9/11 Families Discover IRAN Behind 9/11 Attacks!

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Oh ho ho, jimd3000! I am SICK of people pretending that 9/11 was some kind of conspiracy that did not involve the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. I am going to add this to my BIG LIST OF FACTS. Maybe now we can stop focusing on BATSHIT CRAZY-sounding theories about demolition and hone in on the REAL ISSUE, which is that we haven't yet included every Islamic nation and ethnic group in the Plot Against America. Think about it people, there are over a billion muslims in the world and the 9/11 truth movement has barely accused 1% of them. I realize persecuting muslims isn't as sexy as fake phone calls and free fall acceleration, but I am interested in FACTS, not speculation.

Birmingham law firm probing Iran's role for 9/11 suit
Published: Friday, May 20, 2011, 5:45 AM
Russell Hubbard -- The Birmingham News By Russell Hubbard -- The Birmingham News

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A Birmingham law firm has had a hand in investigating Iran's involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, alleged details of which emerged Thursday in a court filing.

Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis is one of eight law firms representing families of 9/11 victims in a civil suit. Thursday, the firms filed documents in U.S. District Court in Manhattan saying Iran aided and abetted the 9/11 plot.

The method, according to the filing, was not stamping the passports of the attackers, concealing their travel to Iran and Afghanistan, which would have precluded their entry into the United States.

"Our experts, including three former 9/11 Commission staff members, have stated that the evidence is clear and convincing that the Islamic Republic of Iran was involved in the 9/11 attacks," said Timothy Fleming, the lead investigative attorney in the case, who works from the Washington office of Wiggins Childs.

The filing stems from a 2003 civil lawsuit filed by the families of 9/11 victims against Iran, Iraq, al-Qaida and other groups. It seeks unspecified monetary damages. The U.S. government has frozen billions of dollars of Iran's U.S. assets, a prospective pool of money from which damages might be collected.

Iran's role in the attacks has been the subject of earlier discussion. The 9/11 Commission found that attackers were accorded safe transit through Iran before the attacks. Iran later said the attackers were in the country illegally and that it did nothing to support the assault and did not know it was coming.

Dennis Pantazis, a partner at Wiggins Childs, said the investigation included interviews with Iranian defectors who worked for that country's covert intelligence services. Pantazis and colleagues traveled to Europe and North Africa to collect information on Iran's laundering of attacker travel documents.

"There is an I-Spy aspect to all this," Pantazis said. "But the information the defectors provided is direct and their documentation is direct."

Pantazis said his firm was asked to help on the case because of its record in filing and litigating civil and human rights cases. Wiggins Childs represented the families of slain workers from the Birmingham-based Drummond Co. coal mine in Colombia. Drummond prevailed at that 2007 trial in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, defeating claims it was involved in the deaths.

The 9/11 case involves the estates of 60 people who died in the coordinated attacks, Pantazis said.

"The big picture in a case like this is knowledge," he said. "We can't change history and we can't prosecute anyone, all we can do with a civil suit is reveal truth and knowledge."

Pantazis said it is unlikely the frozen Iranian assets, subject of many other claims, will be enough to satisfy a judgment if his side wins. He said his side plans to take any levy it might gain to foreign nations which honor U.S. court judgments and which harbor Iranian assets.

So far, Pantazis said, Iran has not mounted any legal defense to the lawsuit. He said he does expect the country to challenge attempts to collect overseas, should they come to pass.

There is plenty of intrigue from the investigation. Central to the Thursday filing is a man named Imad Mughniyah, whom the lawyers for the 9/11 families say played an active role in planning the attacks.

Mughniyah, according to the Thursday filing, was a top commander in Hezbollah, a Middle Eastern armed group the U.S. State Department has said has been financially supported by Iran.

Mughniyah, wanted by the FBI for various acts of violence before 9/11, was killed in 2008 in Syria by a car bomb. He was a suspect in the April 1983 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut that killed 63 people.

He was also accused by U.S. authorities of kidnapping and murdering U.S. hostages in Lebanon, including the Beirut CIA station chief William Buckley and U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Richard Higgins in the 1980s.

Tentative links to Mughniyah had already been established by previous investigations, the law firms said Thursday. For example, page 240 of the 9/11 Commission report states that "a senior Hezbollah operative visited Saudi Arabia to coordinate activities there."

The senior Hezbollah operative and his associate were on the same air flights as several of the future hijackers who were traveling to and from Iran between October 2000 and February 2001, the report said.

Thursday, Pantazis said his firm's investigation has removed any doubt as to the identity of the Hezbollah operative.

"We have compelling evidence that the senior Hezbollah operative was Imad Mughniyah," Pantazis said.

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