Archive for May 5th, 2006

Saudi cleric sees U.S. collapsing, Muslim victory

Friday, May 5th, 2006

The weapons of choice of this enemy are the words “intolerant”, “discrimination” and “hate speech”. Their closest allies are Main Stream Media (MSM), the ACLU and the liberals.
We Americans have the hardest time understanding the Middle-Eastern mindset and just how dangerous it really is. We don’t understand how to fight a war against someone who doesn’t fight “fair”. Wake up to the fact that the islamist want to either kill you or convert you. If they can’t convert you, they are going to kill you. But before it gets to that, won’t it be easier to ask their allies to open the “front door” for them?

In a lecture that touched on the meaning of jihad, a leading Saudi cleric declared the United States is collapsing and Muslims must patiently await their ultimate victory.
Sheik Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Omar said in remarks broadcast on the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera April 19, “The Islamic nation now faces a great phase of jihad,” according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Referring to sacred Muslim writings that accompany the Quran, the sheik said, “Whoever is familiar with the Sunna and the Hadith knows that a battle against the enemies of Allah awaits on the horizon, in which the Muslims will be victorious. This is confirmed by the reliable hadiths, as well as by reality.”
Jihad is now taking place in Afghanistan, “Palestine,” Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir and the Philippines, he said.
Meanwhile, the sheik asserted to his audience, love for America is “now disappearing from the hearts, within America itself and elsewhere, whereas Islam is growing even within America, my brothers.”
“Islam is making steady progress in America,” Al-Omar said. “Twenty-five thousand people have converted to Islam every year since 9-11, and an even larger figure was mentioned in the New York Times.”
The sheik cited a report “submitted by the American intelligence to the American officials, regarding the religion of Islam, which some think is defeated or weak today,” saying Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and Muslims soon will become one-third of the world’s population.
He quoted a “U.S. Congressman John Morlan” – there is no representative by that name – who supposedly said: “The 21st century is the century of Islam, which will offer an opportunity for peace in the world.”
The sheik added: “There is no doubt that it is Islam that will bring peace, and not the U.N., America, Russia, or anyone else.”
Interviewed for a PBS “Frontline” documentary on the House of Saud in December 2004, Al-Omar opposed the rewriting of Saudi religious textbooks to eliminate anti-Western, anti-Jewish teachings, and he was one of 26 prominent Saudi clerics who signed a fatwa saying Iraqis should rise up and oppose the Americans in Iraq.
In the Al Jazeera lecture, turning to Iraq, Al-Omar said that with its casualties, “America is now in a predicament.”
“You follow the media. America is looking for a way out,” he said. “Yes, I am aware of the harsh reality. I am aware of what is happening to our Muslim brothers in Iraq, and I’m referring especially to the Sunni Arabs, against whom all have conspired and who have been deserted by their closest friends.”
The sheik claimed American reports of the number of casualties in Iraq, about 2,000, are false. He cited “one of the news agencies” and “several of Iraq’s religious scholars” who claim there have been more than 40,000 American and Western casualties in three years.
Al-Omar said Americans are dumping their casualties in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, prompting Iraqi scholars to ask him for a fatwa.
The sheik explained: “Because there were so many casualties, the Americans began to throw them into the Tigris and the Euphrates. The fish have eaten from the flesh of the American and have gotten fat. Are we permitted to eat these fish or not?’ Yes. This is the truth, brothers.”
Al-Omar said the “Islamic nation now faces a great phase of jihad, unlike anything we knew 50 years ago.”
Fifty years ago, jihad was attributed only to a few individuals in Palestine, and in some other Muslims areas, he said, but “following the events of Afghanistan, the nation has embraced jihad. Young and old, men and women – everyone is talking about jihad.”
Some young Muslims today, however, because of their “love for jihad,” are getting involved in conflicts that are not properly jihad, he said, adding “all these minor battles, which took place in certain Muslim countries, only delay the victory.”
“This diverts the strife and calamity into the lands of the Muslims, instead of aiming them directly at the enemies,” he said.
In a June 13, 2004, interview with Al-Majd television, Al-‘Omar said “America is collapsing from within.”
“Where are America’s principles of justice and democracy?” he asked. ” … Is America now, with its reputation and status, the same America of 30 years ago – the source of hope for many people?”
Islam is “advancing according to a steady plan,” the sheik said, “to the point that tens of thousands of Muslims have joined the American army and Islam is the second largest religion in America.”
“Today,” he said, “America is defeated. I have no doubt, not even for a minute, that America is on its way to destruction.”
But the United States “will be destroyed gradually,” he said, requiring Muslims to be “patient.”
MEMRI recently reported Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi declared in a speech aired on Al Jazeera that Islam will take over Europe without violent force within a few decades.
“We have 50 million Muslims in Europe,” Gadhafi said. “There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”

Is coming national ID ‘mark of the beast’?

