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Am I the only one who finds a certain black, farcical irony in that whether Zacharias Moussaoui will face the death penalty or life in prison rests not on his own actions, but on whether the FBI was too incompetent to do anything about it?

Also, nice to know the new government in Afghanistan is holding up those high standards of human rights and freedoms.

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On point 1, I'm afraid that conspirators end up on death row all the time -- the driver in a bank robbery gone wrong, never having seen the fatal weapon, still often gets the death penalty. It doesn't make any sense to me either, except as a threat tactic to get one guy to roll over on his mates.

On point 2, I'd personally opine that Moussaoui is as dumb as a box of hair.

On point 3, "nobbling" is the awesomest word ever, and we Americans must incorporate it into our vocabularies immediately.
On point 1, Dahlia Lithwick (one of my favorite Supreme Court reporters) recently explained the legal theory of causality prosecutors are trying to use.

On point 2, I get the feeling that Moussaoui is less trying to act stupid than trying to make a point about the U.S. legal system. He doesn't care whether he lives or dies, but is more interested in pointing up what a sham the whole thing is. Something like (what I remember learning about) the Chicago Seven trial