Monday, March 27, 2006

He was part of the plot before he wasn’t
Moussaoui Denies Part in 9/11 Hijackings

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified Monday he lied to investigators when arrested in August 2001 because he wanted to let the attacks of Sept. 11 go forward.

"Yes, you can say that," Moussaoui said when the prosecution asked if that was why he misled investigators. The statement was key to the government's case that the attacks might have been averted if Moussaoui had been more cooperative following his arrest.

Moussaoui testified Monday he knew the World Trade Center was going to be attacked but was not part of the plot and didn't know the details. He told the court he knew the attacks were coming some time after August 2001 and bought a radio so he could hear them unfold.

Nineteen men pulled off the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York in Washington in the worst act of terrorism ever on U.S. soil.

"I had knowledge that the Twin Towers would be hit," Moussaoui, taking the stand in his own defense, said. "I didn't know the details of this."…

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