The $200 million price tag is probably not the only thing encouraging the Obama administration to consider venues outside New York City for the trial of KSM. Public opinion is also likely playing a roll.
A new Rasmussen Report finds that 44 percent of voters say they believe the terrorist trials should be held at the prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, compared to 33 percent who oppose using Guantanamo.
And a growing number say they want a military tribunal, not the civilian courts, to litigate the cases of the accused terrorists. The poll found that 67 percent support tribunals, up from 54 percent in July 2008
"Regardless of where and how the trials take place, voters continue to strongly oppose giving suspected terrorists all the rights of U.S. citizens," the report says. "Just 16% think the suspects should have the legal rights of American citizens, but 74% reject that idea."