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Zacarias Moussaoui lacks a vigorous defense


Zacarias Moussaoui lacks a vigorous defense


April 7, 2006 – The issue is not whether Zacarias Moussaoui is a deranged Islamic extremist.  Based on his frequent outbursts in court, the guy is stark raving mad.  Whether he is mentally competent to even be on trial is debatable, but a mute point because he will more than likely be sacrificially put to death to avenge the deaths of thousands of innocent people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania that died on September 11, 2001. 


The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Moussaoui on August 16, 2001.  From August 16, 2001 until April 22, 2005 Moussaoui maintained that he was not involved with the events of September 11th 2001.  On April 22nd 2005 Moussaoui surprised the federal courtroom audience in which he was on trial for the murder of thousands of innocent people by pleading guilty to all charges against him, while at the same time denying that he had any intention of a massacre like 9/11.  How he can plead guilty to all charges without criminal intent to carry out that which he has plead guilty is as peculiar as the government’s account of what happened on 9/11.  Remember, Zacarias Moussaoui was in U.S. custody on September 11, 2001, yet has been convicted by his guilty plea of murdering at least one of the thousands of people that died on September 11th.


Prior to his guilty plea, the federal government was having a difficult time connecting Moussaoui to the reported 19 hijackers, which makes his confession even more suspect.  The truth is that if the U.S. government, despite the Moussaoui guilty plea, had to still convince beyond a reasonable doubt, a tamper free, unbiased jury that Moussaoui was somehow responsible for even one death that occurred on 9/11, it could not because the connection doesn’t exist.  Fortunately though for the government, the fact that Moussaoui is a lunatic in the clinical sense of the word and professes before the judge and jury to hate and want to harm the United States serves the insatiable appetite for vengeance so completely that facts and findings could not possibly be honestly considered. 


It is also of interest that the opportunity for the government to replay 9/11 events during the sentencing phase of the Zacarias Moussaoui trial is far too convenient to be dismissed as coincidental.  It cannot be ignored that with each passing day, tens of thousands of Americans are breaking the 9/11 spell and witnessing through sober eyes, the controlled demolition collapse of the Twin Towers (WTC-1, and WTC-2) along with the laws of physics defying, phenomenal collapse of World Trade Center Building Seven.  The most popular video clips playing on the Internet today are the collapses of WTC-1, WTC-2, and WTC-7.  These videos are being replayed hundreds of thousands of times each day with commentary and scientific evidence that is more creditable than the conspiracy theory put forth by the federal government called the “pancake theory”.  The “pancake theory” is about as stable as Moussaoui, with the list of professors and former U.S. government employees scoffing at the theory as pure fantasy growing faster than the U.S. government can refute. 


Obviously, the U.S. government does not want the “pancake theory” on trial, which is exactly why Moussaoui’s defense attorney, Gerald T. Zerkin must challenge the government as it marches one gut-wrenching 9/11 victim after another before the jury that is poised to put Moussaoui to death.  To sit idly by when there are creditable, scientific experts more than willing to testify that the collapses of WTC-1, WTC-2, and WTC-7 could have only occurred as the result of a controlled demolition and not some illogical “pancake theory” will amount to Moussaoui not having a defense attorney at all.  Some press accounts suggest that Zerkin intends to raise the “paranoia schizophrenia” defense in an effort to spare Moussaoui’s life, which is to raise no meaningful defense because nobody cares whether Moussaoui is mentally ill or not.  If the government or the people thought that Moussaoui was mentally incompetent, Judge Leonie Brinkema would have rejected his guilty plea, because to enter a guilty plea that is accepted by the court requires the defendant to be mentally competent to enter the plea.  In the United States, the courts normally reject the guilty pleas of crazy people, because the people entering the pleas are, well…crazy!


It goes without saying that if the Moussaoui jury were to be presented evidence during the sentencing phase that raised doubt as to whether the Twin Towers collapsed as a result of the government’s “pancake theory”, but rather that it is scientifically more likely that these steel superstructures collapsed at freefall speed onto their footprints as the direct result of secondary explosive devices found in controlled demolitions, it would become impossible for that same jury to put Moussaoui to death. 


If Zerkin were to call such creditable witnesses to offset the government’s psyops assault on the jury, press, and public-at-large, he should start with Morgan Reynolds.  Morgan Reynolds, Ph.D. is professor emeritus at Texas A&M University and former director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis headquartered in Dallas, TX. He served as chief economist for the US Department of Labor during 2001–2, George W. Bush's first term.


