Friday, April 22, 2005

Moussaoui Pleads Guilty in 9/11 Conspiracy

Would-be hijacker and al-Qaida terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui has officially pleaded guilty to mass murder conspiracy. This is not really a surprise, as it has been rumored for several days at least that he was about to plead guilty without a plea bargain. Apparently, he plans to appeal his (expected) death sentence, hoping to get a hearing before the Supreme Court and thereby gain attention.
ABC News: Moussaoui Pleads Guilty in 9/11 Conspiracy: "ALEXANDRIA, Va. Apr 22, 2005 — Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with the hijackers in the Sept. 11 plot and declared Osama bin Laden personally instructed him to fly an airliner into the White House in a separate assault.

Over the objection of his lawyers, Moussaoui calmly admitted his guilt in a courtroom a few miles from where one of the hijacked planes crashed into the Pentagon in 2001, setting up a showdown with prosecutors who quickly reaffirmed they will seek Moussaoui's execution."
We're not quite sure what basis there is to appeal a guilty plea, but we suppose, as Voltaire might say, that if none exists, it will be necessary to invent some.

We have no objection to the death penalty in principle, although we would prefer true life-without-parole sentences, if the legal system could actually manage that. In this particular case, we would be happy to see Moussaoui nibbled to death by ducks, but perhaps a better choice would be 3,000 consecutive life-without-parole sentences.

After all, he's hoping to get sentenced to death. Whether he sees that as a route to an audience with the SCOTUS or as his personal "martydom operation," why let him have what he wants? Where's the "glory" in sitting in jail for tens of years with no hope of ever getting out? There's none, which is why he wants death.

However, if he is to be executed, we suggest letting him exercise his right to die, peacefully, with dignity, by refusing him all food and water.

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