Killing 270 people is not enough to warrant the death penalty.
The predictable coda to the Lockerbie bomber’s delivery is that you’ll get a nice prison retirement plan with full medical and dental services. Killing 270 people is not enough to warrant the death penalty.
A federal judge ordered the suspect in the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, held without bail and scheduled hearings to appoint a defense attorney and determine whether he should remain in custody until trial. .
Abu Agila Mohammad Masud Kheir Al-Marimi, 71, is accused of making the bomb that destroyed the plane and faces three federal counts of destroying an airplane or vehicle used in foreign commerce resulting in death. The Justice Department announced Sunday that Masud was in custody.
Resulting in the death of 259 people.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison or the death penalty and a $250,000 fine. But Assistant US Attorney Erik Kenerson said that because the death penalty was not available in 1988, the government would waive the death penalty if Masud is convicted.
That is a nonsensical argument.
The Warren court’s affirmation that the death penalty was unconstitutional was, in any event, a response to specific implementation in 1972. It was made constitutional again in 1976. The federal death penalty was only formally reinstated in 1988 in the meaning of the legal codes, but all this is beside the point since Al-Marimi is not a US citizen, he is a foreign enemy terrorist.
Ex parte Quirin already solved this. However, the Bush administration failed to implement it properly. The constitution granted the authority to “define and punish piracy and serious crimes committed on the high seas and crimes against the law of nations.” That is international Islamic terrorism.
But the Biden administration, which stopped the federal death penalty and is part of a radical faction that worked to destroy the war on terror and allow Islamic terrorism, cannot be expected to do anything but perpetuate its betrayals.