I'm quoting this off of another site, but I won't mention the site nor will I provide a link. The sentements and speech here are beautiful and didn't need the leftist commentary that the site attached. In fact it detracted from the message here.
This is what patriotism should be. This man is defending the constitution and still managing to do justice in a terrorism case. These words are brave and inspiring.
U.S. Western District Judge John Coughenour's statements while sentencing "Millennium Bomber", Ahmed Ressam.
U.S. vs. Ressam
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.
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.
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.