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MOUSSAOUI FACES BATTLE TO AVOID DEATH PENALTY (Hell Awaits -- France Will Surely Protest)
The Tocqueville Connection ^ | 23 April 2005 | AFP

Posted on 04/23/2005 9:32:48 AM PDT by Cornpone

WASHINGTON, April 22 (AFP) - Zacarias Moussaoui's admission that he took part in Al-Qaeda's September 11 conspiracy during an angry court appearance has left him facing a desperate battle to avoid the death penalty.

The 36-year-old Frenchman has said he was chosen by Osama bin Laden to fly a jet into the White House.

US media emphasised how Moussaoui shouted "God curse America" as he left Friday's hearing in Alexandria, Virginia and US authorities announced straight away that they would press for his execution.

Lawyers have warned, however, that a long court process remains -- during which Moussaoui could renew calls to be allowed to question Al-Qaeda leaders kept in secret detention by the United States -- before a jury starts to decide on the penalty.

Moussaoui pleaded guilty to six conspiracy charges linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people. He is the first person to face charges over the attacks.

But he has also insisted that he was not to be one of the September 11 hijackers and that he was to take part in a later attack on the White House.

Moussaoui, who said he uses the moniker Abu Khalid al Sahrawi as his nom de guerre, signed a statement of fact during the hearing in which he said the Al-Qaeda leader chose him for the second wave of attacks.

"Bin Laden personally selected Moussaoui to participate in the operation to fly planes into American buildings and approved Moussaoui attacking the White House," according to the document.

"Bin Laden told Moussaoui: 'Sahrawi, remember your dream.'" Despite his guilty pleas, Moussaoui, balding, bearded and wearing a green prison jumpsuit, stressed he was not seeking his execution.

"I don't expect any leniency from the Americans," he said, but he added: "I will not apply for death, and in fact, I will fight every inch against the death penalty."

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said, however, that prosecutors would seek execution for the avowed Al-Qaeda member.

"The fact that Moussaoui participated in this terrorist conspiracy is no longer in doubt," Gonzales said. "Moussaoui and his co-conspirators were responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocents on September 11."

Moussaoui admitted conspiracy to commit terrorism, to commit aircraft piracy, to destroy aircraft and to use weapons of mass destruction -- charges which carry the death penalty. He also pleaded guilt to conspiracy to murder and to destroy property.

He is the first Al-Qaeda conspirator to appear in a US civilian court over September 11. All of the others remain in US military custody.

And there are still many contradictions in his case, during which he has regularly railed against his defence team.

On Friday, Moussaoui called his lead lawyer Frank Dunham a "Judas" for talking to the US media about his case.

Lawyers had expressed doubts that Moussaoui was mentally competent to make a guilty plea. He withdrew a guilty plea made in 2002.

But US District Judge Leonie Brinkema said Moussaoui was capable. She complimented the defendant, saying he was an "extremely intelligent man.

"He better understands the legal system than some lawyers that I have seen in this court," she said.

Moussaoui's statement that he was not part of the September 11 plot was consistent with earlier claims that although he is an Al-Qaeda member, he was to participate in other plots.

The official US commission which looked into the September 11 attacks said captured Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told interrogators that Moussaoui was to be used in a loosely planned "second wave" of attacks.

Nineteen men hijacked the four jets and crashed them into the twin World Trade Center towers in New York, the Defence Department headquarters near Washington and a field in Pennsylvania.

Despite his insistence that he was not part of the September 11 operation, Moussaoui signed the statement of facts as "the 20th hijacker".

A dozen relatives of September 11 victims attended the hearing. Some later said they wanted Moussaoui to be sentenced to death.

"I'm just happy that we didn't have to go through a long trial," said Debra Burlingame, whose brother, Charles Burlingame, 51, was the captain of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.

"I view him (Moussaoui) and all of his confederates ... as lost souls, utterly lost souls," she said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqueda; deathpenalty; france; islam; moussaoui; september11th; shownomercy; terror

1 posted on 04/23/2005 9:32:50 AM PDT by Cornpone
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John; Chgogal

Ping...Yippee!!! Another one bites the dust...


2 posted on 04/23/2005 9:36:59 AM PDT by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
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To: Cornpone
"I want my virgins!!!"
3 posted on 04/23/2005 9:37:19 AM PDT by ken5050 (The Dem party is as dead as the NHL)
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To: Cornpone
US District Judge Leonie Brinkema said Moussaoui was capable. She complimented the defendant, saying he was an "extremely intelligent man.

