interview with the Concord monitor published December 26, 2003,
Lotfi Raissi was arrested in Britain shortly after 9/11, in an armed police raid that made headlines across the world. It was claimed by the FBI that he was a lead instructor of four of the pilots that were responsible for the hijackings, especially Hani Hanjour, the pilot of Flight 77, the plane that didn't crash into the Pentagon. The US sought his extradition, but in fact had no evidence of any links to terrorism at all, and he was absolved by a British court. He has already sued the Daily Mirror, and won, and is now suing the US government for $20 million.
Abdelghani Mzoudi was released after German investigators informed the court in Hamburg in December of new testimony that the Moroccan did not belong to the Hamburg al-Qaida cell supposed to be behind 9/11. The judge in his trial said there was new evidence which "clearly exonerates" him of suspicions he helped the September 11 plotters. United States rejected virtually all German requests for cooperation in making available Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who the Americans say they have in custody, to testify in the prosecution of Mzoudi. Even Kay Nehm, the German chief federal prosecutor, was reported to have said following Mzoudi's acquittal:
"I find this conduct by the United States incomprehensible,"
Mzoudi has now requested political asylum in Germany because he said he fears being illegally seized by the United States if he returns to Morocco.
Mounir el-Motassadeq another presumed member of the Hamburg "Al Qaeda cell" has had his conviction last year overturned on appeal, and now appears certain to be acquitted on retrial, for the same reasons Abdelghani Mzoudi was.
Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker" has been on trial for almost 3 years now, and has not been going well for the US government. The government will not let Moussaoui subpoena witnesses for his defense, citing national security. In His Own Words in court when he was allowed to defend himself, Moussaoui has explicitly accused the US government of complicity in 9/11:
In fact, it is beyond reasonable doubt that the FBI was facilitating the movement of the 19 hijackers in and out of the country. By doing this, they directly took part in the conspiracy of September 11.
As for his own trial, Moussaoui has written:
Even where the US government has resorted to torture, it hasn't managed to get a "conviction":
Arar, Maher was deported to Syria by the acting US Attorney General, after being detained by the INS during a stopover at JFK airport. At a 3 a.m. deportation hearing that neither his lawyer nor embassy officials were informed of, in violation of international law, he was deported to Syria, because the US authorities accused him of being a member of Al-Qaida. After 10 months of torture in Syria, he was released and returned home: to Canada. Arar is a Canadian citizen and was traveling on a Canadian passport. In a dramatic press conference in Ottawa, carried live on national television and radio, Arar described his 10 month ordeal, and specifically charged that "The Americans sent me to Syria to be tortured." He is now suing the US government.
In a secret trial, before a military court, with observers and the press excluded from seeing any of the evidence, they have had better luck:
Omar Saeed Sheikh was the Englishman of Pakistani origin, who was billed as being the "Paymaster of 9/11". That was only until the Indian press disclosed that the $100,000 he was alleged to have sent Mohammed Atta originated from the head of Pakistan's ISI, a subsidiary of the CIA. At that point, a miasma of other aliases and names for the Hollywood "Paymaster of 9/11 role" were put forward (see Truth Lies Omar), and Omar Saeed Sheikh was later convicted for the murder of Daniel Pearl, but nothing related to 9/11. His conviction is being appealed, which stands to reason as he is clearly an asset of the ISI.
The families of the victims of 9/11 want justice, and if justice is to be served, then any trial of Bin Laden or anyone accused in 9/11 must be a free, fair, open and credible trial. It is not only that we hold the presumption of innocence so dearly, no matter what the nature of the crime; open trials may be the only chance we have of finding out what really happened and what is really happening. It is only through secret trials, or using secret evidence, or rigged trials in the American injustice system, that the Shadow Government can obscure the fact that 9/11 was an Inside Job.
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