Thursday, January 07, 2010

A new source of Obama stimulus spending

Well, here's some money that we can save.
Security for the federal trial of self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four accused cohorts will run $200 million a year, sources told the Daily News.

The NYPD's newly revised projection is almost triple the estimate of $75 million in November, after Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would move the prisoners from Guantanamo to Manhattan for trial.
Remember how Holder told us that deciding to try these guys in criminal court in New York was a "trust me" thing. But he assured us that there was no chance that they would not be found guilty. I wonder if he was any better in planning the trial than he was in estimating the cost - and this is before it has even started. I'm sure the price will go up once it starts.

And this is all for guys who were ready to plead guilty until Obama and Holder stepped in and thought that a criminal trial was preferable.

4 comments:

Skay said...

Are attorneys from Holder's former law firm involved in this case? Who is paying for the defence of this terrorist?

Holder is looking worse than Janet Reno--and that is hard to do.

LarryD said...

And the guarantee by Holder and Obama that Khalid Mohammed will be found guilty completely undermines the argument that a civilian crimminal trial will demonstrate the fairness of the US justice system.

tfhr said...

Skay,

Nobody actually "looks" worse than Janet Reno...well, Napolitano...but you know what I mean. Holder is actually acting worse than Reno but it is interesting to see that like Clinton, Obama is all too ready to hide behind his AG's skirt, as it were. Then again, this is one case where the Obama administration can point to having actual experienced personnel on hand for that sort of thing.

Your point about the law firm is crucial, yet it seems to get very little press. Not a surprise in the least, just saying. Whether the KSM show trial will be Holder's crowning "achievement" as a lawyer on the take remains to be seen but it can be added to an already dubious list of terrorist friendly accomplishments:

* Facilitating the Clinton pardon of Democratic campaign contributor, tax dodger and Iranian oil trader, Marc Rich.
http://www.time.com/time/2007/presidential_pardons/10.html

* Reduction of criminal sentences for 16 Puerto Rican FALN terrorists on behalf of the Clintons.
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/09/how-eric-holder-fixed-the-faln-pardons/

* Protecting Chiquita Brands International for their illegal payment of protection money to Colombian terrorists. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-kovalik/lawyer-for-chiquita-in-co_b_141919.html

From the very start, Holder's career trajectory has been impressive, if not ironic. Right after he finished law school Holder ended up in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section! It doesn't seem to have left a lasting impression.

ic said...

"...he assured us that there was no chance that they would not be found guilty."

show trials