In his article, Why Did the Trade Center Skyscrapers Collapse?[1], Morgan lists eleven reasons why the WTC-1, WTC-2, and WTC-7 most likely collapsed as the result of controlled demolition and not because of any type of “pancake theory”.  To read the complete article by Dr. Reynolds, click here.


Reynolds writes: 

Professional demolition, by contrast, can explain all of these facts and more. Demolition means placing explosives throughout a building, and detonating them in sequence to weaken "the structure so it collapses or folds in upon itself".  In conventional demolitions gravity does most of the work, although it probably did a minority on 9/11, so heavily were the towers honeycombed with explosives.

1.      Each WTC building collapse occurred at virtually free-fall speed (approximately 10 seconds or less).

2.      Each building collapsed, for the most part, into its own footprint.

3.      Virtually all the concrete (an estimated 100,000 tons in each tower) on every floor was pulverized into a very fine dust, a phenomenon that requires enormous energy and could not be caused by gravity alone ("…workers can’t even find concrete. ‘It’s all dust,’ [the official] said").

4.      Dust exploded horizontally for a couple hundred feet, as did debris, at the beginning of each tower’s collapse.

5.      Collapses were total, leaving none of the massive core columns sticking up hundreds of feet into the air.

6.      Salvage experts were amazed at how small the debris stacks were.

7.      The steel beams and columns came down in sections under 30 feet long and had no signs of "softening"; there was little left but shorn sections of steel and a few bits of concrete.

8.      Photos and videos of the collapses all show "demolition waves," meaning "confluent rows of small explosions" along floors (blast sequences).

9.      According to many witnesses, explosions occurred within the buildings.

10.  Each collapse had detectable seismic vibrations suggestive of underground explosions, similar to the 2.3 earthquake magnitude from a demolition like the Seattle Kingdome.

11.  Each collapse produced molten steel identical to that generated by explosives, resulting in "hot spots" that persisted for months (the two hottest spots at WTC-2 and WTC-7 were approximately 1,350o F five days after being continuously flooded with water, a temperature high enough to melt aluminum.

Controlled demolition would have required unimpeded access to the WTC, access to explosives, avoiding detection, and the expertise to orchestrate the deadly destruction from a nearby secure location. Such access before 9/11 likely depended on complicity by one or more WTC security companies. These companies focus on "access control" and as security specialist Wayne Black says, "When you have a security contract, you know the inner workings of everything." Stratesec, a now-defunct company that had security contracts at the World Trade Center and Dulles International Airport, should be investigated, among others, because of the strange coincidence that President Bush’s brother, Marvin P. Bush, and his cousin, Wirt D. Walker III, were principals in the company, with Walker acting as CEO from 1999 until January 2002 and Marvin reportedly in New York on 9/11. At least one report claims that a "power down" condition prevailed on September 8–9 at WTC to complete a "cabling upgrade," presenting an opportunity to plant explosives with low risk of detection.

Would the testimony of Reynolds create a reasonable doubt as to whether the Twin Towers collapsed because of Zacarias Moussaoui withholding information from the FBI as the government contends?  You bet it would and so would the testimony of as many equally credentialed scientists that presently and adamantly refute the government’s scientists that came up with the “pancake theory”. 

Amazingly, only one man and one woman now control what the Moussaoui jury will hear during the sentencing phase of this trial, Judge Leonie Brinkema and Defense Attorney Gerald T. Zerkin.  If Zerkin does not attempt to refute the government’s account of how the Twin Towers collapsed by calling all willing witnesses that can scientifically testify that the collapse of WTC-1 and WTC-2 was not caused by Moussaoui’s lack of cooperation with the FBI but rather because of a controlled demolition, then Zerkin will have failed to provide a vigorous defense for a disturbed and deranged individual that is about to enter martyrdom so that the spellbound can march blindly in step with the new American Police State while the heartbroken attempt to sooth their gut-wrenching losses with the bitter emptiness that is displaced, mortal vengeance. 

[1] Lewrockwell.com, Why Did the Trade Center Skyscrapers Collapse?, June 9, 2005, Morgan Reynolds, http://www.lewrockwell.com/reynolds/reynolds12.html, [Accessed April 6, 2006]


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