Boehner Vows To Prevent Terrorist Trials In NYC
February 2, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
House Minority Leader John Boehner said last week that Republican leaders are determined to prevent suspected terrorists from being tried in a civilian court in New York City.
"There is not going to be a trial in New York, I guarantee it," said the Ohio Representative, quoted by Fox News. "There is no appetite for the trials in Congress."
Boehner added that Obama does not have the necessary votes to change the law to move Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil or to spend the $500 million necessary to upgrade the Thompson prison in Illinois, the facility to which the administration plans to move all Gitmo prisoners in the near future.
"The Justice Department is confident that it can safely prosecute this case in the Southern District of New York while minimizing disruptions to the community to the greatest extent possible, consistent with security needs," said department spokesman Dean Boyd.
Meanwhile, many conservatives have heavily criticized the administration’s treatment of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspected Christmas Day airline bomber, who is currently being prosecuted in a criminal court instead of being held in military custody.