• Iran Guilty of 9/11; State Department Guilty of Blocking Victims’ Compensation

    August 6, 2012

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    Bet you didn’t know that it was Iran that attacked the US on 9/11? It’s true.

    Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas in late July ruled in favor of the 110 survivors and 47 victims’ estates that are parties to the lawsuit. The ruling orders not just the Taliban and al Qaeda, but also the current Iranian regime, to pay $6 billion to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In December, Federal Judge George Daniels concluded that the heinous acts of Sept. 11, 2001 were also aided by Grand Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei and, why not throw them in, Hezbollah.

    Readers are forgiven any confusion. Many may remember that George W. Bush tried very, very hard to convince people that it was actually Saddam of Iraq that committed 9/11. Clever citizens noted that most of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Yet despite all this, apparently it was Iran all along. Sneaks! And this information is finally coming to light only coincidentally now that the US is preparing for some sort of October surprise Persian Gulf War-a-Polooza.

    The so-called evidence of Iranian 9/11-ism is that Federal Judge George Daniels found that Iran, its Grand Ayatollah Khamenei and Hezbollah aided the attacks. According to the unimpeachable New York Daily News, Iran concealed hijackers’ travel through the country and “could have prevented them from entering the U.S.,” while an Iranian government memo not actually cited suggested Khamenei knew of the plot in May 2001. Investigators also believe that Iran helped Al Qaeda members escape Afghanistan after 9/11.

    Collecting One’s Winnings

    Now about that $6 billion al Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran now owe the 9/11 victims’ families. There is actually a long history of victims seeking cash compensation from despots. Families of victims of Iraqi, Iranian, and Libyan terrorism spent much of the ’80s and ’90s in pursuit of justice, until Congress finally opened the courtroom door by waiving sovereign immunity for countries that sponsor terrorism (list courtesy of the State Department). The victims’ families–because of Congress’ help–started winning default judgments against the likes of Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein back in 1997. But when they went to collect on their judgments–by tapping the frozen US assets of dictators– the State Department turned around and fought the families.

    Since sponsors of terrorism tend not to respect the findings of American courts, their frozen national assets held by the U.S. government are only chance the families have to collect on the court judgments. The “compromise” position offered by State is that the families be compensated by the U.S. government, not by the regimes responsible for the terrorist attacks. Why is State so desperate to hoard the frozen assets all for itself? In a letter to the Senate, then Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage (the same guy who leaked the identity of CIA NOC officer Valerie Plame and was never punished for it) wrote, “There is no better example [of protecting national security] than the critical role blocked assets played in obtaining the release of the U.S. hostages in Tehran in 1981.” In other words, bribe money.

    The State Department also is always atwitter of the possible affect of actually helping Americans get compensation on bilateral relations. While demanding 9/11 blood money sound good when the sap is current bad guy Iran, the 9/11 families should not expect to get any money out of a Foggy Bottom ATM.

    State Department Also Blocked Victims’ Compensation to Aid Iraq Reconstruction

    State has a long, sordid history of protecting bad guys over American victims. By mid-2002, 180 persons who had been used as “human shields” by Saddam during the first Gulf War had obtained judgments totaling $94 million. On the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom, George W. authorized their payment from blocked Iraqi accounts. But the administration then transferred all remaining Iraqi funds to the Coalition Authority in Iraq instead. The Bush administration promised to “make sure that people who secure judgments find some satisfaction,” and Secretary of State Colin Powell assured Congress that his State Department would lead that effort. But for four years, the Department did nothing. Powell left office under the shame of yet another lie.

    In December 2007 Congress stepped up, passing a defense bill which contained a provision that would have enabled American victims of Saddam to obtain compensation from Iraqi money still in U.S. banks. Bush vetoed that mammoth defense bill just before the New Year and demanded that Congress re-enact it without the offending compensation language, all based on advice from the State Department that granting the compensation would hold back the reconstruction effort by draining Iraqi money.

    Bush Administration Blocked American POW’s Saddam Compensation

    Not the State Department this time, but in 2005 the Bush administration fought former U.S. prisoners of war in court, trying to prevent them from collecting nearly $1 billion from Iraq that a federal judge awarded them as compensation for their torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s regime. The case — Acree v. Iraq and the United States, named after then-Marine Lt. Col. Clifford Acree, happily pitted the U.S. government against its own war heroes.

    “No amount of money can truly compensate these brave men and women for the suffering that they went through at the hands of this very brutal regime and at the hands of Saddam Hussein,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters when he was asked about the case in November 2003. Government lawyers insisted, literally, on “no amount of money” going to the Gulf War POWs. “These resources are required for the urgent national-security needs of rebuilding Iraq,” McClellan said.

    And thanks for your service, suckers!



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    • teri said...

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      Of course. This is the way we do these things. Most of the 9/11 hi-jackers came from Saudi Arabia, so we allow the survivors to sue al Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran. Saudi Arabia was blocked from the defendant’s list by, well, someone. (They were originally included on the list, but were removed prior to this “trial” by the judge.) The Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11. Neither did Iran. And yet we are expected to believe that the Shi’ite government of Iran and the Sunni-dominated group al Qaeda secretly coordinated for years on the attacks. Of course, it may be difficult to find, much less collect funds from, the Central Bank of al Qaediastan, but we already have sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank, so by all means, throw them in there. Hell, should have tossed in North Korea while we were at it – aren’t they in the Axis of Evil for some reason? This one should do nicely.

      Also absent from the defendant’s list is the State Dept. of the US, who gave visas to the hi-jackers and allowed them to enter this country. (After they answered basic questions on the applications with utter nonsense. Q: “Where will you be staying while in the US?” [question seeks specific address] A: “Yes.” Another A: “Hotel.” Q: “What is the purpose of your visit to the US?” A: “Yes.” Etc., etc.)

      The judge ordered the full recompense asked for in this “trial” because in a stunning turn of events, the defendants didn’t show up.

      But the main purpose of this trial may be to solidify the idea in people’s pea brains that the Afghanistan war was justified and that Iran is also guilty of 9/11 – and thus they too deserve to be bombed, invaded, rubbed out, whatever, in the Really Big Show that is being planned at the headquarters of Death Is Us.

      And not to sound unsympathetic, but didn’t the US taxpayers already give the survivors a boatload of money after 9/11? Like, a million apiece? How much cash do they think they need to “ease their pain”, anyway? Lawsuits – the American Dream.

      08/6/12 12:29 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”…the headquarters of Death Is Us.”

      bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! …perfect. Just fucking perfect teri. I’ma gonna make me a T-shirt by golly.

      ya know, every day now, I try not to think about what a fucking corrupt, morally bankrupt, thieving, lying,, drug running, weapon trafficking and children murdering gang this entire Federal Cartel is, and it is impossible. Each and every fucking day..I have a knot in my stomach now, if not puking sick. I
      ‘ve now completely abandoned all hope, now that I understand the total and unequivocal evil of American Empire. The ONLY thing that keeps me from going completely fucking insane..is my faith in the promise of my lord that one day…ONE FUCKING DAY…each and every one of these putrid, spineless, puke drooling depraved maggots will face the truth of their abhorrent existence in this Universe. And to that end, each and every evening…I celebrate and offer a toast..to the eternal burning and tearing of their flesh, the unending torture and damnation of their unrepentant mind and soul, but may god, in all his mercy, have grace on their children. Then..and ONLY then can I sleep.

      08/7/12 4:54 AM | Comment Link

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