Friday, May 5th, 2006

According to the Book of Revelation in the Bible, the Mark of the Beast will occur during the seven year tribulation period after the rapture of the Christians. The Bible says in Revelation 13:11-18:

11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Whereas I don’t necessary believe the United States National ID is the actual Mark of the Beast, but along with human RFID, it is most certainly a precursor to it. I have to come out against anything like this. Even the non-religious should see this a terrible intrusion of the government on our privacy.

Is the national ID card the next step toward the imposition of the biblical “mark of the beast” Christians believe will be required to buy and sell during the Last Days?
That’s the contention of a growing group of believers who are working to turn back the approval of the Real ID Act by Congress last year. Public Law 109-13 requires the national ID portion of the plan go into effect by May 2008.
“There is a prophecy in the Bible that foretells a time when every person will be required to have a mark or a number, without which he or she will not be able to participate in the economy,” states the Christian website “The prophecy is 2,000 years old, but it has been impossible for it to come to pass until now. With the invention of the computer and the Internet, this prophecy of buying and selling, using a number, can now be implemented at any time. Has the time for the fulfillment of this prophecy arrived?”
The site asks visitors to sign an online petition vowing not to vote for any candidate who does not commit to repealing the Real ID Act.
The goal, states the site, which is sponsored by Endtime Ministries, is to get 100,000 signatures on the petition.
On the site is a link to purchase a DVD entitled “666 – How Close? Will the National ID Become the Mark of the Beast?”
Americans choosing not to carry a national ID, the site warns, will be prohibited from driving a car, boarding a plane, train or bus, entering any federal building, opening a bank account, or possibly from holding a job.
“This is probably our last chance to head off the mechanism before it is actually implemented as the mark,” states the site in the FAQ section. “It truly may be now or never.”
The Real ID Act requires states to participate in a federal data-sharing program when issuing driver’s licenses, making those licenses de facto national ID cards.
Touted as a tool of the war on terrorism, the ID card provision of the law, which also includes border-security measures, has attracted the most negative attention.
After May 11, 2008, “a federal agency may not accept, for any official purpose, a driver’s license or identification card issued by a State to any person unless the State is meeting the requirements” specified in the Real ID Act. While states can issue non-federal ID cards, they would not be accepted by the Transportation Security Administration for travel purposes, grounding those who don’t carry federally approved cards.
The data required to be included in each card are, among other things, the person’s full legal name, date of birth, gender, driver’s license number, a digital photo, the person’s address and machine-readable technology so the information can be ready easily by government or banking personnel.
Each state must agree to share the data on the cards with every other state.
Supporters of the law say it does not require a “national” ID card because each state issues its own cards, not the federal government. But detractors note the cards are virtual national IDs since the federal law has dictated what data must be included and that each state must share its database with the others.
The New Hampshire Senate yesterday voted to reject a bill to rebel against the Real ID system and not participate in a pilot program for which the state had been tapped. The state House of Representatives passed the measure last month, but the Senate instead voted to study the driver’s license requirements.
U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., is urging his home state to give Real ID a try, saying it’s needed to keep terrorists and illegal aliens from entering the country.
According to the Manchester Union Leader, Gregg argues that New Hampshire residents will find it difficult to get on airplanes or enter federal buildings if New Hampshire doesn’t embrace Real ID.
Groups opposed to the Real ID Act are making strange bedfellows, with Christians like those running fighting on the same side with the American Civil Liberties Union, which sponsors the website
The ACLU site decries the fact that a motor vehicles department staff person will be required to ask for immigration-status papers from those applying for driver’s licenses.
“REAL ID will inevitably cause discrimination against U.S. citizens who may ‘look’ or ‘sound’ foreign to a DMV bureaucrat,” states the site. “REAL ID requires DMV employees to decide whether someone is a citizen or foreigner before issuing a driver’s license. The law demands that DMV bureaucrats distinguish among citizens, permanent resident immigrants and other non-citizens in deciding who is eligible for a license and what type of license may be issued.
“Based on past experience when similar requirements were imposed on employers, widespread discrimination resulted against citizens who ‘looked’ or ‘sounded’ foreign.”
The civil-liberties group also slams a requirement of the law that some immigrants be issued a temporary “tier-two” license that has a prominent expiration date.
U.S. governors also have come out against the law, saying it is a huge unfunded mandate imposed on the nation’s states.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is equally opposed to the Real ID Act, saying, “Federal legislators and rule makers are negating state driver’s license security efforts, imposing difficult-to-comply-with mandates and limiting their flexibility to address new concerns as they arise. In other words, decades of state experience is being substituted for a ‘command and control regime’ from a level of government that has no driver’s license regulatory experience.”
Endtime Ministries’ Irvin Baxter, a radio host, believes the national ID is a precursor to the forced embedding of radio-frequency chips under the skin.
Baxter told the Concord, N.H., Monitor: “That’s where we are headed right now. The prophecy states that you will have to receive a mark on your hand or in your forehead.”

Blind Eye to Terror

Friday, May 5th, 2006

The Jews and Israel will always be hated by the world, for no other reason than the fact that they are God’s chosen people.

The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), ostensibly representing 340 denominations globally, formally protested to the Israeli ambassador in Switzerland about the rock throwing of Israeli teen-age civilians. But a Palestinian suicide bomb in Tel Aviv that slaughtered nine people did not merit even a WCC news release.
To be fair to the WCC, the rock throwing was aimed at the WCC’s own volunteers. A Swiss lawyer, a German social worker and a Norwegian sociologist were attacked with stones in two separate incidents on April 1 and April 20. The lawyer got seven stitches to the head, while the social worker and sociologist “sustained bruises but were not seriously injured,” according to the WCC.
Meanwhile, several days before the WCC registered its indignation with the Israeli ambassador, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up nine people and wounded several dozen others in a packed Tel Aviv restaurant on April 17 during the Jewish Passover holiday. The young bomber was dispatched by the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad group. Not surprisingly, the new Palestinian Hamas regime defended the bombing as “self-defense” against Israeli “aggression.”
Pope Benedict XVI condemned the Palestinian attack during a speech to crowds in St. Peter’s Square, calling it “abominable” and a “terrorist act.” But the WCC evidently was too busy with its letter to the Israeli ambassador to take similar note.
The WCC was also very busy dispatching letters to donor nations urging them not to cut off cash to the Hamas regime. Just several days before the Hamas-endorsed Tel Aviv suicide bombing, WCC President Samuel Kobia urged the European Union not to reduce aid to Hamas and to respect its “democratic mandate.” In a similar letter, Kobia wrote Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others in February, Kobia insisting that like “any newly elected government, the new Palestinian Authority needs time to position and prove itself.” He urged “constructive patience” with Hamas and warned against “obstructionist policies” such as withholding funds.
“Hasty isolation of a government that includes Hamas over aspects of the movement’s past will further exacerbate the West’s already deeply scarred relations with the people of the Muslim world,” Kobia fretted, warning against “double standards” that favor Israel. “We strongly condemn attacks perpetrated by Palestinian groups against innocent civilians inside the State of Israel and by the State of Israel and its defence forces inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” piously proclaimed.
The WCC is faithful to its recent history. It ignored and sometimes even justified the persecutions of the old Soviet Empire. It continues to ignore the oppressions and crimes of remaining Marxist regimes such as North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and China. It will not criticize Islamist governments, even when they persecute Christian minorities. Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians, whether real or distorted, are uniquely interesting to the WCC, which prefers to ignore human rights abuses by anyone but Israel or the United States, including by the Palestinian authorities against other Palestinians.
In March, the WCC organized its “International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel” advocacy initiative, which involved 50 international leftist church officials visiting with Palestinians to examine up close their mistreatment by Israel. The activists visited a camp for Palestinian refugees, a village that has “experienced repeated attacks by Israeli settlers,” “communities affected by the separation wall,” and with people “who have been battling to save their land from settlement expansion.” In typical WCC style, it was quite a balanced visit!
“The main impact was to see vividly the severe problems that Palestinians are facing each day,” said one US member of the WCC group. “Newcomers to the situation were in tears from what they saw. Members [of the group] who had visited previously were startled by how much negative change had taken place under the continuing occupation.” The WCC news release about the visit did not record any concerns by the church visitors about the new Hamas regime.
A more constant presence among the Palestinians is the WCC’s “Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Israel and Palestine.” It involves WCC volunteers from mostly Europe and the U.S. who “accompany Palestinians and Israelis in their non-violent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation.” Basically, the volunteers serve as aids to Palestinian activists and left-wing Israelis. Their exclusive focus is on the real and perceived misdeeds of Israelis while creating a “stronger global advocacy network” for the Palestinian perspective.
The European sociologist, lawyer and social worker harassed by Israeli youngsters last month were volunteers with this “accompaniment” program. According to the WCC protest letter to the Israeli ambassador, these volunteers were merely victims of Israel’s “practice of establishing, protecting and expanding settlements.” The WCC demanded “concrete steps that lead to the complete withdrawal of all settlers from Hebron and return of settler-occupied properties to their Palestinian owners.”
Meanwhile, a 16 year old Florida boy, according to the last published reports, remains in serious condition at a Tel Aviv hospital. He barely survived the April 17 suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv restaurant, a bombing that the Palestinian Hamas regime defended. The 10 pound bomb sprayed nails and shrapnel against dozens of its victims. The boy, along with his wounded father, was visiting family in Israel. Although finally awake from a coma, the boy lost a kidney, his spleen and part of his right leg below the knee.
The Florida teenager, during his visit to Tel Aviv, was not accompanied by any of the WCC’s “Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme” volunteers, who occasionally suffer bruises and cuts in the course of their work. Family members of the boy hope he will be able to return to Florida in six months.

California’s ‘Gay History’ Bill Advances

Friday, May 5th, 2006

More homosexual agenda being forced down people’s throats. Isn’t interesting how the homosexuals are trying to equate their societal hijacking of morals to the civil rights movement of the 60’s and 70’s? Not even close to the same thing, folks.

( – A California Senate committee has approved a bill requiring “gay history” to be included in public school textbooks. The bill now moves to the full Senate, where a vote may come next week.
Not requiring textbooks to include homosexuals’ and transgenders’ contributions to California history amounts to “enforced invisibility,” said Sen. Sheila Kuehl, the Democrat lesbian who introduced the bill.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the bill has attracted national attention because California accounts for about 12 percent of the nation’s textbook market.
SB 1437 reads in part, “No textbook or other instructional materials shall be adopted by the state board or by any governing board for use in the public schools that contains any matter reflecting adversely upon persons because of their race or ethnicity, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion.”
The bill also requires all social studies textbooks to “study the role and contributions of…people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender…with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”
The conservative Campaign for Children and Families testified against the “transsexual-bisexual-homosexual curriculum bill,” calling it “sexual indoctrination.”

‘Mental molestation’
CCF President Randy Thomasson is urging Americans to “loudly protest at every opportunity,” and he is urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to announce that such bills will be vetoed when they reach his desk.
“Use today’s bad news to spur you to righteousness,” Thomasson said in a press release.
According to Thomasson, the bill authorizes the California Department of Education to sue any school district that does not promote or positively portray transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality in textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities.
“SB 1437 turns every school into a sexual indoctrination center,” he said. “This bill isn’t about ‘safety’ or ‘discrimination,’ it’s about leading children into sexual confusion.”
Thomasson has accused Democrats of “mentally molesting” impressionable children.
“Parents send their children to school for academics, not for transsexual, bisexual, or homosexual indoctrination. SB 1437 means schools will promote same-sex ‘marriages’ and even sex-change operations to kids.
“The voters won’t stand for this,” Thomasson said.

Group Protests Lesbian Activist as Speaker at Methodist Women’s Quadrennial

Friday, May 5th, 2006

It seems that, what can only be described as a “doctrinal split”, within the United Methodist Church (UMC), continues to grow. Please pray that this fellowship is able to return to the Biblical Truths and Moral Absolutes that it used to hold to.

