On Tuesday, a U.S. federal judge in New York ordered the Islamic Republic of Iran to pay $6.5 billion to victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. This ruling comes despite the fact that none of the hijackers were Iranian citizens, and no direct link has ever been found to connect Iran to the 9/11 attacks.
The court found the government of Iran, the country’s Central Bank, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps liable for the deaths of 1,008 people in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. District Judge George Daniels ordered Iran to pay “$12,500,000 per spouse, $8,500,000 per parent, $8,500,000 per child, and $4,250,000 per sibling” to the families and estates of the deceased, court filings say.
It should be noted that Judge George Daniels has a particularly troublesome record, to the extent that an entire watchdog site committed exclusively to monitoring his judicial conduct was launched: Judge George B. Daniels Watch.
How, exactly, the court came to its decision remains a mystery. A total of 15 of the 9/11 perpetrators were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon. Exactly zero of them were from Iran.
Even the 9/11 Commission, tasked with investigating the attacks, found no evidence of direct Iranian support. The only mention of Iran in the report says that certain 9/11 hijackers traveled through Iran on their way to Afghanistan, without getting their passports stamped.
This is not the first time such a ruling has occurred, either. Daniels issued other default judgments against Iran in 2011 and 2016.
Iran has not responded to the any of the rulings. Last year, however, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed such accusations as ridiculous.
“A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can’t whitewash role of US allies in 9/11,” he tweeted last November.
A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can't whitewash role of US allies in 9/11
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 2, 2017
It is important to point out how highly suspicious the timing of this ruling is. It comes at a convenient moment as neo-conservative war hawks push for war with Iran and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins saber rattling with the regime, pitching a bizarre presentation for an audience of one using outdated slides and long-public materials about a 2002-2003 program called “Project Amad” to claim that Iran is lying about their nuclear program.
What’s more, Iran recently announced it is dropping the US dollar in foreign trade. It should be noted that shortly before they were invaded by the US, Iraq did the same thing. Libya also announced its plans to drop the US dollar and establish a gold-backed pan-African currency, the gold dinar, with an uncannily similar outcome, if not more gruesome. As Hillary Clinton cackled on air (“We came, we saw, he died!”) over the torture and murder of Libya’s deposed leader, Muammar Gaddafi, whose savaged body was dragged through the streets by foreign-backed jihadi terrorists, NATO-led allies launched a bloody bombing campaign, turning the once-richest African nation into a decimated terrorist wasteland with actual open slave markets.
Almost immediately after Muammar Gaddafi’s murder, and before even establishing a government, the US-backed rebels in Libya formed their own Central Bank and were given leave by the US and the UN to legally sell oil from the lands which they confiscated.
Comedian Lee Camp breaks down this paradigm quite accurately and hilariously in the video below: “It’s all about the banking.”
To recap, as the war drums beat for Iran who recently announced their decision to drop the dollar, a court implicates them in 9/11 despite having no evidence, and the media simply reports it without question. Seems legit.
It is also important to point out that the US does have evidence that Saudi Arabia aided the 9/11 attackers, and in spite of thousands of victims and their families attempting to sue them for years, a ruling similar to the Iran one is non-existent.
Tuesday’s judgment is not linked to similar cases filed by the victims against Saudi Arabia, which claim that Riyadh provided direct support to the hijackers. Back in March, Judge Daniels rejected Saudi Arabia’s request to dismiss the lawsuits. Both Saudi and Iranian cases, however, are based on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which Congress passed in 2016 and allows families of the 9/11 victims to take foreign governments to court.
The release of the 28 redacted pages in the 9/11 report revealed to Americans and the rest of the world that Saudi Arabia played a significant role in the September 11th attacks. Also, thanks to the release of these 28 pages, we know that the US government was complicit in covering up Saudi Arabia’s role in the attacks.
Even the severely flawed and biased “9/11 Commission Report” did not did not “exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to Al-Qaeda.”
For a decade and a half, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush kept secret the alleged role Saudi Arabia played in the September 11 attacks on America. Because of the cozy relationship the US has with the terrorist nation—which Trump is complicit in maintaining—special interests within the government have chosen to protect their Saudi friends instead of telling Americans the truth about what happened that fateful day.
And, as this ruling against Iran illustrates, they show no intention of changing their ways.
* Expanded from original article by Matt Agorist, published May 2, 2018 at The Free Thought Project.