Moussaoui Not Involved in 9/11? Duh
From the bulletins that kept appearing on my computer yesterday, you would have thought that it was big news that Osama bin Laden had apparently disclosed that Zacarias Moussaoui was not involved in the 9/11 terror plot. You would have thought it was something we hadn't heard before, or didn't know before, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.
We have known for years that Moussaoui was not involved in the planning or preparation for the terror attacks on America. The government long ago dropped the "20th hijacker" tag on Moussaoui because no evidence supported it and it became obvious during Moussaoui's trial that he never contacted any of the real hijackers while they were in America, never had any of them contact him, never knew anything about the flight route, or the targets, or any other relevant component of the conspiracy.
So when bin Laden allegedly says that Moussaoui "had no connection at all with Sept. 11" and that "I never assigned brother Zacarias to be with them on that mission," he isn't truly telling us anything we don't already know. During Moussaoui's trial, remember, one of the real masterminds behind the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, testified in written summary that Moussaoui was such a royal pain in the butt that he, Mohammed, had to get rid of a cellphone because Moussaoui kept calling him on it. That's the sort of terror conspirator Moussaoui was.
Wile we are at it, we've also known for at least that past four years that Moussoaui is a pathological liar, willing and able to say whatever he feels he needs to say at any particular time to achieve whatever ends he wants. From the day in 2002, when he tried to plead guilty only to withdraw the request, until the day earlier this spring when he testified in court for the first time in Alexandria, Virginia, Moussaoui had denied any involvement in the hijack plot. I was involved in another plot, he kept telling anyone who would listen. And then in court, when he saw the prosecution's case against him crumbling, he came to the stand and changed his story entirely. All of a sudden, he was the lynchpin to the plot.
The jury may have bought that story, for reasons of its own, but bin Laden didn't. And neither should you.
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Posted by: Phil S. | May 25, 2006 07:56 AM
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