The Key Captives: Zacarias Moussaoui

Terrorist, Lawyer, Circus Performer?

Zacarias Moussaoui is almost enough to make the most fervent civil libertarian come out in favor of secret military tribunals. The French national was arrested in August 2001 after arousing suspicion at a Minnesota flight school and was indicted last December as a Sept. 11 co-conspirator, though his precise role in the plot has never been clear. Many Americans hoped his trial would prove that even in wartime, U.S. courts could do their job. But the scales of justice tip wildly when a defendant keeps turning his own proceedings upside down.

Moussaoui stood in a federal courtroom in Virginia last Thursday...

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