Security for Terror Trial to Cost $216 Million

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AP - Stepped-up security measures for the upcoming trial of the suspects in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are now expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars -- a far heftier price tag than originally thought.

In a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Mayor Michael Bloomberg put the cost at $216 million for the first year after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects arrive in Manhattan from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After that, the mayor said it would cost $200 million annually for as long as the men are detained in the city -- mainly overtime for extra New York Police Department patrols.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had given an initial estimate of $75 million a year but later warned it could be higher. A recent NYPD analysis came up with the totals cited by the mayor.

City officials and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., have called on the federal government to foot the bill.

"As 9/11 was an attack on the entire nation, we need the federal government to shoulder the significant costs we will incur and ease this burden," Bloomberg wrote in the letter dated Tuesday to the Office of Management and Budget in Washington.

Schumer has asked the Obama administration to include the trial security costs for the NYPD, the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service as a separate item in the proposed 2011 federal budget.

"Not a nickel of these costs should be borne by the New York taxpayers because terrorism is a federal responsibility and this is a federal trial," the senator said Wednesday in a statement.

Federal officials have said they're still determining the security costs and how they will be paid. No date has been set for the trial.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that Mohammed, the professed mastermind of the 2001 attacks, and four accused of being al-Qaida henchmen would be tried in federal court in lower Manhattan. The court complex, including a jail that would hold the men, is just blocks from where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in the attack on Sept 11, 2001.

Believing the high-profile trial could inspire another attack, the NYPD has planned a show of force involving thousands of officers. The department expects to establish a frozen zone around the courthouse protected by car check points, bomb-sniffing dogs, rooftop sharpshooters and helicopter patrols.
Probably the tip of the iceberg...
 

IntheNet

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Security for Terror Trial to Cost $216 Million ...
Since BHO and AG Holder are the ones calling for this political theater, they should pay the security bill, the whole bill, and nothing but the bill. Send the bill to them....
 

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Trying this silly guy in public, making an example of him as nothing more than a petty criminal, instead of secretly shooting him after a secret military tribunal does one thing. It keeps him from being a martyr.

Do you HONESTLY believe that anyone in any terror organization would cross the street for this stupid kid, much less plan a huge terror plot against the most protected city in this country.

The Bushies tried the shoe bomber in federal court. This guy is going to prison. Why not do it in public so that they can't say he's a martyr.

As for the cost of security, I'm not expert, but that sounds like a city trying to get federal money to make up for their own economic problems.
 

ArrowSmith

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What a waste. Just have a quickie show trial and summary execution. For god's sake, did anyone see the WTC jumpers? :(:(:(
 

Queso

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Since BHO and AG Holder are the ones calling for this political theater, they should pay the security bill, the whole bill, and nothing but the bill. Send the bill to them....
I agree. And whilst we're at it, we'll backdate the policy and make every political leader pay for their own useless grandstanding financial drains on the public purse.

How much did the Iraq War cost again? Can even the Bushes and their highly profitable since 2003 arms-dealing business empire afford to repay that?
 

ArrowSmith

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I agree. And whilst we're at it, we'll backdate the policy and make every political leader pay for their own useless grandstanding financial drains on the public purse.

How much did the Iraq War cost again? Can even the Bushes and their highly profitable since 2003 arms-dealing business empire afford to repay that?
Evidence plz. ;):apple:
 

xUKHCx

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I agree. And whilst we're at it, we'll backdate the policy and make every political leader pay for their own useless grandstanding financial drains on the public purse.

How much did the Iraq War cost again? Can even the Bushes and their highly profitable since 2003 arms-dealing business empire afford to repay that?
Considering this happened on Bush's watch and Obama is just cleaning up afterwards can't the bill be sent to Bush for this case as well.
 

ArrowSmith

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Considering this happened on Bush's watch and Obama is just cleaning up afterwards can't the bill be sent to Bush for this case as well.
With these kind of ultra-whack opinions its no wonder conservatives are gaining.
 

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With these kind of ultra-whack opinions its no wonder conservatives are gaining.
No worries on that score. As soon as they open their mouths they'll sink themselves again. The Republican Party needs to clean itself out quite a bit yet, which will become apparent once they start campaigning.
 

mcrain

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With these kind of ultra-whack opinions its no wonder conservatives are gaining.
You clearly didn't read what he was responding to, namely that the Iraq war occurred under Bush, and the cost of that should be borne by them. What exactly is "ultra-whack" about that, or anything else that's been posted here?

Just curious.
 

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Liberals think 9/11 was a criminal action. On par with jaywalking.
With these kind of ultra-whack opinions its no wonder conservatives aren't gaining.
Fixed that for you.

Although it's going to be a PITA, I'd much rather have my NYC/NYS tax dollars going to security to finally bring justice to this scumbag then on a 4.9 billion dollar arena to bring the worst NBA team (Nets) to Brooklyn. Which is a bigger PITA.
 

IntheNet

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I agree. And whilst we're at it, we'll backdate the policy and make every political leader pay for their own useless grandstanding financial drains on the public purse.
Both the Attorney General and the President believe the terrorist(s) being brought to NYC to stand trial are guilty and both have said and maintained that they'll be found guilty. Moreover, both the Attorney General and the President are planning a jail in Illinois to house them after the trial. Thus this "terror trial" is nothing of the kind; it is political theater so the Attorney General and President can pontificate about how their friends in Al Qaeda were mistreated by the prior president and his administration and the bill for the theater passed on to taxpayers. The Attorney General and the President should pay the bill for their own circus show.
 

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I have to agree with inthenet on one issue, this trial is in no way going to display our justice system "at its best" the president has no intent of releasing these people even if they loopholed their way out in some odd scenario, the trial is rigged from the start.
 

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Both the Attorney General and the President believe the terrorist(s) being brought to NYC to stand trial are guilty and both have said and maintained that they'll be found guilty. Moreover, both the Attorney General and the President are planning a jail in Illinois to house them after the trial. Thus this "terror trial" is nothing of the kind; it is political theater so the Attorney General and President can pontificate about how their friends in Al Qaeda were mistreated by the prior president and his administration and the bill for the theater passed on to taxpayers. The Attorney General and the President should pay the bill for their own circus show.
You missed the bit where I said "I agree" then :p
 

mcrain

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Thus this "terror trial" is nothing of the kind; it is political theater so the Attorney General and President can pontificate about how their friends in Al Qaeda were mistreated by the prior president and his administration and the bill for the theater passed on to taxpayers. The Attorney General and the President should pay the bill for their own circus show.
Do you not remember Richard Reed, the shoe bomber? He was tried in federal criminal court by the Bush administration. It's precedent. It's the way we handle these types of cases. It's the law.

I can't believe you just accused the President of the United States as having friends in Al Qaeda. I'm speechless. I'm all for reasonable people disagreeing, but that really is unAmerican. Sickens me how low people will stoop.

I disagreed with Bush, but I have never met a Democrat who accused him of having friends who were Al Qaeda. I've heard whack-jobs spout conspiricay theories about 9/11, but those were the crazy people.

At least those nuts could point to the Bin Laden family being allowed to leave the US after 9/11 and Bush Sr, Cheney, Rumsfeld's relationships with Iraq/Iran/Afganistan/Bin Laden from long ago.