How Unstable Is He?
The death penalty trial of Zacarious
Moussaoui -- the only man tried here in the US on charges related
to the 9/11 attacks -- continued in Alexandria, VA Monday, with
testimony from the defense about his wretched upbringing and his
overall mental stability.
Jan Vogelsang, a clinical social worker, testified that the
37-year-old Frenchman of Morrocan descent was in and out of
orphanages the first six years of his life, and endured taunts of
"dirty Arab" by the family of his teenage girlfriend, with whom he
The jury also heard videotaped testimony from Moussaoui's sister
Jamilla, who described her younger brother as "a pretty little
baby, always smiling... he was the little sweetheart of the
Moussaoui's sister also testified their father, Omar, reportedly
beat Jamilla and their mother. "Each time [our father] reappeared
in our lives, it was to traumatize us," Jamilla said. "He left us
completely destitute. He was a man who never should have had
The defense presented the evidence Monday in hopes of proving
Moussaoui shouldn't be put to death because he's deranged from
years of such torment-- a strategy Moussaoui himself called
"American B-S" as he was led from the courtroom, according to the
San Francisco Times.
Moussaoui has said he and shoe-bomber Richard Reid were to have
flown a fifth hijacked plane into the White House on 9/11. In
remarks that will be summarized at the federal courthouse in
Alexandria, however, Reid -- who's now in prison -- will reportedly
say that there was no such plan.
Other al-Qaeda operatives now in custody say even they
thought Moussaoui was too deranged to be an active part in the 9/11
Moussaoui faces the death penalty for not telling investigators
about the attacks between the time he was arrested, and the day
four commercial planes were hijacked and turned into guided
missiles that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and
damaged the Pentagon.