My first hint that the terror trials might happen in my back yard came in an email this morning from my congressman, Jason Altmire. (Yeah. He emails me. We're tight like that.)
So, first thing this morning I got a big dose of WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT with my coffee. Great. Slack off on the news for a couple of days and see what happens? They're trying to sneak a terror trial past me. Bastards.
From Politico (who covered it Sunday):
The trials would have to move to a federal courthouse, military base or other site in a state where crimes related to the Sept. 11 attacks were committed, with likely options including White Plains in the Southern District of New York, Newport News or Alexandria in the Eastern District of Virginia or a venue in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Now, I'm not Altmire's biggest fan. He's received more than one email from me suggesting he have his things packed and ready come November, to make his move home easier. But based on his email, he either has his head screwed on straight on this issue, or he's aware that he and his Pennsylvania counterparts in the Senate are already on thin ice. Whatever his reason, he's on the right side this time. From the email:
You may have recently heard reports that the 9/11 terrorist trials may be held in western Pennsylvania. Today, I sent a letter to President Obama stating my strong opposition to this plan and any other plan that would allow these trials to be held in U.S. civilian courts.
Please know that I will continue to work with our Senators and western Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to prevent these terrorists from being brought to our region.
President Obama and the rest of his tone deaf administration had better figure out right quickly that there is almost nowhere in America that they can move the terror trials that they won't be met with anger and protest.
The unrelenting pressure from American citizens has them finally realizing New York was a terrible idea for a venue. We need to keep at it and hound them out of every city they try to endanger, and they'll eventually cave just as they have over New York. When push comes to shove, this entire administration is weak and overly sensitive to criticism. If we all complain long and loud over every venue they bring up, eventually they'll have to take it back to Gitmo where it belongs...