NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Osama bin Laden summoned his son-in-law to use the “murderous power of his words” to rally others against America after the Sept. 11 attacks, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewin said Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was asked by bin Laden on the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, to use his oratory skills as the public face of al Qaeda to recruit and inspire others to attack the United States.
“While our buildings still burned, he agreed — in what is the most important moment in al Qaeda’s savage history,” Lewin said in opening statements in a Manhattan courthouse. “He invoked his twisted view of Islam and declared ‘Fight thee against the friends of Satan. Fight with al Qaeda against America.”’