- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man imprisoned for a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks says he wants to testify in open court about an alleged plot by al-Qaida to shoot down Air Force One and assassinate former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.

In a four-page, handwritten letter filed this week in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui also claims he has information about several people who supported him “in my Islamic terrorist activities” when he lived and attended flight school in Norman, Oklahoma, before the attacks.

A French citizen of Moroccan descent, Moussaoui, 46, pleaded guilty in 2005 to six counts of conspiring with al-Qaida to fly planes into U.S. buildings. He ultimately was sentenced to life in prison after a jury couldn’t agree unanimously on the death penalty.

The letter was sent from the “Supermax” federal prison in Florence, Colorado, where Moussaoui is being held, and includes his inmate identification number.

No attorney has been assigned to the case, which has been referred to U.S. District Judge Shon Erwin for review.

In the letter, Moussaoui claims he was attacked in prison by another inmate and that his cell is “infested by rodents and freezing.” He also requests that he be assigned an attorney and says he wants to testify “in your court in an open hearing.”

Chris Burke, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, declined to comment on the letter or its claims.

“We don’t typically comment on legal filings by inmates,” Burke said.

Moussaoui also has given multiple accounts of his connection to the Sept. 11 attacks, and since his sentencing has said he lied when testifying that he plotted to hijack a fifth jetliner on Sept. 11, 2001. His court-appointed defense team - with whom Moussaoui did not cooperate - portrayed him during the trial as a delusional schizophrenic who lied to either achieve martyrdom through his execution or to enhance his role in history. Prosecutors said he had only a personality disorder.

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