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So I Got This Email...

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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and it had a really cool message inside that I wanted to share.  Enjoy.


 Remember the guy  who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to  light it?

Did  you know his trial is over?
 Did you know he was sentenced?
 Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV or Radio?
 Didn't think so.!!!
 Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.
Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had  anything to say  His response: After admitting his guilt to  the court for the record, Reid also admitted his 'allegiance to  Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,' defiantly  stating, 'I think I will not apologize for my actions,' and told  the court 'I am at war with your country.'

 Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:


Judge Young:  'Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the  sentence the Court imposes upon you.
 On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in  the custody of the United  States Attorney General.   On counts 2, 3, 4and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years  in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run  consecutively.  (That's 80 years.)
 On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again,  to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed.  The  Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of  $250,000 that's an aggregate fine of $2 million.  The Court  accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution  and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet  and $5,784 to American Airlines.
 The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court  imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the  law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so  I need go no further.
 This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes.  It  is a fair and just sentence.  It is a righteous sentence.
 Now, let me explain this to you.  We are not afraid of you or  any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid.  We are  Americans.  We have been through the fire before.  There  is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the  utmost respect.  Here in this court, we deal with individuals  as individuals and care for individuals as individuals.  As  human beings, we reach out for justice.
 You are not an enemy combatant.  You are a terrorist. You are  not a soldier in any war.  You are a terrorist.  To give  you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much  stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney  does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not----- you  are a terrorist.  And we do not negotiate with terrorists.   We do not meet with terrorists.  We do not sign  documents with terrorists.  We hunt them down one by one and  bring them to justice.
 So war talk is way out of line in this court  You are a big  fellow. But you are not that big.  You're no warrior.   I've known warriors. You are a terrorist.  A species of  criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders.  In a  very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first  were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where  the press and the TV crews were, and he said: 'You're no big deal.'
 You are no big deal.
 What your able counsel and what the equally able United States  attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know  how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific.   What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?
 I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you  to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable  hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of  doing?  And, I have an answer for you.  It may not  satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close  to understanding as I know.
 It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious.  You hate our freedom.  Our individual freedom.  Our  individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we  choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.   Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom.   It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea.  It is  because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in  this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that  justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.   It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so  vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their  representation of you before other judges.
 We Americans are all about freedom.  Because we all know that  the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own  liberties.  Make no mistake though.  It is yet true that  we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.   Look around this courtroom.  Mark it well.  The  world is not going to long remember what you or I say here.   The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this,  however, will long endure.
 Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America  , the American people will gather to see that justice, individual  justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being  done.  The very President of the United States through  his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence  on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will  gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and  shape and refine our sense of justice.
 See that flag, Mr. Reid?  That's the flag of the United States of America  .  That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten.  That flag stands for freedom.  And it always will.
 Mr. Custody Officer.  Stand him down.

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by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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by Bronze Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:49 AM

way to go i like that judge

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM


by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

kudos to the judge !


that scum is not a warrior...he is a terrorist and should be treated as such.

i'll bet the lawyers for the scum filed an appeal. am i right ?

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Oh you know they did... and I hope that the next judge gives him more prision time!

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM

 I love what that Judge said.Hopefully an appeal won't change anything.

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM


by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:47 PM


by Ruby Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 1:30 PM

 Thanks for sharing that!

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM


Comments: True. U.S. District Court Judge William Young did make the above statement during the sentencing of convicted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid in Boston on January 30, 2003. The judge's remarks followed a belligerent and unapologetic statement by Reid accusing the United States of sponsoring the torture of Muslims in Arab countries (full transcript). "I'm an enemy of your country," he told the court.

And some times our actions create our enemys....

Glad he isnt going to be able to hurt anyone....

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 2:04 PM


Oh, Pooh!   



You gave me GOOSEBUMPS!!!

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