May 2, 2018
Despite judge’s ruling, official US report says Iran did not play a direct role in the attacks
A US federal judge in New York ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars in damages to families affected by 9/11, ABC news reported on Tuesday.
Judge George B Daniels found the country liable to more than 1,000 “parents, spouses, siblings and children” involved in the lawsuit. Daniels said the payment amounts to $12.5m per spouse, $8.5m per parent, $8.5m per child and $4.25m for each sibling, according to the ABC report.
The lawsuit claims that Iran provided technical assistance, training and planning to the al-Qaeda operatives that conducted the attacks.
However, the official investigation on the attacks, known as the 9/11 Commission Report, said that Iran did not play a direct role.
In addition, there is no binding mechanism to force Iran to pay, making the judgment symbolic.
The lawsuit is linked to a case filed against Saudi Arabia, which families of 9/11 victims say provided direct support for the attackers.
Back in March, judge Daniels rejected Saudi Arabia’s request to dismiss lawsuits accusing it of being involved in the attacks.
The cases are based on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Jasta), a 2016 law that provides an exemption to the legal principle of sovereign immunity, allowing families of the victims to take foreign governments to court.
The families point to the fact that the majority of the hijackers were Saudi citizens, and claim that Saudi officials and institutions “aided and abetted” the attackers in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks, according to court documents.
The Saudi government has long denied involvement in the attacks in which hijacked planes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington, DC, and a Pennsylvania field. Almost 3,000 people died.
Riyadh and its Gulf allies had strongly opposed Jasta, which was initially vetoed by then-President Barack Obama. The US Senate overturned the veto by overwhelmingly adopting the legislation.
Critics of the law say it is politically motivated and an infringement on the sovereignty of foreign nations.
As Iran Drops the Dollar, US Court Orders Them to Pay $6B to Victims of 9/11—Despite No Evidence
The court found Iran, the country’s central bank, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people in the September 11 attacks. District Judge George Daniels ordered Iran to pay “$12,500,000 per spouse, $8,500,000 per parent, $8,500,000 per child, and $4,250,000 per sibling” to the families and estates of the deceased, court filings say.
How, exactly, the court came to this decision remains a mystery. A total of 15 of the 9/11 perpetrators were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon. Exactly zero of them were from Iran.
Even the 9/11 Commission, tasked with investigating the attacks, found no evidence of direct Iranian support. The only mention of Iran in the report says that certain 9/11 hijackers traveled through Iran on their way to Afghanistan, without having their passports stamped.
This is not the first time such a ruling has happened either. Daniels issued other default judgments against Iran in 2011 and 2016.
It is important to point out how highly suspicious the timing of this ruling is. It comes at a convenient moment as neocon war hawks push for war with Iran and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins saber rattling with the regime, claiming that they are lying about their nuclear program.
What’s more, Iran recently announced it is dropping the US dollar in foreign trade. It should be noted that shortly before they were invaded by the US, Iraq did the same thing. Libya also announced its plans to drop the US dollar whose leader was then murdered and dragged through the streets as NATO-led allies launched a bombing campaign, turning the oil-rich nation into a terrorist wasteland of rubble and carnage.
Israel, Saudi Arabia, Canada (took over NORAD), and rogue elements of the US Government perpetrated the attacks on New York and Washington, DC on 9/11/2001.