June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Self-proclaimed al-Qaeda commander Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, appearing at a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said he would welcome the martyrdom of execution for masterminding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

``This is what I wish,'' Mohammed, speaking in English, told a judge who warned that he might be executed if convicted. ``I am looking to be martyred for a long time.'' Mohammed, 43, said he was rejecting legal representation and will defend himself. ``Nothing shall befall us, save for what Allah has ordained for us.''
I'm already against the death penalty, but I think it's a really bad idea for people like this. Not only do they want it, but there are people who will honestly see them as a martyr. Make them rot in their own cell for the rest of their life.