NEW YORK (WPIX)—A group of 9/11 families and their supports rallied into front of Manhattan's federal courthouse Saturday to protest the plan to put high-profile terrorism suspects on trial in New York.
Opponents warn that a New York trial could make the city a terrorism target. Instead, they want the five men to face a military tribunal.
Anger at the Obama administration ran rampant as protesters stood in the rain. One person held up a sign calling Attorney General Eric Holder "disgraceful and despicable." Another sign read "Obama/Holder ... Jihad from within."
Actor Brian Dennehy, who was in the crowd, spoke on behalf of the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl: "This will provide the radicals with a huge forum," he said. "Why should they have the normal constitutional protections?"
Other 9/11 victims disagree, and say it's fitting the suspects should return to ground zero to face their alleged crimes.
Also, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler says military commissions have a poor track record when it comes to trying terrorism suspects.
Meanwhile, the already controversial trials became even more controversial after a defense lawyer said the proceedings will allow the defendants to express their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy.
Defense attorneys said the terror suspects would not deny their roles in the attack, but would explain "what they did, and why they did it" -- using the trial as a political platform.