Iran and 9/11: Down the Rabbit Hole of Blame

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Preface: Given the new attempt to use documents (cough fake?) linking Iran and 9/11, this piece is timely indeed ...

Background here.

By Kristen Breitweiser, one of the four 9/11 widows – known as the “Jersey Girls” – instrumental in forcing the government to form the 9/11 Commission to investigate the 2001 attacks. Follow Kristen Breitweiser on Twitter: .

Largely unreported and unknown to almost everyone is the recent push to re-establish an Iranian role in the 9/11 attacks. To be more specific, some in Washington are currently trying to allege that Iran played a larger role in the 9/11 attacks than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Why this assertion about Iran— that has been lying fallow for years—is so recently being resurrected raises questions, bears scrutiny, and begs an examination.

Prior to delving into the Iranian revelations, some background is needed to best understand the rather inorganic evolution of this Iranian evidence. As many know, the 9/11 Families have spent the past 16 years trying to hold the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks accountable for the mass murder of our loved ones. First, we fought for the 9/11 Commission so that we might have an independent investigation into the attacks, learn lessons, fix problems, and hold those in government accountable for their failures that contributed to the vast devastation of that horrific day. Next, as an expressly granted right given to us by Congress in the creation of the 2001 Airline Stabilization Act (more commonly known as the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund), we attempted to hold all the co-conspirators of the 9/11 attacks accountable in a federal court of law. Notably, to the 9/11 Families the definition of “co-conspirators” was always a “both-and” situation, not the more exclusionary “either-or” scenario. In other words, we wanted any and all of those who played a hand (however large or small) in the murder of our loved ones held accountable.

Trying to hold co-conspirators of the 9/11 attacks accountable in federal court is not as easy as the public might think. First, the U.S. government plays a large role with a strong hand in determining who can be qualified as a “co-conspirator.” Notably, this decision historically hinges upon who is “in favor” or “out of favor” with the U.S. government. It can also depend on the foreign and domestic policy agendas of the U.S. government. (Ironically enough, both of these things—domestic and foreign policy agendas —are what created the 9/11 attacks in the first place but that is a much larger topic in need of a tome not a blog.)

As an example of how the U.S. government and its agendas control who gets held accountable for bad acts and who doesn’t, in 2002, a lawsuit on behalf of some 9/11 families was filed against Saddam Hussein and Iraq. Obviously, this lawsuit fell in favor with the U.S. government, since at the time, President Bush was trying to establish a connection between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks to serve as a basis for the war in Iraq. Meanwhile, nearly at the same time in 2002, another group of 9/11 family members (represented by yet another attorney) filed their lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This lawsuit was not looked upon as favorably by the U.S. government for several reasons: President Bush considered the members of the Saudi Royal Family to be close family friends; the United States was extremely dependent on Saudi oil; the U.S. had always been dependent on Saudi cash; and finally, perhaps most pragmatically, the U.S. needed Saudi military bases to stage its upcoming war in Iraq. It should come as no surprise then, that the Saudi lawsuit continues to falter to this day while the Iraq lawsuit had a favorable resolution.

Fifteen years later, the 9/11 families are still trying to hold the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia accountable in a federal court of law for the mass murder of our loved ones. And, unfortunately for us, the Kingdom seems to still remain “in favor” with the U.S. government—which is probably why our path to justice has taken so long and why our court case against the Saudis is constantly getting delayed and dismissed by the Judge. To wit, 16 years after the cold-blooded murder of our loved ones, we have yet to even reach the discovery phase of our federal court case—the part of our case where we get to show our evidence (the money transfers, the checks, the FBI reports, the travel documents, the correspondence, the wiretaps, etc.). As an aside, the government in its own criminal prosecution of the co-conspirators of the 9/11 attacks, via its use of the military tribunal system, is as largely unsuccessful as the 9/11 families have been in our federal civil court case. Notably, nearly all of the GTMO cases haven’t even moved passed the pre-trial stages and/or hearings, yet. Clearly, the government’s self-created military tribunal system has proven to be (much like its twin-sister program of enhanced interrogation)—just another ill-conceived, hastily done, colossal mistake, and abject failure. And more importantly, both of these post-9/11 U.S. government-created programs have, thus far, only obstructed our rocky path to justice.

The 9/11 Families’ case against the Saudis has been dismissed at the trial level for a myriad of reasons, more recently, because the Kingdom was not a named State Sponsor of Terrorism. In case you didn’t already know this horrifying dirty little secret, for the most part, getting on and off the official State Sponsor List is mostly a political decision, having very little to do with reality—i.e. whether you really deserve to be on the list in the first place. And typically, you can get off the list by buying your way off, just as long as you are deemed “in favor” with the right people and/or Presidents at the right time. This is what happened with Pan Am Lockerbie and Libya, by the way. Notably, while Libya took responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am Lockerbie, more recent reports have shown that Iran was actually responsible for the terrorist attack.

Nevertheless, in response to being unable to hold the Saudis accountable for their role in the 9/11 attacks because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was not an “officially named State Sponsor of Terrorism,” the 9/11 Families fought for and won JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act). JASTA enables any victim of mass terrorism on U.S. soil to hold any nation accountable—regardless if that nation was on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. JASTA is a solid anti-terrorism law that can in some ways get around the “politics” that sometimes block the path to justice for victims of terrorism. Notably, the entities that fought most stridently against JASTA were certain key members of the Foreign Relations Committees and the Armed Services Committees; the U.S. State Department’s Near East Affairs Desk; former CIA Director John Brennan; former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and American Enterprise Institute’s John Bolton; Secretary of State John Kerry; and President Barack Obama. Obviously, each of these individuals and entities had their own agendas, but clearly their overall reason to oppose anti-terrorism legislation like JASTA should be fairly apparent to all. Sadly, saving lives from terrorist attacks and holding official and unofficial state sponsors of terrorism accountable for their role in supporting terrorism and/or terrorist groups—were not chief among their interests. Nevertheless, after overcoming such staunch “establishment” opposition, JASTA became the law of the land in October 2016. And, the 9/11 Families returned, once again, to federal court to hold one of the largest co-conspirators of the 9/11 attacks, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, accountable for their very well-documented and well-known logistic and financial support of the 9/11 hijackers and al Qaeda.

