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A look back at the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid

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.

As I have said, if he keeps working at it, he can be just like Bush..

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)


Richard Reid
Richard Reid

(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.

See transcript of Reid’s remarks and the sentencing and remarks of the judge Here.

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.)

Flash forward to the year of 2009. The Shoe Bomber went on a hunger strike in March of 2009, resulting in the Special Administrative Measures being lifted by the Obama Administration.

The Obama Justice Department has withdrawn the “special administrative measures” imposed at the federal prison in Colorado against “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid, the jihadist who tried to blow up a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.”

UPDATE:  Zacarias Moussaoui 51427-054 is serving a life sentence at Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, ColoradoRichard Reid 24079-038 also at ADX Florence, a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. along with Ramzi Yousef 03911-000 is at Supermax.

Nice.  They get to “fellowship.”

Posted:  01.03.10


October 5, 2010

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.

Update:  10.21.10


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Colorado’s governor says Gitmo prisoners are welcome there

Jack Murtha has volunteered to take Guantanamo prisoners in Pennsylvania and now Governor Bill Ritter, Colorado’s democratic governor, has said he will take them at Supermax in his state.

Who knew they would be so popular?

Supermax is located in Florence about 90 miles south of Denver, and is under consideration to house at least some of the prisoners. Inmates already at Supermax include Zacarias Moussaoui, a Sept. 11 conspirator; Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack; and Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with a shoe bomb.

Ritter say he wouldn’t oppose transferring the Guantanamo Bay detainees to Supermax because it was built for just that type of high-risk inmate.

As a side note:

A Saudi militant who was released from Guantanamo Bay after six years of confinement is now a top figure in the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida, a U.S. counter-terrorism official confirmed Friday.

Said Ali al-Shihri was released in 2007 to the Saudi government for rehabilitation. He re-emerged this week, identified by a militant-leaning Web site as a top deputy in “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” a Yemeni offshoot of the terror group headed by Osama bin Laden.  More about al-Shihri here.

Posted:  01.25.09

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