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Suspects on Video = Safety for Citizens

December 17, 2009 - 1 Comment

In a recent post we discussed Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to bring terror suspects, including the alleged mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, to New York City to stand trial.

The decision to have the defendants, including accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants, stand trial inside the United States and just blocks away from Ground Zero was met with concern from many Americans who felt that extremists could use the trial as an opportunity to stage another attack on the city.

Now, New York City’s top cop, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, is echoing those concerns. In fact, he’s asking Congress for additional funds and stating the $75 million requested by Senator Charles Schumer is woefully inadequate to properly prepare and secure the city.

In a recent USA Today article, the Commissioner stressed the sheer cost of security alone is too much for the city to handle by itself. This raises additional questions about the decision to try these accused terrorists in the United States, and more specifically in a city that is already considered a top terrorist target.

Commissioner Kelly’s plea for funds is just another reason why TANDBERG whole-heartedly supports finding an alternate solution to holding the trial within our borders. Although we believe in the American justice system, we feel it’s unnecessary to expose American citizens to even the slightest increase in probability of attack, especially when alternatives are available.

In an effort to decrease the probability of attack, and to reduce the rapidly increasing security expense being incurred by a country and city struggling to get past significant economic hardships, Attorney General Eric Holder should instead turn to technology, specifically video teleconferencing (VTC) solutions, to conduct the trial. This would enable the defendants to appear in court regardless of their physical location, eliminating the need to transport them to New York City and reducing the potential of attack.

We believe that VTC solutions have the ability to more effectively and efficiently conduct the trial and improve the safety of American citizens at a significantly smaller cost than the dollars needed for additional security. In fact, we’re so adamant that we previously offered to provide the equipment and services needed FREE OF CHARGE until the trial ended.

That offer is still on the table. Why? Because when it comes to America’s safety, even a small chance of attack is too large a risk.

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