April 3, 2006, - 4:07 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s official: The jury says Zacarias Moussaoui can be sentenced to death. But it’s not over. Now it’s up to another jury to decide if he will get it–the next phase.
We’d like to know what happens to the FBI Agents involved–the heroes and other villains of the story:
* Harry Samit: We’ve recounted the continued heroism and desperation of FBI Special Agent Harry Samit (here, here, here, and here), who testified at trial about how he tried to no avail–SEVENTY TIMES!–to get a warrant to search Moussoui’s belongings, knowing he was a member of Al-Qaeda and was planning a hijacking. His superiors repeatedly denied or ignored him.
We’ve been told by other agents that, for his bravery and speaking up about it, Agent Samit’s career is over. That’s a sad legacy for America, almost five years after the 9/11 attacks. It tells us little has changed. This man should be honored and promoted, not trodden upon.
* Samit’s FBI Superiors: USA Today reported that two of his superiors, who obstructed Samit’s full investigation of Moussaoui (despite all the evidence)–Michael Maltbie and David Frasca–remain employed by the FBI. Were they disciplined? If they’re still working for the Bureau, the answer is: NOT ENOUGH. They should have been fired and tried for gross negligence, at the very least. Ditto for Samit’s other superiors, including now-retired Michael Rolince, who never even read Samit’s Moussaoui memo (to date).
They “erred” on the side of cushy careers, not American lives.
So, when is their trial commencing? The President has never asked for Robert Mueller’s resignation, and apparently not for the resignations of these individuals either.
We hate to quote Michael Dukakis, but: The fish rots from the head down.
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