The sentencing stage of the trial against an accomplice of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui, began on Monday at a US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Opening its argument that Moussaoui be executed, the US government asserted Monday that he "did his part as a loyal al-Qaida soldier" and caused the deaths of nearly 3,000 people by failing to tell what he knew of the attacks. Moussaoui's defense countered that his dreams of being a terrorist were far removed from anything he could actually do, and that he had no part in the attacks. "That is Zacarias Moussaoui in a nutshell," said his court-appointed lawyer Edward MacMahon. "Sound and fury signifying nothing."