Another tense day in the Alexandria, Virginia federal courthouse where the war of words continued for confessed 9/11 conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui.
The reason for today's hearing, according to U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema - one day before direct jury questioning is set to begin - was to determine, "how Mr. Moussaoui plans to behave ... whether you plan to remain quiet ... or whether you plan to make speeches."
Well, Moussaoui did not oblige to the judge's requests to remain mum.
This is hardly the first time Moussaoui has attempted to grand stand in the courtroom.
Just last week he was tossed out four times for outbursts. Those remarks included disavowing his court-appointed lawyers, proclaiming loyalty to al-Qaida, deriding the trial as a "circus", and promising to testify "truthfully" about his role.
Moussaoui did not disappoint today. He took the podium to address the court and once again proclaimed himself to be Al Qaeda.
The judge said, "Mr. Moussaoui you are fighting--"
Moussaoui, cutting off the judge, "Four years, four year, you deny me even one minute to express to everybody why these people are organizing my sending to the gas chamber or lethal injection, okay? And each time you have said, 'Mr. Moussaoui, you have been civilized. Mr. Moussaoui, keep quite or the marshal will kick you out.' You think that I'm going -- today is my death."
And he attempted to make fun of his three court appointed lawyers, calling them, a "federal lawyer," a "KKK" (Ku Klux Klan) and a "geisha." One of his attorneys, Allen Yamamoto happens to be a Japanese-American.
The judge warning him, "Now, Mr. Moussaoui, excuse, I am not going to permit you to use a public federal courtroom to malign you attorneys."
But Moussaoui, wearing his green jailhouse jumpsuit with large white lettered, "Prisoner" across his back, did not stop with his insults.
He said, "I'm not French .... I stand here as a Muslim only. I do not stand here with a nation of homosexual crusaders."
"Today is my day," he plunged on. "If I can't make sure that those people are not going to represent me I know that I am dead."
Moussaoui declared, "I'm al Qaeda, I'm a sworn enemy of you. You, you, you, you, you, (pointing at the judge and the defense and prosecution teams) for me you are enemy. And you own commander in chief says he want to launch a revenge against terrorists."
Judge Brinkema had had enough of it. She said to him, "Mr. Moussaoui, you are the biggest enemy of yourself."
Which he responded, "No, absolutely not.
After several minutes she ordered Moussaoui out of the courtroom which he replied, "I'm going to leave."
Brinkema ordered that Moussaoui will have to watch jury selection from a cell at the courthouse. He will have a video link to the courtroom and will have to be transported to the courthouse everyday from his jail cell.
As he was being led out of the courtroom Moussaoui said, "I'm leaving. I'm taking my papers. That's all I do. God curse you and America....take care of my death...God curse you."
Wednesday 85 prospective jurors will be chosen from a pool of 500 that were given questionnaires to fill out last week.