Zacarias Moussaoui: Outbursts During Jury Selection

“I am Al Qaeda!”

7 February 2006: Last April, Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, pleaded guilty to six criminal charges that he played a part in the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. Yesterday, he mimicked the actions of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with his consistent outbursts that disrupted the jury selection process - a jury that will determine whether Moussaoui will live or die. Despite his numerous outbursts, proclaiming “I am Al Qaeda,” “this trial is a circus,” and “I want to be heard,” U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema continued forward with the lengthy process of selecting a sentencing jury.

The judge began the jury selection process by bringing about 500 potential jurors into her courtroom and asking them to fill out lengthy questionnaires on a number of issues, such as their attitudes toward Muslims, whether they believe it is safe to fly, and the attacks of September 11th, 2001. As jurors filed into the courtroom, Moussaoui repeated attempted to disrupt the proceedings, and each time was ordered removed by the judge.

Moussaoui insisted that he will testify on his own behalf when the jury is seated on March 6. “For four years I have waited. I will tell them the truth I know. I will take the stand,” stated the convicted terrorist.