Moussaoui — Justice Served?

Zacarias Moussaoui will get one last chance to speak publicly Thursday before he is sent to a super-maximum security prison with little to no contact with the outside world for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

A jury on Wednesday sentenced the Al Qaeda conspirator to life in prison without the possibility of parole instead of sending him to death row. Read more.

Do YOU agree with the jury's decision to sentence Moussaoui to life without parole? And why?

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Here's what people in the news are saying:

"America, you lost. I won." — Zacarias Moussaoui

"The end of this trial represents the end of this case, but not an end to the fight against terror. We have had many victories, yet there is much left to do, and I will not relent in this struggle for the freedom and security of the American people." — President George W. Bush

"He will be in confinement, he will not be released and we can all take pleasure or gratitude in that. He's a bad man. We showed the world what we will do to terrorists and that we will treat them with respect, no matter how much they disrespect us and that means an awful lot, that makes us the bigger and better person and society." — Rosemary Dillard, who lost her husband on Sept. 11

Here's what FOX Fans are saying:

“Yes, I do agree. He was looking to get martyrdom with the death sentence. This is the worst thing that could happen to him. Let him rot in prison!” — Matt

“There is no reason why this animal should still be breathing. If the current regime can't deal effectively with evil, then they must step aside for those of us who can.” — Jim

“I do not agree with the sentence. What is the difference between Moussaoui and Timothy McVeigh? Both men deserved death.” — Jim (Fowler, CO)

“I agree with the sentence of life in prison. If you kill the man, you create a martyr. But if the radical Muslims see his ideas die, then there is a chance for real change.” — Shellie (Nashville, TN)

“I think he should have received the death penalty. He did not deny, or try to hide, his culpability. This sentence will suffice, but there is no way he should be turned over to the French. I do not care what treaty or international law they dredge up. This guy should do his time in the U.S.” — Clyde

“To suffer life in prison is worse than suffering for a few moments. This decision was tough. Should we make him a martyr by killing him and in turn, have terrorism grow that much stronger? Or should we make him suffer isolation and hope we are putting an end to it? Only time can show us which is the right choice.” — Daphne

“This whole process was a farce. There should never have been a trial. Moussaoui wasn’t a criminal — he was a terrorist and an enemy combatant. He should have been put before a military tribunal, not a judge and jury. Justice would have been swift and efficient. Moussaoui, I am afraid, is right…he did win.” — Don

“No, I do not agree with the jury's verdict. I feel very strongly that a message should be sent to terrorists that if they pursue their evil goals they will pay the ultimate price. However, it does give some solace that Moussaoui will never walk freely among people again. He will die alone, with no one to care.” — Kathy

“Without knowing exactly what evidence and testimony the jury heard, I would have to agree with them. On the other hand, I believe that this man has forfeited all of his rights, including that of life, and I would be glad to assist in his execution. It is, however, ironic and certainly fitting that instead of dying for his cause, he will now live in virtual isolation for the remainder of his pitiful life. He will not experience the glory of dying for his cause, and will probably live in fear within the prison system. Somewhere, he is bound to cross paths with another inmate who does not share his hatred of this country. Once that occurs, justice will finally be served. My greatest concern is that politicians will give in to the French and transfer him to their custody. If this were to occur, it would make a mockery of our country, its judicial system, and its citizens…especially those who gave or lost so much on 9/11.” — Dave (Jefferson City, MO)

“I feel, that although I did not hear the testimony, that the jury did its fellow countrymen an injustice. Moussaoui clearly hates all there is to hate about our country, its way of life, and its efforts to make this world a better place for all. He and others like him will continue to harm until they have total control and dominance. Therefore, until we silence him and others of his kind, we will be in state of turmoil though out the world for a long time. I feel he should be put to death.” — Mercer (Waco, TX)

“I am very happy with the decision to give him life in prison without parole. The electric chair would have been too good for him. He needs plenty of time to think about what he did. Killing him would have made a martyr out of him, and the rest of those terrorists would have worshipped him.” — Anne (Manchester, NH)

“I do not agree with the verdict at all. This man has no remorse or any care for his fellow man. He thinks he won!” — Sue

“I do agree with the decision of the jury regarding the sentence of Moussaoui. It is a travesty keeping this man alive is going to cost the taxpayers an astronomical amount of money.” — Sam (Center Point, AL)

“I disagree with the sentencing decision of life imprisonment without parole. Why should taxpayers of this nation pay to make sure he lives? He should have been treated like he would've treated innocent civilians — with terror! America had the opportunity to show the enemy what it means to massacre hundreds of lives on that dreadful day, and we showed the enemy again that we don't have the resolve to execute terrorists of this sort.” — Jim (Nashville, TN)

