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  • Prosecutors: Moussaoui killed with lies

    By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer
    Thu Mar 30, 6:22 AM ET



    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A jury must now decide whether confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui is a calculating terrorist responsible for the deaths of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, or an al-Qaida lackey with delusions of grandeur who had nothing to do with 9/11.

    The jury of nine men and three women in Moussaoui's death penalty trial resumes deliberations Thursday after receiving the case late Wednesday afternoon.

    Lawyers for the two sides painted sharply divergent views of whether the 37-year-old Frenchman was responsible for any of the nearly 3,000 deaths on Sept. 11.

    Prosecutor David Raskin told the jurors that Moussaoui's lies to investigators in the weeks before Sept. 11 killed Americans just as surely as if he had hijacked a plane and crashed it into the White House.

    "The defendant's lies are as much a part of this plot as anything else. It's terrorist training 101," Raskin added. "Al-Qaida trains its people to lie: Don't give up the plot."

    Moussaoui was arrested on Aug. 16, 2001, on immigration violations after his efforts to obtain flight training in Minnesota aroused suspicion. He lied about his al-Qaida membership and his plans to hijack an aircraft and fly it into a U.S. target. Prosecutors contend that if Moussaoui had confessed, the FBI could have unraveled the plot.

    "All Moussaoui had to do is say, 'I'm al-Qaida,'" said prosecutor David Novak, and that would have set the FBI on its way to launching an all-out investigation and tracking down the Sept. 11 hijackers.

    Defense attorney Edward MacMahon countered that it is incredible to assume "that the FBI would have transferred itself overnight into an institution that would have run a flawless investigation."

    Trial testimony indicated that FBI supervisors essentially ignored the warnings of the FBI agent who arrested Moussaoui and quickly concluded that he was a dangerous Islamic terrorist.

    The FBI "wouldn't have done anything, no matter what Moussaoui said or did" when he was arrested, MacMahon said.

    Prosecutors countered that the government's performance prior to Sept. 11 is irrelevant to the jury's decision about Moussaoui's guilt.

    "We're not here to tell you FBI headquarters did a good job," prosecutor David Novak said. The verdict form, he said, does not ask jurors to "grade the FBI (or) ... grade the CIA."

    MacMahon also warned the jury that it cannot believe anything Moussaoui says, including his stunning admission in court that he was to have been a fifth pilot hijacker on Sept. 11. Moussaoui and his court-appointed attorneys have been at odds for years.

    Moussaoui is trying to make himself look more important than he was, MacMahon said, and he suggested that Moussaoui may also be overstating his role to ensure a death sentence and obtain martyrdom through execution rather than spending the rest of his life in prison.

    "He's trying to write a role for himself in history when, in reality, he's an al-Qaida hanger-on," MacMahon said.

    If this jury unanimously decides Moussaoui is eligible for the death penalty, it will reconvene to hear more testimony about whether to actually impose execution. That second phase would be a forum for victims of 9/11 and their families to testify about the impact of the attacks.

    Unresolved is what occurs if the jury is unable to agree on eligibility. Defense attorneys say that would automatically result in a life sentence; prosecutors argue it should result in a mistrial, which would allow them to prosecute Moussaoui again.

    Moussaoui pleaded guilty last April to conspiring with al-Qaida to hijack aircraft and other crimes. The sentencing trial decides only his punishment: death or life in prison.

    Moussaoui testified Monday that he was supposed to hijack a fifth jetliner on 9/11 along with would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid, although he has previously denied any role in 9/11 and claimed he was part of a separate conspiracy.

    MacMahon noted that captured 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other top al-Qaida operatives had said in written testimony that Moussaoui had nothing to do with 9/11.

    Prosecutors must prove that Moussaoui's lies caused at least one death on 9/11 for Moussaoui to be eligible for the death penalty.

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    Such Bullshit!

  • #2
    Does anyone else find it strange that this man looks more like a member of al-Qaida now than he did when he was arrested?


    This is his arrest picture, not very al-Qaida looking.

    Now look at the pictures of him in court. Looks like he is playing his part nicely.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12067960/
    Last edited by #1GROUPIEBITCH!; 03-30-2006, 09:22 AM.

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    • #3
      Why is your name Groupiebitch? You're not a groupie
      Warpox exposes himself | Editorial 1 4 | 2Pox

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      • #4
        From what the man has said, he is clearly out of touch with any moral concepts. You don't have to grow a beard and wear raggy clothes to be a member of Al-Queda. The guy should get at least 25 for giving aid and comfort to the enemy during a time of war.

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        • #5
          this is no war and i believe that massaoui was innocent
          FUCK YOU BITCH!!!! YEA YOU

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          • #6
            ^and I believe you're a complete dumbass
            ------------------------------------------
            Originally posted by kEgBeGgEr
            I don't have a problem with gays, in fact I wouldn't mind sharing a room with one

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            • #7
              ^ takes one to know one
              FUCK YOU BITCH!!!! YEA YOU

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              • #8
                Terrorist says: "I'm guilty"
                Teenagers and liberals say: "He's innocent"

                Who do we believe!??!?!?!?!?!?!
                Warpox exposes himself | Editorial 1 4 | 2Pox

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                • #9
                  Not very Al-Qeada looking? Thats the funniest thing I've heard in awhile. Thanks Bitch!!
                  http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

                  “if somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him” (Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 52, no. 260).

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                  • #10
                    SpeedRunner

                    2000 POSTS

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                    • #11
                      you guys remember Osama bin ladin?
                      the last vet.before everyone got vetted
                      Originally posted by MarshallArts
                      Who's got you quoted in their sigs? Are they as equally worthy as those that have sigged me? I just can't imagine it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TheWalrus
                        Terrorist says: "I'm guilty"
                        Teenagers and liberals say: "He's innocent"

                        Who do we believe!??!?!?!?!?!?!
                        He was allegedly tortured into admitting this. When Americans P.O.W.s in Vietnam were forced to confess, did it mean they were guilty?

                        What we should be angry about is not acting on what information he did give the FBI. Of course, that went way under the radar... go figure.

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                        • #13
                          yeah, both news stories I read called his testimony "stunning" which is pretty ironic considering this

                          http://total911.info/zacmstun.wmv

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