Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui helped himself get one huge step closer toward getting the death penalty Monday when he testified that not only did he know about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks ahead of time but that he and shoe-bomber Richard Reid were supposed to hijack a fifth airplane and fly it into the White House.
The self-confessed Al Qaeda member also said he rejoiced and was delighted when nearly 3,000 people were killed and the World Trade Center was reduced to rubble after the attacks that day.
Moussaoui’s three-hour long testimony in his death-penalty trial revealed stunning new details in the case, many of which were in stark contrast to his previous statements in which he said the White House attack was to come later if the United States refused to release a radical Egyptian sheik imprisoned on earlier terrorist convictions.
“I was supposed to pilot a plane into the White House,” Moussaoui responded when defense lawyers asked him if he knew he was supposed to be a pilot in the Sept. 11 attacks when he was arrested on Aug. 16 of that year. “I only knew about the two planes of the World Trade Center in addition to my own,” he added.
Some of my thoughts. First, Moussaoui should immediately be charged as an accomplice in the 3,000 murders that took place on September 11th. Second, this seems to prove that the brave American heroes on United Flight 93 prevented their plane from being flown into the US Capitol, since Moussaoui’s plane was planned to hit the White House.
Finally, shouldn’t our intelligence community have tagged Richard Reid and prevented him from boarding an airplane, much less wearing a shoe-bomb, since his was apparently one of 5 other intended 9/11 hijackers?