“I am a strong proponent of the death penalty in extreme cases. However, I believe this man deserves to suffer as much as our system will allow. To take a man who was used to a wide-open desert wilderness and place him in a maximum-security cell with no chance for parole is far worse for him than the death penalty. I only wish that they would put a webcam in his cell so that we can tune in every few years and watch him rot.” — Zack (Texas)

“I think the jury wimped out. He should have gotten the death penalty. We have our troops in harm's way to help keep this country safe from terrorists, and we can't put one terrorist to death even one who had an actual connection to the terrorist attack on our country. It’s disgusting!” — Guy, former U.S. Marine

“No, the death penalty would have been better. Let it be over with. Why should we, as taxpayers, be responsible for taking care of him for the rest of his life?” — Norma

“Absolutely not! He should be sentenced to death for all the lives he took. Now, I suppose, they will take American hostages demanding his release and more American lives will be lost. He does not deserve to live and we, the American people, have to feed him and keep him alive? That is so wrong!” — Shirley

“Moussaoui doesn’t deserve the mercy of American justice. He will die in jail, but most likely not of old age.” — Bill

“I was hoping for the death penalty for Moussaoui. It seems only fair. On the other hand, I bet his stay in prison will be about as bad as one could imagine. I believe the other cellmates will treat him very badly. Maybe he got the worse of the two sentences after all.” — Nathan

“I agree with the decision as long as he is put into general population. I’m sure the beatings he’ll endure from other inmates will far exceed the pain he would suffer from the death penalty. Some inmates still love America and have relatives on the outside that experienced 9/11 first hand.” — Jeff (Milwaukee, WI)

“Moussaoui should have gotten the death penalty and it should have been decided within minutes after the deliberations started. How wimpy and spineless have we Americans become?” — Bruce

“As long as he serves his time in the general population of the prison, I think justice will be served.” — Cherrie (Lee's Summit, MO)

“No, I do not agree. That kind of evil deserves death! What is wrong with this country that we can't recognize real evil and get rid of it?” — Fran

“On one hand, Moussaoui's life sentence is no cake walk and I believe that spending the rest of his life in solitary confinement will get to him after a while. He may not ever have any remorse for his crimes, but the solitary nature of his confinement will eat away at him as the years pass. However, on the other hand, personally, this man disgusts me on such a deep level, and I'm so incredibly sick and tired of hearing his anti-American rhetoric and seeing his ugly mug in the media. For that, I'd have been much more satisfied with a death sentence. I also abhor the idea that the American taxpayers are going to be subsidizing his existence as long as he's alive in a prison cell somewhere.” — Bridgette

“The death penalty would have dragged his moment of fame out even longer. Imagine, 20-plus years from now when he has exhausted his legal rights, and we finally get around to executing him. We would have to bear the burden of hearing his case one more time.” — Steve (Santa Rosa, CA)

“I think this sentence will help most Americans and hopefully the families of the people who died on 9/11. I am happy Moussaoui will live out the rest of his life in a cell and I hope he lives to be 90-years-old. Let him think of his life as he lives in that tiny cell.” — Meme

“He should have been sentenced to death. Let him be called a martyr by the terrorist group, he deserves the death penalty.” — Mindy

“I think the members of the jury should be ashamed of themselves. Apparently there is no crime heinous enough to justify the death penalty in this country. The lives of murderers have become more sacrosanct than the lives of the victims they dispatch. I think the jury thought more about Moussaoui's unhappy childhood than they did of the victims of 9/11. Justice has died in this country.” — Thomas

“Yes, justice was served and I agree whole-heartedly with the decision. We gave him more rights than we have given many others in our society, and he needs to be punished as the system decided.” — Mark

“I have served on a jury before and have had to make the decision if the accused should serve life in prison or face the death penalty; that is a decision I would not wish on anyone. I would have a tough time living with the fact that I was responsible for taking the life of another human being…period. He may be a monster and it may seem he should be put to death, but when it comes right down to it, the death penalty puts us on the same level as the accused and I feel there is nothing gained by taking another life. That is a decision God should make. Let him suffer and continue to live and learn in prison. There are some things worse than death!” — Marti

“Yes, I absolutely do agree with the sentence. It is very evident that he was trying his best to get the death penalty. I’m happy we didn’t fall for it. Now, he’ll rot in jail for the rest of his life and he’ll get to watch the failure of his cause and the destruction of his heroes.” — Don (Herndon, VA)

