Absolutely compelling entry at DailyKos about the sentencing of Ahmed Ressam, who was arrested at the Canada/Washington border on his way to bombing LAX airport. The judge’s comments are required reading:
Despite the fact that Mr. Ressam is not an American citizen and despite the fact that he entered this country intent upon killing American citizens, he received an effective, vigorous defense, and the opportunity to have his guilt or innocence determined by a jury of 12 ordinary citizens.
Most importantly, all of this occurred in the sunlight of a public trial. There were no secret proceedings, no indefinite detention, no denial of counsel.