Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States?
month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the
nation’s highest classification authority, released a number of
top-level government memoranda that shed additional light on the
so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won't go away—the possibility
that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear
available for our
Bulletin article persuaded us that Israel did steal uranium from the
Apollo, Pennsylvania, plant of the Nuclear Materials and Equipment
Corporation (NUMEC). We urged the US government to declassify CIA and
FBI documents to settle the matter. In releasing the current batch—the
release being largely due to the
persistent appeals of researcher Grant Smith—the government has been
careful to excise from all the released documents the CIA’s reasons for
fingering Israel. Despite this, the documents are significantly
revealing. For one thing, the excisions themselves are a backhanded
admission of the persuasiveness of the CIA’s evidence. (Why these
excisions are legally justified is not apparent—after nearly 50 years,
the “sources and methods” issues have long ago dissipated.)
Will the U.S. Also Deny Visas to Israel's Spies?
The new policy to block visas for U.N. Ambassadors who engaged in
Israel Public Affairs Committee is celebrating President Barack Obama’s
decision to deny a visa to Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.
AIPAC declared “The very fact that Iranian leaders would even select
such a person to represent them at the United Nations underscores the
importance of maintaining vigilance against the duplicitous behavior of
this regime – particularly in regard to its nuclear program.” Iran’s UN
ambassador nominee, Hamid Abutalebi, has been accused of playing a role
in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Rushed legislation
crafted and promoted by Israel’s supporters to block Abutalebi easily
passed the House and Senate and await the president’s signature. Until
now, the United States has automatically granted visas to heads of state
and diplomats from around the world to conduct business at the UN
headquarters in New York City. That the new policy is yet another
targeted measure to derail current negotiations over the Iranian nuclear
program is obvious in how the US treats Israeli diplomats and citizens
engaged in nuclear-weapons-related espionage against America.
If President Obama signs the Cruz legislation into law, it would allow
him to block Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ever
addressing the United Nations again...More
Secrets about Israeli theft of U.S. weapons-grade nuclear material
declassified - IRmep
March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March
18, 2014 ISCAP, the highest declassification authority in the U.S.,
of formerly secret information about investigations into the illegal
diversion of weapons-grade nuclear material from a Pennsylvania plant
into the clandestine Israeli nuclear weapons program. Files now
available to the public from IRmep's ISCAP process include:
4/2/1968 Letter from the Director of the CIA alerting the Attorney
General (PDF) about a huge loss of
material from Pennsylvania's Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation
(NUMEC). "It is critical for us to establish whether or not the Israelis
now have the capability for fabricating nuclear weapons which might be
employed in the Near East."
memorandum (PDF) "On the basis of
the foregoing it must be assumed for the purpose of U.S. national
security that diversion of special nuclear materials to Israel by Dr. [Zalman]
Shapiro and his [NUMEC] associates is a distinct possibility."
Notes of a briefing from CIA's Associate Deputy Director for Operations
Theodore Shackley to the Carter administration National Security Council (PDF)
"I also asked Shackley to get us a rundown on the political aspects#e.g.
when were the President and Congressional officials briefed on the
Israeli weapons program, on the NUMEC connection, and what were their
reactions. In December, Carter was briefed on the NUMEC problem as
President-elect by Bush in Georgia...I do not think the President has
plausible deniability. The CIA case is persuasive..."
08/02/1977 Memo to Carter from Zbigniew
Brzezinski (PDF) "So far as we know however, (and we have
made serious effort to discover it) there is nothing to indicate active
CIA participation in the alleged theft...There is a tremendous amount of
interest in this issue in Congress...We face tough sledding in the next
few weeks in trying to keep attention focused on ERDA's technical
[overall U.S. nuclear material loss] arguments..on the FBI
investigations, and away from the CIA's information."
All released CIA evidence and
former Tel Aviv Station Chief John Hadden suggest the severely undercapitalized
NUMEC was "an Israeli [smuggling] operation from the beginning."
Multiple health-related lawsuits have been filed targeting companies
that later assumed NUMEC ownership. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
currently estimates its toxic cleanup of NUMEC will cost $500 million.
No damage claims have yet been filed against the Israeli government.
