Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Travesty Of Justice

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Well, as I had suspected, admitted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui escaped the death penalty that he had earned for his complicity in the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. I knew it when it became clear that the jury wasn't going to reach a verdict in the first 15 minutes. Anytime a jury takes a long time to come to a decision, the verdict usually goes against the prosecution.

I think it was a bad decision. The animal deserves death.

Part of the reason why he shouldn't be allowed to live is that he can now talk to the other prisoners and attempt to convince them to convert to his particular perverted idea of Islam. He can create more terrorists in prison. Don't think he won't try.

It is for a similar reason that we who believe he should be executed may be able to take some comfort in the failure of the jury to execute this scum. Many of the prisoners are Americans who were just as outraged at the attacks on 9/11 as the rest of us, but unlike us, have no particular aversion to beating this devil to death.

I think it's entirely possible that he will suffer the same fate as Jeffery Dahmer and others have suffered. And I, for one would be happy to hear the news that he suffered a long, torturous, and painful death at the hands of convicted rapists and murderers, etc. In fact, that death would be more appropriate and fair than a painless lethal injection. He deserves to suffer.

And I hope he does.

There is speculation that some of the reasons he beat the reaper in this case were that he had been abused as a child, and that he didn't actually take part in the attacks, physically. That is Liberal anti-death penalty BS.

But the most ridiculous reason they have brought up is that they don't want him to become a martyr for bin Laden and al Qaida to rally behind. What a crock. As Mark Levin says, "A dead Martyr is better than a live one". I agree.

Personally, I think maybe it is a good thing that he will live at least a little while longer. It will delay the inevitable time when he at last meets his just desserts. And when he finally does, and finds that his 72 virgins are instead 72 demons who will inflict unimaginable pain on him for eternity, I draw some comfort.

Through out the entire trial Moussaoui continually made disrespectful comments about America and about the victims of the attacks. He derided the prosecutor and the Judge. He plainly deserved the death penalty.

I think this travesty of justice can best be summed up in the words of the condemned man himself. As he was led from the courtroom he flashed the victory sign, smiled and said, "America, you lost."

Sadly, he's right.

Update: Not really an update. I've just been thinking. Maybe the jury did do the right thing. The terrorists believe it is Allah's will if they die, for their cause. If Moussaoui spend the next 50 years alone in a lonely prison cell for 23 hours a day, he won't die, and won't serve Allah. Perhaps this is the message we should send to the terrorists. Will they really want to risk life in prison, unable to serve Allah if they fail in their suicide missions? Maybe they will just consider that is too great a sacrifice.

To not sacrifice at all. Perhaps that is the greater deterrent.


dreadnought said...

No, I don't think it was a travesty of justice. If anything it highlights your justice system. I understand entirely your views that he should be executed, but after much thought, I think this is too easy a way out. I hope he lives to be an old man so he can 'enjoy' his lingering death in solitary confinement

dreadnought said...

Forgot to mention....surely calling him an animal is insulting to animals??

Erudite Redneck said...

Bull. He will die by a thousand cuts -- a NOTHING. A NOBODY. He will never have another public platform. He has been silenced.

Had he been executed, he would have been a MARTYR and his words would have lived forever.

Go to the gym and use the punching bag or something. The jurors are proud Americans -- and they did the right thing by US.

Lone Ranger said...

Nine of the jurors were dimwits. They didn't give him life because te were afraid he'd become a martyr, but because his mommy didn't love him and his daddy abandoned his family and he suffered racism and he had such a tough childhood. Apparently, that justifies collusion in the death of 3,000 people. Liberals should not be allowed to serve on juries. Meanwhile, he won't die at the hands of another inmate, because he'll be in solitary confinement for the rest of his life. But if he lives a normal lifespan, the cost of his upkeep will come to five million dollars over the coarse of his worthless existance.

Poison Pero said...

Solitary confinement is BS!!

If he wasn't going to be executed, he should have been tossed in general population.

Allowing him to live a long life (even if it's a crappy one) is a travesty.......In Gen Pop he wouldn't have lasted long.

FrenziedFeline said...

Anyone know the Islamic view on suicide? I'd be willing to bet he'd off himself, but there may be religious tenets regarding that.

At least where he's going it's cold there. He should enjoy it while it lasts--it's going to be very warm at his next stop.

Jim said...

If you want him dead, Poison, kill him yourself.

Mark, I think you hit it on your update. Total solitary confinement and 23 hours a day in a cement cell sounds very fitting.

I find it interesting, however, that several of the jurors said that they felt he had little if anything to do with the 911 attack and was just a wanna be terrorist who didn't tell the FBI what he knew about the plot because he didn't want to incriminate himself.

So why would jurors convict the man of a death sentence eligible crime if they didn't think he really had anything to do with it?

Lone Ranger said...

Although he was not at the controls of any of the planes, he knew about the plot and kept it a secret. With just one phone call, he could have saved 3,000 lives. That's guilt in my view.

Goat said...

He will not be allowed human contact , he will be locked in a padded solitairy cell 23 hours a day actually costing us less than killing him. I know I would rather die than be locked in a white 4x8 cell, 23 hours a day, in my mind that is harsher punishment. I am a death penalty supporter of the Judge Roy Bean caliber but in this instance, it is perfect. In Pero's scenariohe would more likely become a cult hero with a gang following as Mark worried in his opening paragraph. I think his guards should change his mecca arrow daily or would that be considered cruel and unusual? He will be under taped surveillance 24/7 so he cannot claim abuse when he smashes himself up, which is coming. The media will not be allowed contact with him, so let us forget him to rot in his little cell. I would rather die quickly than to be locked in solitary confinement, he will be very suicidal as I would be. The difference being , I would never put myself in that position.

Adeline said...

Nice Blog:)

Erudite Redneck said...

Thank God Almight that Lone Ranger is in control of nothing but his blog:

"Liberals should not be allowed to
serve on juries." Piffle.

Gayle said...

Goat's comment is pretty much what I was going to say. I saw on Fox News last night what his cell would look like, and heard he will only be allowed 1 hour of excersize every 24 hours, and will not be allowed ever to talk to other prisoners.

I was pretty mad about the verdict too, and am still angry about the reason for that verdict... sympathy for this creep because he had a bad childhood. I had a bad childhood too. So did many people. So what! One gets over it and makes something positive of oneself. This pity for the criminal is criminal in its own right.

But here's the thing I did like, Mark: I also heard that he is going to be "interrogated". They are hoping to get more information out of him regarding terrorist cells. If they can do that, and "if" he knows anything, and if they can break one terrorist cell because of their interrogation of this murderer, then it's worth keeping him alive to get it.

One thing is for certain, it's not going to be a happy time for him.
Personally, I would rather be put to death than stuck in that 7 x 12 cell for the rest of my life.

Goat said...

OOps thanks to Gayle I learn he gets 52 more square feet than I thought, the cell is 7x12 not 4x8, rather roomy at 84 square feet to move around. A death penalty lasts for seconds this lasts for life. My tiny 950 sq ft house drove me crazy this last rainy season at least I could get wet if I wanted to.
Death is freedom to the jihadis, we need to remember that.