Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., joined a chorus of condemnation Friday over the Obama administration's decision to try five Sept. 11 suspects in New York City, not far from ground zero itself.
King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Politico.com he was upset that accused terrorists would enjoy the same rights as U.S. citizens. He said President Barack Obama was "caving into political correctness and the left-wing base of his political party." He also warned that the area srrounding the courthouse would turn into a "circus."
“I am really disgusted by it,” he told Politico. "To me, it’s truly an insult to the memory of those killed on 9/11."
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According to New York television station CBS 2 HD, King sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in April in which he cited his concerns.
"The southern district courthouse is within walking distance of ground zero, City Hall … NYPD headquarters (and) Wall Street. … It is reckless to impose the risk of these trials on New York for no good reason," the letter said, according to CBS 2 HD.
King also told The Associated Press that the New York Police Department would be stretched dangerously thin by the security requirements for the trial. "They already have 1,000 cops working on counterterrorism," he told the AP. He also said the trial would make New York even more attractive to terrorists seeking a target.
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