ATTORNEY General Eric Holder's decision to send the radical Islamic terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks to New York City for trial is horribly misguided.
This public-safety mistake will further endanger our city and the lives of New Yorkers.
New York City has always been in the crosshairs of terrorists seeking to attack our nation. Our city likely will always be the No. 1 terrorist target, but yesterday we had another bulls-eye placed on our backs, inviting yet another terrorist attack.
The trials for these murderous terrorists are expected to be long and drawn out -- perhaps taking years, thanks to myriad trial motions and appeals.
At a time when the city, facing a $5 billion budget shortfall, is re- ducing services, can we really afford to incur the significant financial burden of protecting not only these terrorists, but every major landmark and office complex -- including Wall Street, the United Nations and a mass-transit system that moves over 1 billion commuters a year?
Just who does Washington expect will absorb that cost burden?
Then there's the fact that the majority of New Yorkers don't agree that these murderous terrorists are entitled to the rights afforded our nation's citizens -- such as the right to trial by jury.
These terrorists declared war on our city and nation.
The 9/11 attack killed 343 New York City Firefighters and thousands of other innocents. These murderers showed no mercy and didn't think twice about the rights of the innocents they were killing.
The terrorists offered no warning to the 25,000-plus workers in those towers. The victims were mothers, fathers, children and grandparents. The killers' goal was to inflict the greatest possible pain and suffering -- while scoring more points with their sympathizers by exploiting all the symbolism of New York and its great Twin Towers.
While they succeeded in murdering 2,973 people on 9/11, they could not break our nation's spirit.
If there is another terrorist attack, New York City Firefighters will once again be there to protect the lives of innocent civilians. But I don't believe that this White House policy -- which again endangers our city, our citizens and our firefighters -- is a smart gamble.
While the president has resolved to close Guantanamo Bay, against the objections of millions of Americans, New York City is absolutely not the place to bring these terrorists. To hold the trials of the terrorists who attacked our nation on 9/11 here is foolish.
If the administration is 100 percent resolved to have the trials on American soil, giving these terrorists all of the trial rights of US citizens, I suggest selecting an unpopulated and remote area in the middle of the desert or wilderness.
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder must recognize that New Yorkers don't welcome this ill-conceived move. If they really care about the safety of Americans and New Yorkers, they will reverse course.
Steve Cassidy is president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, representing 20,000 active and retired NYC firefighters.