By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
There's mixed reaction today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement yesterday that five Guantanamo Bay detainees, including the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried in federal court in New York City.
Some New Yorkers are concerned that bringing them here will create security issues. They are, frankly, afraid that their very presence will prompt another terrorist attack.
Others believe there's no better a venue than New York - the scene of the crime.
Without question, there's ample precedence for trying suspects where the crime occurred. But the bigger issue may not be a geographical one. It may have to do with the treatment the suspects underwent while at Gitmo.
There are concerns that they were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques that elicited responses that a federal court may not be inclined to allow into evidence.
There are also concerns that some of those techniques may be further revealed in a public court - possibly adversely affecting national security.
There are those who welcome a trial here in New York City. Before yesterday's announcement, some 9/11 family members were interviewed for an ACLU video that urged that the cases be tried in a civilian federal court - not by a military tribunal.
"It is of utmost importance to me that those who were responsible for the attacks of 9/11 face a court," said Adele Welty in the ACLU video. Her son was a New York firefighter killed at the World Trade Center.
Pat Perry, whose son was a police officer killed on 9/11, added that she would rather see the Guantanamo detainees who have been held without charge "appear in open court where we can all sift out what we feel is really the truth and the judges can make a decision based on our constitution."
But Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has been making the rounds, talking on TV and radio stations and granting print and web interviews to denounce the announcement. King believes the Gitmo detainees should all be tried there - by a military tribunal - and then executed upon conviction.