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    Moussaoui Defense Reveals Details Of Pre-9/11 Knowledge

    Moussaoui defense reveals details of pre-9/11 knowledge

    http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=4488685&nav=23ii

    Associated Press
    2/11/2006

    McLEAN, Va. Lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) say that U-S government agents knew Moussaoui was an agent of Osama bin Laden but still failed to aggressively investigate their client.

    Those remarks came during a closed hearing last month in which Moussaoui's lawyers disclosed several details that go beyond and sometimes contradict what was disclosed in the September 11th commission report.

    The government's knowledge of Moussaoui and his terrorist connections will be a key issue at his March 6th death-penalty trial in federal court in Alexandria.

    Moussaoui pleaded guilty in April to conspiring with al-Qaida to fly aircraft into U-S targets. But Moussaoui claims he had nothing to do with Nine-Eleven and instead was training for part of an aborted second wave of attacks.

    To obtain the death penalty, prosecutors must prove that Moussaoui was directly involved in the attacks.

    Transcripts of the January 5th pretrial hearing were released late yesterday.

    Prosecutors did NOT respond to the defense statements during the hearing.
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    So MANY things "contradict" the September 11th Commission Report.
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    Defense: U.S. Knew Of Danger Of Moussaoui Pre-9/11

    http://wcco.com/crime/local_story_042162520.html

    2/11/2006

    (AP) McLean, Va. U.S. agents knew in August 2001 that Zacarias Moussaoui was an acolyte of Osama bin Laden and had traveled to Afghanistan, but they still failed to aggressively investigate, Moussaoui's defense lawyers said in a closed hearing.

    According to transcripts released Friday, the lawyers disclosed several details in the Jan. 5 hearing that go beyond and sometimes contradict what was disclosed in the Sept. 11 commission report, the government's most exhaustive study of the missed opportunities to foil the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    The government's knowledge of Moussaoui and his terrorist connections will be a key issue at his March 6 death-penalty trial in federal court in Alexandria, Minn.

    Moussaoui pleaded guilty in April to conspiring with al-Qaida to fly aircraft into U.S. targets. But Moussaoui claims he had nothing to do with Sept. 11 and instead was training for part of an aborted second wave of attacks.

    The transcript also shows that a Minneapolis-based FBI agent, Harry Samit, will be a central witness for both the prosecution and defense, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Saturday. Samit was one of two agents who arrested Moussaoui in Minnesota, 31/2 weeks before the attacks. The newspaper said as many as seven Minneapolis FBI and immigration agents and personnel were listed as possible witnesses.

    To win the death penalty, prosecutors must prove that Moussaoui was directly involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. They plan to do so by arguing that the government could have thwarted the attacks if Moussaoui had not lied to FBI agents after his August 2001 arrest for immigration violations.

    The defense contends that the government knew more about the terrorists' plans than Moussaoui and still was unable to prevent the attacks.

    Transcripts of the Jan. 5 pretrial hearing were released late Friday, showing that defense lawyers offered several new nuggets of information to bolster their argument that the government's failure to act swiftly after Moussaoui's arrest was its own fault.

    For instance, defense lawyer Edward MacMahon said government correspondence shows "information that essentially tells them in August that Moussaoui is a bin Ladenite who traveled to Afghanistan. That wasn't acted on."

    MacMahon's statement that the government knew before 9/11 that Moussaoui had traveled to bin Laden's home base differs from the report of the Sept. 11 commission. The authors wrote that it was not until two days after the attacks that British intelligence told the United States that Moussaoui had traveled to Afghanistan to attend an al-Qaida camp.

    MacMahon also said during the hearing that the government explicitly barred one FBI agent in the summer of 2001 from interviewing Moussaoui or any member of Moussaoui's family for fear that such contact would alert al-Qaida to the government's investigation of two other al-Qaida terrorists.

    Prosecutors did not respond to the defense statements during the hearing.
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    Just proves things in the 9/11 Report were written to suit their needs.
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