Moussaoui and 9/11 terrorist attacks: a summary (UPDATED)


Confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui said Thursday it made his day to hear accounts of Americans’ suffering from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and he would like to see similar attacks “every day.”

Taking the witness stand for the second time in his death-penalty trial Thursday, Moussaoui mocked a Navy sailor who wept on the stand as she described the death of two of her subordinates.

“I think it was disgusting for a military person” to cry, Moussaoui said of the testimony of Navy Lt. Nancy McKeown. “She is military, she should expect people at war with her to want to kill her.”

Asked if he was happy to hear her sobbing, he said, “Make my day.”

Moussaoui said he had “no regret, no remorse” about the 9/11 attacks. Asked by prosecutor Rob Spencer if he would like to see it happen again, Moussaoui responded: “Every day until we get you.”

[…] Moussaoui told jurors that Islam requires Muslims to be the world’s superpower as he flipped through a copy of the Koran searching for verses to support his assertions. One he cited requires non-Muslim nations to pay a tribute to Muslim countries.

“We have to be the superpower. You have to be subdued. We have to be above you,” Moussaoui said. “Because Americans, you are the superpower, you want to eradicate us.”

At one point, defense lawyer Gerald Zerkin asked Moussaoui if he thought he was helping his case when he testified earlier that he planned to pilot a plane into the White House on Sept. 11.

“I was putting my trust in God, so from an Islamic point of view, yes,” Moussaoui responded, acknowledging that non-Muslims might view his testimony as harmful to his case.

At several points during his afternoon testimony, Moussaoui acknowledged that he has lied when it has suited his interests throughout the course of his four-year case.

Well, I am astonished to read then people who say that the Western countries are the culprits. He is very clear when he says that non-Muslims must be subdued.There are only two alternatives: resist or just tell Sharia is a very good thing and support them.

Another "astounding" thing is that he completely says that "we are at war", something a lot of people are not taking into account. And that they should be a superpower. NoisyRoom.Net refers to Koram 9:29, where it says:

Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe not in God nor in the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. —Koran 9:29

But he also said that he was the man to hijack the 5th plane (from Always on Watch, read in completely, has more information about other jihadists in America):

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

"Moussaoui’s testimony on his own behalf stunned the courtroom….

"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.’…"

Steven Emerson, on the contrary says there is no evidence of these claims. There are no proofs that he had actually any acquaintance with the hijackers, only with Ramzi Bin Alshibh or the financial mastermind, he is contradicting himself with the first confession he made and that there is no evidence of anyone else taking part in the plot. So, it looks like that, as Michelle Malkin says, that he is "a martyr wannabee".

this testimony may be the firmest evidence the 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent hopes for martyrdom through execution


FBI agent James Fitzgerald said Moussaoui told him — in a jailhouse meeting the defendant requested — that he did not want to die behind bars and it was "different to die in a battle … than in a jail on a toilet." Moussaoui dropped this bid after he learned that he had an absolute right to testify in his own defense.

Secular Blasphemy writes about this same thing and concludes:

Moussaoui is attempting suicide by court. Does he deserve to die? Undoubtedly. Should the court sentence him to death to fulfill a request from a crazy fanatic? I don’t think so. It is a very flimsy case, and a strange one.

And also The Counterterrorist blog: it states basically the same::

Asked if receiving the death penalty is "dying shaheed [as a martyr]," Moussaoui replied in his broken English: "It depends if you have, if you have fought to the best of your ability. It can depend on your intention. The same action can have two very different result. . . . So for us a shaheed mean martyr at war. And you do not aim to be a shaheed. You fight, and if you meant to come, you come. You don’t decide, OK I’m going to be a shaheed. . . . Even if you don’t die shaheed, if you pray five times a day and you are truthful to God, you go to heaven."

The recordings,heard in the process, according to this post,  have been good as people have been able to remember what happened. Atlas Shrugs has the last words that were spoken in the Flight 93:

Well, I think it’s pretty clear. One curious thing is that they are saying it in English, not in Arabic (Allah Akbar). That was because most of the people on board were English-speaking, and it was the only manner to make themselves understood by people who were killed and their corpses vanished into thin air or reduced to this.

