ACT LIKE EVERY LAP IS YOUR LAST AND ONE DAY YOU WILL BE RIGHT
WILL YOU TAKE ANOTHER LAP EVEN WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE NOTHING IS HAPPENING?
OUTCOME IS GOD’S RESPONSIBILITY – OBEDIENCE IS YOURS
It has been five years since the life of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was turned upside down: five years since twin smoke bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing no one and causing no injuries; five years since prior-amputee and able-bodied crisis actors took part in a scripted tragedy which the media and our own government then reported and prosecuted as a real event, five years since the fear and hatred deliberately fostered for two innocent brothers resulted in the death of one brother and the conviction and death sentence for the other who now awaits his execution not only for a crime he did not commit, but a crime that never even happened!
The horror of that outcome still staggers the imagination and boils the blood of anyone who has seriously considered the evidence.
I spent the better part of this afternoon watching a show I have only today discovered on You Tube. It’s a series from the UK called “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away.” Watching episode after episode was immensely refreshing for me, living as I do in a time in history, a country, a society that has all but forgotten what truth and the administration of justice looks, sounds and feels like.
The show unfolds like this: two officers of the High Court show up at someone’s door to execute a writ of judgment. Sometimes they are there to collect money, sometimes to carry out an eviction, sometimes to do both. The rules are simple, the person named in the writ must pay the amount of the debt or assets will be seized from the property on the spot to satisfy it. The part I find so refreshing is that justice happens immediately. The officers do not leave the property until the job is done. No more lies, no more claims of ignorance, no more sob stories. No more gaming the system. No more anything. It’s awesome. The day of reckoning has come and the piper must be paid.
A deadline to pay is set, and it’s usually within half an hour of the officers’ arrival. If you choose to go the take-my-assets-and-sell-them-at-auction-cuz-I-can’t-or-won’t-pay route (which almost no one does once they see their possessions beginning to be unplugged and packed up) the amount you owe is higher and suddenly the means to pay the money materializes like magic!
Evictions are just as cut-and-dried. These men mean business. And while the one being evicted is often throwing F-bombs and generally acting like a fool, threatening and claiming everything under the sun, the two officers never raise their voices or resort to brute force. You want the police called? Fine. That works for them. The police arrive and back up everything the High Court officers are saying again with an air of quiet politeness our own law enforcement should take a lesson from. (The old saying “You draw more flies with honey than vinegar” comes to mind)…
Like I said, if you love the execution of justice and have mourned its departure from American life, this show is for you! After a dozen or so episodes, I was feeling downright gleeful…
The day of reckoning, when seemingly delayed, causes many, no matter on what continent they reside, to slip into a dangerous state of denial. In this state they tell themselves it will never come, that their deeds will never have to be faced and answered for. Those who planned, carried out and participated in the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon “bombing” and those who made certain of the conviction of innocent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for that act are most surely living in a state of denial.
This long season of delayed justice for Dzhokhar is only serving to deepen their self-deception. It will not serve them well in the long run.
Not every attorney will roll over and play dead as did the first government-appointed team of attorneys for Tsarnaev. Government-appointed: now there’s a clue… Somewhere, there are men and women of character, courage and integrity who have already fought and overcome a Goliath-sized opponent and they are ready and able to face new giants in a court of law. What follows is a brief list of some attorneys I have identified as having the right stuff.
If I had the money and the standing with the court to hire them to assist with Dzhokhar’s appeal, I most certainly would, no matter who threatened me not to. Someone, somewhere, in a country I see far too under-represented on my blog’s stats page needs to shake off their fear and whatever else is holding them captive and hear that last sentence… for Dzhokhar’s sake. Believe me, if it were my loved one and people I had never met were writing and speaking out on their behalf, I would be reading every article, forum and blog I could get my hands on. But maybe that’s just me.