Complimented?
I doubt that was a compliment and if it was is this woman must be a liberal!

4 posted on 04/23/2005 9:39:21 AM PDT by apackof2 (Love is a verb)
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To: Cornpone

Didn't they give Mumia the keys to the city of Paris? I would expect no less for Moussaoui!


5 posted on 04/23/2005 9:40:55 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (••• ••• •••)
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To: apackof2

She might be giving him enough rope to hang him with by flattering him.


6 posted on 04/23/2005 9:41:01 AM PDT by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: ken5050
"I want my virgins!!!"

From the sound of it, he doesn't seem quite so eager to collect his "reward", now does he?

7 posted on 04/23/2005 9:45:23 AM PDT by Scothia (If you pray for rain, prepare to deal with some mud.)
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To: Cornpone

So NOW he's not willing to die for his "cause"?

Not a very dedicated suicide-murderer, are we?

S'matter?, afraid to die if you can't take out some innocents in the process.

Chicken Sh!t Terrorist!!!


8 posted on 04/23/2005 9:46:17 AM PDT by digger48
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To: apackof2
"I doubt that was a compliment and if it was is this woman must be a liberal!"

She's a flaming liberal...I know.

9 posted on 04/23/2005 9:49:47 AM PDT by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
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To: Cornpone
Yippee!!! Another one bites the dust...

Don't hold your breath. He'll probably get a $10,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

10 posted on 04/23/2005 9:52:10 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Cornpone

The U.S. could fund a big chunk of the War on Terror through an eBay auction for the right to beat this POS to death with a Louisville Slugger...


11 posted on 04/23/2005 9:56:40 AM PDT by LouD
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To: Cornpone
Oh, he doesn't want the death penalty? BS. He would like nothing better than to be a martyr for "Allah" and bin Bombed-to-oblivion. Reverse Psych ya dig? I say, Prison for life, no Parole, and HARD labor; the pointless kind. Like breaking rocks over and over again. For the next 50 years. Make sure they feed him well, no sense letting him go off to Allah too soon, make him PAY in this lifetime. There are things worse than death. Women's panties on the head comes to mind...
12 posted on 04/23/2005 9:57:38 AM PDT by Danae ( Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: Cornpone; apackof2
Here is an artists rendition of this Liberal U.S. District Judge, Leonie Brinkema, who wants to have Moussaoui's baby.

In a previous ruling, she did everything she could to cast stones at the United States while defending him in open court. It was a disgrace.

13 posted on 04/23/2005 9:58:19 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Cornpone; apackof2

"Come with me infidel judge, and I will make you my Burqa woman."

14 posted on 04/23/2005 10:00:54 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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May I be the first to say fry baby fry. Wait didn't McVeigh get a needle? Which would he get if he gets the death penalty?


15 posted on 04/23/2005 10:01:15 AM PDT by Aleighanne
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To: LouD
"The U.S. could fund a big chunk of the War on Terror through an eBay auction for the right to beat this POS to death with a Louisville Slugger..."

But first he must be punished according to the Sharia in the fashion Muhammed prescribed for the Jews...cut off his hands and feet, gouge out his eyes and leave him with no water in the sun...this is the way of Islam...then beat him to death with Louisville Slugger....

16 posted on 04/23/2005 10:01:50 AM PDT by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
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To: Danae

...with nothing but beans and cheap wienies 3 times a day...

if he doesn't like the processed pork by-products, he can then go to meet Allah in a "dignified", "beautiful", and "euphoric" way.


17 posted on 04/23/2005 10:05:29 AM PDT by digger48
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To: ken5050
"I want my virgins!!!"

"The righteous will be served also by boys, "pure as pearls," dressed in green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade, adorned with bracelets of silver and used to drinking wine."

The Holy (Joke) Quran, 76:21

Do you realize one of the main theological debates among Muslim holy (joke) scholars is how long an erection lasts in paradise? This is no religion...its a gangster cult.

18 posted on 04/23/2005 10:09:08 AM PDT by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
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To: Scothia

Yes, but the libs still believe the death penalty isn't a deterrent.


19 posted on 04/23/2005 10:11:33 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Cornpone
The martyrdom of Moussaoui has officially begun. If we had just put him in front of a military tribunal, we could have quickly and quietly tried him, found him guilty, and put him to death. The leftists would have screamed and howled for a while, but they wouldn't have been able to bring him back from the dead, and only a few people would have even taken notice of their antics.

But no, we had to give him over to the liberal federal courts, where the media could turn him into a rock star, and let the commies of the world promote him as the latest victim of US "imperialism."

