The Shoe Bomber And Justice Young’s Judgment.


Our own terrorist Kasab is facing trial in a high security court in Mumbai in India and I hope that the Judge reads this magnificent judgment by Justice Young of the USA.


Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?

Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge’s comments on TV or Radio?

Didn’t think so. A few people do know about it !!!

Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say.  His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his ‘allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,’ defiantly stating, ‘I think I will not apologize for my actions,’ and told the court ‘I am at war with your country.’

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid.

Judge Young:   ‘Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

‘On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the  United States  Attorney General.  On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively.  (That’s 80 years.)

‘On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed.  The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that’s an aggregate fine of $2 million.  The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

‘The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it.. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

‘This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes.  It is a fair and just sentence.  It is a righteous sentence.

‘Now, let me explain this to you.  We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid.  We are Americans.  We have been through the fire before.  There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.  Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals.  As human beings, we reach out for justice.

‘You are not an enemy combatant.  You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war.  You are a terrorist.  To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not —– you are a terrorist.  And we do not negotiate with terrorists.  We do not meet with terrorists.  We do not sign documents with terrorists.  We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

‘So war talk is way out of line in this court.  You are a big fellow But you are not that big.  You’re no warrior.  I’ve known warriors. You are a terrorist.  A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders.  In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and the TV crews were, and he said: ‘You’re no big deal.’

‘You are no big deal.

‘What your able counsel and what the equally able  United States  attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific.  What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

‘I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing?  And, I have an answer for you.  It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

‘It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom..  Our individual freedom.  Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.  Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom.  It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea.  It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.  It is for freedom’s sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.

‘We Americans are all about freedom.  Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.  Make no mistake though.  It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to Preserve our freedoms.  Look around this courtroom  Mark it well.  The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here.  The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

‘Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across  America  , the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.  The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

‘See that flag, Mr. Reid?  That’s the flag of the  United States of America  .  That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag Stands for freedom.  And it always will.

‘Mr. Custody Officer.  Stand him down.’

So, how much of this Judge’s comments did we hear on our TV sets?  We need more judges like Judge Young.  Pass this around.  Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.

Pakistan And The Taliban

Here are two news articles which show something that has been obvious to Indians for long and only now being brought to the knowledge of the general public of the West whose tax money has been spent on Pakistan for many decades.

The conclusion that I come to after reading both is that the establishment in Pakistan, or at least a very influential part of it, is fully aware of and supports the Taliban for its own strategic reasons. This has of course meant that India has been at the receiving end of terrorism but more importantly for my readers from the West, their soldiers in AfPak theater are losing their lives due to the shenanigans of a force supported and encouraged by elements within the Pakistani establishment.

The first one is from an eminent Pakistani columnist Irfan Hussein.

The next one is by Dexter Filkins of the New York Times.

Bomb Blast In Pune.

Last evening at around seven pm while I was at the computer, I heard a big bang and assumed that it was some wedding party letting off some fire works and crackers.

At eight pm, my brother in law rang me up from Chennai to ask what the blast was all about that all the news channels on the TV were showing. I did not have a clue but on switching on the TV found that there was indeed a big blast just across the river from us about a kilometer and a half as the crow flies, in Koregaon Park, a posh locality of Pune where the Osho Ashram is located. The German Bakery is a cafe frequented by visiting foreigners who can get Western style snacks, pastry, pies etc there. The blast was there and initially it was suspected that a cylinder of cooking gas had accidentally exploded. This morning however, it has been confirmed that there was indeed a bomb that was set off by terrorists. Full details are yet to be received but, at current tally nine people have been killed and fortyfive injured, some in critical condition.

You can read more about it here The news paper gives exhaustive coverage and I request all my readers to read all about it including other items that point clearly to hands that may now be in Pakistan.

Conrad was first off asking if I am okay and this is to let all my regular readers know that as I write this, the three of us and Mel, Ranjan’s girl friend who was with him out on their usual Saturday night partying, are safe and as well as can be expected.

All my readers know what I think of terrorists and their senseless actions and I do not intend reiterating those anger fed rants. Suffice it to say that I am livid. India after our 26/11 Mumbai attacks, following repeated requests and nudges from Pakistan and the West respectively agreed to formal talks with Pakistan finally and a Secretary level meeting is scheduled to take place on the 25th inst. I for one am now more than certain that no useful purpose will be served by such talks till Pakistan stops extending sanctuary to the terrorists in their territory, not withstanding the fact that the terrorists now kill more people in Pakistan than in India. It may also be a deliberate ploy to prevent talks from taking place engineered by the Taliban/Al Queida, but whatever it is, the Pakistani establishment which still maintains that its stragegic focus is on containing India, cannot hunt with the hounds and run with the hares.

