The Obama administration may move the trials of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other accused terrorists out of New York City after criticism from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials, reports Politico.com. “It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will,” Bloomberg said. The New York Daily News attributes the shift in official opinion to a mid-January speech by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to 150 business leaders about how disruptive and costly the trials would be.
Other likely sites for the trial include White Plains, N.Y., Newport News or Alexandria, Va., or a venue in the western federal judicial district of Pennsylvania. Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown (Mass.) made the issue a key plank in his election win this month. “I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation. They do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime.  In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them,” he said.