Friday, August 29, 2008
Subject: FW: Shoe Bomber Sentenced ..................And Nobody Heard About It ! Sentence of Reid ......Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe andtried 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 hadanything 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 'Iam >>> 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 imposesupon >>> you.>>>>>> On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison inthe >>> custody of the United States Attorney General.>>> On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years inprison >>> 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 simplybecause >>> the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentencesso >>> I need go no further.>>>>>> This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is afair >>> and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.>>>>>> Now, let me explain this to you, we are not afraid of you or any ofyour >>> terrorist co-conspirat ors, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We havebeen >>> 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 byone >>> and bring them to justice. So war talk is way out of line in thiscourt.>>> 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 criminalthat is >>> guilty of multiple attempted murders.>>> In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when youfirst >>> were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered wherethe >>> 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 Statesattorneys >>> have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how triedto >>> grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was itthat >>> led you here to this courtroom today?>>>>>> I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask youto >>> search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hateled >>> 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 searchthis >>> 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 individualfreedom >>> 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 prizeindividual >>> freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom.>>> So that everyone can see, truly see, that just ice is administered >>> fairly, individually, and discretely.>>> It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving sovigorously on >>> your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representationof >>> you before other judges.>>> We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that theway 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 goingto >>> long remember what you or I say here. The day after tomorrow, itwill >>> be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.>>> Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America , theAmerican >>> 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 willhave >>> to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specificmatters >>> can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judgethat >>> 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. Thatflag >>> 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, but that's another subject.>>>>>> Pass this around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine >>> judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.>>>>>>>> No virus found in this outgoing message.