You've got to be f-in' kidding me. I think he's just trying to get as much publicity as possible for himself before he's hidden away in a prison somewhere and becomes the object of constant torture and humiliation for the rest of his miserable life.
I'm not a huge death penalty fan myself, but to me this seems like the kind of case the death penalty was made for. Do you think that it's possible the jurors thought he deserved the death penalty, but chose to give him life because they realized he was hoping to be martyred?
I don't know, but it definitely smells like the jury was trying to "split the difference" in some way (maybe they didn't really buy the government's case on causation, for example, but couldn't bring themselves to acquit because of the sybolic importance of convicting the ONLY GUY ever charged with a crime in relation to 9/11), and it comes out looking more than a little suspicious.