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Posted: 3/27/2006 9:53:35 AM EDT
How stupid can one person be...he just sealed his fate by finally telling the truth on the stand after he stood firm on the notion he wasn't involved in 9/11.

He's cooked now.

HH

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Moussaoui Says He Was to Hijack 5th Plane

Mar 27 1:39 PM US/Eastern

By MATTHEW BARAKAT
Associated Press Writer


ALEXANDRIA, Va.


Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified Monday that he and would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid were supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House.

Moussaoui's testimony on his own behalf stunned the courtroom. His account was in stark contrast to his previous statements in which he said the White House attack was to come later if the United States refused to release a radical Egyptian sheik imprisoned on earlier terrorist convictions.



On Dec. 22, 2001, Reid was subdued by passengers when he attempted to detonate a bomb in his shoe aboard American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami. There were 197 people on board. The plane was diverted to Boston, where it landed safely.

Moussaoui told the court he knew the World Trade Center attack was coming and that he lied to investigators when arrested in August 2001 because he wanted it to happen.

"You lied because you wanted to conceal that you were a member of al- Qaida?" prosecutor Rob Spencer asked.

"That's correct," Moussaoui said.

Spencer: "You lied so the plan could go forward?"

Moussaoui: "That's correct."

The exchange was key to the government's case that the attacks might have been averted if Moussaoui had been more cooperative following his arrest.

Moussaoui told the court he knew the attacks were coming some time after August 2001 and bought a radio so he could hear them unfold.

Specifically, he said he knew the World Trade Center was going to be attacked, but asserted he was not part of that plot and didn't know the details.

Nineteen men pulled off the Sept. 11 attacks on New York in Washington in the worst act of terrorism ever on U.S. soil.

"I had knowledge that the Twin Towers would be hit," Moussaoui said. "I didn't know the details of this."

Asked by his lawyer why he signed his guilty plea in April as "the 20th hijacker," Moussaoui replied: "Because everybody used to refer to me as the 20th hijacker and it was a bit of fun."

Before Moussaoui took the stand, his lawyers made a last attempt to stop him from testifying, but failed. Defense attorney Gerald Zerkin argued that his client would not be a competent witness because he has contempt for the court, only recognizes Islamic law and therefore "the affirmation he undertakes would be meaningless."

Moussaoui at first denied he was to have been a fifth hijack pilot Sept. 11 but under cross examination spoke of the plan that would have him attack the White House. He said Reid was the only person he knew for sure would have been on that mission, but others were discussed.

The 19 terrorists on Sept. 11 hijacked and crashed four airliners, killing nearly 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on the planes. The intended target of the plane that crashed into a Pennsylvania field remains unknown.

Moussaoui said he talked with an al-Qaida official in 1999 about why a 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center failed to bring the towers down. He said "was asked in the same period for the first time if I want to be a suicide pilot and I declined."

Just before Moussaoui took the stand, the court heard testimony that two months before the attacks that a CIA deputy chief waited in vain for permission to tell the FBI about a "very high interest" al-Qaida operative who became one of the hijackers.

The official, a senior figure in the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit, said he sought authorization on July 13, 2001, to send information to the FBI but got no response for 10 days, then asked again.

As it turned out, the information on Khalid al-Mihdhar did not reach the FBI until late August. At the time, CIA officers needed permission from a special unit before passing certain intelligence on to the FBI.

The official was identified only as John. His written testimony was read into the record.

"John's" testimony was part of the defense's case that federal authorities missed multiple opportunities to catch hijackers and perhaps thwart the 9/11 plot.

His testimony included an e-mail sent by FBI supervisor Michael Maltbie discussing Moussaoui but playing down his terrorist connections. Maltbie's e-mail said "there's no indication that (Moussaoui) had plans for any nefarious activity."

He sent that e-mail to the CIA even after receiving a lengthy memo from the FBI agent who arrested Moussaoui and suspected him of being a terrorist with plans to hijack aircraft.

Prosecutors argue that Moussaoui, a French citizen, thwarted a prime opportunity to track down the 9/11 hijackers and possibly unravel the plot when he was arrested in August 2001 on immigration violations and lied to the FBI about his al-Qaida membership and plans to hijack a plane.

Had Moussaoui confessed, the FBI could have pursued leads that would have led them to most of the hijackers, government witnesses have testified.

To win the death penalty, prosecutors must first prove that Moussaoui's actions _ specifically, his lies _ were directly responsible for at least one death on Sept. 11.

If they fail, Moussaoui would get life in prison.


