Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Schumer To Obama: Pay For Terror Trial
A top Democratic U.S. senator is calling upon the federal government to cover the cost of security for the trials of five Guantanamo Bay detainees charged in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Schumer, of New York, is asking the president to include a separate line in the upcoming fiscal year 2011 budge to cover the full costs to the New York Police Department and other local law enforcement to provide security for the trials. The 2011 budget is being drawn up now and is set to be released next month.
The trials, which could begin as early as this year, will require a massive security mobilization/ Although the FBI and U.S. Marshal service will lead the security effort, Schumer notes that the supporting role provided by the NYPD could cost the department and the city hundreds of millions of dollars.
“The bottom line is these are federal terror cases that will bring to justice, in federal court, the evil men behind the attack on our nation on 9-11." Schumer said. "It‘s common sense that the federal government pay for security costs because these trials will place a significant burden on the NYPD and the city to keep lower Manhattan safe and secure.”