This scares me, but i agree wholeheartedly with Newburgh Mayor Nicky Valentine. He says we should host the trial of accused 9/11 instigator Sheikh Khalid Mohammed, and he’s right. No other city seems to want it, and it poses a unique opportunity for Newburgh.
In today’s Record we have people quoted to the effect that we would be putting the city at risk if the trial were held here.
HUH!? Terrorists are gonna come to the trial?! That’s like saying we should kick out St. Luke’s Hospital, because it attracts sick people. Or that we should say no if we were offered the Pillsbury Bake-Offs, on the grounds that someone could start an oven fire.
Would we turn down a shot at hosting the Olympics for fear that Tonya Harding might come and kneecap someone? Would we refuse to host an embezzlement trial, thinking that accountants would overrun the city? A divorce trial, because it might attract Larry King? It’s equally crazy to think that terrorists would flock to a trial of a terror suspect.
And if they did, so much the better: We could catch them all in one fell swoop. Meanwhile, here is a chance to show the world that in the U.S., we are governed by the rule of law, and that the wheels of justice may turn slowly, but they are still turning. With the trial complete and this creep Mohammed safely behind bars, Newburgh would be known as the place where he was nailed, in a scrupulously secure and fair trial that we could all be proud of.
By the way: Wouldn’t it be perfect if Mohammed ended up sharing a cell with his teammate, Scott Roeder of Kansas City?
Welcome, Department of Justice!
p.s. If nothing else, a terror trial here would keep our police officers out of the Evidence Room, thus giving us a much better chance of convicting drug dealers.