20 posted on 04/23/2005 10:16:40 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: Cornpone

Desired end for Mr. Mouss--owie (with W's "9/14/01 and after" remarks added for emphasis):

Firing squad.
("I can hear you...")

On National television.
("The rest of the world hears you.")

Survivors of 9/11 victims able to attend if they desire. ("And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.")

Next...Hussein...Sadr...Bin Laden...Zarqawi......Tent grenade boy...
("I say, 'bring 'em on.")


21 posted on 04/23/2005 10:32:34 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (Someone please tell the Pubbies in Congress, WE WON THE DAMN ELECTION!!!)
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To: Aleighanne
He will die, just like McVeigh, about 2 miles from my house at the US. Federal Peniteniary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

We had about 5,000 to 6,000 for McVeigh. I will probably be worse for this joker.

22 posted on 04/23/2005 10:38:27 AM PDT by Military family member (Bless the Legacy of John Paul II)
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To: Cornpone

I still think we should part him out, a lot of people need
eyes, and kidneys, lungs and such, I know a few republicans
that could use a spine or a set of balls.

This way, he'd be sort of "undead", he wouldn't go to Allah
but he'd still live in the body of an infidel.


23 posted on 04/23/2005 11:25:51 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: CFC__VRWC
You are so right. These vermin need to be "processed" for intel and then summarily executed.

Of course, we could be magnanimous and sentence them to 25 years in prison - in the general population.

24 posted on 04/23/2005 11:53:55 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Delenda est Liberalism!)
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To: tet68
"This way, he'd be sort of "undead", he wouldn't go to Allah...

All you need to do to prevent a Muslim from meeting Allah is plant them tainted with pig's blood on their body or a piece of pork in the shroud...its kind of like a wooden stake through the heart.

25 posted on 04/23/2005 11:57:08 AM PDT by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
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To: tet68
I still think we should part him out,..

LOL! Well that witty riposte cost me a screen splattered with coffee. Your sense of humor is sick. But then, so am I. Part the ba$tard out. Send the testicles to Bill Clinton.

26 posted on 04/23/2005 12:16:09 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: elbucko

No, send his testicles to congress, there is a shortage of them there.


27 posted on 04/23/2005 12:28:16 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: elbucko

Send the testicles to Bill Clinton.

What? Jeez, the guy should have been neutered years ago.
Probably would have if Hillery! had had her way.


28 posted on 04/23/2005 1:03:49 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Cornpone

To whom will France protest his sentence to Hell?

The obvious answer would presume facts not in evidence, such as their belief in God.


29 posted on 04/23/2005 1:08:52 PM PDT by G Larry (Aggressively promote conservative judges!)
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To: Cornpone
This is nearly four years after 9/11 and this trial is still not resolved!

Is there any better and more compelling example than the endless Moussaoui trial for keeping these foreign terrorists from clogging our court systems by prosecuting them like criminals as the Liberals want to do?

Can anybody imagine the endless chaos that would ensue if we were to try just the Guantanamo detainees alone in court - not to mention the expense of paying the lawyers for both sides?

30 posted on 04/23/2005 1:43:51 PM PDT by Gritty ("The illusion of permanence is the curse of post-Christian civilization"-Mark Steyn)
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To: Gritty

Burn'em...send them to hell as meals ready to eat....


31 posted on 04/23/2005 1:45:47 PM PDT by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
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To: Cornpone

I'd say let him starve to death but think the executioner needs to slip a little pig blood into his IV along with the "night night" juice...and let Moussaoui see him do it.


32 posted on 04/23/2005 2:14:50 PM PDT by Robert Lomax
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To: Robert Lomax
"I'd say let him starve to death..."

What, and allow him the peaceful death we gave Terry Schiavo? Starving is too good for the scum...and I would inject them with pigs blood with a transfusion straight from the sow...it must be a sow...

33 posted on 04/23/2005 2:27:00 PM PDT by Cornpone (Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
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To: tet68
Bill Clinton NEVER had any balls...
He preferred "Monica's" because his wee & bent little willy wasn't "up" to anything else....

Oh, I forgot to mention.....He also squats to pee.

Semper Fi
34 posted on 04/23/2005 2:46:18 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Cornpone
Since there will be no trial on guilt who decides whether Moussoui gets the death penalty?
35 posted on 04/23/2005 8:14:51 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: tet68

As much as Hitlery may have wanted to neuter Booba, she wouldn't because she would not have gotten very far with a enuich. I hope I spelled that right.


36 posted on 04/24/2005 8:45:10 AM PDT by freekitty
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