Terror Suspect Moussaoui Makes Plea
Wed Jul 3, 5:18 AM ET
By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The only man charged as a Sept. 11 conspirator wants to testify before Congress.
Zacarias Moussaoui said he wants to tell lawmakers that the FBI had him and the 19 hijackers under surveillance before the attacks and was responsible for letting them happen.
"I, slave of Allah must be free to appear in front of the Congress hearing relating to the September 11 attack and the FBI," he said.
Moussaoui requested the unlikely appearance in one of five handwritten motions released Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema. The French citizen, 34, is acting as his own lawyer.
The government has denied Moussaoui's contention that the United States was watching him and the attackers before Sept. 11. Moussaoui was arrested in mid-August after his conduct at a Minnesota flight school caused employees to contact the FBI.
Moussaoui said the U.S. government chose not to arrest hijacker Hani Hanjour last summer because that would have tipped off the attackers that the FBI was watching them.
"They arrested me and not Hanjour who was a few week before me at Pan Am Flight School (and has been reported was a danger) because they knew that I was not with the 19 hijackers and therefore they will not be alerted ... by my arrest," the motion said.
He said the U.S. government "cynically allow Sept. 11 in order to destroy Afghanistan."
Hanjour early in 2001 attended the JetTech flight school in Phoenix, owned by the Pan Am International Flight Academy. He is believed to have piloted the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11.
The manager for the now-defunct JetTech said she called the FAA ( news - web sites) inspector who oversaw her school three times in January and February 2001 to express her concerns about Hanjour's flying skills.
Moussaoui began lessons at the Pan Am academy in Minneapolis on Aug. 13, just three days before his arrest, according to his indictment.
Moussaoui also asked to present his story to a federal grand jury, and said he would "stipulate to be chain, handcuff, leg cuff, stun belt, 20 or 30 marshals as long as I can say what I know about Sept. 11 attack."
Moussaoui also repeated allegations that the judge is conspiring to have him executed and filed a motion "to stop Leonie Brinkema, DJ (district judge) playing games with my life."
"You must get out of this case now!" he wrote.
Brinkema entered a plea of innocent Tuesday on behalf of Moussaoui at his June 25 arraignment on a revised indictment.
Moussaoui had tried to plead no contest to charges that he conspired to commit acts of terrorism, commit aircraft piracy, destroy aircraft, use weapons of mass destruction, murder U.S. employees and destroy property. The government has said it would seek the death penalty.