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1/29/2010

The Not-in-NYC Terror Trials; UPDATE: Confirmed

Filed under: Law,Obama — DRJ @ 3:30 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

The Obama Administration is considering relocating the New York City terror trials outside of NYC:

“The White House ordered the Justice Department Thursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan.

The dramatic turnabout came hours after Mayor Bloomberg said he would “prefer that they did it elsewhere” and then spoke to Attorney General Eric Holder.”

Concerns from the New York Police Commissioner may have prompted the turnaround:

“Meanwhile, a source told The News that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was the driving force behind the push by Manhattan business leaders to change the mayor’s mind on the trial.

Kelly made an “extremely powerful” speech to a roomful of 150 prominent business leaders about how disruptive and costly the trial would be for lower Manhattan at an annual police charity event on Jan. 13, the source said.

“What turned this around was when Ray made a presentation to the Police Foundation,” the source said. “Everyone went from thinking, ‘Justice will be served’ to thinking ‘We are screwed.’ ”

What followed was a barrage of complaints to the mayor from some of New York’s most powerful tycoons – part of a tide of pressure that led Bloomberg to turn against hosting the trial.”

Business leaders were also concerned the trials would hurt New York City businesses.

— DRJ

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: It appears that the decision to move the trials out of NYC has been confirmed:

WASHINGTON – Pressured by a growing clamor from New York, the Obama administration has decided to move the trial of Sept. 11 terror suspects away from Manhattan, where it had been scheduled to take place just blocks from the site of the twin towers attack.

Multiple media outlets, including NBC News, The Washington Post and The New York Times, reported on Friday night that the administration has abandoned its plan to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the city.

“New York is out,” one administration official told the Post, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been officially announced. “We’re considering other options.”

I have one: Gitmo.

Retracto the Correction Alpaca Goes to Work on O’Keefe Stories; UPDATE: O’Keefe Speaks

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 am



UPDATE: James O’Keefe has a statement at Big Government here. Original post below. Bumped to top.

Over at Big Journalism, an alpaca named “Retracto” is amusing demanding corrections from various news entities, for saying James O’Keefe was accused of wiretapping. Such as TPMMuckraker:

-O’Keefe was allegedly using his cell phone to film the attempt to bug Landrieu’s office as it happened.

-And let’s say they got something really juicy off of Sen. Landrieu’s tapped phone line. What exactly were they going to do with it?

-But they were never going to protect you from an investigation into bugging the office of a United States senator.

-Now, one might speculate that they were going to use the bug to get leads that they would then report out and surface by other means.

-And filming the bugging as it happened definitely suggests they didn’t plan on keeping the thing a secret.

And Newsweek:

Fake ACORN Pimp Arrested in Attempt to Bug Senate Office

It’s unclear what the bugging was intended to prove, or why Mary Landrieu was the target.

And the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Robert Flanagan’s attorney, J. Garrison Jordan, said he believes his client works for the Pelican Institute. Asked the motivation for the alleged wiretap plot, he said: “I think it was poor judgment. I don’t think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime.”

Retracto notes:

There are no allegations of any wiretap plot in the FBI affidavit, and a law enforcement official has conceded that the four men were not attempting to wiretap or intercept calls.

Indeed. And the Washington Post issued a correction after making a similar statement.

So you might as well add the Dallas Morning News, which slapped this headline onto an AP article:

ACORN foe arrested by FBI in plot to bug senator’s office

I have one more possible angle for the wooly little bugger to try to track down. The Huffington Post has a headline that reads: James O’Keefe Tweets Info On Wiretapping Case, Violates Gag Order. The entirety of O’Keefe’s plain vanilla Twitter message: “Govt official concedes no attempt to wiretap.” How dare he try to set the record straight in the face of the above!

I’ve been searching for the original source that definitively reports the existence of a “gag order.” Starting at HuffPo, I click back through a post by moron Jonathan Turley, to a post by Raw Story, which claims:

Wednesday afternoon, NBC News reported that the judge had instructed O’Keefe not to talk about the case.

I can’t find any trace of the NBC News story on the Internet. Did anyone see it? Is there a link anywhere?

Because if there is a gag order, and it applies to the parties, then one of the parties is the U.S. Government. And we have heard several leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials sharing otherwise unknown details of the case — seemingly a little worse than O’Keefe straightforward Twitter message reporting public news to correct a distortion repeated by several outlets.

Did NBC News mention that?

Will this gag order story be the next “wiretap” allegation — something repeated by numerous outlets that they will eventually be forced to retract?

Help me out, Retracto!

J.D. Salinger Dead at 91

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am



Every other writer was a crumby phony. R.I.P.

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