"The main suspect in an attempt to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square has admitted weapons and terrorism charges. Faisal Shahzad told a court in Manhattan he wanted "to plead guilty and 100 times more..." BBC News, 22nd June
BBC News 24's NY correspondent was just expressing his astonishment that Shahzad would have co-operated with US authorities for two weeks before requesting a lawyer. Apparently, it's "not clear" why he would do such a thing - mystifying, unfathomable.
Well, allow me to hazard a guess - facing life in the United States' rapetastic prison system and having proved too useless to make petrol burn, Shahzad would now like to appear on international television news doing his best "Wooo, I am a scary terrorist" bit.
Luckily for him, New York prosecutors are only too happy to allow him to deliver a handwritten address to the nation he so singularly failed to terrorise. You might have thought that, if the priority here was the War On Terror, there might be some way to prevent the accused from standing up in court and delivering a half-arsed "If you kill me, Jihadist agent 008 will murder you all in your beds" routine.
We might speculate that, if the priority here were instead to fluff prosecutors' careers, big-up the horrifying threat of The Terror to life and limb and to shift newspapers, then having this cretin do his booga-booga stand-up piece to camera benefits others in more dubious ways.
I mean, I would expect discouraging terror to be the priority here. If that were the case, you'd think a speedy, low-profile trial would be best - no fuss, no grandstanding. Just a cell and prison food, for the rest of your natural. Wouldn't you?