The trial of terrorism suspect Zaccharias Moussaoui, the alleged "20th hijacker," was marred by administration misconduct, the trial being halted after a prosecution attorney was accused of witness tampering. More recently, the CIA admitted destroying evidence requested by Moussaoui's attorneys. Then, this week, we learned that a prosecution witness received a whopping $5 million reward from the State Department, paid at a secret ceremony. Witnesses who were not called to testify in the trial received lesser rewards: nothing. Rightly or wrongly, the action has an unseemly implication, that testimony was purchased. That, in turn, has disturbing implications for the future of the justice system and national security.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
"Administration pays witness $5 million in secret ceremony"
Administration pays witness $5 million in secret ceremony