Sinister role of Iran, Hezbollah in 9/11 terror attacks exposed

Sinister role of Iran, Hezbollah in 9/11 terror attacks exposed
Updated 19 March 2016

Sinister role of Iran, Hezbollah in 9/11 terror attacks exposed

Sinister role of Iran, Hezbollah in 9/11 terror attacks exposed

NEW YORK: There is mounting evidence against Iran and Hezbollah proving their first-hand involvement in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 2001 that killed thousands of US citizens, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
Asharq Al-Awsat has exclusively attained and published six documents New York courthouse Judge George Daniels used for the verdict which fines Iran billions of dollars in compensation for the families of the victims of the attack.
The verdict also ordered compensation for insurance companies that bore fiscal losses due to the 9/11 attacks.
George Daniels condemned Iran for facilitating the execution of the terrorist attacks that affected both New York and Washington.
Documents procured by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper emphasize Iran smoothing out the route for Al-Qaeda terrorists moving to campgrounds in Afghanistan for training, which paved the way for the 9/11 attacks.
Moreover, documents exposed that top Hezbollah figure Imad Mughniyeh — assassinated in 2008 — had visited the perpetrators in October 2000 and had arranged their flight to Iran with new passports before dispatching them for the attack.
Iranian administration had also given orders for border checkpoints and observatories to stamp the passports of the terrorist attackers, in a move to facilitate their advance.
Al-Qaeda persistently had a supporting lifeline provided by the Iranian government, which also provided the terrorist organization — according to the documents — with both financial backing and safe haven to terrorist top leaders after the Sept.11 attacks.
US and western media outlets have circulated information about a New York courthouse penalizing the Iranian President Rouhani’s administration with $10.5 billion remuneration.
However the plaintiff commission against Tehran’s government confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that reimbursements Iran has been ordered to pay are to exceed $21 billion, shedding light on the fact that the frozen Iranian dough to be released by the US government will not cover the demanded compensation.
The trial revealed that each of Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri — current leader of Al-Qaeda — Mughniyeh and other Iranian officials met in Khartoum to establish an alliance supporting terrorism.
A courthouse judiciary source, requesting anonymity, revealed that six people and bodies are accused in the case filed against Iran.
They are Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei, former Iranian intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Brig. Gen. Mohammed Baqir Al-Qader.
Administrational bodies among the accused are the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its special operations division, the Quds Force.


US gun lobby NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

US gun lobby NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas
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US gun lobby NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

US gun lobby NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas
  • NRA execs are facing charges of illegally diverting funds for lavish personal trips and other questionable expenditures
  • New York Attorney General Letitia James said she would not allow the NRA to “evade accountability” or oversight

AUSTIN, Texas: The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York.
The announcement came months after New York’s attorney general sued the organization over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures.
The coronavirus pandemic has also upended the NRA, which last year laid off dozens of employees. The group canceled its national convention and scuttled fundraising. The NRA’s bankruptcy filing listed between $100 million and $500 million in assets and between $100 million and $500 million in liabilities. Still, the NRA claimed in announcing the move that the organization was “in its strongest financial condition in years.”
The NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Dallas and said it planned to incorporate in Texas, where records show it formed a limited liability corporation, Sea Girt LLC, in November 2020. Sea Girt LLC made a separate bankruptcy filing Friday, listing fewer than $100,000 in liabilities.
In its filing, the NRA said its longtime leader, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, made the decision to file for bankruptcy protection in consultation with a “special litigation committee” comprised of three NRA officials that was formed in September to oversee its legal strategies. The NRA board voted Jan. 7 to clarify LaPierre’s employment agreement, giving him the power to “reorganize or restructure the affairs” of the organization.

National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre and other officials of the gun lobby are facing charges of diverting the gun lobby's money for lavish personal expenses. (AFP file photo)

“The move will enable long-term, sustainable growth and ensure the NRA’s continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York,” the NRA said in a statement.
A message seeking comment was left with a Dallas lawyer who made the bankruptcy filings on behalf of the NRA and Sea Girt LLC.
Shortly after the announcement, New York Attorney General Letitia James said she would not allow the NRA to “evade accountability” or oversight. Her office’s lawsuit last year highlighted misspending and self-dealing claims that have roiled the NRA and LaPierre in recent years— from hair and makeup for his wife to a $17 million post-employment contract for himself.
“The NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt,” James said.
The gun-rights group boasts about 5 million members. Though headquartered in Virginia, the NRA was chartered as a nonprofit in New York in 1871 and is incorporated in the state. Going forward, the NRA said a committee will study opportunities to relocate segments of its operations to Texas and elsewhere.
The NRA’s largest creditor, owed $1.2 million, is Ackerman McQueen, which is the group’s former advertising agency that was behind the now-shuttered NRA TV service. The NRA sued the Oklahoma-based company in 2019, alleging it was being overbilled and said in Friday’s bankruptcy filing that the debt it is owed is disputed. The lawsuit is pending. A message seeking comment was left with Ackerman McQueen.
In the New York lawsuit, Ackerman McQueen was accused of aiding lavish spending by LaPierre and other NRA executives by picking up the tab and then sending a lump sum bill to the organization for “out-of-pocket expenses.”
“No financial filing can ever shroud the moral bankruptcy of Wayne LaPierre and his wife and their lap dogs on the NRA board,” said Bill Powers, an Ackerman McQueen spokesperson and former public affairs director for the NRA.
Court records also show more than $960,000 owed to Membership Marketing Partners LLC, a firm that lists its headquarters at the same address as the NRA. Another $200,000 is owed to Speedway Motorsports, the North Carolina-based company that owns and operates NASCAR tracks, according to the records.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott quickly welcomed the news, tweeting: “Welcome to Texas — a state that safeguards the 2nd Amendment.” The NRA said it has more than 400,000 members in Texas and plans to hold its annual convention in Houston later this year.