Zaccarias Moussaoui will be going to the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” (see below) today as he begins his life sentence for terrorist activities. He’ll be joining his old buddy, Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber,” and the guys who helped start it all: Ramzi Yousef who was implicated in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and their oracle, blind Egyptian Muslim cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman. One stop shopping for bad guys hoping to spring their buddies.
Moussaoui may be able to bring news from his old boss Khalid Sheik Mohammed, one of the architects of 9/11, to Mohammed’s nephew, Yousef. And hey, as long as we’re talking about connections, don’t forget that the bomb expert for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was Iraqi and disappeared into Baghdad after the US LET HIM GO for some inexplicable reason. Abdul Rahman Yasin was actually picked up a couple of times and told to go home to Iraq. See previous post here. In case you didn’t hear him on the show last night, read Tom Joscelyn’s take on the sentencing here. And as we pointed out amply in the show last night, you can’t fight a war on terror in a court room, especially with all the rules of evidence that apply in a US court room. See the CounterTerrorism blog on that here.
One of the more bizarre revelations from this trial is that three jurors believed Moussaoui was a bit player in 9/11 and that he couldn’t have had enough information to share with the FBI before the strike. The jury, I suspect, expected Moussaoui to pull out his Clyde Crashcup diagram for them. Ain’t gonna happen. That’s the way it works in a cell. If they’d been able to see his laptop with his connections to 9/11 perhaps that would have been more persuasive although I doubt it. If they don’t believe he knew enough about 9/11 by being paid by the Al Qaeda paymaster in Germany and working for Khalid Sheik Mohammed then there’s not much hope for this box of rocks. Jury nullification anyone?
And here’s another disturbing question: What if the French come to Moussaoui’s rescue?
Reuters is reporting that the French Foreign Ministry could call for Moussaoui to serve out his sentence in France because they don’t have enough jihadists over there.
Knowing what we know of Moussaoui is this place too good for him?
Dubbed by the Guinness World Records as the most
secure prison in the world, the 37 acre complex comprises four separate
detention facilities, each with a different grade of security. Supermax is
equipped with motion detectors, 1,400 steel remote-controlled steel doors, laser
beams, barbed wire fences, pressure pads and attack