On a conference all with reporters just now, Rudy Giuliani said there was one thing about Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to bring terror suspects to New York City he could stand fully behind.
“I was glad to see Holder say ‘we’re at war,'” Giuliani said on the RNC-sponsored call. “I had thought we had virtually stopped being at war with the terrorists.”
The former New York City mayor was referring to Friday’s press conference by Holder where he announced the plan to try terrorists in the city.
Giuliani said he hoped the use of the word would hearken back to a return to the Bush era “War On Terror” which Giuliani said President Obama has abandoned, both in rhetoric and actions. “I was under the impression that the Obama administration thought this was just an unfortunate situation we’re dealing with.”
“‘War’ is important,” he said.Giuliani reiterated his opposition to bringing terror trials to Manhattan, which he said would put a city already in constant danger of terror attack at greater risk. He said the city is “ready” to host the trial, but said it would also incur “enormous expense” providing increased security around the high-profile legal proceedings.
New York “is already a primary target,” he said. “There’s no reason to add to the risk.”
Echoing Republican rhetoric since the New York trials were announced, Giuliani called on Holder to try the terror suspects in military tribunals on the Guantanamo Bay naval base, where the suspects are being held.