Finally last spring, directly due to the enactment of JASTA, the 9/11 Families filed our Complaint naming the Kingdom—regrettably, not specific Saudi Royal Family Members like Prince Bandar bin Sultan or his wife who sent money to the 9/11 hijackers—as defendants in our new lawsuit. In their answer to our complaint, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claimed that the 9/11 Families’ lawsuit should be dismissed for several reasons, chief among them, that the 9/11 Commission exonerated the Saudis from any role in the 9/11 attacks. This novel defense was not new to us. In fact, in 2016, when the infamous 28 pages were finally released to the American public, many establishment-type folks—the Saudis, the Director of the CIA, the Obama Administration, etc.—said eerily similar things about the 28 pages “exonerating the Saudis” and there being “no there, there” with regard to the evidence presented in the 28 pages. Of course, these statements were ridiculous since the pages themselves represented 28 f-u-l-l pages of facts and evidence detailing the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks—indeed, even Forrest Gump could discern that there was plenty of “there, there.”

Nevertheless, hearing this same tired argument of “exoneration” now being put forth by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s attorneys as a legal basis to dismiss the Saudi lawsuit from federal court was received with exceptional incredulity by the 9/11 Families. After all, we were the very same people who had fought for the creation of the 9/11 Commission in the first place. How could the Saudis now be using the 9/11 Commission against us?

In short, we knew everything about the Commission—we fought for its creation; its members and make-up; its budget; its timetable; its access to documents and people; its subpoena power; its open hearings; its extension; its hampered and flawed final recommendations; and, perhaps, most notably its mandate. Because of those things, we knew—first hand—exactly what the Commission’s mandate was: to specifically not find fault or finger point in order to remove any taint of embarrassment and also to achieve consensus. To quote the 9/11 Commission Chairmen in the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report’s Preface: “Our aim has not been to assign individual blame.” Logically speaking then, how could a Commission with a specifically tailored, strict and narrow mandate to not find fault or finger point, exonerate anyone? Plain and simple, it can’t. (Note: we fought very hard to try to have the Commission’s mandate strong enough to hold people responsible and accountable but we lost that fight. Regrettably, to date, not one person in the U.S. government has been held accountable, fired, or reprimanded for their role in facilitating and/or failing to prevent the 9/11 attacks. In fact, some people like former Director of the CIA, George Tenet, were given medals.)

Knowing the preposterousness of this new Saudi defense, the 9/11 families reached out to the former 9/11 Commission members and made a simple request: Please sign an affidavit saying, “Our report speaks for itself. We did not exonerate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” To us, it seemed a no brainer. Note, we did not ask the Commission to say the Saudis were guilty or responsible—we merely asked for them to say that they did not exonerate the Saudis. We knew all of these men and women. We knew their work product. We knew the Commission’s Final Report and its footnotes inside and out. And, we knew the Staff Director, too. It was at this juncture that the 9/11 Families were informed by certain key members of the 9/11 Commission that they could not sign any affidavits and that they believed that Iran had more to do with the 9/11 attacks than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Iran????

Obviously, as key 9/11 family members who fought to have the Commission created, closely followed the Commission’s investigation, attended every hearing, testified before the Commission, held regular conference calls with the Commission throughout its existence, monitored their progress, and were actively engaged with the follow-up to the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report, we were stunned and confused in hearing this revelation about Iran. To us, it seemed half-baked and very overcooked. Frankly, we’d been down this road before.

So, exactly where was this Iranian information coming from and how had it remained secret for 16 years? Had it been suppressed?!? Was there foreign influence involved in keeping it a secret??? (Gasp) Were the Russians perhaps responsible for keeping this Iranian evidence under wraps?!? Frankly, we always knew the Staff Director of the 9/11 Commission, Philip Zelikow, was close with Condoleeza Rice who was a so-called “Soviet expert,” but still, something that untoward just seemed too far-fetched. Should someone call Robert Mueller?!?

No, but more seriously and specifically, just how had this Iranian evidence gone unnoticed for so long?

We began to wonder: Had the FBI in its PENTTBOM investigation come across this same evidence? Were there mountains of FBI 302’s involving: Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 Hijackers being Iranians; some of those 9/11 hijackers visiting the Iran Consulate and Embassy; Iranian officials meeting the hijackers at U.S. airports and escorting them through border security; Iranian officials paying rent, opening checking accounts, and getting drivers’ licenses for the 9/11 hijackers; an Iranianvisa-express program; the Iranian Ambassador’s personal checks and/or wire transfers to the 9/11 hijackers; an Iranian support network inside the United States for the 9/11 hijackers that was made up of Iranian officials on the Iranian payroll; evidence of Iranian FBI informants; evidence of Iranian-connected imams counseling and providing support to the 9/11 hijackers; evidence of phone calls made between the Iranian Embassy and the 9/11 hijackers; Iran paying for plane tickets for the dry-runs of the 9/11 hijackers; Iranians in U.S. flight schools; and/or, Iranian funding of the training camps in Afghanistan. Is that why we went to Afghanistan immediately after the 9/11 attacks—to ferret out Iranian funded al Qaeda training camps? Was Iran mentioned in its own 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry of Congress’ Investigation into the September 11th attacks? Were members of the Iranian Royal Family flown out of the United States in the hours after 9/11? When Abu Zubaydah was captured, did he have the phone number of the Iranian Ambassador’s home in Aspen? Or the name and phone number of the Iranian King’s nephew who was living in the United States? Did Osama Basnan meet with an Iranian prince in Houston back in 2002 prior to that same Iranian Prince meeting President Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas? Were the Senate and House Intelligence Committees and Foreign Relations Committees briefed about this Iranian information and evidence? Did President Bush know this Iranian information when he started the war in Iraq? More recently, did President Obama know this Iranian information when he promoted and signed his nuclear treaty with Iran merely two years ago? Of course not—>BECAUSE ALL OF THAT EVIDENCE WAS ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, NOT THE REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