And now, without further adieu, the list:
- Director of the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, a nonprofit legal fund dedicated to defending Muslims’ civil rights and civil liberties
- Recognized by the National Law Review as one of the top legal minds in the country
- Most known for his work on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainee and Yemeni citizen Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism because he worked as a driver for Osama bin Laden. Swift was supposed to enter a guilty plea for Hamdan before a military commission but he decided that would be unethical and argued that the tribunal system was flawed. Swift took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and justices agreed that current system was a violation of Geneva Conventions as well as the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice. As a result of the Supreme Court’s request, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which gave war criminals the right to habeas corpus so they could legally challenge the charges against them.
- Most recent case: the successful defense of Noor Salman, widow of the Pulse nightclub gunman. Noor was accused of aiding and abetting and obstructing justice in connection with her husband, Omar Mateen’s, attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016. Federal prosecutors presented an incredibly thin case, saying Salman knew her husband planned on carrying out the mass shooting that left 49 dead and many others injured. They also claimed, again with scant proof, that she lied to investigators, including the FBI, after the attack. Orlando jurors got it right, deciding the case on facts alone, not community emotion, which ran high just like it did in Boston, and Noor Salman was found not-guilty of all charges.
- An attorney for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America who specializes in criminal defense of national security and terrorism cases
- Considered a juror expert who has served as a consultant in selecting a jury for several high-profile cases
- Has successfully defended a Guantanamo Bay prisoner. Mohamedou Ould Salahi was arrested in Mauritania in 2001 on the U.S. Government’s suspicion that he had ties to al Qaeda. He was held in Guantanamo from 2002 until his release in 2016, without ever being charged with a crime. During this time, he was molested and subjected to threats and torture. During his time in captivity, he wrote of his experiences in a memoir, “Guantanamo Diary.” Moreno and a team of attorneys argued his confessions were not admissible in court, being obtained through torture. In 2010 a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to prove Salahi was an al Qaeda supporter and ordered his release. That decision was appealed, however, delaying Salahi’s release and return to Mauritania until 2016.
- Most recent case: the successful defense of Noor Salman
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- Graduate of University of California at Berkley
- Working as a federal defender in Central Florida since 2002 and now serves as a counselor for the Federal Middle District of Florida. In this role he represents clients who otherwise could not afford legal representation in a federal case. His firm focuses on cases involving appeals, federal prosecution, immigration removal proceedings, white-collar crimes, IRS tax cases and more. He employs a three-pronged approach involving investigation, mitigation and litigation when defending his clients.
- Most recent case: the successful defense of Noor Salman
What worked like a charm, what went off like clockwork in Boston, was not so successful in Orlando. Jurors in the Noor Salman trial were able to do what Boston was not. I am proud of them.
I’m in a war every minute
I know for sure I’ll never win it
I am David up against Goliath
And it’s a fight for my attention
I’m being pulled every direction
This world tells me trust what I can see
Lord won’t You help me believe what I believe
When it comes to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, I believe he wants to live, but he is realistic about his chances.
He escaped when he could have just as easily made his last stand beside Tamerlan and died with him in a blaze of glory (I throw that in for those who believe it was the Tsarnaev brothers and not substitute look-alike actors on Laurel St. that night). And he pled “not guilty” didn’t he?
However, five years under SAMs, in total isolation, awaiting execution for a crime for which you are completely innocent would be enough to break even the strongest among us. There is only one power, one relationship, that could override everything that has been thrown at Dzhokhar.
All by myself, I fall to pieces
But You are strong when I am weakest
I feel Your kingdom come alive in me
My feet are bruised but they’ll follow where You lead
‘Cause You are bigger than any battle I’m facing
You are better than anything I’ve been chasing
Savior and royalty, the only hope in me
Jesus, You are, You are
The king of my heart, heart
The king of my heart, heart
One day, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Bible, will rescue Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I am certain of it. But He will use human beings to do it and His plan, whatever it ends up being, will most certainly involve attorneys so someone with the money and the family connections needs to step up and hire them. Maret, amazing as she has already been, can’t do it alone.
No matter who you want to believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev prays to and believes in, he is an American citizen, falsely accused and wrongfully convicted. And he is a human being worth saving. Until he is free, we are all at risk.