Would-be Dallas bomber gets 24-year sentence, Star-Telegram, October 19, 2010It sounded like a great performance, particularly considering the video that was released by authorities post-sentencing.
DALLAS â€” Minutes before he was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison, Hosam â€?Samâ€? Smadi apologized for trying to blow up a downtown Dallas skyscraper.
â€?Your honor, Iâ€™m so ashamed of what I did,â€? Smadi said, standing before U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn on Tuesday in a bright orange jumpsuit. â€?Iâ€™m very sorry for my actions. I could have never lived with myself if I had hurt anybody.â€?
Speaking in broken English, Smadi, 20, told the judge that he now believes that Osama bin Laden is â€?badâ€? and that he hates al Qaeda.
â€?I will never have anything to do with this again,â€? he said.
Dallas bomberâ€™s message to â€?belovedâ€™ bin Laden, WFAA-TV Dallas, October 20, 2010
Hosam Smadi, who was convicted of attempting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper, said during his trial that Osama bin Laden is a â€?bad man.â€?
But a video released on Wednesday â€” after his sentencing â€” tells a different story.
Smadi taped a message in Arabic to Osama bin Laden in which he praises the the worldâ€™s best-known terrorist and proclaims his loyalty. At one point, he glorifies the September 11 attacks.
So apparently the mental illness he claimed as a defense in the case was not quite as severe as represented. It turns out Smadiâ€™s motivation for the attempted terrorist act was plain old Islamic jihad. What a surprise.