New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says “common sense” indicates terrorists may try to disrupt the murder trials of accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, reports USA Today. Kelly said security costs of holding the trials has soared “way beyond” the estimate of at least $75 million that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) gave last month.
Kelly is seeking federal aid to pay for extra security, such as sniper teams. Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to hold the trial in New York has triggered opposition. Sens. Jeff Session (R-AL), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and some 9/11 victims’ families say the prosecutions are a costly and an unnecessary security risk.