We live in a world also occupied by lunatics and quite how many more incidents like these have to be experienced before the ‘liberals’ wake up is a question that needs to be answered some time soon to take decisive action to prevent such lunacy in the future.

Twitter Trouble.

Mr Paul Chambers let off some steam by twittering about his frustration with the snow bound world around him and ended up being arrested on suspicion of being a terrorist!  Poor young man was just planning to fly to Ireland from the Robin Hood airport and see where he landed up!

We have our own Mr Chambers here in India, a suave relatively young politician who was a diplomat in the UN. He is currently a junior minister in the Central Government and belongs to the Congress Party. He is tech savvy unlike the barnacles that populate the Congress Party and has come under quite a bit of fire for his adventures on Twitter. I leave my readers with three links to see how comic the whole affair is with a man with a sense of humour and fluent in the use of English facing a Party full of self important humourless yokels.
1. Holy Cow
2. Cattle Class
3.Visa rules.

It is a remarkable country, India is. It provides free entertainment every morning in its newspapers for people like me with a twisted sense of what is right and what is wrong. Our cartoonists like Ninan and Laxman lampoon our establishment so well that they have become icons themselves.

Our 26/11 Anniversary.

Last year, after the Mumbai terrorism, I had written many posts and responded to comments and my regular readers will recollect the mention I had made of my friends and their son Kaizad. Kaizad was a budding chef in the Taj Hotel, and he was deliberately shot and killed by the scum. I reproduce the article interviewing Nawaz and Noshir that appeared in our local newspaper by a scanned copy as the article is not appearing in the eversion of the newspaper. By clicking on the image, you can enlarge the image to read better and you will also see the photograph of Kaizad the gentle giant.
kaizad

My young friend Sandeep has written a poignant post in his blog about Mumbai and you can see my comments on it here.

The Times of India has published another very interesting article which is worth reading as is the article in the Independent.

Pakistan has indicted seven people in Pakistan for the roles played by them in the massacre but the key players still enjoy official protection and patronage. Pakistan is imploding everyday and I envisage major problems for Pakistanis, refugees from there who would like to come over to India and Indian Muslims who would like to help them, in the days to come. I hope that the Pakistani establishment would get a grip on its country, its economy, its development and its people to avoid becoming like Somalia.

Human Rights? Terrorists Are Animals.

We have a peculiar problem with the lone terrorist who was caught alive during the November 26, 2008 Mumbai carnage. No lawyer is willing to provide legal assistance to him and the so and so has asked for help from Pakistan. Some Indian right wing organizations have threatened lawyers who are willing to provide legal aid to him with dire consequences if they did.

On a public interest litigation, the matter has gone up to our Supreme Court and one judge has called terrorists animals and that Human Rights organizations should not intercede on their behalf but Animal Rights organizations should. Please take some time and read this.

I take serious objection to this observation by the learned Judge. I made the mistake once of calling terrorists animals, and my very dear friend Prasad corrected me and I completely endorse his view that terrorists are not animals. Animals do not attack, maim or kill for reasons other than for their own food or in self/progeny protection. To call terrorists animals is to degrade animals.

It is however interesting to see how the Indian press, legal profession and activists are reacting to this drama. More than interesting is to see how Pakistan has been handling this matter, one day disowning the terrorist, another day accepting him, another day suggesting that he is actually dead and the FBI, and other investigating agencies from across the world who saw him and interrogated him actually saw an Indian imposter and so on and so forth.

In between, to add some spice to the stew, along comes Mr. David Milliband, the current Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK, who almost succeeded in derailing Indo-British relations with his equating the Mumabai carnage to the problem in Kashmir. The Lashkar e Toiba, immediately said that it will cease all its terror activities if Kashmir would be made independent! Read about this entire comedy here.

Then comes along the new President of the USA extending a completely different approach to the Muslim world than his predecessor, which in turn generates great heat and or appreciation from the American press.

I think that what should be treated with the utmost seriousness is becoming a joke.

I bleed.