US Government Blames 9/11 On Iran, Fines Iran $10.5 Billion; Iran Refuses To Pay

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Authored by Eric Zuesse,

On March 14th, Iran announced that it will never pay the $10.5B that a U.S. court demanded it pay for the 9/11 attacks.

The same Bill-Clinton-appointed judge who had ruled, on 29 September 2015, that Saudi Arabia has sovereign immunity for 9/11 and so can’t be sued for it, ruled recently, on March 9th that Iran doesn’t have sovereign immunity and fined Iran $10.5 billion to be paid to 9/11 victims and insurers; but, on March 14, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Iran won’t pay, because, as the Ministry’s spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari put it, "The ruling is ludicrous and absurd to the point that it makes a mockery of the principle of justice while [it] further tarnishes the US judiciary’s reputation.”

The United States is allied with Iran’s enemy Saudi Arabia, the largest purchaser of U.S.-made weapons, and also the top influence in the Gulf Cooperation Council of Arabic oil royal families regarding where they buy their weapons. Those purchases, which are crucial to the stockholders in Lockheed Martin and other U.S. weapons-makers, are determined basically by the Saud family, the owners of Saudi Arabia.

The Sauds, as the owners of the leading fundamentalist-Sunni country, including sole ownership of the world’s largest oil company Aramco, also own Islam’s two holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, and are therefore the leaders of Islam worldwide, because all Muslims (not only fundamentalist Sunnis) are required to bow down in prayer five times every day facing Mecca — facing the Saud family and the clergy that authorize continued ownership of Saudi Arabia by the Saud family: the Wahhabist clergy. Back in 1744, the founder of Wahhabism, Muhammad Ibn Wahhab, and the founder of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Ibn Saud, jointly swore an eternal oath that Saud’s descendants would own the country, and that Wahhab’s clergymen would grant them God’s approval of their ownership and of their right to conquer other lands to expand the faith. (Religions throughout history have mainly been spread by conquest.)

Part of that oath was also that the Sauds would exterminate Shia Muslims, so as to unify Islam worldwide as fundamentalist Sunnis, in order to enable a unified (100% Sunni) faith to take over the entire world. Iran is the center of Shia Islam, and so is especially the target of the Sauds to conquer and ‘convert’ the world to Wahhabism — which is called “Salafism” outside Saudi Arabia, and which is known outside Islam as simply fundamentalist Sunni Islam. Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other global-jihadist groups, all are Salafists; they’re all Sunni fundamentalists. Shia Islam has no real equivalent to this “global Caliphate” idea, the goal of conquering the world to ‘convert’ all lands someday to Islam. Jihadism, in that sense, doesn’t exist, except in the Sunni variant of Islam. Perhaps this is what Mr. Ansari meant by calling that judge’s verdict “ludicrous and absurd.” (However, Shia Islam tends to be more anti-Israeli  than does Sunni Islam; but, again, that’s no sort of global  aspiration; it’s strictly  Middle-Eastern.) (And, of course, historians, and the U.S. government, know these things, even if the U.S. public don’t — especially because it would be inconvenient for the U.S. government if the U.S. public knew what’s actually driving this nation’s foreign policies.)

According to the evidence (or alleged evidence) that the judge in this case, George B. Daniels, cited in his “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law”  — in this case called “Fiona Havlish v. Usama Bin Laden”:

Iran has been waging virtually an undeclared war against both the United States and Israel for thirty years.




Iran wages this undeclared war through asymetrical, or unconventional strategies and terrorism, often through proxies such as Hizballah, Hamas [which is actually “a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organization” and as such is devoted to the destruction of Shiite Iran as well as Jewish Israel], Al Qaeda [which is likewise Salafist], and others  [all of which are Salafist].




For more than two decades, the IRGC [Islamic Republican Guard Corps, run by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameni] has provided funding and/or training for terrorism operations targeting American citizens, including Hizballah and Al Qaeda. [Hizballah has targeted American citizens who are serving in the U.S. military in Lebanon, because Hizballah is anti-Israeli, not because they are anti-American; and the U.S. military protect Israel. However, Al Qaeda targets non-Sunnis everywhere, and this also means that Al Qaeda is anti-Shia and aims to conquer Iran too: Al Qaeda is Salafist, dedicated to the conquest of all non-Sunni nations. Iran doesn’t fund or train its own enemies, such as Al Qaeda and ISIS.] … The factual reality — as found by the 9/11 Report — is that ’the relationship between Al Qaeda and Iran demonstrated that Sunni-Shia divisions did not necessarily pose an insurmountable barrier to cooperation between terrorist organizations.'




While Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were headquartered in Sudan in the early 1990s, Hassan al-Turabi fostered the creation of a foundation and alliance for combined Sunni and Shi’a opposition to the United States and the West, an effort that was agreed to and joined by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, leaders of Al Qaeda, and by the leadership of Iran. … Thereafter, senior Al Qaeda operatives and trainers traveled to Iran to receive training in explosives. … In 1993, in a meeting in Khartoum, Sudan, arranged by Ali Mohamed, a confessed Al Qaeda terrorist and trainer now in a U.S. prison, … Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri met directly with Iran’s master terrorist Imad Mughniyah and Iranian officials. [Wikipedia’s article on that witness, Ali Mohamed, says: "Ali Abdul Saoud Mohamed, is a double agent who worked for both the CIA and Egyptian Islamic Jihad simultaneously, reporting on the workings of each for the benefit of the other.” He would tell U.S. interrogators whatever they wanted to hear — such as that Iran was significantly involved in the 9/11 plot.]

Iran’s news-report on March 14th summarizes that U.S. court decision by saying:

The court ruling is based on the 9/11 Commission Report which stated that some attackers moved through Iran and did not have their passports stamped.


The verdict comes as none of the 19 hijackers on September 11 were Iranian citizens. Fifteen were from Saudi Arabia, while two from the United Arab Emirates [another Salafist-run country] and one each from Egypt and Lebanon [Salafists from each].

That alleged permission for “some attackers” to move freely through Iran instead of requiring them to use other countries to transit, is the basis of the court’s blaming Iran for 9/11, even though nothing is alleged in the court’s findings, that Iran participated in the 9/11 attacks, and also despite the following being noted even in the judge’s findings:

“Although Al Qaeda operatives Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh (now Guantanamo detainees) denied any reason, other than Iran’s refraining from stamping passports, for the hijackers to have traveled through Iran or any relationship between the hijackers and Hizballah, … their denials are not credible. ... The actions of Iranian border authorities in refraining from stamping the passports of the Saudi hijackers vastly increased the likelihood of the operational success of the 9/11 plot.”

Therefore, the U.S. government blames 9/11 on Iran, and only  on Iran (not at all on the Sauds and their Salafist friends).

However, according to the bookkeeper and bagman for Al Qaeda — the man who travelled to collect in cash each one of the multi-million-dollar donations to Al Qaeda, with which donations the organization paid, as he said, the “salaries” of all of the fighters, including all of the 9/11 hijackers — almost all of the donors were members of the Saudi royal family, and a few of their friends.

Among the named multimillion-dollar donors were: Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud, Prince Waleed bin Tallal al-Saud, Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Saud, and Prince Mohammed al-Faisal al-Saud. Furthermore, he delivered sealed letters back-and-forth between bin Laden and Turki as well as "Abdullah, Fahd, okay, Salman [the present King], Waleed bin Talal, Bandar, Turki of course, and ... Shaykh Bin Baz, Shaykh Uthaimeen, Shaykh Shehri, and Shaykh Hammoud al-Uqlaa.”

Bin Laden was advising them on whom the next Saudi King should be. He also advised, on that, "Halad or Shaykh Abu Hasan, Shayk Mujahideen, Shaykh Aman, and Shaykh Abul Sef … they want to know who they should support.” However, ultimately, the deciders on whom the next King should be were “Ulema [the Wahhabist clergy], essentially they are the king maker, … the people who … certify the Islamic legality of the jihad of Osama bin Laden.”

He explained that the royals donated to bin Laden because he was spreading the faith and was therefore important to the Ulema — the clergy. That’s why they funded Al Qaeda — to spread the faith. For example, "Prince Nawaf" (bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud), even though he, like “all the Prince(s), they were giving money” to Al Qaeda, was rejected  by the Ulema, "because Nawaf was known as a(n) extremely anti-Islamic person, okay, Sul — Sultan was being seen as a sodomite.” So, the ultimate people behind 9/11 were not only the Saud Princes but the Ulema — the kingmakers (who, however, are required to select the King only from among the Saud Princes).

But, like the Sauds, and their lesser royals (all of them likewise Salafist) who rule the other Arabic oil-kingdoms, the U.S. government wants to conquer (yet again, after the first  time, the 1953 coup) Iran; so, the U.S. court-system, in this decision, is declaring the Iranian government to be not just a cause, but — in effect — the sole cause, of 9/11. It’s a way to squeeze Iran, to keep it down until another ‘revolution’ there (hoped to be by the CIA, like the first one was).

And, as far as the 9/11-victim families are concerned: the U.S. government, obviously, has higher priorities than to be concerned about any sort of real “justice” for them. Punishing Iran (until it breaks, ‘America’s’ way) is far more important, to the powers-that-be in America. The victim-families can find their ‘justice’ only in heaven - if ever. (And, of course, the Salafists - including the 9/11 perpetrators - would have a different opinion regarding which individuals go to heaven, and which to hell.)

