Judge Rules Moussaoui Can See Government Plan

The federal judge presiding over the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui ruled in his favor Thursday on the issue of whether he can read the Government's alternative proposal to allowing him to conduct live interviews of captured Al Qaeda members who might provide testimony favorable to his defense.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui is entitled to see a top secret government plan for giving him access to information from a senior al-Qaida captive.

The government attempted to submit the material to the court and keep it from Moussaoui for the time being. Classified as "Top Secret/Codeword," the information was provided as a substitute for allowing Moussaoui to interview the prisoner, Ramzi Binalshibh, via video hookup.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, who ordered the hookup in January, said Moussaoui must see the substitute proposal now.
Either this is a very fair judge, or a slick attempt to create justification for the Government's dismissal of the federal case against Moussaoui in favor of a military tribunal.

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