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August 28, 2005

Iran Behind 9-11?

Must-read post. Not only does it strongly suggest deep Iranian direct involvement with the 9/11 attacks, it also demonstrates that the CIA routinely discards, dismisses, and denigrates any information that disagrees with its basic narrative of what's going on in the world.

Nor does the Commission bring up another story that Timmerman reveals in his book (pages 7-9). On July 26, 2001, an Iranian intelligence agent walked into the American embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, and asked to see the CIA chief. He finally talks to two CIA functionaries: "Joan", who assesses his story and decides it needs further review, and "George", a CIA case handler who laughs Zakeri out of the embassy. The story?
There's going to be a big attack on America on the twentieth of Shahrivar, Zakeri insisted. That's the date my boss told us to be ready. Six people who have been trained as pilots have just left Iran.

George consulted a calendar that gave the corresponding Western dates. So we're talking about September 10, right? I'll mark my date book, he added sarcastically. He paid Zakeri a few hundred dollars for his time and sent him away.

July 26 came just two weeks after Mohammed Atta met with Ramzi Binalshibh in Madrid to finalize the date for the 9/11 attacks...

The CIA handler misinterpreted 20 Shahrivar; in fact, that date came out to 11 September. None of this gets any mention in the 9/11 Commission report either, despite the testimony from Zakeri being read out in a German court in January 2004. When Timmerman checked out Zakeri's stories against known data, it came up correct. However, when Timmerman contacted the CIA about Zakeri, they reacted uncharacteristically hostile to Zakeri -- but they refused to answer when asked about the July 26, 2001 meeting.

Keep this in mind when you read about the ongoing feud between the CIA and the Bush Administration.

The CIA is arrogant... which would be fine, if it knew what the hell it was doing. But it doesn't. It's both arrogant and incompetent, which is a dangerous mix.

Via QT Monster, a clearing-house blog for stuff about Able Danger and 9/11 Commission.

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