In 1990 Zacarias Moussaoui arrived to London, UK, to study International Business in South Bank University, London. Zacarias Moussaoui enrolled in 1993 and graduated in 1995. During that time Zacarias Moussaoui met in Brixton Mosque Richard Reid that later became the “Shoe Bomber”.
Zacarias Moussaoui was expelled from the Mosque because he became too extreme in his behavior and speaking too much about Jihad. After a while Zacarias Moussaoui found himself another Mosque – the Finsbury Park Mosque , run by the radical Imam Abu Hamza al-Masri. At that time, 1996, the French security service began to monitor his movements.
In 1998 Zacarias Moussaoui traveled to Afghanistan and attended Khalden training camp, as he did also the next year 1999. On 09/2000 Zacarias Moussaoui traveled to Malaysia to meet Yazid Sufaat , one of the participant of the Kuala Lumpur Convention, on 01/03/2000. Yazid Sufaat provided Zacarias Moussaoui with 35,000$, travel documents from Malaysia and a letter identify Zacarias Moussaoui as a commercial representative of Yazid Sufaat s’ company.
Zacarias Moussaoui came to USA the first time in 02/2001. Between 02/2001 to 05/29/2001 Zacarias Moussaoui attended in Airman Flight school in Norman, Oklahoma, but failed to receive a pilot license. Later Mohamed Atta , the pilot hijacker from flight 11, and Marwan al-Shehi , the pilot hijacker from flight 175, took lessons in the same Airman Flight School.
In the beginning of 08/2001 Zacarias Moussaoui got by wire another 14,000$ from Ramzi Binalshibh, probably from Dusseldorf, Germany. A week later on 08/13/2001 Zacarias Moussaoui enrolled to Pan Am flight academy in Egan, Minnesota and took lessons on a Boeing 747 flight simulator.
Because Zacarias Moussaoui asked too many suspicious questions about fuel of the aircraft and its’ weight and expressed radical ideas he was reported to the FBI by his flight instructor Clancy Prevost. On the morning of 08/16/2001, three weeks before The 9/11, the FBI raided his apartment, confiscated his computer and arrested him for questioning. The FBI did not find a legal excuse to search his computer and he was charged only on immigration violation.
After The 9/11 on 12/11/2001 Zacarias Moussaoui was indicted on six felonies of conspiracy to commit acts of terror. During the trial Zacarias Moussaoui behaved in a fickle manner, changed his story several times but admitted to be an Al Qaeda member and that he was a part of a plan to crush an airliner into the White House. In the search in his computer after The 9/11 there were no clues about The 9/11 .
Zacarias Moussaouis’ trial began in 10/2002 in Alexandria, Virginia. He was found guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole on 05/03/2006.
Was Zacarias Moussaoui the 20s hijacker ?
- There is no doubt that Zacarias Moussaoui operated under the same chain of command like the other 9/11 hijackers but under another set of instructions.
- Not like the others, Zacarias Moussaoui did not shave his beard or behave in a “western manner”. On the contrary he spoke out his extreme ideas to every body prepared to listen. He drew attention.
- There is no proof that Zacarias Moussaoui knew about The 9/11 prior to the attack. He knew that he was a part of a larger conspiracy that he did not fully understand.
- It is logical to assume that in the planning of The 9/11 there were some figures in stand by in case that something will go wrong. For the safety of the operation this men could not have any prior knowledge about The 9/11.
It is most likely that Zacarias Moussaoui was a part of the conspiracy at large, mainly to check the security system in USA and to divert the attention to him, even without understanding precisely his role. He was not the 20th hijacker.
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