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April 6, 2006

(A forward. For those who don’t know, Zacarias Moussaoui is on trial for his part in the 9/11 attacks. He was arrested before they happened, and it’s since come out that he was training to fly a plane and had planned on being part of the attacks. He lied to investigators about what the plot was, and the trial is charging him with being responsible for the attacks because of these lies.)

I’ve been following parts of the Moussaoui case in the news, and, while this stance may sound unpatriotic or whatnot, I really think the death penalty charge is wrong. Or at least, the way they’re going about it is wrong. Yes, technically, he can be seen has having caused 9/11 by not telling investigators what was going on. One might point out that other investigators caused 9/11 by not managing to put two and two together, but that’s probably something one shouldn’t say. Thing is, this guy didn’t actually do anything to kill those people. Giuliani took the stand today to tell the jurors the effects of the attacks on NYC, as if all of America didn’t know. Effects which prosecutors are pinning on a guy who sat in a jail cell while they were taking place.
I dunno, according to the way most American’s view the death penalty (being against it in all cases myself) I guess Moussaoui could be eligible, as he was planning on being part of the attacks, and willfully prevented investigators from stopping them, but to say he’s actually somehow the murderer of those people seems like stretching things too far. I know, it’s horribly politicized and he’s just the scapegoat for a nation’s fear and anger, but I don’t think that’s an excuse. If you’re going to kill the guy, do it honestly.
I’m being naive again, aren’t I?

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