Newburgh mayor disappointed Gitmo will house 9/11 trial
Newburgh Mayor Nicholas Valentine says that he understands why the trial for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects was moved to Guantanamo Bay, but adds that he's disappointed over the lost potential revenue that the trial might have brought.
Valentine had suggested that his city host the high-security trial, and says that the city was more than ready to use the $200 million annually that was set aside for the possibly five-year trial.
Valentine acknowledged that while the majority of businesses and homeowners were in favor of hosting the trial, not everyone was quite as supportive. Orange County Executive Ed Diana had opposed the plan, arguing with both the president and the attorney general to reconsider.
A look at would-be Newburgh site of 9/11 trials