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March 27, 2006

Moussaoui admits direct 9/11 role, plan to target White House

Filed under: Legal Issues,Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Christian Beckner on March 27, 2006

I haven’t been writing about the Moussaoui trial on this site, primarily because I have no legal background, but today’s proceedings are nothing short of astounding. From the Post:

Zacarias Moussaoui testified in an Alexandria courtroom this morning that he was tapped by Osama bin Laden to hijack a plane and fly it into the White House as part of the terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Testifying at his own death-penalty trial, over the objections of his attorneys, Moussaoui said he had not known the precise date the attacks were to take place, but that he knew they would involve the White House, the World Trade Center and other targets.

He said he was supposed to head a five-man crew that also would have included Richard Reid, a British citizen who tried to set off explosives in his shoes aboard a transatlantic flight two months after the Sept. 11 attacks….

Questioned by defense lawyer Gerald Zerkin for less than 30 minutes, Moussaoui was asked: “Were you scheduled to be a pilot in the operation that was to be run on Sept. 11, 2001?”

He replied: “Yes. I was supposed to pilot a plane to hit the White House. I only knew about the two planes of the World Trade Center in addition to my own plane.”

Wow. There’s a chance that he’s lying to inflate his own importance in the al-Qaeda lore, but if this is true, it adds a whole new dimension to our understanding of 9/11.

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Comment by Dave

March 27, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

I have serious doubts about this. It seems ironic that, with the death penalty most likely out of the picture, he begins to confess against his best interests. Really, somebody has to take the blame. And it can’t all be failed intelligence. I wonder what it took to get him to confess.


Comment by virgin12

March 27, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

I think the lefties should impeach Bush because he is using wiretaps to capture treasonists.

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