January 22, 2008, - 2:04 pm
BREAKING: As I Predicted, Lib Judge Cook Goes Soft–Abdullah Al-Muhajir a/k/a Jose Padilla Gets 17 Years, Jayyousi – 12 years
By Debbie Schlussel
Sadly, yet another Schlussel prediction in the war on terror comes true.
Readers will recall that I warned you that Judge Marcia Cooke, a George W. Bush appointee, was a liberal and a former Detroit-area federal public defender. Readers will recall that I predicted Judge Cooke would be lenient on terrorist Abdullah Al-Muhajir Jose Padilla and his fellow terrorist co-defendants, including former Assistant Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Kifah Wael Jayyousi (who had access to all of the infrastructure and water systems for the Detroit public schools and later the Washington, DC public schools). And lenient she was. Were it not for the jury, I have no doubt they would walk, as I had predicted they might.
And I was right. The feds asked for life in prison for Padilla, Jayyousi, and a third defendant, Adham Amin Hassoun. But, today, the judge, as I predicted, went soft. She gave Muhajir/Padilla just over 17 years in prison, Jayyousi just over 12 years, and Hassoun, just under 16 years. Fortunately, Judge Cooke did not let them walk, as I had feared could happen. But walk in a few years, they certainly will. All are eligible for a reduction in these sentences for good behavior. And Judge Cooke issued a number of rulings that made it easy on Padilla et al.
Thanks, Judge Cooke, your Dis-Honor. More evidence that America is like Adam Ant. Desperate But Not Serious in the domestic War on Terror.
Remember everyone saying the reason to elect and re-elect Bush was “for the judges”? Well, this is one of Bush’s judges.
GUH-REAT judicial appointment.
Also at fault–the U.S. government. They removed the “Enemy Combatant” status from Padilla, punting on that issue before Supreme Court review. They also whiffed on Padilla’s dirty bomb plot, not at all brought up in his criminal trial. This is typical of the Justice Department’s half-assed “pursuit” of terrorists. It is largely a failure.
Thankfully, these guy are in prison. But in a decade, they’ll be out again, plotting against America with their buddies they converted behind bars.
Remember that Padilla was a top Al-Qaeda official. His “job application” documented that. It is truly incredible to think that a guy the government said, not long ago, was plotting to smuggle a dirty bomb into our nation to kill Americans, will be out in less than two decades, while so many other Americans with far less serious crimes will serve decades longer.
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