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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Moussaoui: something doesn't parseI saw this on the news last night, and it just isn't sitting right with me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something's fishy.
Facing execution, confessed al-Qaeda fighter Zacarias Moussaoui stunned a Virginia courtroom yesterday with the chilling claim that he and shoe-bomber Richard Reid were supposed to dive a hijacked jetliner into the White House on Sept. 11, 2001.
Defying his defence attorneys who desperately tried to prevent him from talking himself onto death row, Mr. Moussaoui claimed advance knowledge of the deadly scheme to simultaneously send fuel-laden passenger jets crashing into buildings in New York and Washington.
I get the part where he says he lied to the authorities prior to 9/11 in order to keep the plan from being derailed. That makes sense. But the part where he was supposed to be a fifth kamikaze, along with Richard Reid? I don't buy it. It's too tidy. Someone is setting this up. What were the chances that Moussaoui - famed for being the only one in the world on trial for 9/11 - would name the other world famous would-be terrorist (who is a bit of an idiot) as his co-pilot? Reid looks a few virgins short of Paradise, if you know what I mean, and I can't see anyone entrusting him with such a monumental task of bombing the White House. And what of Flight 93? I thought that was destined for the White House? Were there two? Or was 93 supposed to go elsewhere, like the Capitol? None of this is making sense. Great headlines, but little sense.
Posted by RightGirl on March 28, 2006 | Permalink
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A few virgins short of Paradise?
Ohh, I wish I'd though of that phrase.
Very witty, RightGirl, right on.
(I agree something smells too.)
Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-03-28 5:05:25 PM
Great headlines, exactly...how about he's trying to get his 15 minutes of fame?
But yeah, love the "few virgins short" - they all are sadly.
Still havent' heard what the female suicide bombers get...Mary Kay stuff?
Posted by: tomax | 2006-03-28 5:12:37 PM
Hey - don't knock Mary Kay!
Posted by: RightGirl | 2006-03-28 5:19:46 PM
What DO women want?
Posted by: nomdenet | 2006-03-28 5:44:32 PM
Moussaoui is doing this because he has nothing to lose.
The death penalty may be taken off the table, but at the very least, this guy is facing the rest of his life in a small cell in the super-maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado. This is where prisoners are held in complete isolation from human contact, in their cells 23 hours a day. It has been said that inmates slowly go insane because of it. In fact, one could say that it is a slower, more agonizing death sentence.
Under these circumstances, he's trying to either force a mistrial or speed it up to get it over with.
Posted by: Scott | 2006-03-28 6:02:01 PM
I agree with you Right Girl - something is wrong. What does that particular terrorist think he will gain? Something is missing. I hope someone figures it out and posts it here for the rest of us to read and to add our two cents worth.
Posted by: jema54j | 2006-03-28 6:32:02 PM
Easy. Martyrdom. He wants execution, he wants fame for his fantasy plot. He wants his virgins and he wants them now. He's the kid on the viral video swinging a broomstick and thinking it is a light saber.
He wants to Mark David Chapman himself into history: dork with assassination fantasies...who just got "lucky" enough to fail on the big stage...and be remembered.
Posted by: Dan | 2006-03-29 10:03:33 AM
You should all go out and watch V for Vendetta
Posted by: JZ | 2006-03-29 1:08:12 PM
Whats so hard to understand?
Lying son of a bitch wants glory! Makes up story to draw attention to himself and obfuscate his real involvement.
This guy should be taken aside and fed psychotropic drugs till he tells security people every last thing he knows. He deserves no pity.
Posted by: PGP | 2006-03-29 6:41:20 PM
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