From a post of Andy Cochran we can download the recordings. You can read a part of them at LGF and in RightWing NutHouse, where it looks like some passengers made their way into the cockpit and actually injured a terrorist.

Daily Pundit quotes Moussaoui saying:

Among his most startling statements, Moussaoui said Army Lt. Col. John Thurman’s harrowing account of escaping the burning Pentagon left him with "regret that he didn’t die."

And then writes:

Do you America-hating, Islamist-loving (mostly) lefty anti-warriors see any exemptions for yourselves coming from this animal? Are you so stupid you think his views are unique? There are probably millions who feel exactly as he does[…]. It’s not a diplomatic problem, and it’s not a legal problem. The problem is that a whole lot of barbarian Islamic fundamentalist savages want to kill you in the worst possible way. Do you think that by kissing him and his pals, they will take you off his murder list? You’re not going to be able to sympathize that away, or discuss it away, or fellowship it away, or kumbaya it away. He and his friends aren’t going to respond to reason because they are, by definition, insanely murderous religious nutcases. They are absolutely certain that God has told them to slaughter you, and if they do so in large numbers, they increase their chances of being rewared with a special place in murderer’s heaven.

Carlos the Jackal has been fined for hate speech in France (from The Belmont Club):

A Paris court fined the terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal” more than $6,000 Tuesday for saying in a French television interview that terror attacks sometimes were "necessary." The 56-year-old Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was convicted of defending terrorism. The court did not convict him for expressing pleasure that "the Great Satan" – the United States – suffered the Sept. 11 attacks, saying those comments were his personal reaction. Prosecutors asked for a fine four times larger than the $6,110 penalty imposed. But the judges said they did not see the need for a higher fine because Ramirez’s comments referred to the past and aimed to justify his own actions. Ramirez, dressed in a red shirt and blue blazer, kissed the hand of his partner and lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, during the judgment.

Krishna has also written about this topic.

Pastorius writes "sometimes you have to love your enemies". I read in this post that Moussaoui said during the trial:

that he is convinced President Bush will free him before the end of his term and that he will return to London.


He also argued that he could not get a fair trial so close to the Pentagon and he criticized U.S. support for Israel.

He cannot get a fair trial … because he is so close to the Pentagon, but President Busg is going to pardon him. Well, this man has a wonderful logic. The reason he thinks he will be pardoned is (from Powerline blog):

Asked what his defence theory would be, Moussaoui came up with the scenario in which Americans fighting abroad might be taken hostage, saying that his freedom could be negotiated in exchange. “This could work on even the most revengeful juror,” Moussaoui said.

 Captain’s Quarters Blog does the MSM job and proves a translation is accurate about the implication of Saddam Hussein in terrorists activities againts US. Gindy refers to the words of one of the hijackers: "We have a bomb on board". Hyscience, Instapundit, The Jawa Report and Powerline blog also have written about it. Solomonia quotes First Presbyterian Rev. Gretchen Graf saying:

One year ago today, 19 young men on a mission profoundly changed our lives and the life of our nation. This was an act of faith and courage, a carefully planned statement against what they saw as the evils of a corrupt and oppressive nation. They were willing to give their lives so that the world would see their outrage.

The Jawa Report informs that the death a policeman has been attributed to 9/11 dust cloud.

UPDATE: Reading Spanish Blog Cyberterrorismo y e-jihad, I learn another contradiction in Moussaoui’s testimony. While he is obviously intending to convert himself into a "Jihadi martyr",

El abogado defensor Gerald Zerkin preguntó a su cliente si creía que la defensa estaba involucrada en una conspiración para asesinarlo. El acusado contestó que sufría un desinterés por parte de sus abogados que rayaba en lo "criminal".

The defendant Gerald Zerkin asked his client if he believed that the defense was conspiring to murder him. He answered that he suffered from a "lack of interest", pointing as culprits to his own lawyers, that was nearly "criminal".

So the question is: does he really want to be killed or not? Is someone ordering / asking him to?

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