be New York. LH

    November 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  218. Mike Brooklyn Ny

    Allow the poor families of the 3000 plus that died innocently to try these animals. I am believer in the American System of Justice but those five gave up their rights When they attacked our country and people. Why should we go throught the expense of having to protect them, the Judge, the Jury etc. Just turned them over to the families of those poor souls whos bones and ashes are scattered in lower Manhattan where they now want to even allow these worse than scum of the earth to walk on their graves.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  219. Debbie from Ohio

    The terrorists are war criminals and should be tried in a military court. To give them the same rights as civilians is unconscienable.
    It is financially irresponsible to sponsor an expensive and lengthy trial. And to resurrect the emotions and heartache of 9/11 for New Yorkers and their fellow Americans is completely unnecessary.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  220. Frank


    At the end of the Second World War, Nazi war criminals were put on trial where – Nuremburg, Germany. Adolph Eichman was tried for his atrocities against the Jewish people, where – Tel Aviv, Israel. Sadam Hussein faced his crimes against the Iraqi people where – in Bagdad. Do we have the courage of our convictions and principles or not? Of course, it not easy and , of course, it presents danges but that why its called the courage of one's convicitions.

    Frank, New York

    November 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  221. Randy Bruner

    Bad idea. They should stay right where they are.
    And GITMO should stay open to incarcerate them when
    they are found guilty. GITMO serves a very useful purpose
    in that it keeps these terrorist off of our homeland soil.

    And how are they going to house them in a prison in
    Illinois and traipse them across the country to N.Y.
    for trial. This is all so foolish, not to mention the cost.
    What are these people thinking?


    November 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  222. Susan from Bham, Al.

    I believe this is a terrible idea. Why in the world would we give these
    people the same rights that American citizens have in a civilian
    court. This was an act of war and should be tried in a military court
    out of this country. This is one of the worst idea's I've ever heard of.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  223. Jeremy - Michigan

    I believe that it's a good idea. I think it will show the terrorists that we believe in our System of Justice, and no matter what we will not wavier in our belief's out of fear.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  224. Harvey --Minneapolis

    I think our Constitution will stand up just fine, Jack!
    It was betrayed for so many years by the Bush Administration and it is about time that we should show the world that Americans are again on track to uphold it!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  225. Danny B.

    It's important to understand that what seperates us from them is our civility. Do I think they're guilty? Damn right. But we are a nation of laws no matter the circumstances and what will preserve our liberties is just that.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  226. walt Utah

    Question??? When these terrorists are tried in the N.Y. court system....will it be before a "JURY OF THEIR PEERS" Will Eric Holder personally select the 12 Radical Mulsim/Islamic lunatics to sit on this Jury????


    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  227. Nikki M.

    A clown doesn't have a show without an audience. Try these hate mongerng, evil clowns and give them their curtain call before hell and all its fury.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  228. William Stoner

    I can understand the anger and fear of the New Yorkers, but we need to be a level above the Theocracies that these terrorists represent. They need to have their rights protected and convicted in our court of laws. I'm sorry to say that a US citizen would not get those rights in their countries. But, we need to be a level above them and not let them lower us to their level. A military tribunal does not afford the same protections of civil rights that the justice system insurers. We are sort of caught in a Catch 22 situation and need to rise above the enemy who would like for us to give them more ammunition to use against us.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  229. Hansel

    What have we come to? Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his friends in my city is not one sight ill be waiting on. While they get their trial i will go upstate before im threatened again. I just hope i have enough days to take off from work while they are here.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  230. Karen

    I don't care where these people are tried, but they should have be tried in a court of law. They may think of themselves as warriors in some godly army but they are no more soldiers than Timothy McVeigh or the people who blew things up, robbed banks, and killed police officers in the 1960's. The US constitution requires due process for people accused of criminal acts on our soil. Let's not abandon the rule of law because someone is accused of something particularly heinous. Let's remember Thomas Jefferson's warning that a society that will trade a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  231. Chris

    Why are we even talking about a trial? They should sit in the same court room as the guy who caught stealing milk to feed his children? These individuals are "animals" and we put down rabied animals. Those who were murdered on 9/11 were not part of any religious or government movement...they were just going to work! 8 years later and we don't have new buildings or convicted killers, this is a tradgedy!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  232. dick mcconser

    I think that all the fuss about making NY a target again means that the terrorists have already won! NY and every other major US city is already a target according to the experts. Where is the "Bring it" attitude that New Yorkers are famous for?