Incidentally, prior to promoting the Iran deal, President Obama must have known about the little bits of Iranian evidence that was actually collected by the 9/11 Commission since the person who largely took credit for selling the Iran deal to the American public, Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting for the Obama Administration, was also former 9/11 Commission Co-Chair Lee Hamilton’s right hand man during the term of the Commission. In fact, a quick search of the 9/11 Commission archives can easily show Iran documents very likely penned in Ben’s own hand revealing that Rhodes knew plenty about the Commission’s investigation and work-product—and even the scant bit of evidence the Commission was able to dig up about Iran. So, assuming arguendo, that this Iranian evidence is to be perceived as persuasive and more damning than all of the evidence the Commission collected against the Saudis, just how could Ben Rhodes and Barack Obama promote a peace treaty with these perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks? Maybe someone should ask Rhodes and Obama?

Interestingly, and nearly at the same time as President Obama and Ben Rhodes were selling the Iran nuclear deal, the 9/11 Families were fighting for JASTA–>and President Obama was strongly opposing JASTA thereby siding on behalf of the Saudis, instead of with U.S. victims of terrorism. These two things may seem unrelated until you consider how President Obama was reportedly finally able to ward off Saudi opposition to his precious Iran deal—he gave the Saudis incentives. One of these incentives was the $110 billion weapons deal that President Trump was just recently given credit for. And, perhaps, the other incentive was Obama’s promise to oppose JASTA and block the 9/11 Families’ Saudi lawsuit? One wonders.

Also going on at this very same time in the summer of 2015, an entirely different group of 9/11 Family members with an entirely different set of attorneys were in federal court and received a final default judgment against Iran for its role in the 9/11 attacks. Quite ironically, several 9/11 staffers apparently handily provided affidavits in that case attesting to an Iranian role in the 9/11 attacks. While busy fighting for JASTA in Washington (to hold the Saudis accountable for the 9/11 attacks) a few 9/11 Families took note of this Iranian final default judgment being so breezily signed off on by the usually recalcitrant federal judge (recalcitrant at least when things are related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and we clearly saw the writing on the wall: In 2016, the U.S. government wants Iran to be held responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Which brings us to the evidence linking Iran to 9/11. To quote former Director of the CIA, George Tenet: It’s a slam dunk.

The evidence is scant and the information surrounding it is even more obscure. But it’s not like many haven’t taken such odds to the bank before—witness the war in Iraq. Indeed, most of what we know about the 9/11-Iran connection is provided by Phil Shenon in his book, “The Commission.” Shenon writes about an eleventh hour discovery of Iran evidence by a 9/11 Commission staff member named Lorry Fenner. Interestingly, while Fenner is finding this Iranian information in NSA files, nearly at the same time, Staff Director Philip Zelikow and Staff Member Dieter Snell are also doing an eleventh hour re-write of the Saudi section of the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report so as to downplay and discount the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks. (FYI, Snell is one of the 9/11 Staffers who happily provided an affidavit in the aforementioned Iran lawsuit. How convenient.)

Some background research on Fenner reveals, according to Shenon, that Fenner was placed on the Commission staff with encouragement by Jamie Gorelick. Some believe that Gorelick, herself an “old friend” of Director of the CIA George “slam dunk” Tenet, might have been placed on the Commission to downplay CIA failures and protect the agency from undue exposure—for which the CIA had plenty—>particularly when it comes to the CIA’s role with regard to Saudi Arabia and al Qaeda, generally, and the 9/11 hijackers, specifically. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that Gorelick’s reported staff pick, Fenner, is responsible for this eleventh-hour investigation into NSA files.

First, according to Shenon, Fenner was a staffer assigned to an entirely different part of the Commission’s investigation and was, therefore, not officially authorized to be investigating NSA files when she made her eleventh-hour discovery about Iran playing a role in the 9/11 attacks. Reportedly, according to Shenon, other 9/11 Commission staffers who did similar things (i.e. went outside official channels to investigate matters like the Saudis) were summarily fired for going outside their investigative purview. It appears that Fenner did not meet the same fate due to her Iranian forays. In fact, it appears that she received Staff Director Zelikow’s approval for same. Second, it’s probably not exactly surprising that a staffer placed on the Commission by someone like Gorelick (think CIA) would want to find dirt in NSA files as a way to discount and distract from the CIA’s own failures and facilitations. And, what better way to do this than by rifling through NSA files and finding information that pins blame on Iran so as to downplay the CIA’s largest 9/11 angle of exposure, the role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In other words, Fenner’s foray was meant as a distraction.

Thus, Fenner, the intrepid investigator, singlehandedly pours over “tens of thousands” of documents that are “densely written, with code names and abbreviations and acronyms and geographic locations that she would not understand,” and miraculously (within a few hours) discovers proof that Iran played a role in 9/11—EUREKA! Yes, in the tens of thousands upon thousands of NSA documents—and after “several days…of two or three hours at a time” (that’s “days” not “weeks” and “2 or 3 hours” not “10 or 12 hours”) Fenner apparently found what she was likely sent to look for: a crumb of Iranian evidence.

But, according to Shenon’s account, Fenner needed more evidence. So according to Shenon, knowing that she was not supposed to be operating inside the NSA files, Fenner asked for help from a Commission ally who could legally operate within the confines of the NSA files. Shenon reports that Fenner turns to Lloyd Salvetti for help. It should come as no surprise that Salvetti, according to Shenon, is a former CIA career officer (and Staff Director Philip Zelikow appointee to the Commission). Together, Salvetti and Fenner engage the support of yet another Commission staffer, Doug MacEachin, who also, according to Shenon, just happens to be a veteran CIA analyst. How shocking. Shenon writes that these three staffers focused on these NSA files literally during the last few days, indeed the very last weekend, of the Commission’s investigative lifespan.

