May 04, 2006

With a Whimper


From CNN: Moussaoui curses America but judge gets final word.

Publicly blasting the United States one last time, al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui was formally sentenced to life in prison Thursday for his role in the September 11 attacks.

"God curse America. God bless and save Osama bin Laden -- you will never get him," he told a packed federal courtroom that included family members of people killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema responded: "You came here to be a martyr and die in a big bang of glory.

"But to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper," she said, borrowing a line from "The Hollow Men." ...

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Moussaoui most likely will be locked up inside the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, which is sometimes known as the "Alcatraz in the Rockies."

"It is a place of extraordinary security, 23 hours a day in cells, one hour of recreation," Toobin said. "It is as close to permanent solitary confinement as exists in our prison system." ...

Jurors were stone-faced Wednesday as the lengthy verdict form was read in court. Spectators, including some September 11 family members, fell silent and Moussaoui showed no immediate reaction.

As he left the courtroom, Moussaoui clapped his hands and said: "America, you lost. I won."

UPDATE I -- May 6: Committees of Correspondence makes the case for not having executed Moussaoui. Tim Sumner makes the case for death. I personally think death would have been the only real justice. But short of that, we created the cartoon to emphasize the best of a bad less than ideal outcome.

UPDATE II -- May 7: Perry on Politics has details about what kind of existance Moussaoui can expect.

Posted by Forkum at May 4, 2006 03:52 PM