Time magazine reports that U.S. authorities easily nabbed Zacarias Moussaoui in the weeks after 9/11. But prosecuting the alleged terrorist has been far from smooth.
The magazine reports:
“Nearly two years later, the government’s case, which had been billed as a slam dunk, is a shambles. On Oct. 2, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said prosecutors could not seek the death penalty for Moussaoui and could not even allege that he had a link to the 9/11 conspiracy. She put those shackles on the government’s case because it had denied the defendant, on national-security grounds, access to witnesses who were in a position to say whether he was part of the 9/11 gang…The question is, How did such a seemingly sure thing go astray?”