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 WAS OVER?
DID YOU KNOW THAT HE WAS SENTENCED
DID YOU SEE / HEAR ANY OF THE JUDGES REMARKS 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 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
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 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
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.
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
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 refi ne 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.