Mike Bloomberg's Chief of Police spoke to the New York Young Republican Club last week, and he told the stunned audience that the Obama White House never consulted with the NYPD or Mayor Bloomberg before announcing a decision to try Khalid Sheikh Muhammad in lower Manhattan:
“We were not consulted,” Kelly said tersely of the decision. He stated that the trial “will raise the threat level of this city,” a threat that “will not fade any time soon.” And it affects more than lower Manhattan, we learned. “We will have to look at the entire city as a potential target.”
Via the Water Cooler
Kelly went on to tell the crowd that it is possible the trial(s) will be stopped before it starts. He reportedly cited a recent item from Newsweek's Michael Isikoff, who suggests Congress might block the trials before they get underway. Given the changed political climate in the wake of Scott Brown's Massachusetts win however, it's also possible that the White House could change course before Congress requires it.
Commissioner Kelly says that there's no question these trials put New York at much greater risk for terrorist attack. That's intuitive, but the White House denies it. Furthermore, even the Democrats in New York's Congressional delegation agree that the city is currently unable to pay the security costs associated with the trial. Given the volatile political climate, can swing-seat Democrats in the tri-state area (including Kirsten Gillibrand) afford the political risk of having a trial underway (or about to start) in November, 2010?
At this point I'm willing to bet the administration changes plans before frightened Democrats force them to.
Click over to Kerry Picket at the Water Cooler for much more on this