There will not just be one perimeter set up around the federal court house in lower Manhattan for the Gitmo Five trial but two.
That's the word from New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on whose shoulders the protection of the community rests.
Neither the commissioner nor Mayor Michael Bloomberg were consulted before Attorney General Eric Holder announced the trail would be held there.
While New Yorkers are generally thankful that extraordinary security measures will be in place, the additional layer of security will mean, of course, that it will be even more difficult to traverse lower Manhattan. Merchants - including those in nearby Chinatown - are naturally concerned about how making people go through security checkpoints in order to get to their businesses will affect their already marginal bottom lines.