Michael Bloomberg is nuts.
On the same day (Friday, of course) it was announced that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would be tried in New York City in a civilian court, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Neil Cavuto’s show and blasted that decision. It was one of Giuliani’s finest moments. Said Giuliani: “Khalid Shaikh Mohammed should be treated like the war criminal he is and tried in a military court. He is not just another murderer, or even a mass murderer. He murdered as part of a declared war against us—America.”
Bloomberg thought that it was a splendid idea:
“When I spoke to Attorney General Holder earlier today, I told him New York City stands ready to assist the federal court in the administration of justice in any way necessary. I have great confidence that the NYPD, with federal authorities, will handle security expertly. The NYPD is the best police department in the world and it has experience dealing with high-profile terrorism suspects and any logistical issues that may come up during the trials.”
See the story on POLITICO, “Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani disagree on trials.”
Michael Bloomberg is the same guy who, following the Fort Hood jihadi massacre, decided it was a good idea to have Muslim outreach–speaking with an un-indicted co-conspirator to the 1993 World Trade Center blombing.
DISCLAIMER: I’m a lawyer-word researcher who found the origins of New York City’s nickname, “the Big Apple.” I ran for Manhattan Borough President in 2005, with Bloomberg at the top of the Republican ticket. Although the Manhattan Republicans surely got some Bloomberg money for letting him run, I didn’t see a penny. Although I took assembly-line photos with Bloomberg, I was not allowed to speak with him or any of his staff. As a white male Republican, I was of no use to him. For all this and many other reasons, my wife and I left NYC to raise our family in Texas.
BLOOMBERG BACKGROUND: He’s the richest person in New York City, with assets of over $17 billion. He spent about $100 million of his personal money on each of three campaigns for mayor–plus many millions in soft donations to community organizations. He’s raised taxes more than any other mayor in New York City history. Rudy Giuliani was pushed out because of term limits–something the voters supported twice. Bloomberg went past the voters to entice city council members to overturn term limits with a public vote. Bloomberg went out of his way to make friends with Barack Obama and to prevent an endorsement of his opponent. Bloomberg barely got elected to his illegal third term. Bloomberg, eyeing a possible independent run for president, became an independent in 2007. He’s said to have a big ego.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have told Obama “NO WAY!” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer should have told Obama “NO WAY!” The New York City Council should have told Obama “NO WAY!” Did any one NYC politician come to the right conclusion? If I still lived in New York City, these schmucks would make me quite angry.
Why is Michael Bloomberg wrong and why is Rudy Giuliani right? What could go wrong with Obama’s plan? Let’s count the ways:
1. NEW YORK CITY BECOMES AN EVEN GREATER TERRORIST THREAT. Why wouldn’t KSH’s friends try to attack New York and free him? Or take some hostages? Why not attack a symbol like the Statue of Liberty?
2. NEW YORK CITY MUST SPEND MILLIONS TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS. The trials could take a year or more. This is going to cost New York City millions of dollars. NYC’s bankrupt.
3. THE TRIAL IS ALMOST GUARANTEED TO BE A YEAR-LONG CIRCUS. This isn’t a trial of KSH–it’s a trial of George Bush and his evil waterboarding. It’s a trial of the United States of America. Thanks, Obama.
4. THERE WILL SURELY BE ANOTHER TRIAL AFTER THIS ONE. The jury will have to be politically correct, of course. There must be Muslims in that jury pool. You know what’s going to happen, don’t you? Hung jury! New trial! Wonderful! Or maybe they’ll find that the U.S. is so evil and wasn’t properly read his Constitutional rights (that he shouldn’t have) that KSH must walk out a free man. What would happen if he’s somehow found guilty? Appeal, baby! A military tribunal was the place to go, but Obama wants this hurting on NYC and America. We must never let voters forget what Obama did and Bloomberg welcomed with open arms.
5. REMEMBER THE LESSON OF EL SAYYID NOSAIR. El Sayyid Nosair is the lovely human being who shot Rabbi Meir Kahane in cold blood in a Manhattan hotel. There were many witnesses. I lived near there and I walked by the scene, not knowing what had happened. El Sayyid Nosair received a trial. In December 1991, Nosair was acquitted of murder, but convicted of assault and possession of an illegal firearm. Trial judge Alvin Schlesinger said that the jury’s acquittal of Nosair on the murder charge “was against the overwhelming weight of evidence and was devoid of common sense and logic.” Welcome to your “PC” justice circus.
6. REMEMBER THE LESSON OF LOUIS PEPE. Hot Air linked to this Fox News story. “Ten months before Al Qaeda in 2001 struck a deathblow in the heart lower Manhattan, one of the terrorist group’s founding members plunged a sharpened comb through Pepe’s left eye and into his brain, blinding the 42-year-old prison guard and causing severe brain injuries that plague him to this day.” Pepe says that bringing terrorists here is asking for trouble. No one’s listening.
7. REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. Why don’t Barack Obama and Eric Holder and Michael Bloomberg have any respect for the families of 9-11? Why not ask them how they want these people tried. Bloomberg said that it’s just great that they will be tried near 9-11 soil? Ask the victims families if they think it’s just great to bring the terrorists here and give them consitutional rights that they don’t have. Ask them if they think it’s just great that there will be one or two or three Muslims in the jury pool for this year-long trial circus. ASK THE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES!
This is a disaster!
Obama is Obama. We know who he is.
But Michael Bloomberg–what is he? Jewish? Republican? Or clueless politician looking out for Michael Bloomberg?
Rudy Giuliani, we sure do miss you.
I’m glad I left New York!