Archive for Friday, May 5, 2006

Judge sends Moussaoui out with a ‘whimper’

May 5, 2006


— For all his taunts, jeers and bombast, Zacarias Moussaoui did not get the last word.

When Moussaoui was formally sentenced Thursday for his role as a Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema had the final say.

"You came here to be a martyr, and to die in a great big bang of glory," the judge told him. "But to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper. The rest of your life you will spend in prison."

Moussaoui tossed out some last-minute epithets as he was led away. He said he would be "liberated" before President Bush left office. He said that he was a "soldier of God" and that the United States "is an army of Satan."

He likely will live out his days at Supermax, the federal prison in Florence, Colo. Now 37, the French Moroccan could live another 30 or 40 years, according to experts who testified at his trial.

On Wednesday, a federal jury of nine men and three women voted to spare his life instead of ordering his execution.

Moussaoui, who has spent 4 1/2 years in custody, was arrested three weeks before the 9-11 attacks. He has said he was sent to the United States to learn how to fly, and that his mission was to pilot a plane into the White House.


Cait McKnelly 11 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad they gave him life in prison and not the death penalty. Not because I have any "sensibilities" about taking the life of a feral animal. But because we have effectively kept him from becoming a martyr both to himself and to Al Qaida. Rot in prison, animal.

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