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U.S. Refuses Moussaoui Access to Al Qaeda Operative

The U.S. government said on Monday it would not allow accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to question a captured al Qaeda operative, a move it acknowledged could result in dismissal of the case. Federal prosecutors said U.S. national security would be damaged as a result of a U.S. District Court’s order allowing Moussaoui, the only person charged in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, to question Ramzi bin al-Shaibah. “The deposition, which would involve an admitted and unrepentant terrorist (the defendant) questioning one of his al Qaeda confederates would necessarily result in the unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” the government said in a filing in which it refused access to bin al-Shaibah — a key al Qaeda member suspected of coordinating the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

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