Moussaoui Pleads Guilty in 9/11 Conspiracy

Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with the hijackers in the Sept. 11 plot and declared Osama bin Laden personally instructed him to fly an airliner into the White House.


''When I have spoken to him, we have disagreed,'' Yamamoto said. ''He is facing the possibility of death or life in prison. He has told me that he understands that.''

Prosecutor Robert Spencer told the court he believed Moussaoui should be ordered to pay restitution to the Sept. 11 victims.

When the judge noted that part of the penalties could include a $250,000 fine, Moussaoui replied, ''I wonder where I will get the money.''

Before he formally entered the plea, he was asked if he understood the statement could be used against him to prove he was guilty. ''Absolutely, I do understand that,'' he said.

A few seconds later, he added, ''Where do I get the pen?''

Outside the courthouse, family members of Sept. 11 victims expressed satisfaction with the outcome and their gratitude to the government for pursuing the case.

Dominic J. Puopolo Jr. of Miami Beach, Fla., whose mother from Dover, Mass., died on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the World Trade Center, said he had ''a tremendous feeling justice is being served.'' He said, ''I promised my mother shortly after she was murdered I'd somehow have justice.''

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