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Judge Orders U.S. to Give Moussaoui Details of Theory

A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. government to provide accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui with its theory that he may have planned to crash a hijacked aircraft into the White House. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema told federal prosecutors to submit a new version of a transcript of a secret Jan. 30 hearing in which the government described a theory that Moussaoui may have planned to join in an attack separate from the one carried out on Sept. 11, 2001. Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent who was being held on immigration charges on Sept. 11, faces the death penalty on charges of conspiring to commit the attacks. Some U.S. officials have referred to him as the “20th hijacker.” Although he admits to being a member of al Qaeda, Moussaoui has denied being a part of the attacks in which 19 men hijacked four aircraft and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. The government revealed its new “fifth plane” theory in the secret Jan. 30 hearing, which was closed to the public and which Moussaoui was not permitted to attend. Full Story

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