posted on Jul, 27 2005 @ 09:37 PM
U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour's comments on the Sentencing of Ahmed Ressam. Ahmed Ressam was arrested Dec. 14, 1999 for plotting to bomb
Los Angeles International Airport. He was convicted last April in a month long jury trial. Ahmed Ressam is not an American citizen and is commonaly
known as the "Millennium Bomber".
"First, that we have the resolve in this country to deal with the subject of terrorism and people who engage in it should be prepared to sacrifice a
major portion of their life in confinement.
"Secondly, though, I would like to convey the message that our system works. We did not need to use a secret military tribunal, or detain the
defendant indefinitely as an enemy combatant, or deny him the right to counsel, or invoke any proceedings beyond those guaranteed by or contrary to
the United States Constitution.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
People in America have a Constitution and BOR and take it forgranted. They allow it to slowly slip away, until oneday the Constitution and BOR will
be only in the text books and not used in practice at all, but it will be the norm...because overtime we allowed it to happen. The best Judges in
other countries (ie, the Middle East) are not even half the Judge as Mr. Coughenour. I think 22 years is getting off light, IMO. But the Constitution
was upheld and justice was served. Kudos to the Judge.
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[edit on 27/7/2005 by SportyMB]