Giuliani Calls NY Terrorist Trials 'Unnecessary Risk'

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, says putting suspected Sept. 11 terrorists on trial in New York City places residents there at unnecessary risk.

Giuliani tells CNN's "State of the Union" that a more appropriate choice would be military tribunals for the terror suspects. He says that option recognizes that the U.S. is at war with Islamic terrorists.

Giuliani was mayor of New York when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says while the trials will be a painful experience for the families of those who died, she has no problem with the decision. The former New York senator tells NBC's "Meet the Press" it's important to note that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials believe that holding the trials in the city is appropriate.

Attorney General Eric Holder says he decided to bring the suspects to trial in New York because of the nature of the undisclosed evidence against them, because the 9/11 victims were mostly civilians, and because the attacks took place on U.S. soil.

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