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The news developing this morning that Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and the four other alleged 9/11 co conspirators may not be tried within blocks of ground zero after all there has been pushed back.
From local businesses the mayor of New York City in recent days members of both parties in congress.
The Justice Department is now considering plans to potentially move the proceedings out of lower Manhattan.
What does it mean for this case and what does it mean for cases going forward let's talk to Utah senator Orrin hatch he's on the judiciary -- on Capitol Hill good to see senator.
Replaces the big concerns for the locals of course our safety.
Costs costs of keeping everybody safe.
I you I know have other even broader concerns.
Well I'm very concerned retreat could check -- Mohammed the mastermind of the 9/11 disaster recovery thousands of our citizens.
I'm to try him in the civilian court like he's just a criminal.
He's a real mistake him be tried in a military commission in nineteen they're -- -- in 2006.
The congress passed after extensive.
Hearings and everything else say military commission approach that would have.
Handled Khalid Sheikh -- very very well right there at Guantanamo.
Without any of the dangers.
I'm really happy -- say that the mayor of New York.
-- now has second thoughts when they realize it's gonna cost a billion dollars but new York at risk.
Because a lot of pros are treated just like a common -- got to be treated like the terrorists -- really is and that as a military commissions plays by so doing.
But senator just to clarify what's being talked about today is not moving these 9/11 conspirators.
-- You have military tribunal -- to move them somewhere else to some other civilian site.
What are you hearing as to whether this is actually gonna happen at these from these trials will not be held in New York City.
Well I think it's gonna happen it's gonna have to happen because of the mayor of New York City and yeah based I'm decrying the fact that they're gonna continue on -- this.
Absurd stupid approach towards and when one of their.
One of their biggest killers this country has ever -- just go back a couple years to 2001 when Zacharias Moussaoui who was the twentieth hijacker.
He was tried in the civilian court it took four years of time during that time heaped upon ability the families of the -- of the people who were killed.
In the end because of one jury juror he was not given the death penalty and it cost the taxpayers all kinds of money and this is they've been a bigger thing luckily Sheikh Mohamed we could try and you've got a perfect place to trial.
Without any danger to any American citizen and that's right there at Guantanamo.
I personally believe this administration is not to do this and if they continue on this one I think you could bring down on the administration and the I I hate to see that happen.
To be honest with you but.
That's that's where we're going.
In the interest of bounce I want to play what the attorney general Eric Holder said when he made the announcement about trying to these alleged conspirators in civilian courts let them to talk about it on the other side.
After eight years of delaying those allegedly responsible for the attacks of September the eleventh.
Will finally face justice they will be brought to New York.
To New York to answer for their alleged crimes in -- courthouse just blocks away where the Twin Towers once stood.
Senator you know Summitt said.
They did that for.
-- city purposes for political purposes but the government the White House says you know what we can handle that we have put terrorists in jail before you bring us -- bring up -- salary he is put away for life.
They did -- -- Put it this way they did it because of the left wing liberal ideas that they have that we have got to show that we are better than anybody else what we can do that -- the military tribunal approach.
-- -- the perfect place to do it why.
What are American citizens and risk -- these awful.
By the way.
During -- solid then the government mistakenly gave him classified information.
It's probably going to be a demand by the -- -- -- Mohammed attorneys that they should have access.
They're classified information and in the process our countries put a risk because of these.
What what really are.
I think dumb decisions.
When we have everything.
In -- appropriate.
Position to be able to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.
In a military commission where we don't have to have any of these problems -- -- we have to have the expense that would be involved.
In all the security and other matters that that we would have to do.
In any city or any.
And -- military base or anywhere else in America and it just it just doesn't make sense -- I don't mean to be so harsh and the administration but.
It's that liberal mentality in this country that we.
That we have to do it differently from everybody else when in fact.
We can do it in -- constitutionally sound.
-- that's what we should do.
Very quickly want to ask you member of the house Peter King was on fox earlier talking about what he has proposed on his side of the -- -- -- of congress there.
To prohibit funding.
For any trials for gitmo detainees going forward.
Would something like that have traction.
-- -- -- -- Senator Graham.
I don't know what his and then we'll -- -- it may very well -- -- -- this sort of proceeding to go it one Ottawa I think either one of those would pass at this point I think I think members of congress getting very jittery.
About about the administration and there are I I think left wing approach towards these things look very straightforward killers they're people who have.
Killed 3000 of our people there are people who will take advantage of a civil trial.
There will be classified information that the possibly will be will be compromised.
-- kind of things that.
What should we shouldn't have to Blake about making a decision on if -- and the president has basically admitted that the that they military commission approach is constitutional and is that a fair approach.
Why should we give them a platform that -- Sheikh Mohammed a platform.
To broadcast all over the world.
Its view of all kinds of poison against our country.
He can do that and a military commission if it wants this is a man who wanted to be executed.
So they could be a martyr to his I think we -- that we should.
Get give them a round but it ought to be in -- military commission.
Not to be at the risk.
Of American cities or American army bases are our military bases or anywhere on American soil.
You -- senator Orrin hatch thanks for your time today.
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