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Zacarias Moussaoui's plan to learn to fly a Boeing 747 began to unravel the day he met Clarence Prevost, a retired Northwest Airlines and Navy pilot who once flew hurricane hunters.
Prevost, 68, took the stand yesterday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and described how he quickly became suspicious of Moussaoui after he began one-on-one classroom instruction in August 2001.
An Alexandria police officer, who would not give his name, stands guard outside U.S. District Court as the Zacarias Moussaoui trial continues.
An Alexandria police officer, who would not give his name, stands guard outside U.S. District Court as the Zacarias Moussaoui trial continues. (By Caleb Jones -- Associated Press)
A 12-member jury will determine whether Zacarias Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty last April to six counts of conspiring with al Qaeda in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, will be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.
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He testified that at the end of the first day of classes, he urged the flight executives at the Minnesota school to request an FBI background check on Moussaoui because he was from the Middle East, had paid his $6,800 tuition with $100 bills and, unlike every other student at the school, he wasn't a pilot.
This is the response he got from his boss, he testified: "He paid his money. We don't care." Prevost said he told the executive, "We'll care when he hijacks an airplane, and he's throwing all the switches and then there are all these lawsuits."
The next day, Aug. 14, 2001, after Prevost kept pushing, school officials called the FBI. The following day, Moussaoui was arrested by immigration officials and held on charges that his 90-day visa had expired.
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