A High-level Iranian Defector Warned the CIA that 9/11 Was Coming
- Hamid Reza Zakeri 9/11 tipster to CIA
In my book “Lessons from Fallen Civilizations,” I reference Ken Timmerman in his ground breaking best seller “Countdown to Crisis”:
…On July 26, 2001, at a backwater US Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, a high-level Iranian security official, Hamid Reza Zakeri, walked in. He told the receptionist that he wanted to speak to the CIA because he had information related to the security of the United States. He explained to the station chief, “Joan,” that in his capacity as a high-level security officer at Iran’s Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS) headquarters, he observed “Arabs” training pilots and briefing them on their appointed targets. He even described models that were on the table in the meeting room—the World Trade Center, the White House, the Pentagon, and Camp David. He told her that the attack was coming from the air, the Arab pilots had already left for America, and the date for the attack was 9/11/01.
Joan called for backup. Several days later a senior CIA officer, “George,” arrived from headquarters to debrief the “Baku walk in.” He immediately decided that Zakeri was peddling lies, paid him $200, and told him to get out. The information that could have saved 3,000 lives was never passed up the chain-of-command.”…
Recovered Bin Laden Files Point Straight to Tehran
In August of 2011, based on files recovered from bin Laden’s safe house in Pakistan, the Administration released a report indicating that Treasury officials had frozen assets and movements of Atiya Abd al-Rahman. The documents showed that bin Laden had appointed Rahman to serve as al-Qaeda’s emissary in Iran and was allowed to move freely to and from Iran. Moreover, he was planning attacks to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. The type and scale of the planned attacks remain classified. But the report was remarkable because it was the first time that the Obama administration admitted that bin Laden, his son Saad, and al-Qaeda’s most senior members had been sometimes harbored and financially aided for ten years by the Iranian theocracy. http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/hidden-hand_582072.html#
As I wrote in part one of this series, with the Lebanese-born terrorist, Imad Mugniyeh, as their point man, for 25 years Iran has participated in spectacular attacks against Israel and the U.S, including 9/11. Just days after the Geneva agreement, Iran’s Foreign Minister laid a wreath at Mugniyeh’s grave because he is arguably the most important modern terrorist. He was the ambassador which unified both Sunni and Shiite on the 9/11 attacks.
An Interview with the Author Who Broke the Iranian 9/11 Story –Ken Timmerman
I spoke with Ken Timmerman who debriefed Zakeri in ‘Countdown to Crisis,” and was the first in the US to directly link the Iranian regime to 9/11. I asked him if anything had changed since his book appeared in 2005 that would make him reevaluate Zakeri’s account.
KT (Ken Timmerman): “Yes, there has been significant corroboration since then. (http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1933.htm) In fact, I’ve learned from my own sources that the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has set up a task force to investigate Iran’s ties to 9/11 and to reevaluate the information they already have but that was not included in the (whitewashed) 9/11 Commission Report.”
Timmerman went on to explain to me that the reason the CIA and the intel community, for the longest time after 9/11, could not believe that Iran had participated was because it invalidated their decades long analysis which held that Sunni and Shiite jihadists simply would not cooperate. If the Iranian government was a participant, it would further discredit those whose job it was to prevent an attack such as 9/11. As Ken put it, “It’s now become an accepted analysis that indeed Iran did play a role in 9/11. Now when you assert this (the intel community) doesn’t look at you like you’re a kook.” (More on Timmerman’s view the coming war in the Middle East in Part III of this series)
The Saudi Connection
I spoke with Rep. Walter Jones, R-NC, who with Rep. Stephen Lynch, D. Mass, has sponsored a resolution, HR 28 which demands that the Obama administration declassify and release a 28-page report which exposes “foreign sources of support for the 9/11 hijackers.”
LK (Larry Kelley): In reading the editorial-page story regarding your resolution, what caught my eye was the Journal’s assertion that the report in question, “points back to Riyadh.” What can you tell me? Do you feel that members close to or within the inner circle of the Saudi royal family played a role in 9/11?
WJ (Rep. Walter Jones): I would answer you this way. That is certainly one of the concerns that need to be addressed. How does a republic like America remain strong when the government decides what its citizens can and cannot know? If you don’t declassify this information, the public will never know the truth. That’s why we feel so passionately that the families (who lost loved ones on 9/11) have every right to read this report.
Congressman Walters did concede that there are questions about the relationship between the hijackers (15 of which were Saudi nationals) and the Saudi royals. He told me also, this March, that he and Congressman Lynch would be holding a press conference on the steps of the Capital along with the ‘family members” attempting to pressure the administration to release the report. And finally he directed me to seek out former Governor and Senator from Florida, Bob Graham who, as the former Co-Chair of the 9/11 Commission, has filed law suits in a Federal Court to declassify this report.
Even before leaving the Senate, Graham began working tirelessly on this issue, writing two books on the subject, one non-fiction which was highly censored, the other a novel. I found a number of live interviews that he has given on the Saudi involvement in 9/11. http://911blogger.com/news/2013-12-02/therealnews-paul-jay-covers-saudi-arabia-911-connection-fmr-senator-bob-graham. What follows is a sampling of the assertions that Graham has made in various media interviews:
- In Sarasota, Florida, near where the leaders of the plot took their flight training, a few days before the attacks, a very wealthy Saudi couple fled the US to Saudi Arabia, leaving their house and all their possession including three cars. Phone records showed that they had been in touch with Mohammad Atta, the 9/11 leader.
- In Southern California, a Saudi consulate official Fahad al-Thumairy arranged for an advance team to receive two of the Saudi hijackers — Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi when they arrived late in 2000. Omar al-Bayoumi, a suspected Saudi intelligence agent, left the Saudi LA consulate to meet the hijackers at a local restaurant. Bayoumi and another suspected Saudi agent, Osama Bassnan, set up an operating base in San Diego for the hijackers after leaving LA. They were provided rooms, rent and phones, as well as private meetings with an American al Qaeda cleric the notorious, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was later killed by an American drone strike in Yemen.
On December 15, 2013, in the New York Post, Paul Sperry, author of “Infiltration,”
The Saudis deny any role in 9/11, but the CIA in one memo reportedly found “incontrovertible evidence” that Saudi government officials — not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom — helped the hijackers both financially and logistically. The intelligence files cited in the report directly implicate the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks, making 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war. http://nypost.com/2013/12/15/inside-the-saudi-911-coverup/
Whereas Iran provided planning, training, logistics support prior to the attacks, what seems to be emerging is the fact that agents closely associated with the Saudi Royals met the attackers once they arrived in the US and gave support prior to the commencement of the attacks.
(In Article III, read why the Saudi’s would have aided a major attack on the US, its largest customer, and what the involvement of both the Iranian Mullahs and agents close to Saudi Royals means to our security.)