    Dick M

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  233. isaiah mcgee

    The same way I feel about showing the world our civil democracy. Same way I feel about letting global tyrants know they WILL NOT compromise our values through vicious acts or tyranny. The same way I feel about standing up for due process because it says 'we're Americans' and no one will undermine what that means and what it has stood for for over 200 years.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  234. Nicholas Coleman

    Yes, hey should be tried in NYC. American Democracy must mean and stand for something for ourselves and to the world. A fair and public trial will illuminate our core values and enhance our standing in the world. I do not undersand why so many Republican politcians are afraid of our constititution, our courts, and our ciizens. We will rise to this occassion as we have before.

    As for the safety issues, these are nothing more than absurd rants and and plain fear mongering: Please tell me what prevents an attack on NYC if these men went on trial before a military commission in GITMO?

    There are no short-cuts or end runs around democracy and a nation of laws. Sometimes, just do the hard work, especially when this is the right thing as well, and stop ranting!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  235. Ted

    This proposal, as most liberal ideas go, lacks any basis in rational thought. Even for the bleeding heart, if you want to give them a "fair" trial how is NYC an impartial judgement ground? They should be tried by military tribunal, a much better fate than our soldiers would get if they were captured on the field of battle.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  236. James Creighton

    These guys are no different from any other person suspected of having killed someone. If we do not hold firmly to our criminal justice system then they win, because it means we believe THEIR way of doing things – instant conviction and execution – is proper in certain circumstances.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  237. sandy in ohio

    Jack, since the crime happened in NYC its the perfect place to try them. How many times have we heard the former mayor and other 9/11 blow hards cry out for justice. If NYC is too afraid to try them there, bring them to this little town I live in and I will even sit on the jury. I will even offer to help with the legal injection when they are found guilty. We have to show these people we are not going to cower in the dark out of fear nor are we afraid to let justice prevail. We are supposed to be proud of our country and our justice system.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  238. Pete

    If we consider the 9-11 attacks to be criminal acts, then a trial in NY is apparopriate. If we consider them an act of war, then they don't deserve the rights of US citizen criminals and should be tried in a military tribunal. This has all the earmarks of another "if the glove fits, we must acquit" disaster, Mr. Holder notwithstanding.

    Pete from upstate NY

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  239. Rayshaun H.- New York

    Well jack, I do understand why you and other people would think its a bad idea, I would agree with you if it were not for the Bush administration taking our nation's image in the world over the last 8 years and flushing it down the toilet. This decision by the Obama administration would not be necessary. We need to do alot to repair our national reputation as a torturing, unethical, arrogant nation that breeds terrorists, and proving that even murderous scum like the terrorists can receive a fair trial in our legal system is upholding the American ideals for which this nation was founded. Pretty important I think and worth the risks of the down sides to such a move. So yea I see why this decision was made, and if the system works then they will be found guilty and executed as they should.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  240. John Schilling, Chambersburg, PA

    A trial in NYC will cost millions, if not billions. For what? If the situation was reversed they'd simply behead us. Trial over! The real question is how do you execute someone who wants to be a martyr? How about water-boarding for life?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  241. Johanna, Georgia

    Let's face it, our enemies are not dumb enough to attack us when it's been widely publicized that we are expecting them to. I must admit, I am entirely apathetic when it comes to trial location. Perhaps I would feel differently if I lived in New York. Wait a minute, that's why I don't live in New York. However, I do have faith in our law enforcement and the other agencies that would be charged with detaining these crooks. And I don't think we have to worry about Kalid running the streets of Manhattan victimizing innocent citizens.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  242. Candy Sroka

    Bringing those scumbags back into the city is giving them the limelight again! They sit and laugh at us while we turn on each other to give them rights they should not have. Those left behind to mourn for the loss of their families should be the only ones to decide if they should, or how they should, be punished.

