May 03, 2006

Moussaoui Gets Life: Travesty of Justice

A jury has sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his part in the 9/11 conspiracy. News reports just breaking the story. Updates soon.

Moussaoui deserved death. This is a travesty of justice.


“America, you lost!” Mr. Moussaoui shouted as he was led from the courtroom after the verdict was announced.
UPDATE: Fuzzy logic alert from friends and readers. So, you're happy that Moussaoui got life in prison because killing him would have made him a martyr? That does make a kind of superficial sense, but think about it. By that logic, no jihadi should ever be killed!

Ayman al-Zawahiri shouldn't be killed because that would make him a martyr. Osama bin Laden's cave shouldn't be bombed because getting 72 virgins is what he wants anyway. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wants to be a martyr, making him live in the empty quarter is a far harsher punishment.

Allah agrees with the above, "Does that apply to Bin Laden too? If he turns around tomorrow and says the worst thing we could to him is supply him with lots of prostitutes, do we call the Mustang Ranch?"

UPDATE: He won't be kept in GP--general population--so unfortunately there won't be enough time for him to become someone's "bitch" or get a shiv in him. Instead, he'll have a private jail cell for the next 30 years, where he'll have a Koran delivered to him by a prison guard with white gloves every morning, he'll be given a prayer mat, and he'll have an imam come visit him once a week to discuss his misunderstanding of the word "jihad" in the Koran.

Video of announcement.


A federal jury rejected the death penalty for al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Wednesday and decided he must spend life in prison for his role in the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.

After seven days of deliberation, the nine men and three women rebuffed the government’s appeal for death for the only person charged in this country in the four suicide jetliner hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

The story actually uses the word "rebuffed" to describe what one single juror could have done.

Here is a link to the complicated jury form. The jury had to answer all of these questions in order to give Moussaoui the death sentence. This is worse than doing taxes.

UPDATE: Bluto reminds me that the jury had to be unanimous. Do you think you could get a group of people to unanimously answer in the affirmative to the complicated questions asked in the above form? It's like getting two accountants to agree on a 1040--impossible!

I've got some advice for Moussaoui: watch your back in prison.

Others: Joyner, "Incredible. If Moussaoui doesn’t deserve to die for his crimes, almost no one currently on death row does."

Allahpundit will have a link to the answered jury questionnaire shortly. Ace thinks that one of the jurors might have lied about their opposition to the death penalty. It's a temptation to think that this guy so obviously deserves the death penalty that a juror must either be insane or have lied about being "death penalty qualified" to get on the jury. It seems more probably to me that our federal laws just don't contemplate a person like Moussaoui being tried in a court of law.

Stop the ACLU

SoCal Pundit: This is a sad day in the War on Terror.

Say Uncle: I think it’s for the best not to make a martyr of him.


First off, while I had hoped for the death penalty, our appeals process may have made it merely a symbolic judgment. I don't know. God only gave me 20/20 vision in hindsight. In foresight, I could use trifocals. Big, coke-bottle lens trifocles.

But, whatever your thoughts on the sentencing, the Moussaoui trial gave us a gift. That gift is the record of the trial.

You may view the exhibits presented at the trial here.

I chronicled the worst of them here.

No matter what you think of the sentencing, the trial, the jurors, always think this:

Never forget, never forgive.

MORNING UPDATE, May 4th, from Rusty:What the Moussaoui case shows is that the American court system is simply not prepared to try terrorists. It seems to me that Moussaoui, and many others we label terrorists, would have been called a 'sabateour' in previous wars.

During WWII there were cases of German sabateours 'invading' U.S.. From the FBI:

The purpose of the invasions was to strike a major blow for Germany by bringing the violence of war to our home ground through destruction of America's ability to manufacture vital equipment and supplies and transport them to the battlegrounds of Europe; to strike fear into the American civilian population, and diminish the resolve of the United States to overcome our enemies.
What happened to these 8 men who snuck into the U.S., dressed as civilians so as not to be detected, plotted to blow up major industrial centers and symbols of American power?
By June 27, 1942, all eight saboteurs had been arrested without having accomplished one act of destruction. Tried before a Military Commission, they were found guilty. One was sentenced to life imprisonment, another to thirty years, and six received the death penalty, which was carried out within a few days.
That is how you deal with terrorists.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:43 PM | Comments |