U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will face tough questions on Capitol Hill Wednesday as some senators are angry over his plan to bring a 9-11 mastermind and other terrorists to Manhattan for civil trials.
New York Gov. David Patterson, (D) also thinks it's a bad idea to hold the terror trials in his state.
Patterson is criticizing the Obama administration's decision to move the trials from Guantanamo Bay to civilian court in Manhattan.
"Our country was attacked on its own soil on September 11, and New York was very much the Epicenter," he said. "I do not understand why they decommissioned the detainees from serving or being tried on Guantanamo Bay. But that's a decision that the federal government made and our job is to help them."
Meanwhile, President Pbama acknowledged Tuesday that the Guantanamo Bay facility will not be closed by January 2010, which is the administration's self-imposed deadline.
The president did not offer an explanation, saying only that things move slower in Washington than he expected. He did not set a new deadline.