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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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  • Zacarias Moussaoui: Has the Justice Department Mishandled the Case Against Him?

    In this week’s New Yorker, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh examines whether the Justice Department mishandled the case of Zacarias Moussaoui. The article begins: "About six years ago, Zacarias Moussaoui, who is now facing trial on capital charges as the alleged twentieth man in the September 11th aircraft hijackings, traveled to Chechnya with a childhood friend to join separatists in their fight against Russian control. At the time, young men from throughout the Muslim world were arriving in the region, which was regarded, after the Russian defeat in Afghanistan, as the site of a new jihad. Moussaoui was a Frenchman of Moroccan descent, and his friend was also from an immigrant family. Evidently, Moussaoui did not impress his superiors in the operation. When the Chechens decided that the foreign volunteers were more trouble than they were worth, Moussaoui was told to leave. (His friend was invited to stay, and was later killed, reportedly while filming combat scenes for an Islamic Web site.) 'They sent Moussaoui packing,' one of the lawyers appointed to represent him told me. 'Who wants him around? He brought nothing to the table. He's trouble.’"

  • Kesbeh Family Reunited: Ins Releases Father and Son From Detention & Postpones Family’s Deportation to Jordan

    Sharif and Alaa Kesbeh were released Tuesday after being held in INS detention in Houston on immigration charges for six months. Their release came just hours after the Palestinian family of nine learned their deportation order had been put off for at least six months.

  • Arafat’s Compound Remains Under Siege: A Talk with Israeli Peace Activist Jeff Halper

    The siege on Yassir Arafat’s Ramallah compound entered its fifth day today. This comes despite a United Nations Security Council that Israel leave Arafat’s headquarters which have been nearly destroyed.