- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Zacarias Moussaoui, representing himself on conspiracy charges in the September 11 attacks on America, says he is a terrorist and that Osama bin Laden is "my brother in Islam and my father in Jihad," but that does not mean he was part of the suicide strikes that killed more than 3,000.
In handwritten notes unsealed this week by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, Moussaoui said the case against him is based on the government's unproven assertion that bin Laden ordered the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"I am a mujahideen, if Allah accept me. I am a terrorist in your eyes (as terrorism is like beauty, it is in the eyes of the beholder). But it does not mean that I took part in September 11," he said in the court documents, filed under seal last month.
"To this day, the U.S. has not even indicted the lion of Allah," he said, a reference to bin Laden, who has not been charged in the attacks. It was the first time Moussaoui has mentioned bin Laden in any of his court filings.
Moussaoui also told the court he wants to testify before Congress on the September 11 attacks and about the FBI, saying he had "relevant information and proof relating to conduct of the FBI."
The motions, one of which described Judge Brinkema as his "executioner," were filed in an attempt by the 34-year-old French Moroccan to get the government to say he was under surveillance by the FBI and other foreign intelligence agents before September 11 and, as a result, knew he was not a part of the conspiracy. The government has denied the accusation, saying none of the hijack suspects was under surveillance before the attacks.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said in court papers the government "did not conduct electronic or physical surveillance of the defendant before his arrest on August 16, 2001." He added that the government "knows of no surveillance of the defendant by a foreign government" before that date.
Prosecutors believe Moussaoui was intended as the 20th hijacker but was taken into custody in August on immigration violations after officials at a Minnesota flight school became suspicious of him.
Moussaoui's handwritten filings also described the case against him as the "Darwin theory of investigation," which turns "hypothesis into fact." He said, as an example, that because monkeys resemble man doesn't mean that man comes from monkeys.
"Any sane person knows that Allah, God, created man," he said.
Moussaoui was indicted Dec. 11 by a federal grand jury in Alexandria on six counts of conspiracy, accused of plotting with bin Laden and members of al Qaeda to murder thousands of people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Named as unindicted co-conspirators were bin Laden and the 19 dead hijackers, who crashed four jetliners in New York, Washington and a field in Pennsylvania. Four of the counts against Moussaoui could result in the death penalty.
Moussaoui came to the attention of the FBI on Aug. 15, when agents in Minneapolis received information about his flight training. The agents, working with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, were able to detain Moussaoui on visa violations and he has been in custody since.
FBI agents in Minneapolis had sought a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act order to search his computer, although lawyers at FBI headquarters believed there was insufficient probable cause for the order.


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