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    Do you remember the shoe bomber?

    Oliver sent me this and I thought it should be shared. I highlighted one section in bold as I feel it applies to the members of Hezbollah who believe they are soldiers in a war. The judge's comments as a whole are representative of what I feel about all these terrorist organizations. He describes exactly what these religious extremists hate about our free societies.




    >> Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his
    >>shoe and tried to light it?
    >>
    >> Did you know that his trial is over?
    >>
    >> Did you know he was sentenced?
    >>
    >> Did you see/hear any of the judge's remarks on TV or radio?
    >>
    >> Didn't think so.
    >>
    >> Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.
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    >> 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 stated "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 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 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, 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 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 where 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 and 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.
    >>
    >> 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 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, 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.
    >>
    >> God bless America.
    >>
    >> Please forward this---------so that every American has a chance
    >>to read it.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Paul Arnovitz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    Oliver sent me this and I thought it should be shared. I highlighted one section in bold as I feel it applies to the members of Hezbollah who believe they are soldiers in a war. The judge's comments as a whole are representative of what I feel about all these terrorist organizations. He describes exactly what these religious extremists hate about our free societies..........

    >> 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.
    YES !

    Thanks TMan, I Salute You !!!

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