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Last week, Judge Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed what likely will be the last court papers penned by Zacarias Moussaoui that the public will ever see. Their contents reveal some of what pushed Brinkema to rescind Moussaoui’s right to represent himself on Nov. 14, halting a 17-month stream of raucous missives from a self-proclaimed al Qaeda terrorist. Brinkema had warned Moussaoui numerous times that his “writings” were inappropriate, inflammatory, and put his pro se status at risk. On Nov. 5, he received his last warning. In two orders that day, the judge noted that over the previous week Moussaoui had sent her more than 20 filings, some of which were overt threats to public officials. The “quantity and quality of the writings” Moussaoui had been sending to the Court “demonstrated [his] increasingly erratic behavior,” she wrote. Most of those filings will remain under seal indefinitely. Last week, Brinkema released to the public eight of the 10 filings that she found rose to the level of motions. The eight pleadings reveal the sort of inscrutable invective that pushed Brinkema to say, no more. Moussaoui long ago dispensed with his version of formal titles to court filings. “20th HIJACKER” stretched across the top of each of the recent pleadings. On Oct. 27, he demands “ANTHRAX for JEW SYMPATHISER ONLY!!!.” A few days later, he calls Syrian President Bashar Assad the “Jewish Puppet of Golan” and rages against what he believes is a dirty deal between Syria and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Identifying himself as “al Qaeda pro se” and “Unique Best Lawyer,” he accuses Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, of conspiring with the United States to kill him. And in three-inch high letters, he screeches “Little Bitch of Leonie Brinkema,” seeming to refer to his court-appointed attorneys as the judge’s servants. Though Moussaoui’s pleadings are often devoid of real legal issues, they are a glimpse into an angry mind. They are also a view into the mind of a man who has spent nearly three years in solitary confinement under the strictest conditions. Edward MacMahon Jr., one of Moussaoui’s defense lawyers, says the conditions of Moussaoui’s confinement have contributed to “a serious deterioration in his thought processes.” Moussaoui has refused to meet with his attorneys for more than a year. In his pleadings, he refers to his attorneys as the “Fat Megalo Man,” the “Dirty Jew,” the “Wicked Witch of the West,” the “Americain Kamikazi,” and “the Catholic.” “We’ve been concerned for a long time about his mental health and his capacity to mount a defense or even participate in a defense in this case,” MacMahon says. Now that Moussaoui has been silenced, he must depend on this spurned corps to speak for him. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit takes up his case on Dec. 3.

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