9/11 Trial Tab Now Estimated at $1 Billion

January 11, 2010

Just last week the tab was at $200 million annually. But like with anything involving Obama, that’s probably way low. Well, it’s possible it’ll cost that amount each year, but expect it to go on for at least five years. Those of you living in New York? Prepare to dig deep, suckers.

Big Apple taxpayers could be on the hook for as much as $1 billion in security costs if the trials of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other terrorists drag on for as long as experts think they will.

That’s a staggering sum of money, and New Yorkers shouldn’t be required to cover it on their own.

The best solution, of course, would be to deep-six the trials altogether. Terrorists belong at Gitmo — not in court.

Failing that, President Obama & Co. by rights need to come up with the cash to finance their own folly. All of it.

Fat chance there, too.

So the top guns of New York’s congressional delegation need to step up to guarantee that the federal government does right by the city.

Yep, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Reps. Jerry Nadler and Charles Rangel, that means you.

Given the way the fearsome foursome rolled over for the billion-dollar hit ObamaCare stands to put on New York, we’re not optimistic about the KSM expense.

But their responsibility is clear.

In a letter to Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, Mayor Bloomberg notes that preparation for the trial will cost approximately $216 million. Later costs will be about $200 million a year.

Figure the cumulative trial bill to be at least $1 billion (no way they’ll be done in less than four or five years).

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