    The same situation is going on in Illinois. Bringing them so close to the big city is just laying a path for disaster. What a great place for them to hide should one of them scums gets loose.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  243. Rick

    If they are known terrorist, why bother wasting precious tax payer money on a public trial, just fry 'em!!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  244. Mike

    Jack people need tro decide if they want these guys tried at all. Those who don't think they should get american legal right should understand that they would then be sent to Afghanistan to be tried under Musim law. is that what they want. do they want them to be tried by america but be stripped of american legal rights? What would that say about our justice system. Hey they committed the crime in america and that is where they should stand trial. Under our laws and yes they means they get our rights as well.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  245. judy Best

    i would have to say that according to CNN's own contributors, the federal system has a far better success rate with such cases than the military, and isn't that what we all want for the memory of the 3,000 victims of this tragedy? Let's keep our eye on the ball, shall we?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  246. nader

    Try them in NYC? Are you kidding?

    Ask how & where Ahmadi-Nejad would try them, then do exacty the same thing.

    Nader, Toronto

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  247. Gerry in Montclair, NJ

    It's a really bad idea. Bringing these proceedings to NYC seems to suggest that military procedures in the US for dealing with the 9/11 perpetrators and the like are inherently unjust and don't reflect the importance that we place on fairness and justice. It's sad to think that this will turn into yet another courtroom circus. What it will accomplish is to place Eric Holder in the spotlight and that's not what this is supposed to be about.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  248. Doris

    Jack, ALCATRAZ is the answer. let them swim with the sharks!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  249. Eric Steven - Sykesville MD

    All this talk about NYC not being safe during these trials is showing the fear that the Bush Administration has pumped into the public about terrorists. We must send a message to these radicals that we are not afraid, and we will not live in fear. The terrorists are winning a psychological war against our society. I say have the trials in New York, hang them in Central Park, and let the pigeons use them for target practice.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  250. Ruth Lais

    I think that we ought to try them here in the United States. Doing otherwise only shows fear and gives the World the message that the terrorists have won. We can do this successfully. Go for it.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  251. Dani Kelly

    Personally, I don't care where these guys are tried – just that they are. I also want to point out that I'm from Illinois, just 70 miles from Thomson – more than happy to have detainees there too. We need to close the file on 9/11 after more than 8 years and we need to prosecute those that were involved and free those that were not.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  252. Donald Kreis

    Jack: Disapprove of Gitmos client terrorist in any American Court.
    They are not American Citizens. They should never have benefit
    of our legal system.
    We should never have captured them. Settle this once and for all
    Execute. Period. The expense is not rewarding, but their death is !!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  253. Mike from Denver

    Like it or not, the 9/11 suspects get the same rights and privileges in court as any other terrorist. Timothy McVeigh was a terrorist, and he was tried and convicted in the U.S. District court. To do anything less, would be abandoning our own laws.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  254. Ann-Virginia

    Jack,It's just another reason for the right to critisize the President.The prisoners at Gitmo(guilty or not)were put there illegally by an administration that broke so many laws nobody can keep up with them.They are not war criminals,they are terriorists that carried out their deadly deeds right here in America,so they must be tried right here in America.We can't just bend or break the laws to suit our needs as Bush did.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  255. Luwanna Guysville Ohio


    I know that jury duty is not the proper place for the survivors of victims of 9/11 (and there are so many) but it occurs to me that the lawyers of these terrorists would ask for a change of venue, right? So I doubt that the actual trial will be in NYC anyway. If it is, I would be more concerned (not) for the safety of the detainees since there is so much anger out there and they would be perfect targets for revenge.

    On the other hand facing your accusers rather than a military tribunal takes away from the terrorists, they become nothing more than criminal thug scumbags who killed a lot of people and will get their come uppence!

