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Zacarias Moussaoui fights for his life

Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to face criminal charges in US courts in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, claims he had nothing to do with the plot, but federal prosecutors say he is guilty and should be executed

By Stewart Powell  /  NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

◆ Aug. 31, 2001: Tenet personally briefs Bush at the White House on day-to-day threats facing the US after the president returns from his Texas ranch. Tenet meets with Bush at least six more times in the 11 days before the attacks.

Tenet later tells the Sept. 11 panel that he did not alert the White House or Bush about Moussaoui's arrest amid heightened concern about al-Qaeda terrorist attacks.

"Seeing it as an FBI case, he did not discuss the matter with anyone at the White House or the FBI," the commission report said. "No connection was made between Moussaoui's presence in the US and the threat reporting during the summer of 2001."

Tenet said he did not raise the alarm or discuss Moussaoui's arrest at a high-level National Security Council meeting the use of an aerial drone for attacks on terrorists that took place at the White House on Sept. 4 -- seven days before the attack.

"Tenet told us that no connection to al-Qaeda was apparent to him at the time," the Sept. 11 commission report said.

Tenet left his post at the CIA in July 2004 after seven years. Bush awarded him the presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2004.

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