Monday, 18 April 2011
Va. man sentenced to 23 years for Metro bombing plot
04/11/11 04:10 PM ET
A Virginia man charged with plotting attacks on Washington-area Metro stations under the belief that he was aiding al Qaeda has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Farooque Ahmed, 35, of Ashburn, Va., pleaded guilty to charges of “attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility,” according to a statement released Monday by the Department of Justice.
Born in Pakistan, the naturalized U.S. citizen met with people he believed were connected to al Qaeda and photographed and studied Metrorail stations for coordinated bombings last October, according to authorities.
“Mr. Ahmed today admitted he was determined to kill as many people as possible through multiple bombings at the heart of our nation’s capital,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in the statement. “It’s chilling that a man from Ashburn could admit to planning these acts of terrorism, and a 23-year sentence is a just punishment. We are grateful for the outstanding work of the FBI in detecting and disrupting this plot.”
Todd Hinnen, acting assistant attorney general for national security added that the plea deal “provides a powerful example of how law enforcement and intelligence officials working together continue to use the criminal justice system to protect America from attack, obtain intelligence from terrorists, and secure their lawful, long-term detention."
Following Ahmed’s arrest on Oct. 27, both the White House and Justice Department emphasized that the public was never in any danger during the months-long investigation. The FBI was said to be aware of Ahmed’s activities before the alleged attempt began and monitored his activities until his arrest. Read more here.
Posted on 04/18/2011 10:19 AM by Bobbie Patray
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Tennessee Led the way....
COMMENT: In 2010, Tennessee Eagle Forum sponsored legislation called Tennessee Law for Tennessee Courts. Go HERE for more information.
Tennessee became the first state in the Nation to pass such a law. As a result of that success, through last summer, my lobbying partner, attorney Joanne Bregman, coached activists and lawmakers across the country and 18 or 20 states introduced similar legislation for their 2011 sessions. [See ACTION item at the end of the email.]
Now we see that a version our bill has been introduced in Congress co-sponsored by four Tennessee congressmen.
It brings a deep sense of satisfaction to know that, by working together, grassroots activists can REALLY make a difference by passing laws that will protect the sovereignty of this nation and its Constitution.
Purpose of our bill was to:
preserve individual rights and the sovereignty of Tennessee and its Constitution by preventing the encroachment of foreign nation laws and legal systems that run counter to our constitutionally protected freedoms
ensure that courts and other tribunals in Tennessee will first consider whether an individual's constitutional protections have or would be violated by applying a foreign nation's law or enforcing a foreign nation judgment
apply a standard consistent with the Restatement 3rd on Foreign Relations Law of the U.S. with regard to enforcement of a foreign nation judgment
protect against unknowing or unintentional waiver of constitutional protections
not to interfere with federal law or international treaties.
...And now in the United States House of Representatives:
U.S. Congressman Sandy Adams (R-FL), along with 54 cosponsors---all Republican, has introduced H.R. 973. Last week, the House Committee on the Judiciary referred the legislation to the House Subcommittee on the U.S. Constitution
March 9, 2011
Mrs. ADAMS (for herself, Mr. POSEY, Mr. AKIN, Mr. COBLE, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. CARTER, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. KING of Iowa, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mr. GARRETT, Mr. PITTS, Mr. ROE of Tennessee, Mr. MCCLINTOCK, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. NUGENT, Mr. HUELSKAMP, Mr. BROOKS, Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. DUNCAN of South Carolina, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. STUTZMAN, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mr. FLORES, Mr. ISSA, Mr. PENCE, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. FORBES, Mr. MARINO, Mr. ROSS of Florida, Mr. CHAFFETZ, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Mrs. BLACK, Mrs. MILLER of Michigan, Mr. COLE, Mrs. SCHMIDT, Mr. PAUL, Mr. REED, Mrs. ELLMERS, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. BARLETTA, Mr. BACHUS, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. WALBERG, Mr. DUNCAN of Tennessee, Mr. ROONEY, and Mr. JONES) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 28, United States Code, to prevent the misuse of foreign law in Federal courts, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. USE OF FOREIGN LAW IN FEDERAL COURTS.
Part VI of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
`CHAPTER 183--USE OF FOREIGN LAW IN FEDERAL COURTS
`Sec. 4201. Limitation on use of foreign law in Federal courts
`In any court created by or under article III of the Constitution of the United States, no justice, judge, or other judicial official shall decide any issue in a case before that court in whole or in part on the authority of foreign law, except to the extent the Constitution or an Act of Congress requires the consideration of that foreign law.'.
SEC. 2. CLERICAL AMENDMENT.
The table of chapters for part VI of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
ACTION: If you are are a constituent of Congressmen Black, Blackburn, Duncan or Roe will you THANK THEM being co-sponsors? If you are a constituent of one of the other congressmen, would you urge him to become a co-sponsor?
Out-of-state subscribers can go HERE to find your congressman.
Black, Diane, Tennessee, 6th Email
Blackburn, Marsha, Tennessee 7th Email
Cohen, Steve, Tennessee, 9th Email
Cooper, Jim, Tennessee, 5th Email
DesJarlais, Scott, Tennessee, 4th Email
Duncan Jr., John J., Tennessee, 2nd Email
Fincher, Stephen, Tennessee, 8th Email
Fleischmann, Chuck, Tennessee, 3rd Email
Roe, Phil, Tennessee, 1st Email
Rep. Phil Roe 202-225-6356
Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. 202-225-5435
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann 202-225-3271
Rep. Scott DesJarlais 202-225-6831
Rep. Jim Cooper 202-225-4311
Rep. Diane Black 202-225-4231
Rep. Marsha Blackburn 202-225-2811
Rep. Stephen Fincher 202-225-4714
Rep. Steve Cohen 202-225-3265
Posted on 04/06/2011 5:12 PM by Bobbie Patray