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Thread: It's All About Freedom - Shoe Bomber Finally Sentenced

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    It's All About Freedom - Shoe Bomber Finally Sentenced

    Snopes confirms this:

    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.'

    Young then delivered the statement quoted

    Judge Young: 'Mr.
    Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Custody Officer. Stand him down.
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. OO-RAH!!! Together, they protect the rest of our Bill of Rights and other founding documents.

    As for President Trump, he's getting the job done.

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    Guy is a sick farker whose brain was poisoned by religion. Quite sad that we're still so susceptible to that barbarism as a species.
    "If we were to ever consider citizenship as the least bit matter of merit instead of birthright, imagine who should be selected as deserved representation of our democracy: someone who would risk their daily livelihood to cast an individually statistically insignificant vote, or those who wrap themselves in the flag against slightest slights." - agenthex

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