Skip to comments.Remember the shoe bomber? When American were still honest and proud of their country..
Posted on 06/27/2009 9:32:15 PM PDT by American Dream 246
our America before Obama - a true American judge...BEAUTIFUL! MUST READ and Pass it on, just to remind everybody what we are loosing because of IDIOTS!!!
Remember the shoe bomber? When America was "a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere"?
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:
January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid.
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, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively. (That is 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 beenthrough 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.
So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets? We need more judges like Judge Young. Pass this around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.
That was then...not so long ago, when America was a proud country with proud and courageous people. Are we going to wake up and stand up again to fight and defend our freedom? Defend this so great country of ours - the greatest country in the world???
The silence is deafening...
I wish that were true.
Our freedoms are being taken away from us almost without a peep.
Fantastic words from the judge. Sad that because of this asshat we have to take off our shoes to get on a plane as if it were a sacred act. I bet the Muslims still laugh at us over that one.
That right there is an admission to committing treason against the US, is it not...* in OPEN COURT @ that! There were 2 witness in the courtroom that heard him make that statement, so why can't someone charge him w/ that, too?
Read this TE.
Thanks for posting that. I had not ever seen it before. So it appears there IS a judge worth his salt in America! He is Judge William Young.
Didn’t this happen almost 6 years ago? What’s the point? That in Omamanation words like this are not spoken anymore? I guess. No tub to grout tonight or anything?
WITHOUT a peep...not almost.
Yep. SIX years ago. Kinda late posting this don't you think?
No I don’t think so...it’s always good to remind everybody how our country was and should be and is not anymore - and it’s just the beginning of the fall to fascism. Again...the silence is deafening.
So no, I have NO problem at all to remind everybody what we are loosing!!!
You don’t seem to realize what’s happening - I do. I was born where they did not have freedom so no, I don’t think it’s too late to try to wake up a sleepy spoiled populace who don’t realize what they are loosing because THEY DON’T EVEN REALIZE WHAT THEY HAD!!! How lucky they were...took it for granted? Well, that will be history very soon. And you will miss America badly, I can assure you that. I know the difference.
You can’t charge someone who is not a citizen with treason.
It’s best to have a source link for any post on Free Republic. An email isn’t considered as such usually.
You may not have been aware of this so I’m providing this source link for you....
With me, at least, your post is appreciated. Thanks for sharing. Not everyone on Free Republic will be aware of the good Judge’s words.
Thank you very much. I apologize...I did not know that. I received that by email tonight so I wanted to pass it on. I should have made my research :-)
Will do next time. Thanks for the info.
TWO OF Britains bombers, [shoebomber] Richard Reid and Muktar Said-Ibrahim, converted or reconverted to Islam in prison. This is a very small number, of course, but as we have just seen, it does not take large numbers of such people to effect a huge change in a countrys atmosphere. And the omens for the emergence of more of them are not good.
First, the number of Muslim prisoners has risen sixfold over the past 15 years. With more than 4,000 such inmates they make up 70 per cent of prisoners from minority groups. They are mostly of Pakistani descent, and the relative absence of people of subcontinental origin who follow other religions is equally striking.
Secondly, Islamic proselytising is prevalent in our [UK]prisons. An outside observer might conclude from the religious literature that he sees there that Britain is more an Islamic than a Christian country. I was often surprised on entering a cell in the prison in which I worked to discover a booklet with a title such as The Basic Teachings of Islam. More often than not, this will be the prisoners first experience of reading abstract principles. ------ "Our prisons are fertile ground for cultivating suicide bombers," http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1072-1713671,00.html
Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.
I am afraid though that Americans will **not** bear any burden. They will crumple under the tyranny of self-generated communism like a Big Mac wrapper.
I was thinking more along the lines of espionage. That's a hanging offense there.
He is not a U.S. citizen. He’s a Brit.
That would make more sense.
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