According to Shenon, the three learned that the connections between Hezbollah and Iran and al Qaeda were much more “direct” and “recent” than previously thought. And, they wanted to make sure this vital information made it into the Commission’s Final Report that was about to go to press. Perhaps, due in large part to Zelikow and Snell’s last minute edits and rewrites to the Saudi section of the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report (also reported by Shenon in his book), the new Iran evidence could be added just in time. (A little known fact about the Commission’s Final Report is the very tight publishing restrictions placed on the Commission’s Final Report by its publisher, Norton. In short, apparently, the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report couldn’t exceed a certain page limit. Thus, a heavy editing hand was required in writing the Final Report. Good to know the nation’s worst terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people was abridged for space concerns! And what bother if the damning evidence about the Saudis had to be cut out!) Nevertheless, this Iran evidence needed to get out to the public. In fact, in June 2004, 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean felt compelled to say, “We believe that there were a lot more active contacts, frankly, with Iran and with Pakistan than there were with Iraq.” Unfortunately, by that time, President Bush’s war in Iraq was well underway. Iran would have to wait.

As for the Iranian connections to 9/11, upon inspection, it is likely far less than what can be found about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After all, the super sleuth Fenner and her two CIA cohorts only found approximately 100 instances of Iran being mentioned in the thousands and thousands of pages of NSA files. Now, I dont fancy myself a mathematician but let’s just say that out of 60,000 files, the word “Iran” was mentioned 100 times? Folks, thats less than .001%. Not exactly an overwhelming number when you consider how many times those three intrepid investigators also probably came across “KSA,” “UAE,” “Pakistan,” and/or “Qatar” in those documents.

Reportedly according to Shenon, the NSA files, “showed that Iranian authorities had helped facilitate the travels of several of the 9/11 hijackers in the year before the attacks. There was nothing to suggest Iran or Hezbollah leaders had knowledge of the 9/11 plot. But there was plenty of evidence to show that they had made special arrangements to allow many of the 9/11 hijackers to visit or pass through Iran,” from Afghanistan. Notably, the Iranian border control policy was a sort of blanket special treatment extended to al Qaeda members transiting Iran from Afghanistan—they simply did not stamp their passports and gave border security instructions to not harass them, in general. In other words, the failure to stamp these 8 hijackers’ passports was not an isolated and/or unique incident. It’s important to also know that under interrogation detainees Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and Ramzi bin al Shibh acknowledged that some of the 9/11 hijackers passed through Iran but that the Iranian government had no knowledge of the plot. Of course, this information is problematic since it was gained via torture. In addition, most of the information found in the NSA files that was discovered by Fenner, Salvetti, and MacEachin was apparently written by the NSA after the 9/11 attacks—in fact, one of the files was written as late as August 9, 2002. These revelations could seem to discount the authenticity and weight of the Iran evidence. Nevertheless, a federal court relied on this evidence surrounding the facilitation of travel of some of the 9/11 hijackers to find the government of Iran accountable for the murder of 3,000 on 9/11. Forgive me for asking, but doesn’t this legal threshold for the chain of causation seem considerably lower than that for Saudi Arabia and others?

For example, such “facilitation of travel” for al Qaeda operatives is somewhat akin to how the CIA facilitated the travel of al Qaeda operatives pre-9/11 by arranging/granting approval for visas and/or failing to “watchlist” certain known al Qaeda terrorists when they entered the United States. Frankly, the CIA has a long (and lethal) history of doing this kind of “facilitation of travel.” For example, in 1993, at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan it was a CIA officer who signed the May 1990 visa request that allowed Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman— the Blind Sheikh—to enter the United States. In fact, “Central Intelligence Agency officers reviewed all seven applications made by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman to enter the United States between 1986 and 1990 and only once turned him down because of his connections to terrorism.” Three years later, the Blind Sheikh carried out the first World Trade Center attack killing six people and injuring more than a thousand. The CIA was not held accountable.

Undeterred, the CIA went on to also help “facilitate the travel” of (at least) two 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al Mihdar and Nawaf al Hazmi by purposefully withholding their visa information from the FBI and failing to “watchlist” the two terrorists for a full eighteen months before the 9/11 attacks. Moreover, four days before the 9/11 attacks, even though these two men were considered “armed and dangerous” and “potentially participating in terrorist acts” that might have included the use of weapons of mass destruction, the instructions to law enforcement was to let these terrorists go because they were part of an ongoing investigation. Three thousand people, including my husband, were killed during the September 11th attacks as a result of these two men being let into this country by the CIA. Unfortunately, no federal judge has ever held the CIA accountable for, in my humble opinion, arguably doing more than at least Iran with respect to the “facilitation of travel” for the 9/11 hijackers.

And, then there’s the UAE who also, in my humble opinion, arguably “facilitated the travel” of the 9/11 hijackers in a far larger way and degree than the Republic of Iran. Indeed, 17 of the 19 9/11 hijackers passed through Dubai airport in the immediate months leading up to the 9/11 attacks (that’s long after far fewer (only 8, not 17) of these same men unknowingly passed through Iran, by the way). Moreover, nearly all of the financing of the 9/11 attacks flowed through the UAE, as well. In addition, when Bin Laden was forced to leave Sudan and had to flee to Afghanistan, he was permitted to land in Dubai to refuel his airplane. Nobody knows what would have happened if the UAE did not extend this courtesy to Bin Laden back in 1997—perhaps he wouldn’t have had the ability to build his Afghan training camps, recruit al Qaeda operatives, or plan the 9/11 attacks. Thanks to the UAE, we’ll never know. But really, when one examines the “facilitation of travel” of the 9/11 hijackers and Osama Bin Laden, doesn’t it seem like UAE has more to answer for than the Republic of Iran?

And, I am not saying that Iran is innocent. They are not innocent. Far from it, especially when it comes to broader issues of terorrism beyond the 9/11 attacks. What I am asking for is the fair and honest application of the same standards of proof and evidence to be applied across the board to all entities who played a role in the 9/11 attacks—not just the nations that the U.S. government wants to demonize and go to war with.

