Coalition expresses shock at breaking reports that NYC Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Kelly were not consulted prior to Holder's 9/11 trial announcement
New York, December 2, 2009 -- According to breaking news reports, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has stated that city officials were not consulted prior to announcing a decision to bring the 9/11 terrorist conspirators to trial in a New York City civilian court.
Commissioner Kelly was asked whether U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder consulted with the NYPD in advance about security concerns surrounding the possibility of holding the terror trial in New York. Kelly responded: "The fact is we weren't asked. And we will make the best of a situation. We weren't."
A spokesperson for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asserted that the Mayor was informed of the decision only on the very morning Attorney General Holder made his announcement.
"There was no consultation, no consultation with the police department. That decision was made. We were informed," Commissioner Kelly added on Tuesday.
Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, who is organizing a massive rally this Saturday, December 5th, at Foley Square, stated today, "This shocking revelation makes it crystal clear that the Attorney General's decision to bring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to New York City was pre-ordained, and he wasn't about to ask for input that would have resulted in his having to defend the indefensible."
According to the New York Daily News, New York City spends $300 million per year for ordinary counterterrorism operations. "The Attorney General told 9/11 families that bringing these monsters to NYC is a 'trust me situation,' " said Burlingame. "The American people should not trust the judgment or competence of the nation's chief law enforcement officer who revealed that he consulted his wife over the decision but not the government officials who are entrusted with our safety and security and who will have to deal with the consequences of that decision."
On Saturday at noon, thousands will rally at Foley Square at the federal courthouse where the trial, if the decision is not reversed, will take place. Two weeks ago, the 9/11 Never Forget Coalition sent a letter signed by 300 family members of 9/11 victims to the President, Attorney General and Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking them to reverse course. The letter has now been signed by over 135,000 Americans and is posted at http://www.911familliesforamerica.org