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FBI Agent Claims Agency Ignored Moussaoui Warnings

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posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 08:20 PM
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Zacarias Moussaoui is facing the death penalty for his role in the September 11 terrorist attacks. On Monday, FBI agent Harry Samit testified under cross-examination that his superiors within the agency ignored his repeated requests for a thorough investigation of Moussaoui following his arrest.
 



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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An FBI agent testified Monday his superiors repeatedly ignored his warnings before 9/11 that Zacarias Moussaoui might be a terrorist intent on hijacking an airliner.

Agent Harry Samit, questioned by defense attorney Edward MacMahon in Moussaoui's death penalty trial, said he referred to Moussaoui in the context of terrorism some 70 times in communications with superiors after arresting him Aug. 16, 2001, but failed to get the FBI to conduct an all-out investigation.

Moussaoui pleaded guilty in April to conspiring with Al Qaeda to hijack aircraft and commit other crimes. The sentencing trial will determine his punishment: death or life in prison.

To obtain the death penalty, prosecutors must prove that Moussaoui caused at least one death on Sept. 11. They argue he did just that by lying to agents after his arrest and refusing to reveal his Al Qaeda membership and his terrorist ties.



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This does not bode well for the case against Moussaoui.

On one hand, the prosecution alleges that he is guilty for at least one of the 3000+ deaths on 9/11 because lied and obstructed the investigation following his arrest. On the other hand, the government is not seeking to prosecute officials within the government and particularly the FBI who failed to perform their duties by demanding and executing a thorough investigation after Moussaoui's arrest nearly a month before the 9/11 attacks.

If the theory behind Moussaoui's crime is his failure to be a good citizen, then how can they fail to prosecute those that clearly failed in their duties?

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[edit on 3/20/2006 by ChemicalLaser]

[edit on 24-3-2006 by asala]




posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 08:58 PM
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this case has been flawed from the very beginning...not because there was some question about moussaoui, he was pretty blatant about what he was doing...but the way the government handled the whole thing...John ashcroft (I keep getting warnings about the other way I spell his name
) was a media ham and one of the worst attn. generals we have ever had...he could have blown the Jack Ruby case. Actually I suspect that Moussaoui was a distraction from the very beginning and it was meant that he be caught to actually throw the government a loop. The plan works like the old invisible in plain sight routine...set up a terrorist with a plan that was never meant to happen to distract the officals from the real actors.



 
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