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Is Iran linked to 9/11?

This New York Times piece is suggesting the answer may very well be yes:

Two defectors from Iran's intelligence service have testified that Iranian officials had "foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks," according to a court filing Thursday in a federal lawsuit in Manhattan that seeks damages for Iran's "direct support for, and sponsorship of, the most deadly act of terrorism in American history."

One of the defectors also claimed that Iran was involved in planning the attacks, the filing said. The defectors' identities and testimony were not revealed in the filing but were being submitted to a judge under seal, said lawyers who brought the original suit against Iran on behalf of families of dozens of 9/11 victims.

The suit's allegation that Iran had foreknowledge of the attacks is hard to assess fully, given that the defectors' testimony is being filed under seal.

The suit contends that Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant organization with close ties to Tehran, helped Al Qaeda in planning the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and in facilitating the hijackers' training and travel. After the attacks, the suit contends, Iran and Hezbollah helped Qaeda operatives escape, providing some with a safe haven in Iran.


I am reminded of President Bush's speech to a joint session of Congress delivered days after 9/11:

Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.

And yet today, we have a President who regards America's allies as hostile regimes and her enemies as nations to which we should bow.

What a difference a decade makes.


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Comments (14)

Yes, they are a state spons... (Below threshold)

Yes, they are a state sponsor of terror.

Do Bears Shit In the Woods?... (Below threshold)

Do Bears Shit In the Woods?

Jimmy Carter had no comment... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Jimmy Carter had no comment....

Can throw Iraq in there too... (Below threshold)

Can throw Iraq in there too. State sponsor of terror. Just like in the thread yesterday, you conspire with or to reward terror attacks you are guilty of all the ramifications.

I must make a distinction. ... (Below threshold)

I must make a distinction. I meant Saddam's Iraq.

Persia delende est.... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:

Persia delende est.

"What a difference a dec... (Below threshold)
Canuck Chuck:

"What a difference a decade makes."

Yes, bin Laden is dead. Shot through the eye and dumped in the ocean.

What a difference a democrat makes.

"What a difference a democr... (Below threshold)

"What a difference a democrat makes."

Highly doubt it was a democrat that shot Obama, but if it makes you feel better, Ok.

The Islamic Republic of Ira... (Below threshold)

The Islamic Republic of Iran, sponsoring terrorist operations worldwide, likely involved in the 911 attack, is Carter's legacy.

What a difference a Democrat makes.

We should nuke them from sp... (Below threshold)

We should nuke them from space. It's the only way to be sure.

Tim,Too indiscrimi... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:


Too indiscriminate. We need to put paid to the Mad Mullahs and the Republican Guards. After that, the situation should take care of itself nicely.

But if we really want to remove Iran as a threat to the region and the world, there is an easier and less blunt force approach.

Originally Posted on SAB (before the great reorganization) as Operation Carthage

An Operational Outline of a Campaign to remove Iran as a global and regional threat to peace and stability.

Being my small contribution to Leveraging the Ripples from Osirak Act II.

Those who may question whether we have cause to use force against the mad mullahs of Iran are cordially invited to create a thread on the issue and discuss it amongst themselves. Likewise the discussion of whether we (the United States) should do so is left to others elsewhere.

This thread is a discussion of how to remove Iran as a threat in the most effective and least costly (in terms of our inevitable losses) manner.

Iran’s Threat

Iran poses threats in the following areas:

Global threat to Arabian Gulf Oil Exports (tanker traffic though the Straits of Hormuz)
Naval Threat
Air Threat
Land Based Missile and Artillery Threat
WMD Programs
Funding and Support of Terrorist Organizations

Regional threat to Neighboring countries

Critical Resources
Kharg Island (Primary crude oil export and refined products import nexus)

An effective campaign would remove or severely degrade all of the above threats. If I was planning it, it would look something like this

Phase 1
Air Defense Suppression
Destruction of Coastal Batteries
Communications Suppression

Phase One, elements of which will continue throughout the campaign, focuses on destroying Iran’s ability to interfere with our operations, and its ability to close the straits of Hormuz. These will be the primary targets of the initial strikes, and will remain at or near the top of the priority list of targets as the campaign progresses.

Phase 2
Destruction of Naval Assets
Destruction of Aviation Assets

Phase Two focuses on destroying Iran’s ability to interfere with shipping in the Arabian Gulf, and removing their ability to hinder the production and export facilities of neighboring countries. Phase Two will commence when Phase One is evaluated as having opened the way for strikes by non-stealthy assets.

Phase 3
Destruction of Republican Guards units
Destruction of WMD Facilities

Phase Three focuses on destroying Iran’s ability to export terrorism and terrorist support, and upon their ability to produce weapons of mass destruction. Since most of the targets of Phase Three are deep targets, it will commence when the ingress and egress routes from those targets are judged to be safe for non-stealthy assets.

Phase 4
Raid on Kharg Island

Phase Four removes Iran’s ability to export oil (their only source of hard currency) and import distilled petroleum products. This phase will be a prolonged raid upon the Kharg Island facility intended to utterly destroy the petroleum export and import capabilities of Iran. Doing so will effectively destroy their economy and prevent the regime from supporting terrorist organizations, and prevent them from rebuilding the forces which threaten the region and the world.

Phase Four will commence upon the completion of Phase Two and upon completion of the WMD portion of Phase Three. Phase Four will be executed by the Marines with SEAL and SeaBee support.

"Yes, bin Laden is dead. Sh... (Below threshold)

"Yes, bin Laden is dead. Shot through the eye and dumped in the ocean. What a difference a democrat makes."

Yeah, that other EIGHT years of work means nothing.

Nice spin - now go find an ice cube to sit on.

Rick, the NYT piece does NO... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Rick, the NYT piece does NOT "suggest that the answer may very well be yes." It takes an entirely neutral tone as it reports that there is a lawsuit alleging Iran's involvement. It no more suggests the allegations are true than it did when it reported on Orly Taitz's lawsuit. I know a reader of the Washington Times and FOX viewer has difficulty identifying objective journalism when he sees it, but you should be more careful.

Rodney, you are so macho! The rest of us are so impressed. Please do go on and tell us about the aftermath of the plan you endorse above. You know, the political, diplomatic, and humanitarian consequences of such a daring, bold plan. Specifically, what should the West, and Israel, look forward to when Iran, a country of many millions, brimming with weapons, descends into anarchy and chaos with its economy destroyed? How does the situation "take care of itself nicely"?

It is really great that mor... (Below threshold)

It is really great that more and more americans are souring on Obamalama and the troll like thinking the lefties spew here. Obama is a weak, confused, inexperienced hack that is so out of his depth it is sad. ww






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