Iranian Prez Banned From Ground Zero

Controversial leader sought to place wreath on 9/11 site
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:46 AM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, addresses the media as he leaves the parliament after delivering a report of his activities on Iran's fourth development plan during an open session of parliament...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from visiting Ground Zero to "pay his respects" during a visit to New York. The city's police commissioner said the controversial president would not be allowed to leave a wreath, citing construction barring visitors from the site. "If there were a further request, we'd reject it," said a police spokesman, who also cited security concerns.

Many politicians have spoken out against Ahmadinejad's request, both because of security fears and outrage that a leader with suspected ties to terrorists would ask to visit a memorial to the biggest terrorist attack in US history. Hillary Clinton called the proposed visit "unacceptable," while Mitt Romney slammed it as "shockingly audacious."