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Hey Guys,

I thought this is good news,

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, Richard Reid, 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


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'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 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


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 discreetly. 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 long Mr. Reid.

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If that doesnt put a big ol'
on your face then i dont know what will.

thanks for sharing.

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He became a terrorist because he was mad. . .

. . . but he wasn't mad a Americans having freedom. He was angry becasue he has a teeny tiny little dick! I hope he is getting gang-banged by a large group of very large men with even larger dicks in our freedom loving society!

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Re: He became a terrorist because he was mad. . .

Nicely said, but you might edit your post a little, we have women aboard :wink:

Whoknew72 said:
. . . but he wasn't mad a Americans having freedom. He was angry becasue he has a teeny tiny little dick! I hope he is getting gang-banged by a large group of very large men with even larger dicks in our freedom loving society!
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