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Top Secret Gaffe (Terror Suspect Moussaoui Given Sensitive Information)
| Jackie Judd
Posted on 09/08/2002 2:03:43 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
Top Secret Gaffe Terror Suspect Moussaoui Given Sensitive Information
W A S H I N G T O N, Sept. 6 The government mistakenly gave alleged terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui classified documents related to al Qaeda, ABCNEWS has learned.
The material both on disk and as hard copy documents was sent to Moussaoui as part of discovery for his legal defense, said several legal sources, including one at the Justice Department. Moussaoui is awaiting trial in federal court in Virginia on six charges of conspiracy in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.
Sent In Connection With Court Case
Officials "are not 100 percent certain, but there is no evidence that Zacarias Moussaoui had read" the classified material, the Justice Department official said.
The sensitive material apparently was sent over among items the government is required to turn over to Moussaoui for his legal defense before it was "scrubbed" of secret material, and prosecutors then had to play catch up when they realized the mistake.
After the foul-up was discovered, U.S. marshals, with the permission of U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, who is hearing Moussaoui's case, searched Moussaoui's Alexandria, Va., jail cell at least three times, sources said.
It is not clear if all the classified material has been retrieved.
Authorities are "still looking into it, in terms of making sure we did get everything back," the Justice Department source said.
Cannonballs Are Rolling
Another source said, "Cannonballs are rolling around at the Department of Justice and the FBI," because there is considerable anger at high levels about how something like this could have happened.
However, the Justice Department source noted that even if Moussaoui had seen something, "He is unable to communicate with the outside world," so the information could not go beyond him.
The source added the likelihood Moussaoui ferreted out the classified material would be like "finding a needle in a very large haystack."
The Justice Department source could not shed any light on how the mix-up happened, how many trips the U.S. marshals made into the jail cell or if they are returning.
He also refused to further characterize the kind of information Moussaoui received.
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: moussaoui; terrorist; topsecret
posted on 09/08/2002 2:03:43 PM PDT
Accident my a$$, Clintoon holdovers in the Justice Department.
IMHO the only defense he deserves is a plastic knife to cut the rope when we drop him throught the trapdoor on the gallows.
Keystone cops or disinformation??? Ostrich time...
Well, seems the answer is quite obvious. Ol' ZM needs to have a little accident in his cell.
posted on 09/08/2002 2:07:22 PM PDT
Hopefully he won't live to tell anyone about it.
posted on 09/08/2002 2:09:13 PM PDT
I bet somebody is going to be in a heap of trouble about this. ;>(
or it's the ole' ink test. let some leak
see where it flows and to whom and how
that too is a good idea. Bet ya could
catch a politician or two and about six
1) Terrorists are not criminals deserving of a court trial. They are sworn military enemies of the US and for that matter, civilization.
2) Given enough time and resources, we are our own worst enemies in the war on terrorism. The more we wait before we act, the more likely we will compromise our plans (and sacrifice our troops).
3) There is such a thing as need to know. In my wildest dreams I can't imagine a terrorist having the need to know anything remotely classified.
4) Between the INS approving the visas of the dead terrorists and this fiasco, we need to identify and remove all Clintoon apointees ASAP before they can do even greater harm.
posted on 09/08/2002 2:25:26 PM PDT
The sad part about it is this is the SOP for most government entities in the USA today.There is no longer if ever any accountability to its citizens.Most important government positions are in the hands of people who give big in campaigns,offer something in return for the job or just one of the good old boys.Government of and by the people is a sham.
posted on 09/08/2002 2:28:34 PM PDT
This should frost the cheerleaders' pom-poms.
Trouble is, they spend most of their time facing
the stands, assuming the game on the field is
posted on 09/08/2002 2:43:11 PM PDT
This was predictable, but once again, and as always, liberals just never listen and will never learn.
The DOJ and the FBI are hopeless. The only solution is get rid of them all and start over from scratch. What buffoons!
posted on 09/08/2002 3:41:22 PM PDT
"...identify and remove all Clintoon appointees ASAP before they can do even greater harm..."
Thank you for that! Bumpus Maximus.
The massive residue of Klintonistas in the federal bureaucracy is a profound threat to our freedom.
Just look at the Hatfill case. Dear Lord! This transfer of information to a terrorist-on-trial may have been accidental...and may have been deliberate. I do not have a knowledge base sufficient to do other than speculate, but the mere fact that the latter is even conceivable spells real trouble.
My cynicism and tooth-grinding contempt for everything connected to Clinton knows no bounds.
Hillary Regina and Bubba Rex are now the quintessential litmus test of individuals and our republic in general. Anyone who cannot see what they are or supports them or any of their surrogates is, in a phrase, too-low-to-kick-at and too-slimy-to-stomp-on. The fact that they get the media time they do says so much so bad about us. They should be in jail. Period. They are not...and we are in deep weeds.
Blessings on Freepers Everywhere.
posted on 09/08/2002 4:10:18 PM PDT
"Cannonballs are rolling
Sigh..........Professionals should not be in this situation. Cmon guys, this kind of security should not be difficult.
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