Ahmed Ressam, "who plotted to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium," received a 22 year sentence today...U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour, tacitly criticizing the Bush administration, made these compelling remarks at sentencing:
"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."
The 5.5 years Ressam has already spent in jail counts against the sentence.
We'll subtract time served from the Gitmo detainees, too: 30-40 years from their original apprehension. How's that?
What? You mean your government are actually going to put those guys on trial now?
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