Thursday, May 04, 2006

Moussaoui goes bye-bye.

As many of you who come here on a regular basis might know, I never thought that Zacharias Moussaoui should have been given the death penalty. It appears that his jurors (and, at least, thirteen 9/11 family members), felt the same way. Despite all the emotionally wrenching testimony presented by the prosecution, yesterday the jury delivered a verdict of life in prison without the chance of parole. I congratulate the jury for doing their civic duty and making sure justice was done.

I know it couldn't have been easy. Moussaoui is a major jackass, but the more he blathered on the more they must have gotten the idea that he really was small potatos. The WaPo reports that today, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema "formally sentenced al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison without parole for his part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist plot." Moussaoui in characteristic fashion yelled, "God curse America! And God save Osama bin Laden. You will never get him." Judge Brinkema told him he would "die with a whimper" never to be heard again and then he was whisked away into obvilion.

To me it was clear that Moussaoui was just a pathetic figure who had nothing to do with 9/11. The government was obviously unable to get at the actual perpetrators of the attacks so they spent a lot of time and money to make Moussaoui the fall guy. I'm glad that the jury was able to see through this rouse and make the correct call.

The question now is when if ever is the government going to do anything about the people who were really behind 9/11? OBL is still wandering around free in Afghanistan making audio tapes and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the master mind of the attacks, is in U.S. custody but will never be tried because any evidence the government might have against him was tortured out of him.

It looks like the families of those killed on 9/11 might never get the justice they deserve and the main reason is; for all its bluster about the "war on terror," the government has chosen to spend all its time and resources going after countries that had nothing to do with 9/11 and arresting ice cream truck drivers.

Holding press conferences to list the lurid activities of hapless idiots who eventually get acquitted and aircraft carrier landings photo-ops don't get the job done. Hopefully some day, all the families of the 9/11 victims and the American people will be able to see through the multiple layers of American flags and bull horn BS and realize what this president has really done for them, which is exactly nothing.


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