    Luwanna Guysville Ohio

    November 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  256. Bill Peschke

    If, as Eric Holder is reported to have suggested, the 9/11 five should be tried in a civilian court since their crime was against civilians, then the Nuremberg trials should have been held in a civilian court, in the light of the 8 million Jewish civilians that were killed by the Nazis.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  257. Ann Marie

    This is insanity. This will invite more suicide bombers into NYC and another horrific event will happen. President Obama at that point will have to resign and his VP will have to bear the burden of dealing with a mass murder cleanup. These are terrorists who should be tried by the military. I voted for Obama and SOOOOOOOOOOOO regret it now.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  258. Rick

    Wasn't NY cut out of the lion's share of Federal money for counter terrorism? How can you bring actually terrorists to a city you cut funds from? I'd like to meet the person who can justify that!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  259. PAUL - Ventura

    HUGE MISTAKE! Remember the OJ murder trial? NOT GUILTY. Remember the Michael Jackson molestation trial? NOT GUILTY. Some misguided bleeding heart is going to get on the jury, vote NOT guilty, and these vicious criminals will go free to strike again another day (and laugh at the US for being so stupid).

    November 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  260. Catherine

    Try him in the regular courts and not in the military court. This man wants to be considered a soldier. Treat him as he should be treated; as a common criminal. Do not give him the satisfaction of thinking as a soldier that he was correct in leading the 9/11 terrorist attack against Americans. When he is tried and convicted in the regular courts he will NOT have the satisfaction of believing he was just and God will forgive him. He needs to feel that he is going to hell for what he did as a common criminal.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  261. willie

    jack bring them to ny to face music

    November 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  262. John Metz (Virginia)

    Take them to the moon and leave them there. At least we can't say we didn't leave them without water.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  263. Texas Tom

    Stupid idea. Sounds like an Obama jobs creation idea for his home State. These self proclaimed terrorists want the world stage a US trail meant for citizens would provide them. New Yorkers don't need these terrible reminder of 9/11 flaunted by the left wing lawyers who will flock to the "circus."

    November 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  264. Joe

    Jack , the USA has a long way before it can restore a semblence of legitimacy to it's political, economic and judicial system. These trials are just the begining. Indeed, even without these trials justice in America leaves alot to be desired. How many death row inmates have been freed because of the Innocence project? How "just" were the bailouts and executive compensation? Also, these men were Saudi nationals not Iraqi's, no weapons of mass destruction were ever found and there was no connection between Saddam and Al Qida ( sp) 9/11 was used a a pretext to exert US hegemony over middle east oil. Exxon and Shell just got the rights to pump it out of the ground so there is your war booty. A special forces group should have went into Afghanistan captured Bin Laden and brought him back to stand trial as the criminal he is. He is not a war hero-war was never declared, he did not represent any country or state and was is in effect a nomad. These are just some of the reasons that he needs to be tried in a US Court-not a military tribunal.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  265. Rick

    If they are known terrorists, why bother wasting precious tax payer money on a trial? Do not pass go, do not collect $200, they should go straight to the chair!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  266. Jean Howard

    This is a terrible idea, not well thought out.
    In the federal court the jury will be civilians . Can 12 jurors be found in NY City who can be objective ? Have they read a newspaper, listended to television or radio or had a relative or friend killed in 9/11the defendant. If so, this could cause a biasis against ( If not– can we trust their wisdon, experience and intelligence–and objectivity in favor the of government? Will a joror be afraid for his or her own life- no matter which way t he verdict goes–assuming they can reach one? What if there is a hung jury? Would you serve on such a jury?
    J H of Oscoda

    November 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  267. Jackie in Dallas


    The quote, which, by the way, is from Benjamin Franklin and not Thomas Jefferson, is: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    But you are definitely correct in your assessment.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  268. merylee