One must wonder what other bits of evidence might have been found if the full NSA files were ever actually examined by a truly independent investigation—especially since the NSA (and CIA) had reportedly monitored what’s called the “al Qaeda Switchoard” since 1996. In short, because of this surveillance of the al Qaeda switchboard, “the NSA and CIA already had the information that could have prevented the [9/11] attacks yet for whatever reason, the Central Intelligence Agency which has an extensive history of subterfuge as well as an ongoing disregard for the law withheld the critical information from the FBI.”

Unfortunately, nearly all of the NSA information and evidence (with the exception of the scant evidence used to pin blame on Iran) has been left completely unexamined for the past 16 years—and that, in and of itself, is a crime.

Nevertheless, for right now, some in the U.S. government, for foreign policy reasons, seem to favor pinning the blame for the 9/11 attacks on the Republic of Iran. Historically speaking, the 9/11 Families have learned that when the U.S. government assigns blame (or blocks the assignment of blame) to another foreign government for whatever crime it has committed (or not committed) it’s typically done to serve a very clear foreign policy agenda of the United States—and certainly not done to provide any modicum of justice to the victims and their families. Just ask some of the families of Pan Am Lockerbie, the family of Charles Horman, or any other victim of terrorism.

To quote Charles Horman’s widow, “There is still a long way to go: the United States military continues to lie to the public, and take every opportunity available to cover up their abuses of power. We all have an interest in uncovering the truth. Charles’ mother, Elizabeth, often used the refrain, “we will leave no stone unturned.” That, too, is my mission, and should be the goal of all those dedicated to a just world in which no individual is too big, or too powerful, to answer for their crimes.”

My husband Ron was killed—murdered in cold blood. Sixteen years after I watched him—on live television—either burn alive, get crushed to death, or jump out of a window of the 94th floor of the World Trade Center to escape the horror, the smoke and flames, I still don’t know all of the facts and circumstances surrounding how and why the 9/11 attacks occurred. I want to know why three thousand innocent, beautiful souls were wantonly killed that day. And the people—every single last one of them—who are responsible for my husband’s murder along with the slaughter of 3,000 others beside him—must be held accountable for their crimes.

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Mena Arkansas's picture

To be more specific, some in Washington are currently trying to allege that Iran played a larger role in the 9/11 attacks than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Remember Iran’s Role in 9/11 ~ By Joseph I. Lieberman

https://www.wsj.com/articles/remember-irans-role-in-9-11-1473290470

Yeah, I'm gonna believe this lying jew trying to pin the 9/11 mossad/sayanim op on Iran.

Posa's picture

Kristen:

We share your grief and loss as well... for people we know and for fellow citizens sacrificed by the worst elements of the US Deep State and Saudi allies.

You ask: "I want to know why three thousand innocent, beautiful souls were wantonly killed that day. And the people—every single last one of them—who are responsible for my husband’s murder along with the slaughter of 3,000 others beside him—must be held accountable for their crimes."

The answer is as banal as it is disgusting: at the end of the Cold War , Deep State strategists saw a chance for the US to attain Global Hegemonic Supremacy, as embodied in the "Wolfowitz Doctrine". The puppet masters openly wrote that such ambitions would demand extraordinary sacrifice from ordinary citizens and that could only happen if the population were traumatized and stampeded into Perpetual War and an Orwellian Police State.

Years before 9/11, The PNAC suggested the need for a "New Pearl Harbor", while long-time Rockefeller retainer Brzezinski sounded the same ominous notes in " The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives". Bill Clinton never fully bought into these demands; but the Bush admin was filled with PNAC big shots. 

So 9/11 was engineered by the US Military and Intelligence (FBI-CIA) in a joint Terror Spectacle with the Saudis. The front end details the revolve around the alQaeda patsies are well documented  by the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry. The ghastly pyrotechnics were most likely engineered by rogue elements of the US military ... which also (conveniently) stood down during the attacks and directed NORAD scramble jets out to sea.

The immediate sequelae was the attack on Afghanistan and the Iraq war; followed by destruction of Libya and the Sahel; then Syria and Yemen, while extended to the Russian borders and the Koreas. The real prize is a war with Iran, but that's not likely since China-Russia have drawn a line in the sand.

In the end the Wolfowitz Pox Americana looks to be bankrupt and defeated. The loss of life is staggering. If you want names, here they are:

http://zfacts.com/node/297

 

 

redmudhooch's picture

All terrorist attacks can be traced back to Mossad/CIA. All false flags can be traced to Mossad/CIA.

Its common knowledge at this point, most has been proven. I'm amazed our "government" is letting thse slimy little fucks run free.

How many more USS Liberty, 9/11, JFK, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Bernardino, have to happen before our "leaders" do something?

I want to puke everytime one of these attacks happen and they blame it on a white guy or a muslim. Its comical.

http://whale.to/b/mossad_black_ops.html

WTFUD's picture

That these Vichy DC Vermin & Establishment Swamp Creatures have not been held accountable has only emboldened them even further to commit greater EVILS.

Iran will be their Last Soiree into Regime Change as all HELL will be Unleashed on their Vassal States ; making their DAESH/NUSRAH Proxies look like Red Cross Employees.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Remember the"7 countries in 5 years mantra" ?Lebanon was listed and Iran was the "grand finale"

Well,as I said in a previuos post,the Persans have destroyed Babylon once,now it will be for the second time as the Evil AAZ Empire is Mystery Babylon.

With help from a great Northern country ,with great warriors and an awesome leader and help from an Asian dragon ,who is tired of the western BS.

This will unite all the Shia countries and groups amd I bet many Sunni countries too.

And will be fought on American soil too,not like other wars.

In fact,mr. Putin said,for who had ears to hear,that any war against Russia will not be fought on russian territory.He also told Satanyahoo that Iran is a very important Russian ally in the ME.

This war will not be fought according with the American/Saudi/Zionist entity rules,so expect asymmetric attacks and big surprises.

