White House Wants Justice to Consider Moving Terror Trials

Change follows further criticism from NY pols in 9/11 case
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2010 5:35 AM CST
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his 2003 capture.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In an about-face a day after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined those opposed to trying 9/11 terror suspects in a lower Manhattan court, the White House yesterday asked the Justice Department to consider alternate venues, the New York Times reports. President Obama is said to continue to support Attorney General Eric Holder's position that a civilian trial is appropriate for alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others.

The search for a new venue in the US comes after New York Sen. Chuck Schumer joined Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in expressing “concerns about costs, logistics, and security” of the trial in a federal courthouse near the site of the 9/11 attacks.

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