    I do not believe that the trial of the "detainees" will make NYC any more vulnerable or dangerous than it is on any given day. I worked for the Southern District Court when Sheik Abdel Rahman and Ramzi Yousef were tried and the city wasn't attacked. Nor was Virginia when Zacharias Moussaoui was prosecuted. Nor has the Super Max prison ever been assaulted. Once again, the right wingers and neo-cons are invoking 911 to heighten fear amongst the population. While 911 was a horror and a nightmare (I haven't been back to NYC since), perhaps we should give some thought to the fact that the 3,000 people tragically killed comprise a fraction of the number of innocent men, women and children we have killed since then, in the name of national security (or, more appropriately, revenge). If we are attacked again it will be as a result of our own provocations and crusades, not due to the prosecution of people who would love nothing more than to be martyred for the cause.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  269. bill from North Carolina

    Jack Send them down here to North Carolina. I have some fast horses and lots of rope. I'll give them a fair trial.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  270. Richard

    Let's try the suspects in NYC. We put our legal system on display to the world. The neocons oppose this because they fear that in a fair trial the torture administered under George W. Bush will be shown to the world. Some of the suspects might be innocent. Let's find out. I fear George Bush and the neocons more than I fear an innocent person charged with terrorism.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  271. Dee

    I believe that this is the best way to to handle the situation and Republicans should stop make it a political issue.



    November 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  272. John Metz (Virginia)

    No way. Why let them see any part of America nor take in any food and water from the USA. Let them starve to death in a bunker building knowning that at any time a buster bomb is on it's way.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  273. Scott C, Minneapolis

    Of course KSM and his 9/11 co-conspirators should be tried, and who better to bring these terrorists to justice than people from the place most directly affected by 9/11? Above all, this trial is an opportunity, an opportunity to show KSM, al-Qaeda, and the rest of the world that we may have been hit hard, but we will by no means lose our step. They will face justice for their crimes, and we will not hold them in any higher regard than what they are: criminals. When some Republicans express their doubts, they are really expressing their lack of faith in our justice system. I understand both arguments, though. I was a few miles from the Pentagon when it was attacked, and I was terrified. I was only in the 4th Grade when 9/11 happened. Justice delayed is justice denied. My only complaint is that this trial will be about a decade overdue.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  274. L Bell

    If men and women can die thousands of miles from home to assure our safety, and tens of thousands of innocents (many children) can die at the hands of Americans in an illegal war, surely we can accommodate 5 five criminals in our courts. Christ, find a little courage somewhere!


    November 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  275. Greg Garrison

    The real story should be about how KSM was already on trial at GITMO when the Obama administration stepped in and halted the trial.
    Now we're gonna give him a big stage at a cost of millions of dollars and many years before he's hopefully brought to justice.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  276. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Holder just painted a huge bullseye on N.Y. City. There are 3 types of people who will flock there, lawyers who want the publicity, media who can't get enough controversy, and radicals of both ends who want to disrupt/destroy the proceedings. However many terrorist task force members N.Y. City police has, it ain't enough. Holder and Obama will end up botching this entire thing, and personally, I think some liberal judge, pushed by the ALCU will let these terrorists walk free.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  277. Del

    I would send these guys to Texas. We could then be sure that they would receive a fair trial, and then be put to death.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  278. Kevin in Salamanca, NY

    The reason the terrorists carried out the 9/11 attacks, among others, is because they think we're weak and cowardly. We're not going to discourage further attacks by acting like a nation of cowards, as Giuliani would have us do. His statements only further the terrorists' belief that all they need to do is to carry out a few more attacks to make us beg for mercy. The fact is that New York City will be the terrorists' favorite target regardless of where or how we try their goons, so we may as well stand our ground like real Americans and stop cowering as the Conservatives keep telling us to do.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  279. Jim Donecho

    I think it is a really bad idea to try them in any thing other than a military tribunal. To give them rights like any other citizen leaves us vulnerable and allows our security proceedures to be made public.
    If we are "forced" to try them in the US justice system, why should we put all our eggs in one baskey by trying them together. Stuff happens and if they should walk free, how will the american citizens react and how would we be percieved by the world. Once you decide on a process you are bound to follow it to the end and you might not like the results.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  280. Jarrell Auberry

