Convicted “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui is asking for a new trial, apparently because the last one just wasn’t the thrill ride he expected. “Ridiculous!” cries Stop the ACLU:

“Moussaoui wishes to withdraw his guilty plea because when he entered the plea his ‘understanding of the American legal system was completely flawed’,” his lawyers said in the motion.

Moussaoui said in an affadavit “I now see that it is possible that I can receive a fair trial” in the United States.

“Even with Americans as jurors,” he went on, “I can have the opportunity to prove that I did not have any knowledge of and was not a member of the plot to hijack planes and crash them into buildings on September 11, 2001.”

So what are the odds this guy gets a new trial? Given the hair-brained way things are going these days, with even President Bush disavowing incarcerating captured terrorists, probably not as bad as you’d think. One thing these terrorists have been trained to do–and yes, in spite of his odd after-last-minute change of heart, Moussaoui is a terrorist trained by al Qaeda–is game the Western media and legal system. They’re trained to lie about what happens to them in prison in order to gain the sympathy of the likes of the ACLU and Amnesty International, which then write up scathing reports that fuel bogus stories about Koran flushing in Newsweek, and the terrorists are trained to use whatever means they can find to mess with the courts including using their lawyers to shuttle messages in and out of prison. Right, Lynne Stewart? So today’s retraction is probably just another terrorist gambit. And for that reason, it may gain some traction.

Over to you, Human Rights Watch.

By the way, Moussaoui has just become the poster boy for handling all terrorist cases via military tribunals. Civilian courts just aren’t the proper venue for dealing with war criminals. Not that anyone in Washington has the spine to make that argument now.