A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Terrorist Gets Life

And another one bites the dust...

LONDON, England (AP) -- A judge sentenced a top al Qaeda operative Tuesday to life in prison in a trans-Atlantic plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank and landmark London hotels.

Judge Neil Butterfield denounced Dhiren Barot's plot to "slaughter hundreds -- if not thousands -- of wholly innocent men, women and children," and called the plan sophisticated, deadly and active. Seven others linked to Barot are to be tried in Britain next year.

Barot's sentence provides for the possibility of parole after 40 years.

"You have chosen to use your life to bring death and destruction to the Western world," Butterfield told Barot, who stared blankly as he heard the sentence. "You were planning to bring indiscriminate carnage, bloodshed and butchery ... on an unprecedented scale."

Scotland Yard pointed to Barot's capture as a victory against terrorism.

"For well over two years we have been unable to show the British public the reality of the threat they faced from this man. Now they can see for themselves the full horror of his plan," said Peter Clarke, the head of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch.

Barot, 34, planned a series of synchronized strikes in Britain -- including a plan to blow up a subway car as it passed through a tunnel below the River Thames -- as part of a plot to unleash a "memorable black day" of terror, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said British attacks were "imminent." They said Barot put the U.S. plot on hold after the September 11 terror attacks.

"... The conspiracy was in its final stages," prosecutor Edmund Lawson said.

Good riddance.

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