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-- well it's a special a senior al-Qaeda figure has been charged for his alleged crimes and a criminal court in the heart of New York -- -- And not everyone is happy about it here is correspondent Doug -- -- -- -- Abu gates not guilty plea in federal court this morning to one count of conspiracy to kill Americans.
Sets the stage for a high profile terrorist trial just blocks from ground zero.
It re -- intense Republican criticism of the Obama administration.
For trying terrorism suspects in civilian courts where Miranda rights apply if this man.
Right next Osama bin Laden.
Involved in the attacks on our country on 9/11.
Don't you think it would be important that we not tell him he has the right to remain silent.
-- along with fellow Republican senators McCain and Graham today again condemned the decision in a joint statement that said the decision quote clearly contravene the will of the American people.
-- not go unchallenged as a family member of a nine elevenths victim also waiting.
My concern is that a guy like this comes to you as civilian court he's put away hopefully he would get -- he would be convicted.
But it wouldn't it's not it's conspiracy -- -- Murder but the White House today defended its record of terrorist convictions in federal court.
According to the Times Square bomber and the underwear bomber now both serving life sentences there is broad consensus across the United States government at the Department of Defense.
The department justice the Department of Homeland Security.
Intelligence community agrees that the best way to protect our national security interests is to prosecute.
-- in an article reports a former navy jag officer doubts the charges against Abu -- meet the legal requirements of a military tribunal.
Sorry but he can't be charged material support for terrorism which can carry a life.
-- sentence because that's disallowed as a legal matter of military -- it's not -- war crime and he can't be charged not with conspiracy.
In military commissions because that's not a traditional war crimes.
But trying -- -- gates in federal court also raises other concerns in 2010 the administration backed down from trying terrorism mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohamed in Manhattan.
When New York police estimated the cost of security for a year long trial could run 200 million dollars.
Applegate has been in US custody since March 1 though the government did not reveal it until yesterday.
Prosecutors today said he gave an extensive post arrest statement totaling 22 pages but the offered no details.
Abu gates trial set for April -- is expected to last only a few weeks and asked today if it would be disruptive.
Mayor Bloomberg seemed resigned to was saying quote I'm not gonna get involved in that because -- -- -- -- the president's job anymore difficult -- We'll have more on this with the panel -- thank you.
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