Moussaoui pleads guilty on terror's 3-nation court date
Terrorist facilitated 9/11 attacks by not revealing plot to investigators
MIM: International terrorism trials and arrests are taking place on almost a daily basis in a race against time. The urgency of stopping radical Islamists was highlighted this week in the array of terror trials which ranged from a plot to detonate a shoe bomb in an airliner to flying a plane into the White House . Most of the terrorists are connected. They either passed through the same mosque and knew each other as was the case of Moussaoui, Badat, and Courtellier, or as in the case of the 24 plus defendents in Spain, who met with 2 of the 9/11 hijackers a month before the attacks.
Moussaoui's mother, (who was interviewed last year and made the front page of the NYTimes magazine) did nothing to stop her son's radicalisation, but is now appealing to the French government to intervene on his behalf to spare him the death penalty " using the obscene reasoning that because "...her son admitted to a plan that never panned out ..."He can't be condemned to death for his intentions..."
This paragon of Islamist motherhood ignored the fact that her son was ready to condemn a plane full of passengers to death if he had realized his intentions of flying a plane into the White House.
The sociopathologic mindset of Islamists is also evident in the fact that Mossaoui's mother is demanding that the French government help her son avoid the death penalty , while at the same time, cravenly ignoring the fact that he denied the right to life to 3,000 people, whom he condemned to death on 9/11 by not revealing the plot while being questioned by US authorities.
Moussaoui pleads guilty on terror's 3-nation court date WIRE REPORTS http://www.dailystar.com/dailystar/dailystar/71851.php
Terrorism was on trial Friday, from Virginia to London and Madrid, with Zacarias Moussaoui becoming the only person convicted in a U.S. court in any connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. In an Alexandria, Va., federal courtroom, Moussaoui pleaded guilty to six conspiracy counts - four of which could bring execution - but said his terrorist plot was separate from the attacks carried out when 19 hijackers crashed four jetliners in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Shouting "God curse America," Moussaoui said al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden personally chose him to crash a plane into the White House in a second-wave attack planned for after 9/11. "Everyone knows I'm not 9/11 material," the defendant said in the packed courtroom.
In London, a British judge sentenced Saajid Badat, a Muslim scholar, to 13 years in prison after he admitted conspiring with shoe bomber Richard Reid to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner in 2001. Judge Adrian Fulford said he believed that Badat backed out of an alleged plot with Reid, who was subdued by passengers when he attempted to detonate a bomb in his shoe aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22, 2001, with 197 people on board. Prosecutors said Badat, 25, of Gloucester, England, conspired to detonate a bomb in a shoe on a different flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to the United States in a plan coordinated with Reid. But he had second thoughts and never bought a ticket for the flight.
Meanwhile in Madrid, 24 people accused of being members of an al-Qaida cell went on trial. The proceedings were Europe's biggest trial of alleged al-Qaida militants and made Spain only the second country after Germany to try suspects in the 9/11 attacks. Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, described as the leader of the cell, and Driss Chebli, described as his lieutenant, are charged with organizing a meeting in July 2001 during which final details of the Sept. 11 attacks might have been worked out. That meeting was attended by Mohamed Atta, who led the hijackers, and Ramzi Binalshibh, a high-ranking al-Qaida member who is suspected of having helped organize the attacks and is now in U.S. custody, the court documents say. A third member of the group, Ghasoub al-Abrash Ghalyoun, is accused of making videotapes of the World Trade Center in 1997 and delivering them to people connected to the 9/11 attacks.
All 24 men, most of them Syrians and North Africans, were arrested between 2001 and 2003. The trial is expected to last until July. Moussaoui to fight execution Back in Virginia, Moussaoui vowed to mount a legal defense to avoid execution despite entering the guilty pleas and bypassing a criminal trial. "Moussaoui will fight every inch against the death penalty," said the defendant, who often refers to himself by his surname. With a fringe of curly black hair around a bald pate and a long, thick, black beard, the defendant looked dramatically different from the way he is often pictured with a shaven head and goatee. He leaned against a lectern as he spoke with a heavy French accent. When asked by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema if federal prosecutors made a plea bargain promise of a lighter sentence, Moussaoui said, "I don't expect any leniency from the Americans."