    I do not believe the suspects should be tried in NY. I can't help but think that the majority of those residents {since 9-11} would be really uncomfortable.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  281. Tony from Carmel, NY

    When did we stop being the land of the free and the home of the brave? If these murderers had been timely tried, under the rule of law, they would not have had the ability to point to the hypocrisy of our trumpeting our democratic way of life while holding prisoners without trial under inhumane conditions. And they would have been executed by now and we wouldn't be discussing it still.
    I am amazed and appalled that this country would have any fear of dealing with these people in a manner which has stood us well for over 200 years. Bring on our justice system and show it to the world! It will work.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  282. Neil

    jack what worries me is what happens if any of these terrorists are released and deported to another country, will we have to wait till they launch anouther attack before we can recapture them? and how hard would that be? plus on top of that think what kind of danger you put the jury in, from revenge killings. there seems like a political decision done to please the obama's liberal base. i just think national security is something that should be apolitical, i hope obama changes this to a tribunal.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  283. Billy

    I think its a great idea to try the terrorist in NY. They are a bunch of low life thugs not soldiers, the crime was committed on US soil, no different from the coward timothy Mcveigh, he's not a soldier. People have lost faith in Americas resolve, this is the greatest country in the free world, so why are people so afraid of these coward, they don't have supernatural powers, do they think America is too weak to defend and protect herself from any other threats, if so, the terrorists have already won. Lets get away from Bush's military state, and show the world why they really hate us. Don't be like the terrorist be civilize, because justice will always prevail. Oh I forgot, how can the advocates say it will open old wounds when the Republican base their platform on 911, and we are always talking about the attacks, its time for closure, and the best place is NY.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  284. Pat Munroe

    I think the terrorists should not be tried in New York City by a civilian court. They should be tried by a military tribunal.

    We should not give them a venue to spew hatred at America. I thought the Attorney General's and the President's first responsibility was to keep America safe. This trial will bring out too many of our secrets of how we counter terrorism. What are they thinking??

    November 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  285. mike burchfield

    these guys are not soldiers, they are terrorist who are hiding behind their so called religion, they dont deserve the dignity of being tried in a military court, besides we are part of a global community, and by trying these people in civilian court, will be another step in trying to right out image as a unique place in the world.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  286. Ethan, Penna.

    I think moving the detainees out of Gitmo is a big mistake, and to try some of them in New York City an even bigger mistake. This is only going to encourage El Quida to attack the city again, whether large targets or small. The outcome of the verdicts is not the issue as much as presenting the city to further attacks. New York City has been through enough. Take the trials elsewhere. Keep Gitmo open, keep the detainees there and supervise the situation better, and don't present New York City as a target again.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  287. Barry

    It is about time we move beyond the past Vail of secrecy and have a open trial so the American people can move on and live in the present, showing a nation of strength and stop praying on our citizens fears. The more these cowards are exposed to the world for what they are the more people will reject their thoughts. They are only thought of as powerful giant monsters and scary powerful beings with magical powers when hidden away in the Vail of myth and darkness. Turn on the lights and see them for small minded people as they and their followers are.


    November 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  288. Kooky in CA

    We were not at war when they committed thier crimes, so it is a civil court issue, not militaruy

    November 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  289. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I think a swift military tribunal is all he should get. He is not a US citizen. He doesn't get Miranda Rights. He should not get a stage, or a forum to spout off more hate against our nation. I think it is unbelievable that his long drawn out trial will ultimately dominate the news of N.Y. and force those people to relive the trajedy over and over again. We also risk the ultimate travesty of KSM or any of these dirt bags walking on a technicality, which would be the worst possible slap in the face and disgrace to the memories of the NY citizens who lost their lives that day.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  290. Holger K

    Absolutely and without a doubt. We are the 'free world' and we must show the world that our system works. Where else should the trials be? In Brussels ? 🙂 Why did we have to wait 8 years before anything happened? Isn't it time to set the record straight?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  291. Jakes

    Jack, here comes the "Party of No" (the Republicans). They say NO to everything the Obama Administration does. Since when did we Americans become affraid of Terrorists? Sheik Khali Mohammed once lived here, was educated here, masterminded a terrorist network that kill our people here, and here he shall face justice. Terrorists have been tried here before, we even have some in our prisons here right at this moment. This is nothing new. We sure can handle any group of terrorists.

