A terrorism trial is heading for a New York City courtroom, but it's most likely not the trial you think.
An anonymous jury is to hear a case against Syed Hashmi of Queens, who's accused of providing supplies to al Qaeda fighters, according to the New York Daily News and the a WABC broadcast report. Hashmi will be tried in Manhattan Federal Court. Update: Hashmi pleads guilty, according to an updated story by the Daily News.
While recent cases of suspects linked to terrorism have been making headlines, the pending prosecution of the men charged in connection to the 2001 attacks have received far more attention after the federal government listed Manhattan as a potential venue for the trials.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has enlisted a panel of experts to discuss the 9/11 terror trials and Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. While the views of the speakers may not be shared by the memorial and museum, the institution wanted to provide a forum for these perspectives.
The terror trial discussion is part of the 9/11, Today and Tomorrow speakers series held at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site at 20 Vesey St. The event exploring the 9/11 terror trials is fully subscribed, but it can be viewed in HD on May 5 online at http://www.thirteen.org/forum/ thanks to WNET.ORG's THIRTEEN Forum. On May 19, a counterterrorism expert will breakdown al Qaeda and expose the inner-workings of the terrorist group.
Visit national911memorial.org for more information on upcoming events in the speakers series and the 9/11 Memorial.
By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial