I’m woefully behind in my reading so I don’t know what’s being said on other bogs about this Moussaoui deal. Nor am I terribly informed about the case.
I find a lot of things troubling. The guy was in jail on September 11, yet he has been prosecuted–with everything the feds could throw at it–in an effort to invoke capital punishment for, near as I can determine: the crime of not telling the state about an impending crime and incriminating himself in the process. Now, I’m certain that someone will come forth with a comment bearing some "legal twist" that makes the plain reality of the thing look like something other than it is. Be my guest.
I’ll say right now that if a surviving 9/11 family member did away with the guy, I wouldn’t really care a wit about it. But I deplore the notion that anyone at any time has any obligation to tell the state anything–anything. Because: once that box it opened, it is not as far a stretch as you may think to the point of obligation to tell the state everything. The state has no moral rights whatsoever. Let me repeat that: the state has no moral rights whatsoever. Individuals have rights, and therefore, all "interests" of the state–each and every one at all times–is morally subordinate to the rights of even the biggest fool on Earth.
If you believe in moral rights at all, this is the inescapable, logical conclusion of the thing; so if you don’t agree, in total, without slightest equivocation, then you do not believe in moral rights. Period. What you believe in is the sovereignty, supremacy, superiority, power and force of the state–and whatever "legal rights" it may arbitrarily decide to bestow out of a sense of utility and efficiency. The latter has been the condition in the United States since the day the U.S. Constitution was ratified. That day was the day America was trampled by the United States.
Alright, back to the point. If it’s proper to kill or lock up Moussaoui, then the only valid moral reason to do so is because of his credible and reliable oath to continue his efforts to kill innocent people. Such an oath, seriously and credibly given, merits an immediate death penalty, and every person on the face of the Earth has complete moral authority to carry out such a sentence summarily. And do you know what? I trust just about everyone to handle such serious matters a lot father than I trust the state.