Ball: Keep Terrorists Out of America


State lawmaker condemns decision to bring terror suspects to the Big Apple

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) today said that the decision by the Federal Government to bring the suspected terrorist masterminds and financiers behind the attacks of September 11th, 2001 to New York to face trial places New Yorkers in danger and usurps the authority of New York State.

“New Yorkers thought it was idiotic for the White House to fly Air Force one over the Manhattan skyline earlier this year, without making any effort to notify the public, yet this new effort to bring terrorist thugs to New York City during the holidays makes that previous decision look harmless,” Ball said. “Do politicians in Washington really think families traveling from New Jersey, upstate New York, Idaho and Iowa want to fly to New York during the holidays, knowing that these terrorist degenerates will be on trial in New York at the same time? That said, the lack of intelligent thought that went into making this decision goes beyond damaging the local economy, it is an affront to all New Yorkers and Americans.”

The decision by Federal officials to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists to stand trial just blocks from ground zero was met with silence by Federal representatives in the Hudson Valley. Ball released a statement from the 9/11 Families for a Secure America organization which states that “civilian courts are no place to try war criminal terrorists.”

“This decision, by this administration, as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey states ‘seems to be to abandon the view that we’re in a war,'” reads the statement from the national organization which supports the victims of the families affected by the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks. “We tried the first World Trade Center bombers in civilian courts and, in return, we got 9/11 and the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent civilians. It is far preferable to try these cases in the venue that Congress created for trying these war criminals which is military tribunals than where they will now be tried.”

Ball said he plans to draft a state resolution during the extraordinary session of the legislature next week that will ask New York’s congressional delegation for a roll-call vote on H.R. 2294, which would require prior consent from the Governor and Legislature of any state receiving the transfer of a terrorist detainee

“I have the utmost confidence in the ability of the men and women of law enforcement here in New York. Yet our national leaders must realize that outside of Israel, New York is the number one terrorist target on the planet, and the Federal Government has abrogated their responsibility by recklessly imposing the risk of these trials on New York for no apparent reason.” Ball stated.



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  1. True to form Assemblyman Ball – who himself has done absolutely nothing that I am aware of to benefit his constituents – is throwing rocks at others and offering no alternative ideas of his own.

    In “Common Sense” Thomas Paine said of King George of England that he inflamed the prejudices of some and preyed upon the weaknesses of others in order to keep Americans divided and more easily rule them.

    Seems to me Assemblyman Ball is doing the same thing. One can only hope he meets with as little success as King George.

    The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 was perpetrated in NYC. Where else should the trials be held?

    Assemblyman Ball offers no suggestions. Evidently he is consumed with fear.

    Additionally Assemblyman Ball offers no justification for his slap at NYC and Federal law enforcemnt when he intimates that they are incapable of protecting us.

    In my opinion Assemblyman Ball is being ridiculous.

    We need representatives who are courageous not cowardly, who are imaginative not un-imaginative, who seek to solve problems not create them and who seek to build bridges not blow them up.

    That’s who we are as Americans and New Yorkers. Who is Assemblyman Ball?

  2. I do not want them being tried in NY or being given our rights.

    I don’t understand how you think it’s ok to have the case here Bruce?

    I don’t feel comfortable with it.

    And this seems to be a statement that the Assemblyman is drafting legislation on this matter.

    So how does that show to you that he is not diong anything?

  3. Anthony Merante on

    As usual Greg Ball shoots from the lip and leaves his brain on hold. New York has already tried several of the most dangerous 1996 and 9/11 terrorists and and former Mayor Giuliani said in 2006 that New York City and the best police force in the world is fully capable of handling these guys or anyone else. Those who are so scared of these cretins and don’t want them to have the rights of “normal” criminals want right off the bat to give them a change of venue? Huh? Where would Ball like to try them? Iowa? Jesus, Greg, get real, will you!

  4. there is another view…and that is that the United States
    Federal Courts unlike military tribunals are public forums
    and that those who commit attacks against the nation on
    US soil will be dealt with in such a fashion that it will
    put all those contemplating similar acts of cowardess that
    they will be tried, convicted and executed by a system
    of laws that is not afraid to allow those who seek to
    deprive us of our liberty, the liberty to defend themselves

  5. Soooo…it was OKAY to try the bums here when Bush was President, Pataki was Governor?

    This is craven, crass double-standard B.S. designed to keep up the never-ending opposition to anything Democrats do at any level. Attack Attack Attack Attack and then attack some more!

    Conservatives ain’t the only ones getting disgusted. I’m getting pretty sick and tired of the Republican HYPOCRISY!

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  7. You’re ALL big-mouthed, nasty, useless nitwits. And don’t quote Giuliani when you don’t have clue one as to what you’re talking about. Pseudo intellectual poseurs, each of you. You’re like bubble-gum machines. Every inanity that floats into your heads comes out with a turn of the crank. Useless. Like acid rain into oceans.

  8. These Dems want it in New York because NY does not have the death penalty. We will be paying for these guys the rest of our life. Give us a break. Put them to death for their crimes against Americans. Don’t bring them here!!!!!

  9. 1LT Buster Brown on

    Ball is a phony conservative. While I happen to agree that the terrorists ought not be tried in NY – I disagree with Ball’s extreme liberal position of immediate withdrawal from both Iraq AND Afgahnistan. Doing so will endanger this nation and embolden terrorists more than anything else. Even Barack Husein Obama (mmm…mmm…mmm…) knows that.

    Ball is a phony conservative. God help us if this moronic thought process gets to Washington.

  10. Send the stinking terrorists to Washington DC let “Big Brother” Obama enjoy their company.

    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    No More Schumer
    No More Pelosi
    No More Rangel
    No More Engel and his Million Dollar Home in Maryland
    No More Arthur Finkelstein & Co, and
    No StinkingTerrorists in NYC, send them to Washington DC