2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 7, 2006
An artist rendering shows Zacarias
Moussaoul gesturing in court.
Moussaoui tossed out
of his own sentencing trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Pro-
claiming "I am al-Qaida,"terrorist con-
spirator Zacarias Moussaoui disrupted
the opening of his sentencing trial yes-
terday and was tossed out of court as
selection began for the jurors who will
decide whether he lives or dies.
He disavowed his lawyers and pledged
to testify on his own behalf in the trial
that is to begin March 6.
An often volatile figure in his pro-
ceedings, Moussaoui was removed from
the courtroom four separate times. "This
trial is a circus," he declared. "I want to
be heard:' Of his lawyers he said: "These
people do not represent me'
After jury selection, expected to take
a month, a penalty trial will determine
whether the 37-year-old Frenchman of
Moroccan descent, the only person in
the U.S. charged in the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks, will be put to death or
sentenced to life in prison.
He pleaded guilty last April to con-
spiring to fly planes into U.S. build-
ings but claims he had no role in the
Sept. 11 plot.
Moussaoui, who has vowed to fight
for his life, entered the 10th-floor court-
room wearing a green jumpsuit, the
word "prisoner" in white on his back.
Short and slight with full dark beard, he
calmly looked around at the prospective
jurors as he entered.
The potential jurors - most of
them white, from their 20s through
their 50s or 60s - showed no reaction
to his interruptions.
Brinkema told the jury pool: "If
any of you feel that outburst or the
way he conducted himself might
affect the way in which you would go
about judging this case, you need to
clearly put that statement on the jury
Moussaoui's first outburst, a minute
into the proceedings, became the pattern
for the day as each new group of prospec-
tive jurors was brought in to answer an
extensive questionnaire on their religious
beliefs, cultural biases, group activities
and much more. In afternoon appear-
ances, he repeatedly vowed to testify.
"For four years I have waited,"
he said.f"1 will tell them the truth
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Hundreds of
angry protesters hurled stones and fire
bombs at the Danish Embassy in the Irani-
an capital yesterday to protest publication
of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Police used tear gas and surrounded the
walled villa to hold back the crowd.
It was the second attack on a Western
mission in Tehran on yesterday. Earlier in
the day, 200 student demonstrators threw
stones at the Austrian Embassy, breaking
windows and starting small fires. The mis-
sion was targeted because Austria holds
the presidency of the European Union.
Thousands more people joined vio-
lent demonstrations across the world to
protest publication of the caricatures of
Muhammad, and the Bush administration
NEWS IN BRIEF ti
Iran tells IAEA to remove cameras
Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency to remove surveillance
cameras and agency seals from sites and nuclear equipment by the end of next week
in response to referral to the U.N. Security Council, the agency said yesterday.
Iran's demands came two days after the IAEA reported Tehran to the council
over its disputed atomic program.
In a confidential report to the IAEA's 35-member board, agency head Mohamed
ElBaradei said Iran also announced a sharp reduction in the number and kind of
inspections IAEA experts will be allowed, effective immediately.
The moves were expected. Iranian officials had repeatedly warned they would
stop honoring the so-called "Additional Protocol" to the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty - an agreement giving IAEA inspectors greater authority - if the IAEA
board referred their country to the council.
A diplomat close to the Vienna-based IAEA told the AP that Iran had also
moved forward on another threat - formally setting a date for resuming full-scale
work on its uranium enrichment program. Iran says it wants to make fuel through
enrichment, but the activity can also generate the nuclear core of warheads.
Senators challenge eavesdropping program
Senators raised doubts about the legal rationale for the Bush administration's eaves-
dropping program yesterday, forcing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to provide a
lengthy defense of the operations he called a vital "early warning system" for terrorists.
A handful of Republicans joined Democrats in raising questions about whether
President Bush went too far in ordering the National Security Agency's monitoring
operations. The senators were particularly troubled by the administration's argument
that a September 2001 congressional resolution approving use of military force cov-
ered the surveillance of some domestic communications.
"The president does not have a blank check," said Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter
(R-Pa.) who wants the administration to ask the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveil-
lance Court to review the program.
"You think you're right, but there are a lot of people who think you're wrong," Spec-
ter told Gonzales. "What do you have to lose if you're right?"
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
Identity thieves target driver's licenses
Millions of motorists across the nation are carrying around driver's licenses con-
taining their Social Security numbers - a potential jackpot for identity thieves.
Privacy experts strongly warn against the practice. And a recent federal law
ordered states to stop issuing licenses displaying Social Security numbers.
Yet some states continue to do so, a review by The Associated Press has found.
And in other states that have dropped the practice, it could take up to eight years
before people who have licenses with Social Security numbers on them are issued
new ones. A sampling of just 11 states by the AP identified more than 14 million
motorists with Social Security numbers on their licenses.
Recipient of face transplant healing well
The Frenchwoman who received the world's first partial face transplant showed
off her new features Monday, and her scar: a faint, circular line of buckled skin
around her nose, lips and chin. But where she once had a gaping hole caused by a
dog bite, she now has a face.
Isabelle Dinoire, a 38-year-old mother of two, spoke with a heavy slur and had
trouble moving her lips at her first news conference since the surgery in November.
But said she was looking forward to resuming a normal life.
"Since the day of my operation, I have a face like everyone else," Dinoire said,
reading from a prepared statement.
She also thanked the family of the brain-dead female donor, who gave her new lips,
a chin and nose and distributed a heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys to others.
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