Three senior AQ leaders in Iran hit with Treasury Dept sanctions
DEBKAfile, Jul 21 2016
The Pindo Treasury Dept said Wednesday that Washington had imposed economic sanctions on three senior members of AQ living in Iran. The step froze any financial assets of Faisal al-Amri al-Khalidi, Yisra Ibrahim Bayumi and Abu Bakr Ghumayn in Pindostan. The three are accused of helping transfer funds from South Asian countries to the Middle East, financing terror, and trade and shipping of arms to Middle Eastern countries.
Toad PR Machine Uses the 28 Pages to Blame Iran for 9/11 Attacks
Lee Fang, The Intercept, Jul 21 2016
Last Friday the Pindosi government finally released 28 pages of a 2002 congressional report that detail possible ties between the Toads and the 9/11 hijackers. The document lists various forms of assistance provided by Toad agents to the hijackers, including help finding a flight school and various forms of financial support when the hijackers arrived in Pindostan. Many of the findings in the report have not been fully vetted as several of the Toad agents named in the 28 pages have refused to cooperate. But that has not stopped Toad-funded lobbyists and media outlets from proclaiming that the disclosure of the 28 pages ends all speculation about the role of the Toads in the 9/11 attacks. Several outlets controlled by the Toads’s vast public relations machine are trumpeting the document as a vindication that closes the door on any suggestion that the Toads had any ties to the 9/11 terrorists. Fran Townsend, a former Bush administration boxtop, said in a video posted this week:
The question of Toad involvement in 9/11 should be entirely put to rest.
The video was produced by Focus Washington, an interview series managed by Qorvis MSL, a lobbying firm retained by the Toads to influence Pindosi policy-makers. The Toad Embassy Twitter account distributed the video.
Other media outlets with ties to the Toads have used the 28 pages to dismiss concerns about Toad involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Andrew Bowen, writing for al-Arabiya, declares that the document ends any “conspiracy” that the Toads provided support to the hijackers. Another al-Arabiya columnist, Turki al-Dakhil, goes a step further and in a piece about the 28 pages called “The Sep 11 road began from Tehran,” attempts to claim that the declassified document should raise questions about Iran. The 28 pages, notably, does not include any information about Iran, and in contrast to al-Dakhil’s claims, Hezbollah is at war with AQ. Al-Arabiya is an English language outlet controlled for the Toads. As we’ve reported (also here – RB), the outlet has responded quickly to other Toad-related controversies to push stories that reflect a narrative promoted by the Toads.