Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Shahzad Gets Life; What of Abdulmuttalab?

The verdict is in on the Times Square failure, Faisal Shahzad, and it's life without parole. Not sure why after hearing the one hour anti-American diatribe a judge wouldn't declare him a traitor and immediately sentence him to death, because if this guy can't get death or be called a traitor, who can?
Remaining defiant, and smirking as the sentence was read, he told the court: “Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun.” He later continued: “The defeat of the U.S. is imminent and will happen in the near future.”
Some people still think we're at war, apparently. Notice he said "the Muslims" not "extremists". Well, maybe part of his punishment can be regular visits from Imam Rauf to discuss moderation, that is if they'll let him into the Supermax--where they simply must send Shahzad to join the Shoe Bomber, right? After all, both are remorseless thugs who call themselves soldiers for Allah but who didn't kill anyone.

Meanwhile, what about someone else who didn't kill anyone, the Underbomber?
A 23-year-old Nigerian, Farouk AbdulMutallab, charged with trying to blow up an international flight near Detroit, United States on Christmas day, 2009 will be arraigned in court for the first time since January. This follows disclosures that his lawyers have talked to prosecutors several times about a plea deal.
Why no appearances since January? Shahzad's crime happened in May 2010 and he was found guilty and sentenced in the same time interval it took for Underoo to make two court appearances. Was Shahzad processed through the criminal justice system at warp speed for political reasons to show how us just how great civilian trials are for terrorists?

And on the same token, is Abdulmichelob's due process being duly slowed because he was an embarrassment? Are they afraid of any stories about a plea deal with an important mid-term election coming up? Or is it just the lawyers?

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