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9/11 conspirator imprisoned in Colorado’s Supermax sues Trump and top US officials, alleging “cover up

Zacarias Moussaoui, painted portrait (thierry ehrmann/Flickr)

A man who conspired with the 9/11 hijackers has filed lawsuits from his Colorado prison cell against President Donald Trump, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Attorney General William Barr and more than a dozen other people in the last two months.

Zacarias Moussaoui, who is serving a life sentence at the federal Supermax prison in Florence, filed 20 handwritten, rambling petitions in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado between Aug. 21 and Sept. 8, accusing authorities of trying to silence him and cover up information about who he says is actually responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Moussaoui, who refers to himself as a “Slave of Allah” in one complaint, claims that the Saudi Arabian royal family is connected to the 9/11 attacks and that U.S. officials are covering up the ties to the family, who he calls co-conspirators.

He also alleges racial and religious discrimination, rails against the conditions of his imprisonment and claims “powerful people” are trying to kill him in the multi-page, at times barely legible complaints.

Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiring with the 9/11 hijackers to kill Americans, has filed such lawsuits before, in multiple states. Representing himself, Moussaoui blasted out a round of six similar Colorado lawsuits in 2018 and 2019 that alleged he was being subjected to “psychological torture” and death threats from prison officials.

All of those cases were quickly dismissed because Moussaoui failed to correctly format and file his complaints, did not pay court fees and failed to meet other filing requirements, according to court records.

The lawsuits in this latest batch include complaints against FBI agents, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado — for declining to represent him — and prison officials, among others.

Moussaoui was in custody on immigration-related charges on Sept. 11, 2001; he’d been arrested after employees of a Minnesota flight school became alarmed that he wanted to learn to fly a Boeing 747 even though he did not have a pilot’s license.

He is the only person to be convicted in the United States in connection with the attacks, and did not cooperate with his defense team, who portrayed him as delusional and schizophrenic.


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