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Leibell Resolution to move 9/11 Terror Trials Overwhelmingly Passes State Senate

 

    Leibell Resolution Calling on Obama Administration to move 9/11 Terror Trial Out of New York Overwhelmingly Passes State Senate; Chamber Stands Opposed to President’s Refusal to Commit to Changing Course
       
        State Senator Vincent Leibell, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs today overwhelmingly won passage of a Senate resolution he introduced calling on the Obama administration to reverse its decision to conduct the 9/11 terror trial in New York.

    The resolution (J3889) took on added importance following the President’s refusal Sunday to commit to moving the trial out of New York.  Law enforcement officials estimate the failure to change course could cost State and City taxpayers up to $1 billion in increased security costs and put New Yorkers at risk.

    Senator Leibell said, “Holding the terror trial in New York would unnecessarily put New Yorkers at risk and have a staggering economic impact on businesses, disrupt city residents, and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.  As the President waffles on a matter of extreme importance to New York, I am pleased that the Senate has overwhelmingly voiced its opposition to the Obama administration’s plan.  I urge Congress to stand with us in support of this resolution.”

    Senator Leibell introduced his resolution several weeks ago and worked with Democrats and Republicans to achieve its passage. 
           
    According to numerous published reports, Leibell noted, the Obama administration is still considering conducting the trial in New York City, despite public outcry.

    Senator Leibell, a former Naval Officer, said that he supports bringing enemy combatant terrorists to trial in front of a military commission tribunal rather than in federal civilian court, as the Obama administration has proposed. 

    New Yorkers can sign Senator Leibell's on-line petition at nysenate.gov/trials.   They can also join the new "Move the Terror Trials"  Facebook page that he established.

    The Leibell resolution is below:

    Senate Resolution No. 3889
            
    BY: Senator LEIBELL
     
            URGING  the  Federal  Government  to  reverse  its
            decision  to  hold  civilian  trials  of  terrorists
            Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammed Salih Mubarak
            Bin  Attash, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, Ali Abdul-Aziz Ali,
            and Mustafa Ahmed Al Hawsawi  in  Manhattan  federal
            court
     
      WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  course  of our nation's history, from the
    time of George Washington to the present  day,  the  United  States  has
    recognized that these terrorists, captured with the intent to attack the
    United  States,  its  people  and/or  its interests, and which present a
    serious and immediate threat to the nation and its people, should not be
    afforded the same constitutional criminal justice  protections  reserved
    for United States citizens; and
     
      WHEREAS,  Attempting  to  apply  the  same  constitutional  criminal
    justice protections reserved for United States citizens, and  attempting
    to  apply  the  principles  of  our civilian courts to these terrorists,
    which have openly espoused, planned and/or conducted acts of  terrorism,
    war  and  mass  murder  and  destruction  against the United States, its
    people and/or its interests,  is  contradictory  to  the  rules  of  war
    followed by our soldiers during the capture of these individuals, and is
    inherently   inapplicable  to  the  prosecution  and  administration  of
    justice; and
     
      WHEREAS,   Permitting   these   terrorists   to   enjoy   the   same
    constitutional  criminal  justice protections reserved for United States
    citizens, and awarding them the rules and  procedures  of  our  civilian
    federal  courts,  will  place  a  great  risk on our nation's most vital
    intelligence information, offer a platform for the inspiration of hatred
    of the United States, and encourage fellow terrorists to commit  further
    acts of war and violence against this nation and this state; and
     
      WHEREAS,  The means necessary to be employed to effectively stop the
    activities of these terrorists before they  fulfill  their  missions  to
    espouse,  plan  and  conduct  acts of terrorism, war and mass murder and
    destruction against the United States, its people and/or its  interests,
    are  not  consistent with the means to afford these individuals the same
    constitutional criminal justice protections reserved for  United  States
    citizens,  or to obtain a successful prosecution of these individuals in
    a civilian federal criminal court; and
     
      WHEREAS, Despite these issues, in February 2009, the  United  States
    Department   of  Justice,  stayed  the  prosecution  before  a  military
    commission tribunal, of five of the most infamous, dangerous and devoted
    Al Qaida terrorists in world  history,  Khalid  Sheikh  Mohammed,  Walid
    Muhammed  Salih  Mubarak  Bin Attash, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, Ali Abdul-Aziz
    Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Al Hawsawi; and
     
      WHEREAS, The Government of the United States of America announced on
    November 13, 2009, through U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder,  plans  to
    prosecute  avowed  Al  Qaida  terrorists  Khalid  Sheikh Mohammed, Walid
    Muhammed Salih Mubarak Bin Attash, Ramzi Bin Al  Shibh,  Ali  Abdul-Aziz
     
    Ali,  and  Mustafa  Ahmed  Al Hawsawi in federal district court in lower
    Manhattan; and
     
      WHEREAS,  All  of  these  avowed  terrorists  to be so prosecuted in
    federal court have been directly linked to the attacks of September  11,
    2001,  which  saw the deaths of nearly three thousand people on New York
    soil; and
     
      WHEREAS, The proposed location of this trial, in the very shadow  of
    where  the  World  Trade Center once stood, and in the heart of New York
    City's  financial  and  commercial  district,  poses  unacceptable   and
    significant risk, harm and threat to the safety and security of millions
    of Americans and New Yorkers residing and working in the vicinity of the
    federal district courthouse in Manhattan; and
     
      WHEREAS,  The  risk,  potential harm, threat and danger that will be
    brought to New York State and New York  City  and  its  citizens,  as  a
    result  of  the  federal  government's  decision  to  give  these avowed
    terrorists a civilian trial in federal district court in Manhattan  will
    cause  New  York  City, New York State and its citizens to bear not only
    the huge burden of such risk, potential harm,  threat  and  danger,  but
    also  bear,  in  the midst of a deep economic recession and state fiscal
    crisis, an unprecedented security cost, which officials  have  estimated
    could reach nearly $1 billion; and
     
      WHEREAS, It is further contemplated that these trials will cause the
    State  of  New York, the City of New York and its citizens, many of whom
    experienced the horrific events  of  September  11,  2001,  first  hand,
    further   unprecedented   disturbance,  emotional  trauma  and  economic
    hardship, with the institution of required security  measures  by  state
    and local law enforcement agencies which would need to be taken in lower
    Manhattan  for  a  period  which  has  been estimated to be years before
    completion of such trials; and
     
      WHEREAS, New York Governor David A. Paterson, New  York  City  Mayor
    Michael   Bloomberg,  Julie  Menin,  Chairwoman  of  Community  Board  1
    (representing the neighborhoods surrounding the federal  courthouse  for
    lower  Manhattan),  have all expressed serious concern and opposition to
    the federal government's plan to prosecute these  avowed  terrorists  in
    New  York  City and cause undue and unprecedented financial hardship and
    burden on the people and law enforcement agencies in the  State  of  New
    York  and  its  political subdivisions in and around New York City; now,
    therefore, be it
     
      RESOLVED, That President Barack  Obama  and  Attorney  General  Eric
    Holder  are  hereby  strongly  urged by this Legislative Body to reverse
    their decision to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammed Salih
    Mubarak Bin Attash, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, Ali Abdul-Aziz Ali, and  Mustafa
    Ahmed  Al  Hawsawi  in  federal  district  court  in Manhattan, over the
    objections of our state  and  local  government  officials;  and  be  it
    further
     
      RESOLVED,  That  copies  of  this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
    transmitted to  President  Barack  Obama,  U.S.  Attorney  General  Eric
    Holder, and all members of the New York State Congressional delegation.