A new lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan court as the nation prepares to observe the 10th anniversary of America's worst terror attack, alleges that the Iranian government played a key role in organizing the infamous 9/11 attacks.
The evidence for these bold, new charges comes, apparently, from three Iranian defectors who previously worked for Iran's spy services. These individuals will serve as key witnesses in a case that is sure to nab headlines. Watch the extensive CBN report from Erick Stakelbeck on this lawsuit, below:
The new legal challenge, filed by families of 9/11 victims, accuses the Middle Eastern nation of having foreknowledge of the event -- even going as far as to assist in organizing travel plans for the hijackers. This charge comes as the U.S. government has been diligent in pursuing al Qaeda members, including Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, among others.
According to the lawsuit, the man at the center of the previously known (and alleged) connection between the al Qaeda and Iran is Imad Mugniyeh. The terrorist is known to have a history of participating in attacks directed at American interests. CBN highlights expert opinion from Janice Kephart, national security policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies:
"You have travel from Beirut with Imad Mugniyah, travel into Iran with Imad Mugniyah, who apparently now, the defectors have told us, was actually in the meetings planning 9-11."
Kephart isn't merely a talking head; she's highly experienced. She worked on the bipartisan 9/11 commission and, thus, was involved in the examination of the hijackers' relationship with both Iran and Hezbollah. She continues:
"That was a policy by the Iranian government to let al Qaeda through. The border officials were told to let al Qaeda through."
Additionally, a former CIA operative, Clare Lopez, who is working on this new lawsuit, told CBN the following:
"Repeatedly since then [the 1979 U.S. embassy standoff], Iran has mounted attacks against U.S. civilians and the military, and many Americans have died.
Repeatedly since then, Iran has mounted attacks against U.S. civilians and the military, and many Americans have died. To this day, Iran continues to provide material and direct support to militias in Iraq and to the Taliban, which are killing American troops in those areas of operation every single day."
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While the 9/11 Commission recommended that America further investigate Iran's potential involvement in 9/11, this never happened. Below, find a portion of the report that addresses this issue explicitly:
We have found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack. At the time of their travel through Iran, the al Qaeda operatives themselves were probably not aware of the specific details of their future operation.
After 9/11, Iran and Hezbollah wished to conceal any past evidence of cooperation with Sunni terrorists associated with al Qaeda. A senior Hezbollah official disclaimed any Hezbollah involvement in 9/11.128
We believe this topic requires further investigation by the U.S. government.
It will be intriguing to see the evidence presented in court. For years, critics have charged that Iran was involved in 9/11. Now, despite the government's lack of action in this area, these charges will likely be given proper attention.