Spokesmen for the Administration and other democrat voices have been quick to compare the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid, with the Panty Bomber, trying to mitigate Obama’s lengthy delay in addressing the American people with regards to the attempted bombing.
I thought the Shoe Bomber case deserved a quick review. In so doing, I was reminded that during the summer of 2009, the Obama Administration LIFTED the Special Security Measures on Reid in response to a Hunger Strike by Reid.
So below I have a link where you can read the comments of Reid and the Judge when Reid was sentenced to a life sentence, and also something about the hunger strike of Reid in March, 2009.
Reid: ‘I am at war with your country’
Friday, January 31, 2003 Posted: 11:10 AM EST (1610 GMT)
(CNN) – The following is a partial transcript of Thursday’s court hearing in which Richard Reid was sentenced to life in prison for his confessed plan to try and blow up a jetliner with explosives he had hidden in his shoes. The exchange is between Reid and Judge William Young.
Here’s the last statement of the judge and Reid before he was escorted out to serve his sentence:
JUDGE: 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 still stands for freedom. You know it always will. Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down.
REID: That flag will be brought down on the Day of Judgment and you will see in front of your Lord and my Lord and then we will know. (Whereupon the defendant was removed from the courtroom.)
The Obama Justice Department has withdrawn the “special administrative measures” imposed at the federal prison in Colorado against “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid, the jihadist who tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001.Special administrative measures (SAMs) are security directives, renewable yearly, issued by the attorney general when “there is a substantial risk that a prisoner’s communications, correspondence or contacts with persons could result in death or serious bodily injury” to others.” …
“So the would-be suicide bomber went on a hunger strike and got results: a cave-in from the Obama Justice Department.”
“Detainee policy in the Obama/Holder Justice Department is now being shaped by former Human Rights Watch lawyer Jennifer Daskal, who thinks incarceration is tantamount to torture.”
On Tuesday Faisal Shahzad, the unrepentant Times Square bomber, joined at least 35 terrorists in America who will spend the rest of their lives behind the high walls of a super-maximum security prison in Colorado.
His life-in-prison cellmates – although they may never have any personal contact with one another – include Richard Reid, the so-called shoe bomber; Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; and Zacarias Moussaoui.
I’m not sure where the panty bomber is at this time. Probably still getting his skin grafts. The Ft. Hood killer? I guess he’ll end up in Colorado also.
Shahzad and Reid both said publicly at their trials that they were at war with us. Prisoners of war? Prisoner at war. 35 plus of them and does anybody think they are not plotting and scheming against the country from prison? I think we should take no prisoners.
This administration has from day one done nothing but cast blame on George Bush and the Bush Administration for any and everything that is going wrong.
Now even as late as yesterday, one full year into the Obama Administration, President Obama comes out and says there is a failure in the system “that has been in place now for years.” He should have already changed it then. He also said, “the information was not effectively dissiminated in order to get him on a no fly list.” Well, I do believe Bush is in Texas, long since having returned to civilian life, so I don’t think he had anything to do with that.
Bush is like the phantom “Marsha” who comes in and messes up everything overnight.
Of course, Janet came out and said the “system worked” and we should be proud, but as soon as it became clear that many warnings were ignored, dots were not connected, balls were dropped, the system suddenly became somebody elses fault. But I have to say that if he keeps working at it, he may become more and more like George Bush, which could only be a massive improvement.
When planes hit the buildings on 9/11 nobody had even conceived in their wildest imagination that this could happen, but now that we know how intent on killing us these people are, there is no excuse for the lax treatment of the issue this administration is giving it.
And even after the Ft. Hood massacre, Obama says we don’t want to jump to conclusions. Jump to conclusions? How much does it take for him to recognize reality.
It’s time Barack Obama stopped acting like a child saying “he did it first, it’s all his fault,” the type manipulation any decent parent would not allow their children to engage in. But then maybe that’s all he’s got.
He’s had plenty of time to change anything he thought was wrong with the system, but in fact the only change he has made is to weaken not strengthen defenses George Bush had in place. And even the best of systems require use of the system, adding information and up-dating it daily. He is trying to release terrorists, not stop them. He is still calling it a “lone extremist” and I am sure we are the laughing stock of al Qaida. And he wants to bring terrorists to New York City to try them as common criminals, giving them constitutional rights that should be for U. S. citizens, not the enemies of our country and our constitution.
And what do we do? The first thing done is this panty bomber gets assigned a lawyer who shuts him up. So instead of trying to get him to talk and tell us if there are other planes in the sky ready to blow up, or trying to thwart any other plans in progress, we start giving him pain medication and planning his skin grafts.
Obama has been all over the world bowing and kowtowing to kings and princes instead of taking care of his number one responsibility, the safety of the American people. But then he considers about half of us to be bigger enemies than the terrorists. Got to watch all these ex-military and tea party protesters, they may become radical or something.
And he can’t even be bothered to come off the golf course, just as he thought it was more important to give a “shout out” before he addressed the Ft. Hood killings, treating it almost as an afterthought. No hearings on that yet.
And he still has about four more days in Hawaii. And to top that off, the vice president is also off shore in the Virgin Islands. You would almost think they are getting off the mainland in case the whole thing blows up.
How does it make you feel to know that the president and the vice president have both left the land mass known as the United States of America and are on tropical islands somewhere during what could be an attack or threat to the country? Doesn’t make me feel too safe. I would say it doesn’t matter, they can just stay where they are forever, but then that would mean that Nancy Pelosi would be in charge. Think about it. Our lives are in the hands of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and in the alternative, Nancy Pelosi.
God help us. Could we just get a recount? Maybe we could get lucky and John McCain won after all.