Fighting Terrorism the Old, Stupid Way

| July 28, 2005 | 1 Reply

This is the reason you don’t try terrorists in civilian courts

SEATTLE (AP) – The man convicted of plotting to blow up the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison. Ahmed Ressam got a lighter sentence than prosecutors had requested, reflecting his cooperation in telling international investigators about the workings of terror camps in Afghanistan.

The article notes, though, that the sentence isn’t even the full 22 years. Including the five yeras he’s already spent in detention and any possible good behavior time, this murderous maniac could only spend 13-14 years in prison.

Captain Ed and his excellent guest-blogger Dafydd are tearing up this story, giving us information about this judge including the little tidbit that he sentenced Rassam to less prison time than he did one of the Montana Freemen, although the militia member didn’t actually try to kill anyone. The money quote from the judge at that time? He hoped to send “a loud and clear message to those who pass this hatred and ugliness around….”

I suppose he doesn’t want to give would-be terrorists the same message.

In fact, as Hugh Hewitt points out, the only message Judge Coughenour has is for the President. Here’s a taste of the smugness.

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 Constitution.
“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.

Yep, consider that threat dealt with…until he gets to jail and starts networking with people there, then gets out in a few years completely free to put together more plots to kill Americans, only this time, with a healthy little assortment of accomplices he picked up in the pokey.

Yeah, folks, that is how we deal with terrorism in America. We kick the problem a few years down the road so we can say we’ve handled it only to have our children deal with it a few years later after it’s gotten exponentially worse and far more deadly.

You know, kind of like we did in the 1990s led by our “terrorism is a law enforcement problem” leaders like President Clinton, Secretary of State Albright, National Security Adviser Sandy “Guess what’s in my pants?” Berger, and Senator John Kerry. We saw exactly how well that approach worked on 9/11, didn’t we?

Well, we saw it once or twice before our MSM decided that we didn’t need to see it anymore lest we get all angried up and go on a Muslim-killing rampage.

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