allowing defendants to pay for representation out of funds on hand will only encourage criminals to spend ill-gotten gains faster in hopes of denying sought retribution while availing itself of the most expensive defense lawyers they can afford.
Oh, you want to mount a vigorous defense? You're robbing the victims!
He points out that the only thing that has truly helped stop another 9/11-style plane hijacking (as Bruce Schneier points out repeatedly) is not the TSA security theater, but reinforced, locked cockpit doors that make it impossible for people in the cabin to get into the cockpit.
What really stopped another 9/11 is the passengers realizing that hijackings were no longer unscheduled Cuban vacations. The threat ended in a field in Pennsylvania. (see, e.g., the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, etc.)