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02-18-2005, 01:24 PM
White House Opposes Moussaoui Appeal

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 11:09 PM
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has told the Supreme Court that terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui does not need direct access to potentially favorable al-Qaida witnesses to get a constitutionally fair trial.

The filing, released by the court Thursday, is the Justice Department's response to Moussaoui's appeal challenging the government's right to put him on trial. The Justice Department says giving Moussaoui access to government-prepared summaries of interrogation statements from al-Qaida captives is enough. The government also argues that it is too early for a high court review because its attorneys are still putting together the summaries under the direction of a trial judge. It said an appeal, if one is necessary, would be more appropriate after trial.

"If the substitutions compiled by the district court are inadequate, or if the jury is not properly instructed to the circumstances of the substitutions and their reliability, the death (penalty) could be stricken and other sanctions could be imposed," the brief states.

Moussaoui, a French citizen, was indicted in December 2001. He remains the only U.S. defendant charged in an al-Qaida conspiracy that includes the Sept. 11 attacks. The defendant has acknowledged his loyalty to Osama bin Laden but denies he was to have any role in the 2001 airplane hijackings.

His lawyers appealed a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which would allow Moussaoui access only to the summaries. The ruling also allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

The government's arguments were filed with the court Feb. 10. The brief was not made public until Thursday so that classified material could be deleted.

Copyright © 2005, The Associated Press Interesting to note that even the much vaulted 9/11 Commission was not able to interview any of the 9/11 co-conspirators (Al-Qaida witnesses), not even its mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) who has not been charged with any crime or seen the inside of an American or International court of law even after over two years being held captive. But it gets worse. Not only did the 9/11 Commission not interview KSM; they did not, or were not even allowed to, interview KSM's interrogators who no doubt solicited drug or torture induced confessions from whatever undisclosed locations where he and others are reportedly being held.

And on these confessions, the 9/11 Commission based much of the best-selling "9/11 Report" -- the so-called definitive account of what happened on September 11th 2001. DeMott in Harpers got it right, the 9/11 was a whitewash that defrauded the Nation...we have only begun to glimpse as a people how deep that fraud and deception goes. What we see now in part will be shown in full in time through the few valiant and courageous whistleblowers, researchers, investigative reporters, and a handful of members of Congress willing to go where others fear to tread. Now is not a time for fear but for truth.

Kyle F. Hence

01-27-2006, 11:37 PM