A federal judge has issued a final judgment in a plaintiff’s case on behalf of 9/11 victim families ruling that Iran and Hezbollah together materially supported al Qaeda in committing 9/11. The case took eight years to develop and involves 12 affidavits of experts including high-level Iranian defectors (deemed credible by former CIA MidEast officers), three former 9/11 Commission staffers (myself included), two investigative journalists (one American and one Israeli), as well as court approved Iranian and counterterrorism experts. The Iranian defectors affidavits remain under seal, but I was given exclusive access to a detailed summary of one affidavit, that of a former intelligence officer known as Mesbahi (responsible for espionage on behalf of Iran for all of Western Europe and a founder of the Ayatollah’s MOIS intelligence service). All in all, the case, Havlish v. Iran, provides overwhelming evidence in hundreds of pages of information, showing step by step Iran’s direct involvement in 9/11, including holding operational meetings inside Iran with al Qaeda and Hezbollah leadership to develop the 9/11 plan– a plan that Mesbahi was familiar with as an Iranian plan to hit the United States with asymmetric warfare dating back to the mid-1980s– as well as facilitating the travel of the 9/11 hijackers in and out of Iran for training after they acquired their U.S. visas, which virtually guaranteed the hijackers access to the United States.
Last Friday, the Washington Times published my piece What Now? Court: Iran, Hezbollah partly responsible for 9/11 detailing information emanating from the Havlish case. My piece focuses on the sealed affidavit of Mesbahi, and a May 2001 internal Iranian high-level intelligence document that clearly reflects Iran’s direct involvement in 9/11 as well as Iran’s desire to remain non-culpable. The piece also explains how al Qaeda came to be Iran’s proxy for their plan “Satan in Hell.” The term “Satan”, of course, is a well known tag line the Ayatollah often uses in referring to the United States.