Shoe Bomber

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  1. JSracing

    JSracing Founding Member

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    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/Radio?
    Didn't think so. Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.

    Ruling by Judge William Young U.S. 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 stated "I think I ought not apologize for my
    actions," and told the court "I am at war with your country."

    Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below, a stinging
    condemnation of Reid in particular and terrorists in general.

    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 consecutive with the other. That's 80 years. On count 8
    the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years, consecutive to the 80
    years just imposed.

    The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000
    for the 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 the $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.

    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 all too much war talk here. And I say that to
    everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, where 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 it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney
    who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist. And we do
    not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat 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 know warriors. You are a terrorist. A
    species of criminal 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 where the
    TV crews were, and he said you're no big deal. You're no big deal.

    What your counsel, 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 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 winds carry freedom. They carry 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 discreetly. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are
    striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in
    their representation of you before other judges. We are about it. 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. 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. You know it always will.

    Custody, Mr. 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.
     
  2. DDTigerFan

    DDTigerFan Back from the Dead

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    Wow, that Judge was great! Have fun in prison Mr. Reid!
     
  3. SabanFan

    SabanFan The voice of reason

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    Outstanding. I applaud Judge Young and wish Mr Reid many happy nights with large men.
     
  4. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    The next time I fly I'm going to wear loafers. I wouldn't want anybody to think I was going to blow up the plane if I had to time my shoe.
     
  5. tiger fan 2001

    tiger fan 2001 Freshman

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    I think you can tie your shoes just don't try to lite them.

    Of course if you were wondering who the air marshall is that should do it.
     
  6. DallasLSU

    DallasLSU Freshman

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    What a great speach...
     

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