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Moussaoui: No Regret and No Remorse About 9/11 Attacks


Convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui says he has no regret and no remorse about the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead.

Moussaoui took the stand for the second time Thursday in his death penalty trial in Alexandria, Virginia.

Moussaoui said it made his day to hear accounts of how Americans suffered from the attacks and wished there had been more strikes. In so doing, Moussaoui mocked a Navy sailor who wept on the stand this week as she described the death of two of her subordinates when the Pentagon was attacked.

Moussaoui told the court he hates Americans because of the United States' support for Israel and the war in Iraq. The admitted September 11th conspirator said he had a dream that President Bush would release him before the president's term ends in January 2009.

On Wednesday, prosecutors rested their case after playing an audiotape of the chilling last moments aboard United Airlines Flight 93, one of the four planes hijacked on September 11th.

The plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers stormed the cockpit in an effort to retake the aircraft. Defense attorneys argue that their client is mentally ill and had a limited role in the attacks - saying execution would fulfill his dream of being a martyr.

Moussaoui has rejected the defense theory that he is mentally ill. When asked if he wanted to die, Moussaoui said he wanted to fight. Moussaoui pleaded guilty to six conspiracy counts last year.

He is the only person in the U.S. to be brought to justice in connection with the September 11th attacks.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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