Joe LIEberman and other Republican fear mongers just like him are ranting on that the Crotch Bomber should not have a civilian trial. In a decision timed perfectly to demonstrate just how foolishly these Republicans are acting, a US Appeals Court proved that civilian courts can manage trials for terrorists.
The US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit rejected claims by US lawyers for Moussaoui -- the only person charged in the United States in the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives -- that his guilty plea and sentences on six criminal conspiracy counts were invalid.
It also struck down their efforts to refer the case back to a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where he pleaded guilty in 2005 of conspiracy in the suicide hijackings of passenger planes that crashed into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
"We affirm Moussaoui's convictions and sentences in their entirety and deny his motion to remand," the three-judge panel said in its ruling.
The court decision took place amid intense debate over whether terror suspects should be tried in civilian US courts or in specially designed military tribunals known as military commissions.
Republicans and some of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats have blasted his administration's decision to try a Nigerian accused of trying to bring down a US-bound jetliner on Christmas Day.
Lawmakers also have pushed back against the White House's plans to transfer five accused 9/11 plotters -- including self-proclaimed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- from the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to New York for trial in US federal court.
Moussaoui's attorneys had asked that their client's sentence and conviction be remanded because his constitutional rights were violated and the government had failed to provide classified evidence that could have been used for his defense.
But Justice Department lawyers argued that the judge presiding over the trial ensured that Moussaoui, a French national of Moroccan descent, understood his rights.
"Moussaoui claims that the district court failed to inform him of the nature of the charges and ensure that he understood them," the appeals court said in its 78-page opinion. "We disagree."
After dodging the death penalty during a months-long trial in the Alexandria court, Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison. The court of appeals upheld that sentence.
"We find it significant that Moussaoui never sought to rescind the admissions he had just made, nor to withdraw his guilty plea during the nearly year-long period that elapsed between his plea and the conclusion of the sentencing proceeding," the appeals court judges wrote.
Moussaoui, who later recanted his testimony only to claim he was part of another Al-Qaeda plot, is serving a life sentence in solitary confinement at a supermaximum security prison in Colorado…
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We seem to have no difficulty imprisoning him here either.
The GOP idiocy on this issue keeps ramping up. here’s Rachel Maddow.