State lawmaker condemns decision to bring terror suspects to the Big Apple
Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) today said that the decision by the Federal Government to bring the suspected terrorist masterminds and financiers behind the attacks of September 11th, 2001 to New York to face trial places New Yorkers in danger and usurps the authority of New York State.
“New Yorkers thought it was idiotic for the White House to fly Air Force one over the Manhattan skyline earlier this year, without making any effort to notify the public, yet this new effort to bring terrorist thugs to New York City during the holidays makes that previous decision look harmless,” Ball said. “Do politicians in Washington really think families traveling from New Jersey, upstate New York, Idaho and Iowa want to fly to New York during the holidays, knowing that these terrorist degenerates will be on trial in New York at the same time? That said, the lack of intelligent thought that went into making this decision goes beyond damaging the local economy, it is an affront to all New Yorkers and Americans.”
The decision by Federal officials to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists to stand trial just blocks from ground zero was met with silence by Federal representatives in the Hudson Valley. Ball released a statement from the 9/11 Families for a Secure America organization which states that “civilian courts are no place to try war criminal terrorists.”
“This decision, by this administration, as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey states ‘seems to be to abandon the view that we’re in a war,’” reads the statement from the national organization which supports the victims of the families affected by the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks. “We tried the first World Trade Center bombers in civilian courts and, in return, we got 9/11 and the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent civilians. It is far preferable to try these cases in the venue that Congress created for trying these war criminals which is military tribunals than where they will now be tried.”
Ball said he plans to draft a state resolution during the extraordinary session of the legislature next week that will ask New York’s congressional delegation for a roll-call vote on H.R. 2294, which would require prior consent from the Governor and Legislature of any state receiving the transfer of a terrorist detainee.
“I have the utmost confidence in the ability of the men and women of law enforcement here in New York. Yet our national leaders must realize that outside of Israel, New York is the number one terrorist target on the planet, and the Federal Government has abrogated their responsibility by recklessly imposing the risk of these trials on New York for no apparent reason.” Ball stated.