The (Untelevised) Trial of the Century

Our team at the trial of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui returns to the NPR newsroom every night and amazes us with stories from the courtroom. Producer Anne Hawke says it's almost impossible to convey the drama. She says if this thing were televised, everyone would be glued to the screen.

Without audio or video, however, the trial has been underplayed. Now's your chance to catch up. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has collected all the trial evidence in one place. There's fascinating stuff here. Reading from the documents you get the sense that Moussaoui was the Barney Fife of terrorists... only allowed to carry one bullet in his pocket. And the rest of the team didn't come off as that brainy either. Check out the summarized testimony of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (PDF):

"He explained that he and Bin Laden never considered whether any special skills or talents were needed to learn how to pilot an aircraft. They believed that learning to fly an airplane was much like learning to drive a car."

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