And it will be the last war for the Empire.

They lost in Syria and now they think they can defeat Iran,with 80 mil people,majority under 35 years old,educated,intelligent,courageous and determined to protect their country?

They  must be criminaly insane.

ironmace's picture

Everybody knew except the people going to work that morning

WTFUD's picture

A few companies ( a whole floor perhaps, in one of the Towers ) received the call not to turn up for work that day. Some of those lucky bastards if interviewed could flip.

Reaper's picture

Some foreign States are always guilty and other foreign states are always not guilty, thus spake the D.C. Swamp.  There is never Justice in US courts, only political or venal or arbitrary decisions.  http://faqusajudicialcorruption.blogspot.com/

ThorAss's picture

Number of commercial airliners filled with passengers that crashed on 911. Zero. Pennsylvannia, no plane wreckage at all so no plane there. Pentagon, no plane wreackage there except the nice clean piece which was hauled in to complete the ruse. World trade centres, ditto, combined with all the bullshit associated with the phone calls etc.; it was therefore clear that those 2 planes were grounded and something else, like remotely controlled planes were used to stage the cause of the buildings collapses. No planes, then all the Saudi involvement evaporates. Meanwhile dancing Mossad agents and their release means Israel and US gov involvement is near certain.

Why would anyone think it was anyone else? Think of the USS Liberty, a false flag cooperation between Israel and the US military, to be blamed on Russia, and give an excuse to bring the US into the war in the ME on behalf of Israel. Unfortunately, the ship refused to sink and Russia saved the survivors.

This is the modus operandi. Create a false flag then blame it on the enemy du jour, whether it be Iraq, Iran, N. Korea, guns, conservatives, Russia, commies; in fact anyone except (((them))).

veritas semper vinces's picture

And let's follow the money:

-the Pentagon was hit exactly were the office of the Navy Intelligence investigating the 2.3 trillion $ missing was.The whole team was asked to gather for a briefing,only the generals didn't show up. They all died and the records of the missing money were destroyed.The comptroller was Rabbi Dov Zakheim,dual citizen,who left after this for Israhell.It seems that the terrorists were interested not to hit the Pentagon command center,but cover up all the evidence about the missing $ .Convenient,isn't it?

-all the S&P stock movement of the airline involved ,asif somebody knew in advance about what was going to happen

-lucky Larry Silverstein,who leased the towers 1 month prior to the event and insurred them against"terrorist"attacks.He must have had premonitions

-the fact that the towers had asbestos and were absolite,but it was too expensive to demolish them or to get rid of the asbestos . So,"terrorist attack" takes care of this and (they) collect  insurance too.This is what I call kosher.

-the two main firms ,Cantor Fitzgerald and another one,dealing with the illegal government securities,worth hundreds billions, that were maturing the next days,were wiped out.Convenient

-an FBI office investigating securities fraud was in tower 7

-this was one of the biggest bank heists of all time: hundreds billions in gold,diamonds,bonds.

-and I have to add that the official version of events needs another set of physical laws to be vialble,bc in our universe it is not possible.Is physics conspiracy theory too ?

atomic balm's picture

you call it kosher

 

they call it jewish lightning

ThorAss's picture

Ring me back when they begin the investigation of Israel in 911, will ya?

Posa's picture

Once they finish with the JFK Assassination

LightBeamCowboy's picture

The most astonishing but least-talked about aspects of the JFK assassination and 9/11 is how many names cross-reference to both events. A Ven diagram made from names in the book _JFK and the Unspeakable_ and the book _Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects_ would pop a lot of eyes out of their sockets.

Sy Kloine Bee's picture

It isn't so easy to sell the big lie about Iran with so many people watching RT.  Now you know why the reason they want to shut it down.  The deep state hold on the minds of the masses has slipped considerably since 2003.

Twee Surgeon's picture

It's been raining Bullshit on these United States for so long that truly, a majority of would be hard working good neighbors are just scratching their collective heads at this point wondering when the Levee is going to break.

I submit a video of the Vegas Airport Control Tower during the Mandalay Bay shooting and with the assumption that Information is very clouded in such situations and a lot of guess work is probably flying around on LEO and Official channels during such events, it is worth a look at, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNkiSmeZ7-E

The Trust that was once placed in Government is understandably diminishing by the day but I don't think the people of the USA are Fracturing as the powers that be, desire.

And some music...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL3nFxSoApE

ThorAss's picture

Slag heaps in an old slate quarry in Wales, nice.

therealestg9's picture

What is this justice you speak of? You are nothing more than a pawn in the eyes of the MIC. The massive strategic value that Saudi Arabia holds in terms of oil, proximity to the Middle Eastern conflict zones, and their willingness to invest their money into America- all of these things have a much greater net value than the value of providing "justice" to the victims of 9/11. I'm not saying you don't deserve justice, because of course everyone deserves justice. But pragmatically speaking, forget about it.

louie1's picture

The push is coming from Israel via its Washington stooges. It is all bullshit. More likely Mossad was involved.

Goldennutz's picture

Hold those in government accountable for their failures?

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

 

Laugher of the year. 

SmittyinLA's picture

911 Commission chair Jamie Gorelick was revealed to be an Iranian agent since 2004 in this 2015 USDOJ press release https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/schlumberger-oilfield-holdings-ltd-agrees...

The USDOJ omitted the 911 commish from a 6 year treason prosecution (they forgot she was on the SLB board 2002-2010).

It's too bad Bernie Madoff didn't resign right before his company got indicted, he could have skated like Jamie.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

At least we finally know the CIA along with all government agencies had no involvement with the JFK thingy.

alexcojones's picture

BTW, GW thanks again for your work

Savyindallas's picture

Cheney, Bush, the Neocons, traitors in the US military and Mossad. Look no farther. Yes, the saudis had some minor involvement in their funding and providing a few patsies for the operation. 