Link Posted: 3/27/2006 9:55:23 AM EDT
Deep fry the fucker in bacon grease.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 9:57:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Deep fry the fucker in bacon grease.



And his choices for his last meal should be:

1) Bacon
2) Pork Roast
3) Pork Chops
4) Port Tenderloin
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 9:58:51 AM EDT
Hopefully his own words have made up for the .gov blunders and he will get the death penalty.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 9:59:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Brians_45:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Deep fry the fucker in bacon grease.



And his choices for his last meal should be:

1) Bacon
2) Pork Roast
3) Pork Chops
4) Port Tenderloin



With some BBQ Pork Rinds thrown in....

HH
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:10:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:

Originally Posted By Brians_45:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Deep fry the fucker in bacon grease.



And his choices for his last meal should be:

1) Bacon
2) Pork Roast
3) Pork Chops
4) Port Tenderloin



With some BBQ Pork Rinds thrown in....

HH



and then feed him to some pigs.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:14:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:17:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Brians_45:
And his choices for his last meal should be:

1) Bacon
2) Pork Roast
3) Pork Chops
4) Port Tenderloin



Screw that. Why give him the good stuff? He should just have to eat a bucket of lard with a side of salt pork and chitterlings.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:18:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/27/2006 10:18:42 AM EDT by macman37]

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
How stupid can one person be...he just sealed his fate by finally telling the truth on the stand after he stood firm on the notion he wasn't involved in 9/11.

He's cooked now.

HH
snip



He's not stupid. He's a martyr.

The beauty of our idiotic legal system is, he could get up on the stand and say he was the one that came up with the idea for 9/11 (say it was true for a minute), and the WORST that will happen to him is, he'll get a very humane and gentle lethal injection.

Edit: Whereas our people go over to HELP the Iraqis and they get their heads gruesomely cut off...
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:19:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/27/2006 10:22:36 AM EDT by Rich_V]
Most likely he wants to be put to death, he sees himself as a martyr and wants his reward from allah. Lets hope the feds give him his wish.
Rich V

macman37 beat me by 60 seconds!
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:20:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
How stupid can one person be...he just sealed his fate by finally telling the truth on the stand after he stood firm on the notion he wasn't involved in 9/11.

He's cooked now.

HH
snip



He's not stupid. He's a martyr.

The beauty of our idiotic legal system is, he could get up on the stand and say he was the one that came up with the idea for 9/11 (say it was true for a minute), and the WORST that will happen to him is, he'll get a very humane and gentle lethal injection.

Edit: Whereas our people go over to HELP the Iraqis and they get their heads gruesomely cut off...



That's the worst part...it's too easy and gentle.

HH
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:31:24 AM EDT
he should be taken out back and shot now...save our damn tax dollars.


in reality hell be given 10-20 on death row. Then hell die in a cell peacefully...
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:33:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/27/2006 10:35:14 AM EDT by Hiwathl]
PigZilla Died to Young
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:34:36 AM EDT
Sounds like he's blowing smoke (making shit up) and just wants to die.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:35:17 AM EDT
I think he's full of crap and just putting on a show...
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:44:20 AM EDT
can we just kill him now
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:44:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NME:
I think he's full of crap and just putting on a show...



Ditto. He wants a spectacle. The worst thing the media could do (and probably will do) is make a major stink about this.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:49:35 AM EDT
His defense lawyers tried to claim he shouldn't be held to a capitol crime because he doesn't understand U.S. laws. He only understands Islamic law. Claiming ignorance of the law? WTF?! At least the tax dollar paid for attorneys are stupid. Baristers....fuck 'em.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:50:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bonk2029:

Originally Posted By NME:
I think he's full of crap and just putting on a show...



Ditto. He wants a spectacle. The worst thing the media could do (and probably will do) is make a major stink about this.



JMHO but that could backfire on his al Qaeda buddies' plans... Making it sound like it was bigger than it was would scare sheeple.

Scared sheeple tend to vote Conservative.

Conservatives have tended lately to bring war to - and kill many of - them.

Glad he's not thinking this through!
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:50:55 AM EDT
The USofA should keep this guy alive in prison for the rest of natural life and having him rot in prison. IF he is sentenced to die, then he will become martyr, and you don't want a martyr.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 11:59:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SouthHoof:
His defense lawyers tried to claim he shouldn't be held to a capitol crime because he doesn't understand U.S. laws. He only understands Islamic law. Claiming ignorance of the law? WTF?! At least the tax dollar paid for attorneys are stupid. Baristers....fuck 'em.



His defense lawyers are more evil than he is.
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