GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (CNN) — Two al Qaeda figures accused in the September 11 attacks told a U.S. military judge Thursday that they want to die as martyrs.
“If I’m killed, I will be killed for the sake of God,” said Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who is accused of helping coordinate the attacks. “I’ve been seeking to be a martyr for years.”
Thursday’s appearance by al-Shibh and four co-defendants, including the plot’s alleged mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was their first before a military commission set up to try the accused terrorists.
None of the defendants entered pleas at at the arraignment, which was held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
All five also rejected representation by the team of lawyers assigned to defend them, saying they recognized only Islamic law.
Mohammed also said he wanted to be martyred.
The judge, Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann, asked Mohammed numerous times whether he understood that he faces the death penalty.”
So, why are we wasting time with a trial? Shoot them now and get it over with. I’ll volunteer to be on the firing squad just so long as there is a guarantee that I won’t get the blank round.
As Andy McCarthy said, to paraphrase, leftards want us to negotiate with terrorists and give them what they want, so why not?