On Saturday (12/5) about a thousand concerned citizens braved chilly temperatures and a steady rain to pack Manhattan’s Foley Square at the foot of the Federal Courthouse that is slated to hold the trials of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other Islamic terrorists.
The event was organized by the 9/11 Never Forget Coalition and was emceed by radio talk show host Steve Malzberg. Some of the speakers included Debra Burlingame, Andrew McCarthy, Brian Dennehy, David Beamer, (father of Todd Beamer) and Curtis Sliwa.
All of the speakers and 99.9% of the attendees agreed that holding this trial in downtown Manhattan is utterly insane.
Gotham Resistance was there to witness the event first hand and to take some pictures of the crowd. It was a wet miserable day, but well worth it. In New York you don’t often get the chance to be surrounded by hundreds of sane people who actually give a damn about the Constitution and the security of our country. In spite of the weather, it was a pleasure to be there.
It’s so refreshing to see young people who think for themselves and resist the indoctrination that has so many young Americans acting like programmed robots. They’re a great organization; check them out at YAF.Com. There’s hope for the future yet!
Fox News covered the event, as did NBC News and a couple of radio stations, but that’s about it! When the Left holds a protest consisting of 6 people and a poodle, the mainstream media and the left-wing cable stations rush to cover it. Oh yeah….and the 6 people miraculously turn into 600.
Curtis Sliwa is no slouch when it comes to the security of New Yorkers. His Guardian Angels have been patrolling the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods and subways for thirty years. Mr. Sliwa is tireless and passionate in his service to New York. He delivered a rousing speech in a way that only he can. His remarks raised some eyebrows and probably made a few people uncomfortable, but Sliwa always lets you know exactly what’s on his mind.
When push comes to shove, the main reason for this idiotic decision is to embarrass the Bush/Cheney administration. Obama believes that this will serve as payback to the hard-left for their unconditional support; the security of NYC be damned! The media and the left-wing talking heads are using the same old tired and phony arguments in defending this irresponsible decision. They’re claiming that this will show the world (the Islamic world in particular) how fair and open we are. The trouble with this is that Eric Holder has already said that if by chance KSM and the four others are acquitted, we (United States) still won’t let them go free.
How’s that going to look to the Islamic world? Will that show them how fair our system is? Will that make them hate us any less?
I’d like to thank my wife (whose name I won’t mention) for coming with me and standing in the cold rain for hours. She took most of the pictures. Afterwards, we went to eat at the Wildwood Barbecue on Park Avenue and 18th street. It’s a nice place for a casual meal – I’d recommend it.