Savyindallas's picture

I forgot to add larry Silverstein, Chertoff and a couple of crooked jewish judges who overlooked the civil cases filed. There were many others. It was a big operation. Don't forget the US mainstream media, cowardly academics silenced by federal money to their criminal institutions and the bought and paid for US Congress. Ignorant American sheeple with their heads buried up their asses can also be added to the list. 

Setarcos's picture

Talking of cowardly academics, Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges spring to mind.  I like some stuff that both put out - well Chomsky anyway - but both act like frightened rabbits, come to think, when anyone tries to question them about 9/11.  I've heard Chomsky claim that there are no peer reviewed papers, but either he lies or somehow does not know that another professor at MIT did write a paper (I can't remember his name and can't be bothered to search, because the whole 9/11 Denial crowd is a disgrace, with no excuse for not even doubting the gubbermint's official conspiracy theory).

tangent's picture

I doubt there was anyone who benefited more than Silverstien. And his conveniently timed double terrorism insurance along with conveniently timed absence at the WTC building on the day of 9/11 tells us all we need to know.

Solio's picture

Approximately 200 people jumped to their death on 9/11. One wonders what those victims experienced that happened to their workmates if neutron bomb or some other directed energy weapon was used. I shudder to think of it.

alexcojones's picture

Some one should clue the Jersey Girls to the Dancing Israelis.

And Pilots for 9/11 Truth, And Architects for 9/11 Truth etc

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth


9/11: Intercepted - Top Documentary Films
Setarcos's picture

Agreed.  I gave up trying to read this long article.  No wonder that they get nowhere. Quite apart from government intransigence, they mire themselves in such nonsense as "19 Arab hijackers" and the Saudi red herring.  The Saudis had only peripheral involvement (now being used as patsies), not even Osama bin Laden (a Saudi) had anything to do with 9/11.

Whether or not the Saudis continue to accede to being fall guys (like a collective Lee Harvey Oswald) the Jersey Girls will never win a case against them because there is no evidence ... ffs at least 12 of the "hijackers" were found alive after 9/11. 

It's almost as though the Jersey Girls are operating a limited hang-out, a distraction.  There's SO much good information available, but this George Washington post is typical of him always being very late to the party, or never arriving.  At least until quite recently he was fully on board with the gubbermint official con-spiracy BS.  It's like watching grass grow, very slow growing grass at that.  Painful.  Maybe he's a lawyer, they love to drag things out as a rule.

Btw I have zero liking for the Saudis, but that doesn't get in the way of facts.

redmudhooch's picture

Taliban immediately condemned 9/11 attacks too.

 

WTFUD's picture

Which Taliban though? Like the CIA there's half a dozen factions with their own Budget & Props.

flacorps's picture

If the Jersey girls go one level higher than the Saudis they will get nowhere. If they go higher still, they will get whacked.

11b40's picture

Sorry reading is such a chore, but life is complicated and messy.  

There is little doubt that the Saudi's were heavily involved, therefore their involvement needs to be exposed, not covered up.  That does not mean that others are not involved, as well, and in fact may have planned the whole thing and the Saudis were more facilitators than directors.  George doesn't work for us, but I almost aways find his perspective to be clam and reasoned instead of more hysterical and slanted, and therefore appreciate his articles when they are posted here.  He has been a gracious contributor for many years, and I would refer anyone who wants a little deeper dive into some of the issues causing friction between "we the people" and government to his blog:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com

 

Setarcos's picture

Reading is not a chore, but when I have read the same stuff year after year it's not worth bothering to do more than scan, just in case there might be something new.  In this case?  No.

Prove that the Saudis were "heavily involved".  You can't.  Oh I know that a bunch of them were flown out of the US when all flights were supposed to be suspended, but why?  No one knows, though it is known that the bin Laden's had business dealings with the Bush clan.

I too have read GW for years and I have visited his blog.  I have seldom found anything I did not know already, but a LOT that's far short of fairly common knowledge about 9/11.  I see no reason to put a gloss on things just because he contributes a lot.  Criticism has no effect on him anyway, I have found.

OK now lay out your proof of significant Saudi involvement.  No one else has.  Plenty of assertions, like yours, but no substance ... whereas there is (or was) plenty of substance to "dancing Israelis" and a bunch of them getting caught with explosives (or residues) in a van.  They were arrested, but release was ordered and they were returned to Israel, where some appeared on TV more or less bragging.  

I can't be bothered to describe more, it'd be too much of a chore for you to read, and I guarantee that you are too closed-minded, or too lazy to simply get on Google and search.  It is FAR messier than "simply" the Saudis, e.g. Rumsfeld basically ordering a stand down at the Pentagon before the missile - yes MISSILE - hit just where an audit into missing trillions was being conducted.  NO aircraft wreckage, just a neat hole not big enough for a purported passenger jet.  WTC7, no plane at all, collapse at free-fall acceleration, reported by the BBC 20 minutes BEFORE it happened.  Quit asserting that it is that simple and prove it.  FAR more complicted and messy than you and George can handle though, like everyone else with some interest, you've had sixteen fucking years to consider evidence, such as from A & E, Pilots for 9/11 Truth and numerous other very credible sources.

11b40's picture

We largely agree, and you have not told me anything I don't already know.  OTH, there is a steady stream of newcomers here, and in my opinion, GW offers up well written articles that challenge the MSM narrative and can be used as the springboard for the pursuit of new trails.  I rarely pass by an article of his without checking it out, and I can't say that all the others who post here.  He is a good starting point for a number of issues, and I tend to agree with the slant he puts forth.  Al these authors have their own slant.

Virtually everyone who has spent time here knows a lot about the 9/11 false flag & cover up, and share your disdain for the way it came about and has been mishandled, but the circumstantial evidence of Saudi involvement is just too great to ignore, and the redacted 28 pages in the original report points a finger in their direction.  Still, that does not mean they are not acting in conjunction with Mossad & the CIA, which I happen to believe, too.  They were simply a willing puppet in this Neocon scheme.