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


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williambanzai7's picture

Not even kangaroo justice.

Just a fucking farce.



Perimetr's picture

Fascism reigns supreme in the former democratic republic

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I think Iran is run by a miserable bunch of dune coons but trying to pin 9/11 on them is pretty fucking hilarious.

yrad's picture

Ya Iran! Give us 27 goats.

Occident Mortal's picture

Credibility is stretched so thin that some kind of political revolt should be expected... Oh wait a minute.

Dindu Nuffin's picture

IF you haven't seen it, check out Architects and Engineers for 9/11 truth.

SEARCH: AE 9/11 Documentary.

Automatic Choke's picture

"Ya Iran! Give us 27 goats."

Make sure they are virgins.

Miles Ahead's picture

Man this is embarrassing.  I have to interact with Europeans and Asian daily.  Time for the sunglasses thing...

Urban Redneck's picture

I live among those Europeans so I have to look them in face every day, and I can't blame Bush (without busting out laughing)...  Time to reconsider finally giving up that US passport...


Pinto Currency's picture



Everybody knows about the 5 dancing Iranians.

Not reasonable for Iran to deny when they had explosive residue on their hands.

Dindu Nuffin's picture

Pretty sure that was 4 dancing israeli mossad agents, as the conspiracy goes.  No proof of it tho, as far as I know.

Pinto Currency's picture




That was the 5 dancing Israelis.  Of course.

Then there was the Israeli artist group "Gelatin" that was given access and security passes to the WTC towers.

They were working on the 'B-thing'.

They Dindu Nuffin either.

knukles's picture

Hold The Fuckin' Boat!?!?!?!?!?!?!
We just made peace with these people, granting them nukes, etc., as per Obammy, lovie dovie with the Religion of Peace and all that kinda horseshit, and now.... AND NOW!  Blaming them for 9/11?!?!?!?!
These people are Fucking Crazy.  We are truly on the Crazy Train!  It's a Madhouse!!!!!!
And "they're" telling us that Donald Trump is Dangerous!

And we just gave them $10 billion for something or other... Jesus H Fucking Christ on a Pogo Stick!

Pinto Currency's picture



More on the Gelatin group.  A strange story.


NidStyles's picture

Fascism would be an improvement, at least then they would be putting Americans first, and not letting 30 million illegals walk over the border to get free hand outs.


This isn't fascism, we live under some wierd creation called corporate communism.

Took Red Pill's picture

I'd like to ask them how exactly did Iran take down WTC building #7 which wasn't hit by a plane. Inquiring minds want to know.

Triggernometry's picture

The story of the dancing Israelis made the front page of the Bergen Record on 9/12/01.  Bergen county being one of the most Jewish in Jersey, I doubt this was fabricated.

Pinto Currency's picture



Red Pill,


That's easy.

The Mullah's told Larry to PULLIT.

Larry has a pass, the Mullah's don't.

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

This isn't fascism, we live under some wierd creation called corporate communism.

It's fascism, just not in the traditional sense.

This guy refers to it as "inverted" fascism:


Tarshatha's picture

Israel's bitch continues to act like the good little Goyim it is.

new game's picture

i'll call it fucked up, if you are ok with that.

a witches brew of marxist capitalist fascistic, commie, socialistic anarchy.

basically, people with control of the money rule and dictate the outcome, certainly not the majority. so as you vote, keep this in mind...

Rebel yell's picture

It is corporate communism combined with fascism for all cotizens! The worst of both worlds! So many things are going on that everyone who takes the time to research are aware of, sadly, that is a very small percentage of our population. Reporters don't my talk about it because of the Patriot Act. Look what happened to Chris Hedges for speaking out against Iraq war!
Resist the beginnings- consider the end! So many parallels in this to what is taking place in America today! " They Thought They Were Free - the Germans 1933-1945"

RedDwarf's picture

I think the Socialists came up with the best term for what we have - State Capitalism.

Jim in MN's picture

The Persian people have nothing against us.

A beautiful civilization and people that deserve a lot better than their current rulers, or their current ass-backward geopolitics.

As do we.

Maybe there is a deal yet to be shall we say, lower levels of governance.


Insurrexion's picture



Knuckles is channeling George Carlin.

Tell him we miss him, Knuck.

auntiesocial's picture

Look at the conclusions the serious reseachers are coming to. How can they say Iran did it with a straight face?

1. The Bush Family has their fingerprints all over this.

2. They are CIA! HELLO!?!?!? ANYBODY IN THERE? This is the greatest mystery of all- no one questions this shit-

The Iranians or Osama Bin Laden erased a shit ton of bad debt and investigations for the Bush Crime Family... El Dorado Bush 41 Debt Investigation- Pentagon 2.7 Trillion- Enron- WorldCom- Cali electricity swindle- SEC- 

if anything, the Iranians should get a thank you letter.

