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Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Don't Forget
President Bush released the following statement today after the announcement that Moussaoui will spend the rest of his life in prison:

Bush: One year ago, Zacarias Moussaoui pled guilty in federal court to six counts of terrorism, including conspiracy to murder innocent Americans. He openly rejoiced at their deaths. This afternoon, the jurors in his sentencing trial concluded that this man should spend the rest of his life in prison.

Our thoughts today are with the families who lost loved ones on September 11th, 2001. Our Nation continues to grieve for the men, women, and children who suffered and died that day. We are still deeply touched by the memory of rescuers who gave all, the passengers who ran a hijacked plane into the ground to prevent an even greater loss of life, and the frightened souls who comforted one another during their final moments on earth.

The end of this trial represents the end of this case, but not an end to the fight against terror. The enemy that struck our shores on September 11th is still active, and remains determined to kill Americans. We will stay on the offensive against the terrorists. We will end their ability to plot and plan. We will deny them safe haven and the ability to gain weapons of mass murder. In these four and a half years, with good allies at our side, the United States has killed or captured many terrorists, shut down training camps, broken up terror cells in our own country, and removed regimes that sponsored terror. We have many dedicated men and women fully engaged in this fight - in the military, intelligence, and homeland security; law enforcement personnel; and federal investigators and prosecutors who gather the evidence, make the case, and ensure that justice is done. They are doing superb work every day to remove this danger and to protect our country.

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. And we can be confident. Our cause is right, and the outcome is certain: Justice will be served. Evil will not have the final say. This great Nation will prevail.

The western world should never forget this day. Watching the video still brings me to tears, this video, with the voices on the tape crying out ... it's like no time has passed.
  The Writing Mother
  posted at 5:35 PM

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not an advocate for or against the death penalty, but in this case...I am sure I do not have to say it is warranted, although I would for go this vengeance if this man had to live out his natural life in order to not be considered a martyr. Watching that video brings back all of the images... the days on end we all sat glued to the TV looking for some shred of hope, one person to be pulled from the ruble, one person to be the miracle. That wish never came. Instead our brains are branded with this and hundreds of other images from every angle you could imagine. The one thing that did come was the respect for the fireman and policemen, EMS and even every day average citizens and now our war hero’s living and dying everyday in the war to prevent this from ever happening again. I remember my parents saying they remember where they were the day JFK was shot...well I remember every second of the day this happened. I tear up every time I see these pictures. Thanks for reminding me, I hope you have reminded others.. others who have forgotten and become complacent.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life in prison? Not punishment enough. I say ... life in prison while being forced to watch re-runs from Rosie O'Donnell's talk show. Oh, and being stretched on a good old-fashioned torture rack. And having his fingernails ripped out with pliers. Sloooooowly.


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