Defense attorneys for Zacarias Moussaoui wrapped up their case Tuesday by using two high-ranking al-Qaeda operatives to rebut their own client's claim that he was to fly a jetliner into the White House as part of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The leaders of Osama bin Laden's terrorist group cast doubt on whether Moussaoui was part of 9/11, one portraying him as a misfit who refused to follow orders.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema set Wednesday afternoon for closing arguments on whether the actions Moussaoui has admitted make him eligible for the death penalty. The jury must decide whether the 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent — the only man charged in this country in the 9/11 plot — will be executed or imprisoned for life.
OK, death or life imprisonment?
As a "failed jihadist" Moussaoui wants death. Simple. He can then claim his "rightful place" as a martyr to the cause; killed by the Americans as a result of defending Islam.
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Testimony from five al-Qaeda members was read to the jury as defense attorneys tried to undo damage Moussaoui might have done to his case when he testified against their advice.
One terrorist, identified as Sayf al-Adl, a senior member of al-Qaeda's military committee and close aide to bin Laden, stated sometime between Sept. 1, 2001, and late July 2004, that Moussaoui was "a confirmed jihadist but was absolutely not going to take part in the Sept. 11, 2001, mission." The 9/11 Commission reported the U.S. recovered from a safehouse in Pakistan a letter written by al-Adl describing the various candidates considered for the Sept. 11 attacks.
Another top terrorist witness — Waleed bin Attash, known as Khallad — is considered the mastermind of the 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole and an early planner of the Sept. 11 plot. He said he knew of no part that Moussaoui was to have played in the 9/11 attacks. Khallad was captured in April 2003.
Their testimony supports that of another captive, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, chief organizer of the 9/11 attacks. He said in testimony read Monday that Moussaoui had nothing to do with the 9/11 plot, but was to have been part of a later wave of attacks distinct from Sept. 11.
Again very simple. Moussaoui failed. He should therefore not be considered a martyr to the cause but given the imprisonment and disgrace that he deserves.
Truly it is most apt that an American Court should have the job of making this "decision of Suleiman the Wise"