ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Let's Turn over the WOT to this Judge

Hey, this guy really "gets" the war on terror.

Judge Gets in Swipe at Bush Administration
Jul 28, 9:40 AM (ET)
By GENE JOHNSON

SEATTLE (AP) - The sentence itself was fairly straightforward: An Algerian man received 22 years for plotting to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium. It was what the judge said in imposing the term that raised eyebrows.

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."

I don't remember ANY of the scumbags in Gitmo being caught by police here in the US... I guess we should send combatants captured in Afghanistan and Iraq straight to this twerp's courtroom for processing. Perhaps we could send them to his home address? Unfortunately for him, SCOTUS recently ok'd the military tribunals.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler