Friday, July 29, 2005

D'oh...oh yeah, it's freedom we're defending

NY Times:

An Algerian man received 22 years for plotting to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium. ...

U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said the successful prosecution of Ahmed Ressam should serve not only as a warning to terrorists, but as a statement to the Bush administration about its terrorism-fighting tactics.

"We did not need to use a secret military tribunal, detain the defendant indefinitely as an enemy combatant or deny the defendant the right to counsel," he said Wednesday. "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."

He added that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have made Americans realize they are vulnerable to terrorism and that some believe "this threat renders our Constitution obsolete ... If that view is allowed to prevail, the terrorists will have won."


At 7/29/2005 09:27:00 AM, Blogger Mixter said...

Amen! The guy got what he deserved, and the criminal justice system can be used to combat terrorism.

We don't need no steenking war!


At 7/30/2005 08:46:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

One can only hope that more reasoned minds will prevail. Let the chickenhawks fight their own steenking war!


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