 

Setarcos's picture

OK I get your point about newcomers, but then I'll remind you that - unlike myself, apparently you and a minority generally - most people seldom read much past a headline and will never read long articles.  Even if someone entirely new did, there is far too much "knowledge assumed" in this article for them to grasp what it is all about, e.g. who are the Jersey Girls?

I'll speculate about why the Saudis were flown out quickly.  Perhaps Bush & Co did not want them interviewed ... to be asked what they knew about Saudi nationals being accused immediately.  Most likely they would have said, "What are you on about?  We know nothing."   Osama bin Laden himself said he had nothing to do with it, in the first and only genuine video of him after 9/11.  And you do know, I suppose, that he died of kidney failure (or maybe assassination) in an American hospital in Pakistan in Dec 2001, so he could not thereafter be questioned ... but several fake vidoes were made, including the one about the "raid" ordered by Obomber.  His CIA name was Tim Osman and how would Al CIAda coordinate a very complex operation thousands of miles from Afghanistan?  Why would they?  Why would bin Laden's family in Saudi Arabia be involved?  They are very wealthy.  What's in it for them?  I recall reading that Osama was somewhat estranged from his relatives, so why would they help him even if it was possible to penetrate US air space by cell phone from Afghanistan?

What is your "circumstantial evidence"?  Against what is known about Saudi non-involvement, as compared with known involvement by Mossad.  The redacted 28 pages are of no help to you, because they are redacted ... and have you personally seen them anyway?  Even most of the 9/11 Commissioners distanced themselves from the report they were more or less directed to produce.

In any case:  I come back to the fact that most people will not read long articles.  Perhaps the best form of introduction would be point form + links and/or short paragraphs with separations like I am using now.

Setarcos's picture

Hmm.  I read a lot of the material on that site, including pleas for money.  But, though interesting, too much fits in a woo-woo category - after all it is a religious site.

I read the Saudi stuff and about Trump's "draining the swamp" (to put it that way).  I've known for years that the Bush and bin Laden clans were close and were meeting in Sept 2001, but what makes no sense is that there is NO mention whatsoever about Israeli links to 9/11.  Why?  It's well known that there are close Israeli-Saudi ties.  Why no mention?  Why no mention of Israelis being arrested on 9/11?  Something stinks when one entire part of an event is totally missing.  Something to do with Jared?  Maybe in a way.

shankster's picture

2 planes 3 buildings. Even using common-core-math that makes no sense.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds was gagged by the Bush Administration after the False Flag of 911. She’s was going to blow the whistle on the arming, funding, training, funding of Saudi / Wahhabism Madrasah’s during the Clinton Administration via Turkey etc...she was gagged for 10 years.

Know who gagged her?

Criminal Mueller from the Criminal FBI Crime Syndicate investigating the whole fake Russia narrative.

Published on Oct 24, 2017FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds exposes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s conflict of interest in pursuing General Michael Flynn’s case due to his direct involvement as former FBI Director and his role in covering up and protecting Gulen Networks’ criminal operations within the United States, and demands that he steps down.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DvFCAIRkvWU&sns=tw

USA USA's picture

I am sorry but, is there a Cliff Notes version?

edit:

Never mind, I found it..."Bush and the rest of government lies and People die!"

Kayman's picture

Quite a difference one typo can make.  "Dang it, Dubya- it says here to bomb Iran not Iraq".  Well, I guess it's too late now.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Seems as though whenever they’re False Flag Operations being carried out such as 911 or Vegas.

The Saudis are involved.

No one else.

VWAndy's picture

 Cept the government and bankers.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

So its crypto-jews, dual-israeli citizens, and millenia old usury money changers... got it.

I hear they are pretty good dancers too, but often tend to pick incriminating times and locations.

Yep, sounds like its just the Saudi's and nobody else thats always involved.

Chupacabra-322's picture

It is beyond the slightest shadow of doubt that Israeli agents had foreknowledge of the 911 attacks, and, together with scientific forensic proof of controlled demolitions of WTC 1, 2 and 7.

The very first people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 9/11 attacks turned out to be five Israeli Jews: Sivan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg (Sivan's brother), Oded Ellner, Yaron Shmuel and Omer Marmari. Their white Urban Moving Systems van was stopped and they were arrested within hours of the attacks, on the afternoon of 9/11/01. Sivan Kurzberg, Ellner and Shmuel had been observed by several eyewitnesses at the rear parking lot of the Doric apartment complex in Union City, New Jersey. They were seen atop the van with cameras, high-fiving, smiling, joking with cries of joy and mockery, hugging each other, and taking photographs and video of the Twin Towers within a few minutes of the first plane impact.

Marc Perelman of New York's Jewish weekly The Forward reported on March 15, 2002 that the FBI had concluded that at least two of the Israelis were agents working for the Mossad, and their employer Urban Moving Systems Incorporated was a suspected intelligence front. On September 14, 2001, Urban's owner Dominick Suter fled the U.S. for Israel. Perelman also tells on video of how he was able to confirm that, according to the FBI, two of the five Israelis were "Mossad agents". Christopher Ketcham says the transcripts of the Carl Cameron report were later removed from the Fox News website following pressure from Abe Foxman of the ADL, and replaced with the rather Orwellian message: "This story no longer exists".

When arrested, the Israelis - dubbed the "High-Fivers" by the FBI - were found to have airline tickets with immediate travel dates for destinations world-wide, and tie-ins to 9/11. Dual US-Israeli citizen Michael Chertoff, who co-authored the USA Patriot Act" and headed the Justice Department's Criminal Division in the aftermath of 9/11, is a prime suspect for pulling strings to get the Israelis released and sent home.

Not only is Obama a Scum Fuck Pure Evil Psychopath, he's now officially become, although he's always been, an accessory to War Crimes, Treason & Conspriacy to Muder Amercian's.

Its safe to say now, any Criminal Fraud CEO "President" of the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. from here on out would have to defacto continue the Crime, swear an Oath to Treason & continue the PsyOp / False Narrative Flag of 911.

VWAndy's picture

 The important thing to focus on is the people in the US government than took part in it. Anything other than that is smoke and mirror BS.