Timmerman: 9/11 Families Lawsuit reveals Iran and Hezbollah Involvement
9/11 WTC Lower Manhattan Imad Mughniyah of Hezbullah
We had been alerted that a mammoth 900 page filing was to going to be made in the New York Federal Southern District Court by the counsel for the 9/11 families on the links of Iran to 9/11 ( the “9/11 links case”). The case is known as Fiona Havlish et al., v. Sheik Usamah bin-Muhammad bin-Laden et al.
The filing finally occurred on Thursday and contains definitive proof drawn from affidavits of Iran defectors and others that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah were in on the planning for the 9/11 attack on the iconic Twin Towers in lower Manhattan facilitating training and transit. The court has sealed the identities and testimonies of two Iranian intelligence service defectors for their own protection. The delay in the 9/11 Iran links case was occasioned by the cancer treatment of the courageous main counsel in the matter, Atty. Thomas E. Mellon Jr. The case originally filed in Washington in 2002 was moved to the New York federal district court to facilitate the investigation. The 9/11 Commission Report had asserted that there was “strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of Al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers.”
What is clear from f the information released in the 9/11 Iran Links case filing was the close cooperation between fundamentalist Sunni (Al Qaeda) and Shia (Iran revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah) Jihadist terror groups. We note the presence of Imad Mughniyah, the Hezbollah terror chieftain, assassinated in Damascus in 2008, allegedly by Israel’s Mossad, was involved in the 9/11 planning. Until 9/11 Mughniyah was at the top of the FBI most wanted terrorist list for his involvement in the planning of the 1983 Marine (241 killed) and French paratrooper (58 killed) Barracks attacks in Beirut, the killing of a US navy diver Robert Stethem in a 1985 skyjacking of a TWA flight, kidnapping of several westerners in Beirut and the torture and murder of CIA Station chief, William Buckley, the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires (29 killed) and the 1994 Bombing of the AMIA Jewish community building (86 killed) in the Argentine capitol.
The 9/11 links case filing proves that there is no daylight between the Islamic Jihad doctrine of the Mahdists in Tehran and the Salafists in Al Qaeda in the terror war against the West, especially America and Israel.
We had been alerted to the imminent filing by one of the expert witnesses, a former CIA covert officer and counterterrorism consultant. Another friend, Kenneth Timmerman, News.Max.com columnist and Iran expert, who is also an expert witness, filed affidavits and has written a riveting synopsis of key findings drawn from the filing,“Lawsuit: Iran Knew About 9/11 Attack.” The filing exhibits on the 9/11 Iran links case can be accessed, here.
The enormous, but important, documented filing was briefly mentioned on a FoxNews.com special, the “Secrets of 9/11”.
The revelations from the 9/11 links case filing were captured in a New York Timesarticle,“Court Filings Assert Iran Had Link to 9/11 Attacks” and other publications. Immediate attention on this important 9/11 families legal filing may have been eclipsed temporarily by prominence given by media to the dispute between President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu over the former’s radical departure from previous US Middle East peace negotiations doctrine by suggesting that the 1949 Armistice line serve as a basis for establishing a proposed Palestinian State. Nonetheless, this is an important and revealing development coming as it does in advance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in September.
Note what Timmerman reveals about the 9/11 Iran links case filing evidence;
“We simply want to make sure that those who are responsible for assisting the Sept. 11 terrorists in their attack on the United States are found accountable for the harm they caused,” said Fiona Havlish whose husband, Donald, perished on the 101st floor of the North Tower.
In an affidavit filed in the case today, former 9/11 Commission staff member Dr. Daniel Byman states that Iran’s assistance to al-Qaida “predated the 9/11 attack and continued after it, and it had profound implications for the 9/11 attack itself.”
Indeed, without Iran’s assistance in facilitating the travel of the 9/11 hijackers to and from Afghanistan, the attack might never have taken place, the lawsuit asserts.
Janice Kephart, another 9/11 Commission staff member who wrote a monograph on the movements of the 9/11 hijackers before the attack, concludes in a separate affidavit that Iran’s assistance to the hijackers “constituted . . . direct support for al-Qaida’s 9/11 attacks.”
Note what Timmerman reveals about the “shadow warriors in the CIA who attempted cover up the Iran connections to 9/11:
When I first reported on this find in my 2005 book, Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran, I wrote that the document was literally “buried at the bottom of a huge stack of highly classified documents on other subjects that had been delivered to a special high-security reading room in an undisclosed location in Washington, D.C.”
It referenced 75 distinct source documents, including electronic intercepts — the crown jewels of U.S. intelligence gathering at the time.
Staff Director Philip D. Zelikow phoned the head of the intelligence agency that had generated the report, and asked him to dig out all 75 documents so staff could come read them the following morning at 7:30. “He didn’t care that it was a Sunday. They had to see the documents immediately,” I wrote in "Countdown to Crisis."
The result of that last-minute investigation can be found on pages 240-241 of the 9/11 Commission report, and was considered conclusive enough that it caused President George W. Bush to demand that Iran sever its ties to al-Qaida.
“They're harboring al-Qaida leadership there, and we've asked that they be turned over to their respective countries,” the president said once the report was released. But he reiterated the careful denial of acting CIA director John McLaughlin. "There was no direct connection between Iran and the attacks of Sept. 11,” Bush said.
And this on the key role played by Hezbollah arch terrorist planner Imad Mughniyah
The secret intelligence reports detailed the travels of about 10 of the hijackers into Iran and back and forth into Afghanistan from October 2000 through February 2001, where they were whisked through border controls without ever getting their passports stamped.
Commission staff members gained access to the travel manifests of the commercial flights the future hijackers used, and compared passenger lists to a secret registry of terrorist identities. And what they discovered was stunning.
In the word of the 9/11 Commission report, “a senior operative of Hezbollah” was on the flights that convoyed the future hijackers from Saudi Arabia to Tehran. It was none other than Imad Mughniyah, Iran’s top terror operative.
In the legal papers filed today in New York, lawyers representing the 9/11 victims weighed the true measure of that revelation for the first time. For Janice Kephart, the revelation that Mughniyah was convoying the future hijackers to Tehran “compels the conclusion that Iran had actual foreknowledge of a major terrorist strike against the United States that was, in fact, the 9/11 attacks."
“This conclusion flows from the fact that Mughniyah was a known terrorist agent of Iran, and, moreover, was a top-level Hezbollah terrorist commander who had attacked, kidnapped, and killed more Americans than any other terrorist in multiple terrorist attacks over the past three decades, at least some of which were at the direction of Iran,” Kephart states.