“After I heard that the jury rendered their verdict and how they came to the conclusion to justify their actions to give this ‘terrorist’ life in prison, I was shocked and dumbfounded as to the explanation that was given. I would have thought that this jury, or any other jury for that matter, would give an animal like this what they deserve.” — Wayne (Missouri)

“I believe that the jury rendered their decision based on careful thought having heard all the mitigating factors. However, I believe that Moussaoui did deserve the death penalty. In a way, life in a super maximum prison may be a worse sentence. Moussaoui will rot and die in the solitary confinement of prison, which is the same as a death sentence.” — James (South Park, PA)

“Yes, I agree with a life sentence. Now, he will be out of sight and out of mind instead of going through the years of endless appeals by lawyers before being executed. I do think he should be put in the general prison population. Let him live in fear of his life from the other thugs who are there.” — Mike (San Diego, CA)

“No, justice was not served. It shows, to all of the other extremists out there, that we are weak as a nation. If there is a case for the death penalty, this was surely it. I cannot believe that any American would think otherwise. This was definitely the wrong decision.” — Gary (Butler, WI)

“Normally, I support the death penalty, but because of his defiant behavior and the way his fellow terrorists relish the thought of martyrdom, life in prison really is the best choice for Moussaoui. It will be more painful for him to come to grips with his future existence knowing his homeland has written him off. He'll also never be able to terrorize the American public again, rather than sending a message home of how he died a hero at the hands of us 'evil' Americans.” — Gen

"If he is cut off from the world, not allowed to read, hear or watch anything, nor communicate with anyone, this sentence will be just. Now all we have to hope for is that no bleeding heart judge will give him access to TV, radio, newspapers, magazines or the Internet, or allow him visitation rights. Let us also pray that he will not have the opportunity to harm other inmates, guards, or escape. Considering all those possibilities, I suspect society would be safer if we just hanged him." Tom (Marietta, GA)

"I think life without parole was the right choice. I say this not because it's more humane, but because this way he's not a martyr and gets the slow and most likely painful death he deserves." Carl

"Justice was served by sentencing Moussaoui to life in prison. If I were given the choice between life in a supermax, or any prison for that matter, or death, I would choose death. To sentence someone to life in a small cell by themselves for the rest of their lives is far worse than a death sentence. I cannot understand why anyone would think that type of existence is preferable to death. Death will come soon enough for all of us; let him suffer for years with only his own thoughts for company." Jason (Sanford, FL)

"Was justice served? Not really. Usually, I'm opposed to the death penalty but I believe that people like Moussaoui deserve death. Justice will not be served if Moussaoui is given all sorts of privileges that will make his life in prison easy. His time in prison should be made as unpleasant as possible and he should be given hard labor every day of the rest of his miserable life. For once, let's punish a convicted criminal instead of coddling him." Harold (Seattle, WA)

"I think this was the best thing. This way he never gets his final day to taunt America. As long as he sits in jail and the media leaves him alone. He will die a lonely death. The only thing that still motivates him is taunting and trying to rub it in our faces. By keeping him in solitary and keeping him silence, in the end we win. If he was executed he would have a final day to laugh at the families of 9/11 and make some harsh remarks right before he died. He'll never have that chance now." Steve (Los Angeles, CA)

"He should have been given the box cutter treatment; or maybe the same fate Nick Berg endured." Mark (Mickleton, NJ)

"Tax dollars will now be wasted on this loon. He'll probably get off on some technicality later on and then publish a book of his experiences." Harold (Providence, RI)

"This trial was a sham. There was no direct evidence linking him to 9/11. Further, the over-the-top emotionally biased footage of 9/11 and dramatic testimony of Rudy Giuliani made a mockery of our judicial system. It was a show for the government who still has yet to release all the films and evidence surrounding 9/11. It was a mock trial for the dubious means of the Bush administration." Ken (Watertown, MA)

"I am outraged that my tax dollars will now be spent caring for this coward and murderer." Glen (Hickory, NC)

"I have to agree with the jury on this one. However our reasons for the sentence are completely different. I would have given him life in prison just to spite him and deny him the “martyrdom” he was seeking. I think he wanted to be executed. These people love to kill themselves to make religious statements and look like the sacrificing hero. I would have denied him that satisfaction. Never give them what they want. Now he’ll rot in a hole somewhere for the rest of his life. The worst punishment for him is to sit in a jai cell for 50 to 60 long, long, long years." Mike (Richmond, VA)