Yesterday, it was reported that "A US judge formally ordered Iran, Al-Qaeda and several other defendants Wednesday to pay $6 billion compensation to the victims of September 11, 2001, in a largely symbolic ruling." This story is being plastered all over the media.
It should be noted that George Daniels is the same judge that "dismissed six lawsuits seeking damages for the 9/11 attacks from the construction company founded by Usama bin Laden's father, because there was no evidence it provided a "financial lifeline" to the now slain terror leader in the years leading up to the 2001 plot" even though there is information to suggest otherwise.
Though this is a "symbolic ruling," I am fearful that it will be used as further justification for war with Iran, just as 9/11 was used to justify war with Iraq. This must not be allowed.
I recommend the following articles on this subject. "Crackpot Anti-Islam Activists, "Serial Fabricators" and the Tale of Iran and 9/11 " by Gareth Porter and "Justifying War With Iran" by Russ Baker.
The following is an article I wrote at the end of 2011 when the ruling about Iran was first announced. Please spread this post far and wide. Thank you.
No War With Iran
December 20, 2011
Before I begin, I'd like to say that I am neither a fan of Iran, or an opponent of Iran. I just don't want anymore damn wars.
Recently, a Judge ruled "that Iran was complicit in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including 18 Bucks County residents." Here is the evidence according to the article:
Using a team of experts, including former members of the 9/11 Commission, and the testimony of three Iranian defectors, the lawyers put on a four-hour presentation for Daniels on Thursday.I don't know if what's being put forward is legitimate. I think it's interesting that 9/11 families can sue Iran, but not Saudi Arabia.
During the hearing, defector Abdolghassem Mesbahi, who was once an aide and close confidant of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic's founder, revealed that he had firsthand knowledge of terrorist plots dating to the 1980s.
Mesbahi, whose identity was kept secret until the hearing, said he knew in August 2001 that there was a plan in place to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings.
Another defector testified that he was with al-Qaida's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, when the terrorist attended four days of meetings with top Iranian officials in January 2001 to plan the 9/11 attacks.
The third defector told the judge that he helped write up the debriefing reports of Iran's al-Qaida liaison, Imad Mugniyeh, after he returned to Iran from Afghanistan following 9/11.
To further prove Iran's complicity in the attacks, Mellon presented the testimony of Janice Kephart, a former counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information and former immigration counsel to the Sept. 11 Commission.
Kephart said Iran put a "senior Hezbollah operative" on flights with the 9/11 hijackers in the months before the attacks, to ensure that the terrorists' passports, which they obtained in Saudi Arabia, wouldn't be stamped with Iranian or Afghan travel stamps, red flags that would have jeopardized their plot.
Kephart noted that travel documents are "important weapons" for terrorists.
Years ago, back in 2006, Ahmadinejad wrote a letter to George W. Bush. In that letter, he said, "September eleven was not a simple operation. Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services -- or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial? All governments have a duty to provide security and peace of mind for their citizens." Bush ignored the letter, and I'm fairly sure not many Americans were aware of it. It doesn't seem like a letter that would be sent by the President of a country involved in the 9/11 attacks, but that's not definitive.
The 9/11 Commission was a farce, and that has been proven time and time and time again, so to believe anything from the 9/11 Report 100% is ill advised. In 2004, Bush's Presidential campaign said that "the Commission's report makes the case for the policies that U.S. President Bush has been pursuing in the War on Terror and eliminates any doubt that the best defense against the threat of global terror is a strong offense." How nice for them. Wouldn't it be nice to find out the truth about 9/11 so that day can no longer be used to start anymore wars, or take away our civil liberties?
With regards to defectors, someone by the name of Ahmed Chalabi was made famous by providing faulty information concerning Iraq's WMDs from a defector known as "Curveball." So, I don't put much stock into what defectors say.
They talk about support of Al-Qaeda. They don't talk about how the West, Saudi Royals, and the Pakistani ISI support(ed) Al-Qaeda. Because they don't, it seems like their assertions are agenda driven and hypocritical.
The U.S. and Israel have been threatening Iran for years. According to Sy Hersh, and others, we have been covertly operating within Iran for years, and now it seems like that is continuing.
If anyone has a right to protect themselves, and develop a nuclear weapon, it is Iran (if they are, which is very much in doubt), considering how the U.S. and Israel are threatening them, and wrecking havoc within their country. No one with a brain wants nuclear weapons, however, we are the terrorists in this equation. Not Iran.
On 7/30/2006, for some reason, I wanted to see what the headlines were for mainstream news sites on the day of the release of the 9/11 Report, which was 7/22/2004. This was CNN.
This was MSNBC.