Friday, January 22, 2010

Mayor Calls Moving Gitmo 5 Trial To Island Dumb

It sounded like a good idea to lots of New Yorkers.

A Huffington Post columnist suggested moving the trial of five men accused in the September 11, 2001 terror attack to Governor's Island, off the tip of Manhattan.

Security, she suggested, would be less intrusive on the city. Holding the trial in lower Manhattan at Federal District Court has nearby Chinatown merchants in arms. They say the double security zones ringing the courtroom will make it difficult for customers to make their way to their businesses.

But speaking to newspaper publishers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the Governor's Island suggestion "one of the dumber ideas” he's ever heard. And Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has told the Associated Press that his department has ruled out Governor's Island as a venue for the trial.

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