Brinkema's Appropriate Closing
We all knew that Moussaoui got one final shot to prove what a disgrace he is to his own existence at the formal sentencing. But the day's winning remark was for a judge who has been professional and patient with this cretin for years.
So sayeth Judge Leonie Brinkema:
Enjoy the long, interminable night which will be the rest of your life Mr. Moussaoui.
"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.
She went on: "You will spend the rest of your life in a supermax prison. It's absolutely clear who won."
And she said it was proper he will be kept away from outsiders, unable to speak publicly again.
"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 raised her voice and spoke over him.
"You will never get a chance to speak again and that's an appropriate ending."