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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:36 AM
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Judge sentencing would-be LA bomber, blasts Bushco
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/0...

Judge chides Bush administration's anti-terror tactics while sentencing would-be LA bomber

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

(07-27) 23:59 PDT 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. "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."


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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:38 AM
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1. Ah, this judge warms my heart's cockles!
Nice to see someone who stands up for what he believes and isn't afraid to express those beliefs!
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blue sky at night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:45 AM
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2. I am sure he will be drummed out of..........
office or found dead of an "apparent suicide".
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:46 AM
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3. Good!
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earthboundmisfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:46 AM
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4. Now THIS is a judge worthy of promotion & appointment.
He truly RESPECTS our Constitution.
I hope Judge Coughenour will go far! :)

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alarcojon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:47 AM
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5. Bad judge!
No SCOTUS nomination for you! B-)
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:05 AM
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14. yep
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:14 AM
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6. Nom. to highlight one of the good guys! nt
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:19 AM
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7. I'll second that emotion n/t
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peace4all Donating Member (428 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:36 AM
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8. think I'll use these quotes in a LTTE
he really nails it
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:47 AM
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9. Right On!
:D
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sunnystarr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:55 AM
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10. Sensenbrenner will be on his ass
and criticize the sentence and order the judge to to change the sentence and give him life or the death penalty. It's part of his new job description.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:57 AM
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11. & Pat Poberts will start the "investigation" n/t
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Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:21 AM
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12. bush and company
Bush and company seem like they really relish taking the power and making things happen. Something like ethics is just an annoying hindrance. That is why all these power hungry guys are surrounding bush for a chance to jump in and do something and express their egos, rumsfeld, rove, cheney. He got them all in the door. I think of Bush's line in that taped phone conversation where he said "I want to lead, that is why I wouldn't smoke pot", or something similar. What does he equate leadership with? Running around invading people, stomping on the constitution? Puzzling. I don't get his psychological motivation. :freak:
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StaggerLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:22 AM
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13. True patriot!

:patriot:


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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:22 AM
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15. Brilliant. That needed to be said.
How long before forced retirement for this judge do you think?
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:28 AM
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16. Gee... I wonder why he wasn't considered for SCOTUS?
Edited on Thu Jul-28-05 11:28 AM by tk2kewl
:shrug:
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nyhuskyfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:07 PM
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17. The full story...
Is that he only became a judge because his wife was on the judicial committee that appointed him. His wife holds all the power in that family -- Judge John actually still wets his bed.

I'm afraid I've already said too much.

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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:16 AM
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18. ==
this "desk-jockey" wife no doubt single handedly anointed him, bypassing any judicial committee. :sarcasm:
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DistressedAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 08:01 AM
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19. Well Stated On His Part! Kicker!
Edited on Fri Jul-29-05 08:01 AM by DistressedAmerican
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