(AgapePress) – A coalition of evangelical United Methodist women is protesting a keynote speaker at a large event for Methodist women beginning tonight in Anaheim, California. The denomination’s Women’s Division is being accused of defying church law by inviting a lesbian activist to address the gathering.
On Saturday morning, lesbian activist and musician Emily Saliers of the group “Indigo Girls” will speak to more than 8,000 women at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly. Saliers will appear with her father, Don, a professor at Candler School of Theology. The event takes place every four years and is a gathering of female leaders with the United Methodist Church (UMC).
Fay Short heads RENEW, a network for evangelical women with the UMC. Short says the United Methodist Women’s Division (UMW) rejected her group’s request that the invitation to Emily Saliers be withdrawn.
“The Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries, both of which favor the acceptance of homosexual practice, also began to send messages to the Women’s Division asking that the Salierses be retained as speakers,” she explains. “So, in light of that, the Women’s Division at their last board meeting decided that they would not withdraw that invitation.”
UMW reportedly has claimed that the female musician will not promote homosexuality at the conference. But Short says that does not remedy the impression Ms. Saliers’ presence will leave. “Even if [she] does not openly advocate for the acceptance of homosexual practice in the Assembly presentations, her public recognition as a lesbian icon puts the Women’s Division in the place of endorsing the lesbian lifestyle and of offending the women of the church,” says Short.
Short also contends that most women in the denomination would be “distressed” to learn that money they had raised is going to “spotlight” a lesbian activist. “The Assembly’s platform should not be offered to someone who publicly defies Christian teachings,” she says.
The RENEW president believes that by inviting the younger Saliers, the United Methodist Women’s Division is testing the denomination’s long-held stance that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” Since 1972 the UMC has officially condemned the homosexual lifestyle.
“Our concern is not directed against Emily Saliers as a person,” Short offers, “but it is directed in support of the standard of the United Methodist Church regarding homosexual practice that says we understand homosexuals to be persons of sacred worth, but the practice to be incompatible with Christian teaching.”
According to Short, four years ago the UMW Assembly hosted another speaker who is a lesbian activist.

Baehr Calls Blasphemy, Sexual Immorality Good Reasons to Miss Da Vinci Code

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Well, I don’t have any intentions of seeing the movie. I’ve read the book and since movies rarely add anything, there really is no point paying for it. On top of that, it is an immoral story (as the article points out). Make your own choice, but I tend to advocate not supporting Hollywood, no matter what the topic is (Narnia was the only exception I’ve made in recent memory).
If you’d like to know more about “The Da Vinci Code” see my articles “Christians and “The Da Vinci Code” Part 1 and Part 2.

(AgapePress) – A well-known pro-family media critic advises Christians to forego seeing the movie screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, and he says they should warn others to avoid the film as well.
Dr. Ted Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission (CFTC) and publisher of Movieguide, a biweekly journal that reviews and rates films according to their values and family-friendly — or unfriendly — content. And when it comes to the kind of content viewers will find if they decide to go see the upcoming theatrical release, The Da Vinci Code (rated PG-13), the Christian movie reviewer says, “There’s a lot of good reasons for people not to.”
On May 17, two days before the movie’s general release, a group of Christian leaders are going to hold a press conference in Washington, DC, to address the issues surrounding the controversial film. Baehr, who will be part of that group, says there is a lot more to The Da Vinci Code’s plot than just the assertion that Jesus married Mary Magdalene. That is minor, the critic says, compared to some of the other blasphemous ideas presented in the story.
In the novel and its film adaptation, a Harvard symbologist named Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) teams up with a brilliant French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), to follow clues revealing that the recently murdered curator of the Louvre was involved in an ancient secret society called the Priory of Sion, over which an evil Grand Master presides.
Following clues from the murder scene, Robert and Sophie are caught up in a dangerous mystery as they match wits with an unknown enemy somehow connected with Opus Dei, a clandestine Catholic organization. Opus Dei, according to Brown’s story, is believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory’s carefully guarded secret — the secret the “code” supposedly obscures, that Christ was not crucified but instead survived, married, and sired progeny.
Besides the story’s more obvious blasphemies, Baehr notes, are other issues that he feels make the movie unfit for Christian audiences. “One of the problems,” he explains, “is that The Da Vinci Code’s main point is leading up to Sophie discovering that the Grand Master’s invitation into eternal life is a sexual ceremony where he’s surrounded in the basement with his cohorts in the cult of the Priory, having sex with the temple prostitute.”
The CFTC chairman says he has heard some prominent Christians tell other believers to go see The Da Vinci Code because they can use the storyline of the film as a springboard to tell people the truth about Christ. But God’s Word tells believers to look upon the good, the true, and the lovely, the Christian film reviewer points out. They are not told to look upon the evil, sexual ceremonies that are contained in the upcoming Tom Hanks movie, he insists.
“In Ezekiel, God tells us to be a ‘watchman on the wall,'” Baehr continues, “and he says if you know that somebody is going to make a mistake, you tell them not to.” Christians should avoid the movie based on Brown’s novel, he contends, “because the book is just chock full of occultism, Rosicrucianism, Masonic Satanism, et cetera — I mean, we have a lot of material on all the satanic material, all the sexual material, all the pornographic material.”
The Movieguide publisher says a conscientious, thinking Christian “would be hard pressed to argue that people should indulge in this, because it’s going to be engraved on people’s minds.” He urges believers to ignore anyone advising them to “invite the devil through dialog.”
At the May 17 press conference, Baehr adds, the Christian leaders involved will provide some telling information about who funded this controversial, anti-Christian film. He believes this revelation and other facts about The Da Vinci Code will raise many Christians’ concerns and further show why believers should not spend one dime on the movie.

