NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has signed a default judgment finding Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida liable in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Judge George Daniels in Manhattan signed the judgment Thursday, a week after hearing testimony in the 10-year-old case. The signed ruling, which he promised last week, came in a $100 billion lawsuit brought by family members of victims of the attacks. He directed a magistrate judge to preside over remaining issues, including fixing compensatory and punitive damages.

Daniels signed findings of fact saying the plaintiffs had established that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were caused by the support the defendants provided to al-Qaida. The findings also said Iran continues to provide material support and resources to al-Qaida by providing a safe haven for al-Qaida leadership and rank-and-file al-Qaida members.

During last week’s open-court hearing, family members of Sept. 11 victims sat through a four-hour presentation from attorneys who cited evidence supporting their claims that Iran actively assisted the hijackers of planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, at the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania. Former members of the 9/11 Commission and three Iranian defectors also spoke.

It would be near impossible to collect any damages, especially from the Taliban or al-Qaida.

Iran has not commented on the ruling. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly denied any Iranian connection in the Sept. 11 attacks or with al-Qaida. Saudi Arabia had been knocked out of the lawsuit, but lawyers filed papers on Thursday to reinstate Saudi Arabia as a defendant.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

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Comments (6)
  1. Henry Joshua says:

    If USA tells a lie, then it make sure that it is a lie which the world would believe. And why protect Saudi Arabia whose citizens blew up the twin towers and 9/11 in NY. Every pimp protects his prostitute.

  2. Thomas Bruce says:

    Prayer pages for the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Defense Minister Vahidi, and Grand Ayatollah Khamenei are at the Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer web site (adoptaterrorist) where people can post prayers for them and register prayer commitments.

  3. MOHAMMED SAID says:


  4. Jerry Frey says:

    Why was Dubya compelled to invade Iraq, even though WMDs were never a a threat to US – no delivery system.

    Find out the truth in seconds.

  5. PK says:

    Ridicules! Star wars sound more realistic than this BS.

    Sunni Alqaida is the enemy of Shiit Iranian government.

    Does anyone remember the accusation of connection of Iraq with 911? what about WMDs?

    Does anyone see the same false accusation against Iran?

    most of the hijackers were from Saudi. Why noone takes them to the court instead US sells them weapons?

    Has anyone heard about the passenger Iranian airline that was brought down by US warship in the international waters near Iranian borders? The family of victims were not compensated and instead US government gave bravery honour to the captain of that ship!

    The Mad Dog government of USA ruled from the holly-land!

  6. I HATE NYNJ PA says:

    so lets start an other war with Iran, this is ridicules, people have no job, economy is f-up, and they want something to start a war……..

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