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Shoe Bomber Sentenced… and Excoriated by Federal Judge

Shoe Bomber Sentenced… and Excoriated by Federal Judge

Check out this post at the John Adams Society Blog quoting at length the remarks of Judge William Young after locking up this lunatic and throwing away the key (also reported here). Our friend at the JAS is right to wonder why this wasn’t reported in the MSM. The omission is telling.

Judge Young pulls no punches:

“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.”

“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.”

“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 bare any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.”

Amen. Don’t miss the full quote.

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