October 24th, 2012
05:19 PM ET

'Millennium' plot bomber gets stiffer sentence – 37 years

By Carol Cratty

An al Qaeda terrorist known as the "Millennium Bomber" for a failed plot to detonate explosives at Los Angeles International Airport received a new and tougher sentence on Wednesday of 37 years behind bars.

Algerian Ahmed Ressam, 45, had twice received a sentence of 22 years but prosecutors argued for a stiffer penalty and an appeals court agreed. The matter was sent back to the trial court in Seattle where U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour tacked on the additional time.

Ressam was arrested in November 1999 by U.S. Customs inspectors at the Canadian border as he tried to drive a car carrying explosives into the United States. His plan was to bomb the airport several weeks later on New Year's Eve.

After his conviction, Ressam started cooperating with prosecutors. He identified other terror suspects and gave the government detailed information about the inner workings of al Qaeda.

But by November 2004, Ressam had stopped providing assistance, recanted some earlier statements and refused to testify in the trial of two terror suspects.

That led prosecutors to fight for a tougher sentence.

Coughenour said in handing down the tougher sentence that the cooperation Ressam provided from 2001 through 2004 was valuable and should not be ignored, but his offenses were extremely serious.

"The court is mindful of the brutal potential of Mr. Ressam's crime and sentences him in complete consideration of the harm he hoped to inflict on individuals and families in this country and around the world," Coughenour wrote in his sentencing order.

But the judge noted that Ressam had spent the past seven years alone in a cell and said a doctor who reviewed his case for the Bureau of Prisons concluded "he has been permanently and severely impaired by his prolonged incarceration in solitary confinement."

Coughenour said that from his observation, Ressam's mental state has deteriorated and said he may have stopped cooperating with the government as a "deranged protest."

Prosecutors wanted Ressam to be sentenced to life in prison but the judge said that would be too harsh. Ressam is to be deported to Algeria after he completes his prison term.

Post by:
Filed under: Al Qaeda • Terrorism
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Linwood Na

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/05/imagination-wanted-mobile-devices-in.html?showComment=1496761874940

    June 21, 2021 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  2. Ricky Carrazco

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?page_i&paged=105

    June 21, 2021 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  3. Evangelina Rickner

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?page_i&paged=105

    June 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  4. Norbert Gayler

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2007/08/re-reading-reading.html?showComment=1186473660000&m=0

    June 18, 2021 at 11:05 am | Reply
  5. Samara Mcgue

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2004/12/keep-it-clean-people-keep-asking-me.html?m=0

    June 15, 2021 at 4:37 am | Reply
  6. Emiko Luckey

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2006/07/digital-literacies-6-things.html?showComment=1450689606759&m=0

    June 14, 2021 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  7. Jack Zukowski

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/12/second-boeing-787-dreamliner-takes-flight/

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2010/09/fandom-and-participation.html?m=0

    June 13, 2021 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  8. Aldo Brechtel

    I don't know about you all but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/01/boeing-begins-final-assembly-of-1000th-767/

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2008/03/?m=0

    June 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  9. Hector Logosso

    I don't know about you guys but I infatuated with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/07/check-in-anywhere-with-mobile-bag-check-in/

    http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Be-a-Part-of-Giving-Tuesday-by-Supporting-the-Future-of-Flight-Foundation-.html?soid=1111846961938&aid=zrXG1JFUdEw

    June 13, 2021 at 3:43 am | Reply
  10. Omer Kirchherr

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/02/luggage-smells-horrid-after-delta-air-lines-flight/

    http://www.doc-txt.com/Boeing-Everett-Museum.pdf

    June 13, 2021 at 2:19 am | Reply
  11. Leoma Lipps

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2004/12/why-was-i-reading-this-i-thought-this.html

    June 12, 2021 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  12. Elsie Watah

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://rumblingstrips.blogspot.com/2009/05/ghosts-in-machine.html

    June 12, 2021 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  13. https://computerreparaturdienst.wordpress.com/

    Thank anyone so much to get making me personally know what I didn’t know. I anticipate working with you.

    https://computerreparaturdienst.wordpress.com/

    June 8, 2021 at 1:05 am | Reply
  14. Ardella Lamberto

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 7, 2021 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  15. Starr Malady

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 4, 2021 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  16. Amanda Whilby

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 4, 2021 at 4:59 am | Reply
  17. Ellis Bohlig

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2005/08/to-not-know-internet.html

    June 2, 2021 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  18. Sari Mulrooney

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2003/05/teaching-award-glynda-hull-well.html?showComment=1563182538509

    May 31, 2021 at 4:50 am | Reply
  19. Sherwood Kistle

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/08/farewell-to-jack-shallcrass-splendid.html?showComment=1446297023981

    May 30, 2021 at 6:08 am | Reply
  20. Russel Jarrard

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?paged=50

    May 29, 2021 at 5:18 am | Reply
  21. Winnifred Karrels

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2012/09/don-vincentes-daughter-collection-of.html

    May 28, 2021 at 4:47 am | Reply
  22. Kris Stackpole

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://rumblingstrips.blogspot.com/2006/03/bad-starts.html

    May 23, 2021 at 4:03 am | Reply
  23. Otto Mateus

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/10/hijack-attempt-on-egyptair-flight-736-thwarted/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163870

    May 22, 2021 at 2:08 am | Reply
  24. Rogelio Badasci

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2007/11/remix-looking-for-classroom-examples-im.html

    May 20, 2021 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  25. Cathie Berardinelli

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2014/05/boxes-of-poison.html

    May 20, 2021 at 3:18 am | Reply
  26. Winifred Beechner

    I don't know about you people but I infatuated with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/07/fun-with-photos-korean-air-boeing-747-8s-and-more/

    http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Be-a-Part-of-Giving-Tuesday-by-Supporting-the-Future-of-Flight-Foundation-.html?soid=1111846961938&aid=zrXG1JFUdEw

    May 19, 2021 at 4:19 am | Reply
  27. Sherita Arellano

    I don't know about you people but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/02/video-boeing-787-dreamliner-za004-landing/

    http://www.tulalipnews.com/wp/page/581/

    May 18, 2021 at 2:17 am | Reply
  28. Elmo Bosh

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/09/latest-book-in-our-series-learning.html?showComment=1461751400070

    May 17, 2021 at 7:30 am | Reply
  29. Randee Hafferkamp

    I don't know about you people but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/11/airline-livery-of-the-week-a-very-green-s7/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163870

    May 16, 2021 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  30. Carolina Touton

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusuf-hanafy-82493b183

    May 12, 2021 at 3:29 am | Reply
  31. Isreal Corneluis

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2007/06/storylines.html?showComment=1182808380000&m=0

    May 10, 2021 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  32. Denverboy

    can they do that ?? Resentance him....after the fact...?

    October 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  33. mark

    I guess his paradise virgins will get 37 years more activity with others before he can arrive.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  34. Cigarollos

    You can see all about Winston Balanced Blue Cigarettes

    Cheap Winston Blue Online

    October 25, 2012 at 1:50 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.