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This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Zacarias Moussaoui is eligible for the death penalty, according to a US jury. You would hope that the death penalty would be reserved for the most horrendous crimes. Moussaoui didn’t kill anyone, or even harm anyone. He just lied to the FBI.

The consequences of those lies were terrible (if, of course, we assume his full confession would have prevented the attack – which is far from given). But he didn’t actually do it. He knew about it, any didn’t tell anybody. That probably applies to a great many people. You can’t plan something like this without a large number of people knowing; and yet, Moussaoui is eligible to be murdered by the state. It’s not even clear that he was actually involved in 9/11.

Capital punishment is wrong at the very best of times. In situations like this, it is doubtlessly brutal murder – all the more brutal than that on 9/11 because it is sanctioned by the state.

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