    Republicans need to shut-up for once and let justice take its course.

    Alexandria, VA

    November 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  292. Christine M Seattle

    Justice is the gift given to victims. Penalty is the consequence of victimization. The terrorists are not facing justice' they are facing judgment. The terrorists must face their accusers. I only hope they do not get put to death, as that is exactly what they pray for. Previous folks have spoken of Nuremberg. Let our trial by jury, and the human rights that go with our system, shine out for all nations to see. Our system is generally a fine example of jurisprudence. Let's not fear monger. We are capable of trying these men and forming the security network we need to keep us all safe.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  293. Charles Mathews

    Dear Jack,
    Try them at the scene of their crime! Most people don't know that the military courts are based upon the Constitution of the United States, and therefore protect many of the same rights enjoyed in civilian courts. Trial by those that they wronged? How righteous!
    Chuck M

    November 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  294. jim dopkus

    I think the real reason for this push to have the trial in NYC is because the democratic party would just love to put George Bush on trail, not the terrorists.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  295. Michael

    Since when are republican so afraid of terrorist they can't even bring them to the US. Oh and our Judaical system is so flawed we can't even get an conviction. So lets do what Giuliani wants leave them at camp GITMO and hope all the terrorist die of old AGE !! The republican justice 7 years and counting. America please don't be fooled this is politics pure and simply and its merely on the backs of the American people and the justice system

    November 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  296. Cecil Montgomery

    I believe that none of the terrorists should be tried in the US. Their crimes were committed primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. If both countries have a jusdicial system send them back there and furnish our lawyers from Staff Juge Advocate General to assist and represent us. We should not bear all the expense and dangerous actions since the crimes were committed in foreign countries. I know the crime of 9/11 was performed on our soil but it was part of an action resulting from the war.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  297. Mike in Colorado

    Are there 12 people in NYC who were in a coma on 9/11 and have just recently come out of it?

    November 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  298. Alex in Seattle

    I would be most concerned with a terrorist rescue attempt. Since a military tribunal would also give the detainees legal rights of the accused similar to the UCMJ the other argument is moot.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  299. Ann Thaxter

    Very bad idea.....does it mean the terrorists will be freed because they weren't read their Moranda rights and will they be judged by a jury of their peers....other radical Islamists? Holder and Obama scare me more and more each day!

    November 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  300. Jakes


    Since when did we Americans become affraid of Terrorists? Sheik Khali Mohammed once lived here, was educated here, masterminded a terrorist network that kill our people here, and here he shall face justice. Terrorists have been tried here before, we even have some in our prisons here right at this moment. This is nothing new. We sure can handle any group of terrorists.

    Alexandria, VA

    November 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  301. Thom Richer

    Again, much ado about nothing. Everything has to become an issue simply for the hell of it. Never will any political decision regarding 9/11,
    the terrorists involved, Guantanimo, bin Laden or these invalid occupations we so erroniously have labled "wars," can escape partisan political greed. Try them convict them lock them up for good or execute them immediately but do not make a game of it for political gain. They murderd multitudes of humal lives, they have relinquished any and all rights unless we choose to give them back. It is not an issue of rights, it is an issue of punishment for crimes committed. Period.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  302. FaraJi

    Jack, there’s no better place to put these people on trial. If they or their comrades can attack New York, then New York should have the last say in this saga. It would be cowardly to do anything less. Let the people of New York exact justice on these people. But one thing should be done differently and that is the judge should preside and the jurors should observe, in silhouette, to protect their identity, not just from Al Qaeda, but from the American media, who for their thirst for profits will sell out the judge and jurors to the terrorist.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm |