Zacarias Moussaoui, on learning today that he headed for a life prison term rather than the death penalty, said "America, you lost. I won."
Hmmm. This very interesting claim requires a little analysis.
It appears Moussaoui is headed to the Supermax Prison in Florence, Colorado (photo at left). Here's a description of the living conditions he can expect for the rest of his life:
Solitary cells measure 7 feet, 1 inch by 12 feet, 1 inch, but at least half the floor space is filled with fixtures. Other cells are 10 feet by 12 feet. About a third of the cells are for solitary confinement.
Cell amenities currently include a concrete bed, an 18-inch-high, fixed-in-place concrete stool, a fixed writing shelf, knobless stainless-steel shower and a stainless-steel unit containing a seatless toilet and knobless wash basin.
Supermax prisoners live in virtual isolation and are rarely allowed out of their cells.
Cameras and microphones record nearly everything they do. In the case of terrorist inmates, who often are imprisoned under special national security provisions, that can include conversations with lawyers.
I don't know about you, but the thought of living like that gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Let's see: Moussaoui is 37 years old. I think he has a good 40 years ahead of him. I hope he enjoys the amenities at the Supermax Hotel.
After about a year in Florence, do you think Moussaoui will still believe he "won?"