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9/11 made my day: Moussaoui

The Al-Qaeda plotter said he wished it could be September 11 every day and had "no remorse" for the carnage.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 13:36 IST

Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui said he wished it could be September 11 every day, had "no remorse" for the carnage, and mocked grief-stricken survivors as "pathetic" and "disgusting."

"It make my day," Moussaoui replied when asked to react to harrowing testimony from families shattered by the loss of loved ones in the 2001 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people.

Taking the witness stand on Thursday, days before jurors will be asked to decide whether he should be executed, Moussaoui testified he had a dream that President George W Bush would release him before he leaves office in 2009.

He justified Al-Qaeda's strikes against America by citing Koranic verses he said how Islam must strive to be a "superpower" and argued the United States is "the head of the snake" that has "The Jewish State of Palestine" on life support.

As observers reeled from his bombshell testimony, Judge Leonie Brinkema abruptly adjourned court two hours before its scheduled close, telling jurors they would likely get the case early next week.

Asked by Prosecutor Rob Spencer about what he thought of September 11, Moussaoui replied quickly, "No regret, no remorse. I just wish it had happened on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th, we can go on and on."

Spencer asked Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States in connection with the attacks, if he had enjoyed seeing footage in the trial of seeing the Pentagon in flames.

"That is for sure," he replied. "I would have laughed but I knew I would have been kicked out of court.