As part of his plea, the 36-year-old defendant confirmed the truthfulness of a five-page "statement of facts" prepared by the Justice Department. "I read 10 times the statement of facts and pondered each paragraph. I find it factual," he said. Paul McNulty, the U.S. attorney who led the prosecution, said the courtroom statements were consistent with the government's case that he was a participant in a "broad conspiracy" including the 9/11attacks.
The statement details how Moussaoui trained at al-Qaida terrorist camps and then entered the United States as part of a plan to hijack commercial jetliners and fly them into prominent buildings. After entering the country, he received funding from al-Qaida and flight training from schools and commercial jet simulators. "Moussaoui knew of al-Qaida's plan to fly airplanes into prominent buildings in the United States, and he agreed to travel to the United States to participate in the plan," the statement read. "Bin Laden personally selected Moussaoui to participate in the operation." Moussaoui was arrested in Minnesota on immigration charges in August 2001. As he left the courtroom, Moussaoui turned and shouted, "God curse America."
Bin Laden Says 'Remember your Dream' before his Directive to Strike the White House
French Al-Qaeda member Zacarias Moussaoui, who has been in prison as the only man charged in the US September 11 attacks, has admitted that he received flight training to attack the White House and that this mission was given to him personally by the Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
Taken into custody before the attacks, Moussaoui plead guilty to all charges in a court in Alexandria. He has pleaded guilty to six charges related to the September 11, 2001 attacks. These are committing acts of terrorism, committing aircraft piracy, destroying aircraft, using weapons of mass destruction, killing US government officials and destroying US government property.
Moussaoui told the court that he was not a part of the September 11 plot but was a part of a conspiracy to destroy the White House. "I came to the United States of America to be part of a plan to use an airplane as a weapon of mass destruction and to strike the White House" he said. 36 year-old French citizen of Moroccan origin Moussaoui admitted that the Al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden had chosen him to receive airplane training in order to attack the White House though he denied that he was involved in the September 11 attacks. Saying that he was the part of a larger conspiracy including to fly an airplane into the White House, Moussaoui told the court that Bin Laden had told him "remember your dream" and strike the White House.
Moussaoui also admitted that he had been trained on a Boeing 747 (simulator) plane to strike the White House: "I was being trained on a 747 to eventually use this plane to strike the White House." He said that the purpose of his plot was to free the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is in prison in the US after being found guilty of terrorism charges which predated 9/11. US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced that the government would try to prevent a death penalty to Moussaoui. Judicial authorities confirmed that four charges are enough for Moussaoui to be sentenced to the death penalty. Arrested just before the September 11 attacks, it was learned that Moussaoui had been trained for flight by Al Qaeda support. He had been arrested upon his flight instructor's suspection based on the reason that had "violated immigrantion law" a few weeks before the 9/11 attacks.
MIM: David Courtailler,another terrorist connected to Moussaui,and part of the Finsbury Park mosque, is accused of kidnapping children and bring them from the UK to Libya.
Terrorist 'helped kidnap children'
A second international terrorist - thought to have been planning a "huge" bomb attack in Britain - was involved in the abduction of five children from their Norwich home to Libya, a jury heard yesterday.
David Courtailler, a 28-year-old Frenchman named as one of seven people involved in the operation to snatch Anita Elgirnazi's children in June 2000, was identified in court yesterday as having trained at camps run by Osama bin Laden.
Courtailler's name was also on a fake French driving licence found with a large quantity of explosives in a Birmingham flat, the jury at Norwich Crown Court was told.
On Wednesday, another of the people involved in the abduction was identified as Djamel Beghal, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in France for a plot to blow up the US embassy in Paris.
Beghal, 39, was said to have recruited "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and Zacarius Moussaui, who is currently awaiting trial in the US in connection with the 9/11 attacks.
Courtailler was arrested at Calais for breaching bail after he crossed the Channel by ferry. He was driving a Peugeot in which Azzedin Elgirnazi, the children's father who had organised the abduction, was a passenger.
The children, who are still in Tripoli, travelled in a mini-bus. Mustapha Abushima, 38, and his wife Wedad Ahmed, 45, from Manchester, are on trial accused of posing as the children's parents to get them into France. The couple deny conspiring to abduct the children, then aged between two and 11.
Beghal was said to have agreed to help Elgirnazi kidnap the children after meeting him at a mosque in Leicester.
The case continues.