Re: OT: Judge sentencing Ahmed Ressam Slams US

On Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:52:08 -0400, Bruce Morgen <editor@xxxxxxxx> did
courageously avow:

>Judge sentencing Ahmed Ressam Slams US
>U.S. vs. Ressam
>(Court's comments.)
>THE COURT: Okay. Let me say a few things. First of
>all, it will come as no surprise to anybody that this sentencing
>is one that I have struggled with a great deal, more than any
>other sentencing that I've had in the 24 years I've been on the
>I've done my very best to arrive at a period of confinement
>that appropriately recognizes the severity of the intended
>offense, but also recognizes the practicalities of the parties'
>positions before trial and the cooperation of Mr. Ressam, even
>though it did terminate prematurely.
>The message I would hope to convey in today's sentencing is
>two-fold: 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
>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
>I would suggest that the message to the world from today's
>sentencing is that our courts have not abandoned our commitment
>to the ideals that set our nation apart. We can deal with the
>threats to our national security without denying the accused
>fundamental constitutional protections.

It is too bad that these are just the words of an employee and not

>Despite the fact that Mr. Ressam is not an American citizen
>and despite the fact that he entered this country intent upon
>killing American citizens, he received an effective, vigorous
>defense, and the opportunity to have his guilt or innocence
>determined by a jury of 12 ordinary citizens.
>Most importantly, all of this occurred in the sunlight of a
>public trial. There were no secret proceedings, no indefinite
>detention, no denial of counsel.
>The tragedy of September 11th shook our sense of security and
>made us realize that we, too, are vulnerable to acts of
>terrorism. Unfortunately, some believe that this threat renders
>our Constitution obsolete. This is a Constitution for which men
>and women have died and continue to die and which has made us a
>model among nations. If that view is allowed to prevail, the
>terrorists will have won.

He and I agree on that one.

>It is my sworn duty, and as long as there is breath in my
>body I'll perform it, to support and defend the Constitution of
>the United States.
>We will be in recess.

Ken Wilson
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