Judge to Moussaoui: “You will die with a whimper”

Friday, May 5th, 2006

And so we finally come to the end of the Moussaoui trial. Normally, I’m a death penalty proponent, but in this case, I have to agree with the jury. Denying Moussaoui will just exacerbate his wish to die as a martyr. Cox and Forkum called it right on this one (see the cartoon above).

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema got the last word Thursday as she formally handed down a lifetime prison sentence for Zacarias Moussaoui.
“You will die with a whimper,” Brinkema told the Al Qaeda conspirator – since he will never be allowed to speak publicly again – as she sentenced him to six life terms in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
A jury on Wednesday sentenced the Al Qaeda conspirator to life without the possibility of parole instead of sending him to death row. Not all jurors were convinced that Moussaoui, who was in jail on immigration charges Sept. 11, had a significant part in the attacks, despite his claims that he did.
Moussaoui got one last chance to speak publicly Thursday before he is sent to the “Supermax” facility in Florence, Colo., a super-maximum security prison with little to no contact with the outside world. That facility also houses failed shoe-bomber Richard Reid, among other notorious criminals.
Moussaoui taunted the United States once again Thursday, as he has done during various outbursts throughout his trial.
“We will come back one day. You will never get him. God curse America. God save Usama bin Laden. You will never get him,” he said after he walked into the courtroom flashing a victory sign.
Brinkema firmly refused to be interrupted by the 37-year-old French national of Moroccan descent as she disputed his claim that his life sentence meant America had lost and he had won.
“Mr. Moussaoui, when this proceeding is over, everyone else in this room will leave to see the sun … hear the birds … and they can associate with whomever they want,” she said. “You will spend the rest of your life in a supermax prison. It’s absolutely clear who won.”
She said it was only fitting that he will be kept away from outsiders.
“Mr. Moussaoui, you came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory,” she said, “but to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper.”
At that point, Moussaoui tried again to interrupt her, but she spoke even louder over him.
“You will never get a chance to speak again and that’s an appropriate ending,” she added.
James Aiken, a former U.S. federal prison official, said the convicted terrorist would “rot” at the Florence facility.
“They are in a security envelope, a security bubble. Their environment is sterile, they are isolated from the outside world and from the prison world,” said Aiken, who gave evidence for the defense’s case against the death penalty for the defendant. “He doesn’t know yet, but under such conditions, as time goes by they rot.”
Brinkema informed him of his right to appeal the sentence and said she would ask his court-appointed lawyers to file the required notice as a precaution before relieving them from the case. “I believe it would be an act of futility,” she said of an appeal, “but you do have a right.”
French authorities said Thursday they may eventually press the United States to have Moussaoui serve his life sentence in France under two conventions on the transfer of convicts.
Moussaoui’s mother Aicha El Wafi, pressed for her country to intervene. “Now he is going to die in little doses,” she said. “He is going to live like a rat in a hole. What for? They are so cruel.”
Moussaoui is the only person so far charged in connection with the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people and launched the U.S.-led War on Terror. He was convicted of several terrorism-related counts last year, including conspiring with Al Qaeda to commit acts of terrorism and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said there are “challenges” to prosecuting terrorist cases in the U.S. system, but added, “I think justice was served in this case.”

