Security For Trial Of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Would Cost $200 Million A Year


9-11-suspectsSecurity for the federal trial of self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four accused cohorts will run $200 million a year, sources told the NY Daily News. The NYPD’s newly revised projection is almost triple the estimate of $75 million in November, after Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would move the prisoners from Guantanamo to Manhattan for trial.

The legal process is expected to play out over more than a year.

At a news conference Monday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) demanded the federal government pay every penny of the security costs.

“Some New Yorkers think the trials are a good idea. Some New Yorkers think the trials are a bad idea,” Schumer said. “One idea all New Yorkers agree on is that New York taxpayers should not have to pay a dime for these trials.”

Federal marshals will handle security at the courthouse. The NYPD and other law enforcement agencies will be assigned to protect the surrounding area.

Schumer warned the security cost of the trials would be in the “hundreds of millions,” but he declined to give an exact figure.

Schumer said he spoke with President Obama’s budget director, Peter Orszag, but got no commitments.

{NY Daily News/Noam Newscenter}