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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Verdict: Iran and Hezbollah behind 9/11 Attacks

This is by far and away, the most underreported story of 2011. In fact, it may be the biggest story of 2011 but went almost completely unnoticed. A case filed in 2002, by the families of 9/11 victims, has taken nine years to reach a verdict. That verdict is that Iran, its Ayatollahs, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. (IRGC), The Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS), Hezbollah, and others were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Via Iran 911 Case:
A federal district court in Manhattan yesterday entered a historic ruling that reveals new facts about Iran's support of al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks. U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels ruled yesterday that Iran and Hezbollah materially and directly supported al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attacks and are legally responsible for damages to hundreds of family members of 9/11 victims who are plaintiffs in the case.

Judge Daniels had announced his ruling in Havlish, et al. v. bin Laden, et al., in open court on Thursday, December 15, 2011, following a three-hour courtroom presentation by the families' attorneys. Judge Daniels entered a written Order of Judgment yesterday backed by 53 pages of detailed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

Fiona Havlish, whose husband Donald perished in the World Trade Center North Tower on 9/11 said, "This is a historic day. For ten years we've wanted the truth to be known about who was responsible for our losses. Now we have that answer."
Key evidence was obtained by an Iranian defector who was referred to in the 2004 9/11 Commission report as Witness X, but not named until 2008, during the trial:
Witness X, whose dramatic testimony was previously filed under seal, was revealed to be Abolghasem Mesbahi, a former MOIS operative in charge of Iran's espionage operations in Western Europe. Judge Daniels found that Mesbahi has testified in numerous prosecutions of Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists, including the Mykonos case in Germany and the AMIA case in Argentina, and found to be highly reliable and credible.

Judge Daniels also credited Mesbahi's testimony that he received messages during the summer of 2001 from inside the Iranian government that an Iranian contingency plan for unconventional warfare against the U.S. called "Shaitan dar Atash" had been activated. "This is compelling proof that Iran was deeply involved in the 9/11 conspiracy," said Tim Fleming, lead investigative attorney for the Havlish group.
A key figure connecting Iran to the attacks was a senior Hezbollah leader named Imad Mughniyah, who was assassinated in Syria on February 14, 2008. Coincidentally, that was the same month that Mesbahi's identity began to surface. Here is one of the findings of U.S. District Judge George Daniels:
A May 14, 2001 memorandum from inside the Iranian government demonstrating that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, was aware of the impending attacks and instructing intelligence operatives to restrict communications to existing contacts with al Qaeda's Ayman al Zawahiri and Hizballah's Imad Mughniyah. - Documents obtained from German federal prosecutors showing that 9/11 coordinator Ramzi Binalshihb traveled to Iran in January 2001 on his way to Afghanistan to brief Osama bin Laden on the plot's progress. - Evidence from the 9/11 Commission Report that a "senior Hezbollah operative," which the Havlish evidence identifies as Hezbollah terrorist chief Imad Mughniyah, coordinated activities in Saudi Arabia and was present (or his associate) on flights the hijackers took to and from Beirut and Iran.
This is by no means insignificant. It puts Iran on par with 1941 Japan. If Iran was behind the 9/11 attacks, it was an act of war that demands a Declaration of War from the United States Congress.

The importance of Mesbahi's testimony cannot be understated either. In his testimony, he was able to prove that he had prior knowledge of the attacks as a result of contacts he maintained within the Iranian government; he fled Iran when he was told he had been targeted for killing.

Speaking of WWII, the defection of Mesbahi and subsequent assistance received by the United States, may be as significant as Albert Einstein's emigration from Germany in 1933. Interestingly, like Mesbahi, Einstein was on a list to be killed by the Nazi government.

I urge and encourage you to read the 53 page Finding of Facts and Conclusions of Law, signed by Judge George Daniels.

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