‘There is Still One Final Judgment Day’
Lisa Dolan, who lost her husband Bob in the attack on the Pentagon, was one of three family members of victims allowed to speak at Thursday’s sentencing hearing.
She turned to Moussaoui said, “There is still one final judgment day.”
Moussaoui sat in his chair staring at Dolan and the other family witnesses, Rosemary Dillard and Abraham Scott, betraying no emotion as they spoke.
“You have branded me as a terrorist or a criminal or whatever,” he said. “Look at yourselves. I fight for my belief.” He spoke for less than five minutes; the judge told him he could not use his sentencing to make a political speech.
Moussaoui said he kept his speech short because America doesn’t want to listen. “You wasted an opportunity to learn why people like me, like (9/11 hijacker) Mohamed Atta, have so much hatred of you. … If you don’t want to hear, you will feel” pain.
To Dillard, who lost her husband Eddie in the Pentagon, Moussaoui responded: “Maybe one day she can think about how many people the CIA has destroyed. … You have a hypocrisy beyond belief. Your humanity is a selective humanity. Only you suffer.”
“It was just a dagger stuck in my heart, personally – him not showing any remorse for what those terrorists did on 9/11,” Abraham said.
The families of the Sept. 11 victims have been divided over whether Moussaoui deserved life or death.
“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,” said Dillard, who lost her husband on Sept. 11. “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.”
“He’s going to be in jail for the rest of his life, which is exactly what this man deserves,” said Carie Lemack, whose mother, Judy Larocque, was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, which was flown into the World Trade Center. “He’s an Al Qaeda wannabe and he does not deserve any credit for 9/11 because he was not part of it … he just wanted to kill Americans but he wasn’t even smart enough to do that.”
The father of one Sept. 11 victim said he was bothered at the thought of Moussaoui getting to live.
“My son didn’t see his 33rd birthday. From a personal point of view, I would have been more pleased, frankly, if the jury had made a different decision,” David Beamer told FOX News.
Beamer is the father of Todd Beamer, who has been hailed as one of the heroes of United Flight 93, which crashed into a rural Pennsylvania field after passengers fought back against their hijackers.
“I am not looking forward to summary reports on the anniversary of 9/11 on how is Moussaoui doing, is he alive and well, how is he surviving his life sentence. I certainly hope and pray we don’t have an experience where certain factions claim his privileges are being denied, he’s not getting what he deserves – I really, really don’t want to hear any of that,” Beamer said.
“These were just innocent civilians just going to work, trying to live the American dream and they were murdered,” Rosemary Cain, whose son died on Sept. 11, told FOX News on Thursday. “I have to respect the jury’s decision, I don’t agree with it. I’m a little angry but I have to live with it, that’s the American way.”
She said it’s not much consolation knowing that Moussaoui will be cut off from the rest of the world for the rest of his life.
“We’re talking about a small cell, no amenities but he’s still alive … his mother may not be able to see him but she knows he’s alive. I don’t have that luxury, none of the other mothers have that luxury,” Cain added.
Alice Hoagland, whose son, Mark, died on United Flight 93, said she understands the feelings of those families who wanted a death sentence for Moussaoui. But she said life in prison is a better testament to the morality of the United States’ justice system.
“I understand their feelings and yes, maybe he does deserve to die,” Hoagland told FOX News on Thursday. “But taking another human life is not going to bring us closure or satisfaction and we have demonstrated by sparing his life that we are a nation not just of justice and laws but also a nation of compassion and mercy.”
Sandy Dahl, widow of United Flight 93 Capt. Jason Dahl, agreed with the sentence.
“I’ve been sentenced to life. I’ve been sentenced to life without my husband. He doesn’t get to go out the easy way and I’m happy about that … what an evil, evil man, so much hate in this man. I was just totally appalled that he could rub salt in the wounds that he already caused,” Dahl said. “I believe that justice was served in this case because I think it would have been too easy for him to just die. The man does not respect life – either his life or anyone else’s life.”
The jurors deliberated for seven days, having previously decided that Moussaoui was responsible for at least one death on Sept. 11 and thereby eligible for the death penalty.

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