May 4, 2006

"You came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory... instead you will die with a whimper."

Judge Leonie Brinkema puts Moussaoui in his place with an allusion to "The Hollow Men."

UPDATE: Moussaoui's mother seems to think life imprisonment is worse: "He's going to spend his life in a hole like a rat. It's even worse than dying."

17 comments:

Bissage said...

Wait a minute. You mean she didn't sentence him to be raped and shanked? And here I thought for sure she was one of yesterday's spiteful commentators!

TWM said...

I think the possibility, no probability, of raping and shanking go along with the life sentence. Free of charge.

Icepick said...

Moussaoui is most likely going to be locked up in a supermax prison.

He will have very little contact with any humans, and next to none with other prisoners. He will be locked in an isolation cell 23 hours a day. I remember hearing at some point that inmates in these prisons tend to go insane because of lack of stimuli. Although from what I've read he will probably have a TV in the Colorado prison, so maybe he won't totally go insane.

Rape, murder and all the rest of it will never happen to him. Still, he will be doing the hardest of hard time.

Surely Dante described something like this, but I am not familiar enough with his work to think of it. The closest thing I can think of is to imagine the scene in Ben-Hur with Judea's mother and sister in a dungeon cell. That's what he's facing, except that it will be clean, well lit, and disease free.

Icepick said...

Wikipedia to the rescue. Here's a description of The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado. Also note the sections on the effects these prisons have on the prisoners, and the controversies surrounding these types of prisons.

We've actually given him the worst possible sentence we could give him. And I now recognize that his situation will actually be very close to this. We've done our worst.

brylin said...

Peggy Noonan with a contrasting view:

"I don't want to end with an air of hopelessness, so here's some hope, offered to the bureau of prisons. I hope he doesn't get cable TV in his cell. I hope he doesn't get to use his hour a day in general population getting buff and converting prisoners to jihad. I hope he isn't allowed visitors with whom he can do impolite things like plot against our country. I hope he isn't allowed anniversary interviews. I hope his jolly colleagues don't take captives whom they threaten to kill unless Moussaoui is released.

I hope he doesn't do any more damage. I hope this is the last we hear of him. But I'm not hopeful about my hopes."

SteveR said...

A long time to think about the crap he's gonna hear when he gets to heaven. "Dude, you blew it, no martydom, no virgins, just a loser, and you let that woman tell you off."

TWM said...

After reading about the supermax, he might just prefer the raping and shanking. Take out the hour for exercise and put the channel on The View 24 hours a day, and I might just be satisfied with his punishment.

Sucks to be him for sure, though.

paul a'barge said...

I hate to leave it to someone else to capture my thoughts, but National Review had this to say, and I think it's important:
link: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OWVhMThiNGExZTRhZTY3ZTc3OTk5NTQ3ZGExYjI3NmY=

I recommend it highly for your consideration.

bearbee said...

Life without cable tv is cruel and unusual punishment. He should be allowed Shalom America........

brylin said...

TWM, It sucks worse to be one of his victims.

Moanique said...

Good for Judge Brinkema.

If he gets cable TV let's hope that all he gets to watch is Fox News.

Smilin' Jack said...

Moanique said...
Good for Judge Brinkema.

If he gets cable TV let's hope that all he gets to watch is Fox News.


No, make it 24-hour Christian fundamentalist televangelism, turned up really loud, like they did to Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.

TWM said...

brylin,

I was making fun of him with the "sucks to be him" comment. Thought that was obvious.

Valerie Hans said...

"Mr. Moussaoui, you came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory....instead you will die with a whimper." I was so struck with Judge Brinkema's perfect response to this difficult defendant and incredibly demanding case. In my view, his claim that "America" lost was all wrong. Yes, we -- and Judge Brinkema and the jury -- heard wrenching testimony reminding us of the terrible loss many suffered in the 9/11 attacks. I'm sure the jury was as deeply affected as we all were by these painful reminders. But then, they got down to business, wading through the lengthy form that required them to make a number of judgments about the aggravating and mitigating factors. They seemed to evaluate the evidence in a remarkably nuanced way, but in the end were not unanimous that he should be sentenced to death. So that's the outcome. Goodbye Moussaoui. I think America won.

Ann Althouse said...

Hi, Valerie. Thanks for coming by and commenting. I agree with you.

Jacques Cuze said...

I think America won.

Absolutely!

I think Bush lost. I think Bush was bested by Moussaoui who was bested by the jury.

Tom T. said...

Note that Moussaoui's mother spent enough time in this country to learn that the way to reach the American public is to blame the French:

Moussaoui's Mother Blames Outcome on French Passivity