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New York Asks Washington for $200 Million to Secure 9/11 Trials

Cash for Qaedas?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday said the costs of hosting the federal trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other suspected September 11 plotters would top $200 million annually and formally requested that Washington cover the costs.

The trial of accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accomplices, who could each be brought to New York within weeks, will expose New York to an additional risk of attack, some security experts say.

“New York’s financial resources are in short supply, and we have been forced to reduce our Police Department’s headcount,” Bloomberg wrote in a letter to White House Budget Director Peter Orszag dated January 5 and released to media on Wednesday.

“Securing the trial will require us to pull existing personnel from crime prevention efforts around the city and require significant overtime expenses,” the mayor wrote.

“As 9/11 was an attack on the entire nation, we need the federal government to shoulder the significant costs we will incur and ease this burden.”

Bloomberg estimated the cost for security would be $216 million for the first year and $206 million annually thereafter. Noting the city was not seeking a “blank check,” he said policing the 2004 Republican Convention cost New York $50 million. He said that event lasted one week while the trials could last years.

Bloomberg’s estimates are the most specific yet of the cost of hosting the trials. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder told lawmakers in November, “New York should not bear the burden alone.”

Daniel FosterDaniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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