Richard Reid's Sentence Part 2

  Bingalau 06:52 10 Jun 2009

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 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, 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, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets? We need more judges like Judge Young. Pass this around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.

  Quickbeam 07:00 10 Jun 2009

Is there a limit on the number of characters per post?

  Picklefactory 08:01 10 Jun 2009

Nice. Like it.

  Marko797 08:06 10 Jun 2009

to post a link to all this rather than submitting 2 lengthy posts?

  natdoor 08:23 10 Jun 2009

Probably didn't hear anything because the media were too full of themselves over trivialities like MPs allowances and turmoil in the government. There is absolutely no sense of proportionality or balance in the news coverage here, mainly driven by the lead of the daily rags. One should look at TV news coverage in Germany, for example, which is basically factual with minimal or no comment or so-called analysis. Instead we have preening reporters whose main objective is to attempt to prove that they are smarter than anyone else by giving us their "lowdown".

  octal 08:31 10 Jun 2009

It's interesting to hear what Richard Reid said before the judge's sentence: click here

  octal 08:33 10 Jun 2009

Note the date of the report Friday, January 31, 2003, a long time before any of the MPs allowances reports.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 09:00 10 Jun 2009

'Probably didn't hear anything because the media were too full of themselves over trivialities like MPs allowances and turmoil in the government'..rubbish, the article is practically historic (6.5 years old. /yawn


  natdoor 09:22 10 Jun 2009

I realise that the article is old and gave the current media diversions as an example of their behaviour. I suppose it would have been possible to have searched for the bees in their bonnets at the time of Reid's sentencing. One has to realise that these are businesses and the celebrated freedom of the press is used to select stories that will sell and/or push a partisan agenda. The cost to anyone who bought a single copy of the Daily Telegraph recently is greater than their cost of the so-called excessive expenses claims.

  interzone55 09:36 10 Jun 2009

Why didn't you simply post the second half in the same thread as the first half - so keeping both halves together?

  Bingalau 09:47 10 Jun 2009

Alan14. There is a limit to the size of posts.

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