Life in Prison

by Ryan on May 3, 2006

in Politics

The only person charged in the United States with direct involvement in the 9/11 attacks has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence comes as a shock to some, thinking that Virginia, being such a law-and-order state, would have jurors who would easily sentence him to death.

Perhaps they did not want to make him a martyr. Perhaps they really did not believe that he deserved to die for his involvement. It’s too early for the jurors to have book deals and movie rights dyvied out just yet.

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rightonoz May 4, 2006 at 1:22 am

I’m glad they didn’t make him a martyr.

Life is a long time to sit and pay. Hope his jail is not one of the 4 star resorts.

My feeling, it’s possible to be strongly law and order and not impose death, which I personally feel is against all norms of decency and Jesus’s teachings.

Your previous Pope whom I consider to be one of the truly great men of all time was against it and even attempted to intervene to save some sentenced todeath in the US.

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Ryan May 4, 2006 at 7:49 am

Apparently the prison they are sending Moussaoui to is really nasty. He’ll walk around for an hour a day and go back to a little cell to think about the wonders of jihad until he dies.

A debate people here are having this morning deals with whether or not suspected terrorists should be treated as regular criminals or as enemy combatants– the difference between a criminal court and a military tribunal. We’ll see what happens with that!

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Chris May 4, 2006 at 9:35 pm

Yesterday, when it was announced that the jury would come back with a decision on whether or not this terrorist barbarian would face the death penalty, I waited with baited breath. When I heard the verdict, I will say that I was disappointed in the decision.

While it is true, the prison where this piece of trash will be spending the rest of his days is a mighty harsh place, it’s still too good for him. While I understand this won’t happen, Curtis Sliwa had it right this morning when he said that terrorist should be “Jeffrey Dahmered.” On the same line of being “Dahmered,” where’s the consistency with Joe Biden? This is the same guy who said that Club Gitmo should be closed down because of alleged allegations of torture. The jury sadly bought into the liberal talking points regarding Moussaoui’s really hard childhood.

On the martyrdom issue, both Rush and Mark had some interesting things to say about it. There is also a great article by Shelby Steele on the martyrdom issue, as well as where we need to go in the War on Terror.

Good point, Ryan. The outcome and our opinion really does depend on our opinion of how to mete out justice in the War on Terror…and I believe that this forum to try this terrorist was inappropriate. This guy should have been tried in front of a military tribunal. It would have been the most consitutional route…remember, he is not a citizen, but an ENEMY COMBATANT therefore, the US Constitution does not apply to him he should not be afforded the same rights as a citizen of the US. If we would have done this during World War II, we would not have been as highly successful as we were in defeating Naziism, Fascism and Totalitarianism. The Islamo-fascists want to kill us the same way Hitler and Tojo wanted to kill us, so why change tactics? Steele’s article states that much of this began with Vietnam but really came to a head after the fall of Communism.

In the US, we saw early signs of our War on Terror in the five attacks by Al Qaeda on American interests (WTC 1993, Mogadishu, Khobar Towers, USS Cole, US Embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam) prior to 9-11. Each terrorist attack was an act of war, not a criminal wrongdoing, but sadly, each was treated as a criminal wrongdoing and tried in a civilian court. President Bush has done an admirable job in changing US policy on terrorist attack, but sadly our government caved to the liberal philospohy.

Again, it should have been in a military court…there would have been no grandstanding (just think if there were cameras in the courtroom…would have been OJ 2), no looking at root causes, and instead, it would have cut through all the crap and metted out immediate justice. By these comments, you may think that I do not believe in our judicial system, but I do…for American citizens and non-citizens who do not commit acts of war against Americans. I just think the civilian courts were the wrong forum.

In the War on Terror, our government needs to stay focused, not cave to liberal arguments and most importantly, we must win.

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