There’s mucho moolah involved in New York City’s upcoming judicial extravaganza: the hysterically controversial 9/11 terrorist trial. From Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s estimated $75 million or more annually, the projected cost, as re-estimated by Mayor Bloomberg, has grown to over $216 million for the first year and $200 million (give or take a few tens of millions of dollars) for the following year(s) of the proceedings.
“It’s uncertain when the case will go to trial, or how long the proceedings would last. But past terrorism cases have taken two years or more to complete.”
The NYPD is slated to receive a considerable portion of the security funding and they’re making the most of it. Fearing (or banking on the concern) that the presence of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other al-Qaida goons, live and on-trial in the city, could inspire yet another terrorist assault in New York, the NYPD has gone meticulously and abundantly security conscious. A frozen zone is planned for the area around the courthouse, including car checkpoints, bomb sniffing dogs, rooftop sharpshooters, helicopter patrols, and other tokens of defensive posturings designed to maintain a continued sense of claustrophobic protection at the expense of daily life.
“As 9/11 was an attack on the entire nation, we need the federal government to shoulder the significant costs we will incur and ease this burden,” Bloomberg wrote in the letter dated Tuesday to the Office of Management and Budget in Washington and obtained by The Associated Press.
Federal officials are still determining the costs and how they’ll be paid. The difficult and incongruous nature of our Constitution when prisoners such as these are taken alive and allowed to luxuriate in the very freedoms they seek to destroy is mesmerizing. However, NYC stands to make yet another pretty profit off of an ugly circumstance.
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