Moussaoui might be singular among all the jihadis who are described as being mentally ill, in that he may really be mentally ill. Nonetheless, there is nothing immediately implausible about these claims.
“Imprisoned terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui wants to testify in Oklahoma City federal court,” by Nolan Clay, NewsOK, November 5, 2014:
An admitted al-Qaida terrorist in prison for the 9/11 attacks is asking to testify in Oklahoma City federal court about a plot to shoot down Air Force One and to assassinate former President Bill Clinton.
Zacarias Moussaoui also is claiming a Saudi prince assisted him in Norman in “my Islamic Terrorist activities” there in 2001. Moussaoui took flight lessons at a Norman flight school in 2001 as part of his plan to pilot a plane into a building.
“I am ready to testify about all the above and more in your court in an Open Hearing that I request,” he wrote by hand in a four-page pleading.
Moussaoui, 46, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of release at the federal supermax penitentiary in Florence, Colo. The French citizen often has been referred to in media accounts as “the 20th hijacker.”
He was arrested in Minnesota in August 2001 after raising suspicions at a flight school there. He was still in custody on Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 suicidal al-Qaida hijackers took control of four planes.
Moussaoui often has made bizarre statements since his arrest. A defense psychologist concluded he was a paranoid schizophrenic who suffered from delusions.
He pleaded guilty in April 2005 to a federal terrorism case, admitting a role in the al-Qaida conspiracy that resulted in “the deaths of thousands of persons on Sept. 11, 2001.”
At the time of his guilty plea, he claimed that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had personally approved him to pilot a plane into the White House at a later date.
At a 2006 trial over his punishment, he changed his account, saying his role was to fly a fifth plane — into the White House — on Sept. 11, 2001. After the trial, he went back to his original account, stating he was to have been involved in a later al-Qaida operation.
Jurors at the trial were unable to agree on the death penalty and chose life in prison as his punishment. Three jurors concluded Moussaoui “had limited knowledge of the 9/11 attack plans.”
His request to testify in Oklahoma City federal court is highly unusual and almost certainly will be rejected.
He also is asking an Oklahoma City federal judge to order the warden of the Colorado supermax penitentiary and another official to stop “their campaign of harassment and intimidation” against him.
He is seeking to be relocated, complaining his cell is freezing, and infested by rodents. He asked to be moved away from a prison unit he described as a “Saudi stronghold.” He claims another inmate attacked him in June on the orders of convicted terrorist Ramzi Yousef to try to prevent him from testifying “against the Saudis.” Yousef is imprisoned at the supermax penitentiary in Colorado for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.