Now that a high-profile terrorist is coming to face trial in New York City, security must be heightened, but at what cost to New Yorkers?
Checkpoints, extra security (especially around the jail where Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will be held), access to nearby streets may be cut off, and plenty of plainclothes officers will be keeping the usual New York crowds in check.
While New York has been the destination to other high-profile terrorist trials before, those were of a different caliber and took place in a different time. Ramzi Ahmen Yousef, who was one of the masterminds behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, had his trial here in New York City, along with Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted for the 1995 plot to blow up the United Nations and other New York landmarks.
The courthouse will be secured by United States marshals, who are responsible for securing the courthouse inside and out, as well as transporting Mohammed to the courthouse safely.
The suspects will be (most likely) held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a jail adjacent to two federal court buildings in Lower Manhattan. The jail is known for being home to almost all infamous defendants in New York City, from terrorists to mobsters.
Mohammed will be a guest of the jail’s high security wing, which is called 10-South. It is a fortress like unit will a tiny amount of cells that are usually reserved for prisoners awaiting trail for the most violent crimes.
Other high profiles places in New York will also receive extra protection for the duration of the trial.
Some people, such as Representative Peter T. King, a Long Island Republican says that trying those responsible for 9/11 in New York City opens us up for more terrorist attacks.
Security all over the city will be beefed up, and may be slightly inconvenient, so New Yorkers everywhere should be prepared.