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Padilla: Guilty

Jose Padilla has been found guilty, according to the AP:


Jose Padilla was convicted of federal terrorism support charges Thursday after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to stop homegrown terror.

Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi face possible sentences of life in prison if convicted of all three charges in the case.


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Comments (25)

"in a case that came to sym... (Below threshold)

"in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to stop homegrown terror"

The media keeps on spinning. They want you to remember nothing more about this scuzz than that he was a victim of Bush's "zeal". In a story about Rumsfeld's resignation yesterday Reuters put the media spin on history by reducing him to nothing more than 'remembered as the architect of the unpopular Iraq war'.

Read defensively, folks. All the time.

Give him life in prison NO ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Give him life in prison NO POROLL and NO PLEA-BARGENING

"in a case that came to sym... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to stop homegrown terror."

I really thought it symbolized Bush's assault on the Constitution seeing as he was held without charges for so long.

Rather late for a plea barg... (Below threshold)

Rather late for a plea bargain after he's been convicted . . .

Interesting the a media tha... (Below threshold)

Interesting the a media that is so keen on pronouncing Latino names with greater clarity than Anglo names would de-Latinize Padilla's last name from "Puh-DEE-Yuh" to "Puh-DILL-uh". Can't be offending America's sacred Latin American community!

His name is Abdullah al'Muh... (Below threshold)
Robin Goodfellow:

His name is Abdullah al'Muhajir. It's funny how the press has completely standardized on using the original anglicized name when referencing suspected terrorists in every similar situation. And yet, no one today would call Muhammad Ali using the name Cassius Clay, or call Farrakhan by his original last name, Walcott. Somehow, that level of disrespect is completely unthinkable normally but becomes not merely common but utterly ubiquitous in the press when referencing terror suspects.

How many people recognize the names Abdul Raheem and Sulayman al-Faris? Probably very few, yet I'm sure many more people would recognize the names Richard Reid (the shoe bomber) and John Walker Lindh (the American Talibani)?

Interesting the a media tha... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Interesting the a media that is so keen on pronouncing Latino names with greater clarity than Anglo names would de-Latinize Padilla's last name from "Puh-DEE-Yuh" to "Puh-DILL-uh". Can't be offending America's sacred Latin American community!


amen

yes, yes, jp, old news that... (Below threshold)

yes, yes, jp, old news that you'd prefer people to die than terrorists be inconvenienced, we've moved on

Notice how many diarists on... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Notice how many diarists on Kos are upset that Padilla was found guilty.

Not dissent, they are on the other side.

The terrorism-supporting ja... (Below threshold)

The terrorism-supporting jackholes at Democrat Underground are flipping-out big time:

Link 1

Link 2

Poor babies.

Another DU thread:... (Below threshold)

Another DU thread:

Link 3

"in a case that came to sym... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

"in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to stop homegrown terror"

Uh, ya know I am as convinced of a leftist bias in the media as anyone here and more than most, but why would this be considered a negative characterization of the Bush administration.

Would anyone not on the side of the terrorists NOT want the Executive branch to be trying, and preferably zealously trying, to stop all terrorism.

"I'm not surprised by an... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

"I'm not surprised by anything in this place anymore," she (Padilla's mommy) said. "This (Miami) is a Republican city."

It is?

Don't drop the soap, Jose.

From a DU poster:<... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

From a DU poster:

People just don't realize it. But the US is not a free country with guaranteed rights. It's a damn lie. Torture is now a viable method of police work. America is no different than a Syria or Saudi Arabia now. It's a shithole.

Fortunately, every good shithole has an exit. I hope they take it...

"I'm not surprised by a... (Below threshold)
marc:

"I'm not surprised by anything in this place anymore," she (Padilla's mommy) said. "This (Miami) is a Republican city."

Then I guess she's got a case to sue the lawyer for malpractice for allowing only reps on the jury.

Oh wait... you mean there were dems on the jury? Why yes, it's a good possibility!

OH! Never mind then.

"Fortunately, every good sh... (Below threshold)
914:

"Fortunately, every good shithole has an exit.I hope they take it..."

I think they would rot the septic tank Peter.

I'm GLAD my President is go... (Below threshold)
Jo:

I'm GLAD my President is going after home grown terrorists with zeal.

Better than the alternative, which is, of course, what the democrats do. Nothing.

JP2 why don't you take the ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

JP2 why don't you take the rap for poor wittle Peedlee if you are so heartbroken. Just like the lefties-all mouth and no action.

News flash for jp2: being h... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

News flash for jp2: being held as an enemy combatant is different from being held as a criminal.

I am sure the distinction escapes you, tho.

I wonder which of these lef... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

I wonder which of these lefties who feel he was mistreated will step up and host him if/when he gets parole?

I await the comments of Sen... (Below threshold)
Don:

I await the comments of Senator Rotdum of NY on this matter. She most likely will come out against this decision of the jury. I would not doubt that she will promise to pardon this poor pursecuted person as soon as she is elected POTUS. (She does need the spanish vote and she got it when she ran for Senator, thanks to Bill's pardons of the PRs)

jp2... it's just HELL when ... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2... it's just HELL when the system works isn't it?

"News flash for jp2: being ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"News flash for jp2: being held as an enemy combatant is different from being held as a criminal."

I am aware of the difference. However, I don't think American citizens should be held without rights for indefinite periods of time. If you do, that's just where we disagree.

And marc - if you think our system works why have more than half (!) of all enemy combatants at Gitmo been released from custody? A pretty poor record.

jp2:And marc -... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2:

And marc - if you think our system works why have more than half (!) of all enemy combatants at Gitmo been released from custody? A pretty poor record.

Well, first of all you changed subject. The link and comment was specific to the Padilla case.

However, since you asked, it has worked at Gitmo. Those released were vetted and found to be a non-threat for the most part.

Of course there are exceptions, like the jihadist-cut-throats that were released and returned to being a terrorist.

However, I don't t... (Below threshold)
SPQR:
However, I don't think American citizens should be held without rights for indefinite periods of time.
Thankfully, we have not had a Democrat President over the last 6 years, or it would have been worse - given their previous history of detaining American citizens without trial.



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