Barack Obama and Eric Holder could learn something from the words and actions of the judge who dealt with the Shoe Bomber terrorist.
When the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid, was sentenced to the maximum of three consecutive life sentences by U.S. District Court Judge William Young on January 31, 2003, the terrorist commented about his allegiance to Islam, Osama Bin Laden and to the religion of Allah.
I am at war with your country
Reid admitted he was an enemy of the United States and was part of Al-Qaeda.
“I think I will not apologize for my actions,” Reid, who was stopped while he tried to set off explosives packed into his shoes while on a 2002 American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami, told the court. “I am at war with your country.”
Judge Young not only sentenced him to 110 years without parole, but he also fined Reid the maximum of $250,000 for each count.
What followed was some of the most chilling and patriotic words from a United States judge and a strong reminder of how our government officials acted and spoke before the Obama Administration came to power.
It is a righteous sentence…
“This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes,” Judge Young stated. “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,” the Judge commented. “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,” Judge Young looked Reid in the eyes and spoke. “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.”
We hunt them down..
“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.
“It seems to me, you hate the one thing that to us is most precious,” the Judge spoke. “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….”
“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.”