3. The high jackers had ties to US Military bases.

4. NORAD STAND DOWN. Yep- The Ayotollah called command central and told them to back off the planes so the US/Israeli PNAC warmongers could get all of their wildest wishes! 

5. the death of Bill Cooper right after 9/11.

fuck I should just write my own fucking novel.




DisasterCapitalist's picture

And the 1993 WTC bombing was orchestrated by the FBI...could add that to your list.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

Larry "pull it" Silverstein had plans drawn up for new WTC 7 in 2000, even publicly announcing it.

strannick's picture

Send the bill to the actual culprits, the Bushes and the Saudis. Its like 1 month of their heroin profits.

PT's picture

... or 4 days of QE.

Don't worry, in a year or two the US will be explaining why 9/11 is North Korea's fault.  Then the next year they will lay the blame on the Russians, followed by the Chinese ... and within a decade you won't even be able to get a speeding fine without being incarcerated for your part in causing 9/11 ... including those born after 2002 ...

jeff montanye's picture

who will never be accused by the u.s. government?  victoria nuland's husband and co-conspirators in the project for a new american century who called for a new pearl harbor in the late '90's to get the u.s. more actively on israel's side.

that's who.

wonder what post she'll hold under hillary; possibly the one she had under cheney/bush?

jeff montanye's picture

it's the gift that keeps on giving.

they "solved" it in what like two days?  had those photos and names on the front page of newspapers world wide (of course that "passport" "found" at the wtc was a great clue, in a way -- remarkable that it survived when no toilet seats or door knobs from the buildings did).

and there's the head scarf from pennsylvania . . . .,+head+scar...

TeamDepends's picture

Plenty of proof, evidence. Heard audio of arresting officer describing event. Their van had mural of twin towers on the side. They were quickly shuttled out of the country like the bin Ladens.

mkkby's picture

What difference at this point does it make?

The order for regime change HAS ALWAYS been Iraq, Syria and then Iran.  9/11 was simply the excuse the neocons needed.

Russia has put a stop to this insanity... for now.  The reason saudi is pumping oil like crazy is to put Russia back into financial chaos, so the war plan can proceed without opposition.

From the beginning I have said it is the US that needs regime changing.  Not a switch from red to blue, or blue to red.  But a complete reset back to the states rights, limited federal gov that existed before Lincoln neutered the constitution.

Sociopaths will always rise to power.  The only hope of survival and freedom is to keep government as weak as possible.


auntiesocial's picture

watch the original Alan Sabrosky interviews. you can find em on YouTube.. you know,,, unless the Iranians pulled them down! THOSE PESKY BASTARDS.


doesn't take much to fill in the rest of the pizza PI... -COUGH-

chumbawamba's picture

That explains nothing.

This does a good job of explaining everything ==>

"I'm gonna show you that 9/11 was something a lot bigger, and altogether darker, than many, including myself (originally), had been lead to believe."

Be prepared for 32 parts.

I am Chumbawamba.

jeff montanye's picture

someone called you a zionist shill a bit ago here.

if this is a sample, they need much better shills.

chumbawamba's picture

lol, that's a new one.

I'd be insulted if that wasn't just so entirely stupid ;)


BarkingCat's picture

Like they are any smarter.

They open their borders and their women's legs for a constant stream of invaders.

Germany had a little shift in last week's elections but when you consider the situation there it would be laughable if the problem was not so dire.

sherryw's picture

So you want to give up your American passport? Well, they'll have 25% of your assets in exchange for allowing you to relinquish American citizenship.

Keyser's picture

The theater of the absurb continues to amaze me in it's stupidity...  Since when does the US care about legal prosecution of it's enemies, foreign or dosmestic? The US judiciary is backed by the US MIC, silly rabbit...  

Oldwood's picture

It's about optics. They know there is not a chance in hell of Iran ever paying this. It's about Obama trying to LOOK tough while knowing no one will ever call him on it. Just another soundbite to log. He has taken a lot of heat for his Iran deal and every undertaking he has attempted has failed in its STATED effect. His administration looks kaergely a failure to anyone who cares to look and Hillary is a complete farce, so it optics, it's about public perceptions of fining banks for criminal actions rather than actually prosecuting them.

Look tough, do nothing, take responsibility for nothing.

onthesquare's picture

prime example of lawyers behaving badly.  What else is new?

Nexus789's picture

Nothing suprises the rest of the world in terms of the depths the US will sink. Evolved intp a gigantic North Korean with its own 'Dear Leader'.

what's that smell's picture

if you wanna punish the iranians let them grope our liberated obese hip hopping shop til you drop american women....that'll teach them to never mess with the indispensable nation.

chumbawamba's picture