FBI investigates Israel Bond
sellers as unregistered foreign agents - Israel Lobby Archive
Founders of the
U.S.-based sales corporation for Israel bonds included the unindicted
ringleader of the Sonneborn network of conventional arms smuggling
fronts, Rudolph Sonneborn, and the North America financier for Israel's
clandestine nuclear weapons program Abraham Feinberg, along with former
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr.. Morgenthau's role in
conventional and nuclear smuggling for Israel is alleged, but
unconfirmed since the FBI has censored nearly every page of his lengthy
The FBI kept a close watch on the "American Financial and Development
Corporation for Israel" (AFDCI, incorporated in 1950) to determine
whether it was acting as an unregistered agent of the Israeli
On June 27, 1951, the FBI chartered an investigation to discover
"connection between subject corporation and the Government of Israel,
the extent to which the corporation is subsidized directly or indirectly
by the Government of Israel, and extent to which the Government of
Israel in any way exercises control of the policies or operations of the
After one FBI inquiry, the Chief of Foreign Agent Registration at DOJ
(who later enforced the registration order against AIPAC's parent, the
American Zionist Council) determined that "Bonds for Israel" was
"entitled to 'Commercial Exemption' under the Registration Act for the
reason that funds raised by this organization are to be used for
economic purposes..." [Nathan] Lenvin "pointed out that Israeli
Government representatives and military personnel who tour the U.S. for
'Bonds for Israel' would be required to register with the Justice Dept.
if their talks and speeches include any political propaganda. He added
that, in his opinion, it would seem most difficult for these speakers
not to interject some political propaganda in their speeches."
FBI ordered that confidential informants be developed within the sales
network and that public source material be collected to determine
whether "'Bonds for Israel' have been engaged in activities requiring
their registration under the Registration Act."
On November 13, a 1956 FBI bulletin, copied to NSA and CIA, reported
that a secret November 9, 1956 Development Corporation for Israel
(successor to AFDCI) meeting took place over concerns that Israeli funds
would be frozen over Israel's attack on Egypt.
However, U.S. presidents never used their leverage on ballooning Israeli
bond sales across the United States to pressure Israel to comply with
international law. Although bond sales have expanded to over a billion
dollars a year (2013) as Israel's supporters enact laws to efficiently
place them in a wide variety of state government holdings, the record
reveals that the Justice Department has never engaged in a serious
review of compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" -
Video, audio and segment
transcripts at http:NATSummit.org
Admitted Spy Shows up for Oscars—and Wins
FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles would not tell
Under the Radar if the bureau planned to interview Milchan or DeNiro
in connection with what they said in the Israeli interview.
“As a matter of policy, the FBI neither confirms nor denies
investigations. I am unaware of any public information relative to this
matter,” she said.
Grant Smith, author of
Divert, about the decades-long Israeli operation to funnel U.S.
nuclear secrets, uranium and parts to Israel, was not surprised that
Milchan was “unconcerned and on stage” at the Oscars. Smith said Milchan
has dodged prosecution for more than 30 years, even as a colleague in
the smuggling of nuclear triggers, Richard Kelley Smyth, ultimately was
arrested and jailed.
What has made Milchan untouchable, according to Smith, is his
connections. These include long time associations with Israeli leaders
including Shimon Peres and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
who worked at Heli Trading, a Milchan front company used for smuggling,
according to Smith, who cites Justice Department documents that he
the Freedom of Information Act.
During the interview with Israel’s Channel 2, Milchan acknowledged being
an arms dealer and that he also used his international connections to
advocate for the apartheid government of South Africa in exchange for
the regime helping Israel procure uranium.
National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" in Washington
on March 7
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
The March 7 National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship"
at the National Press Club will present the following experts:
Former Congressman Paul Findley is the author
of the groundbreaking book They Dare to Speak out: People and Institutions
Confront Israel's Lobby. Findley will discuss how the lobby shapes important
U.S. foreign policies and influences elections.
Stephen Walt, co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, will
deliver an update on what his groundbreaking 2007 book left out.
Historian Geoffrey Wawro will describe
surprising findings from his 2010 book Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in
the Middle East, and how its publication impacted his career.
Lieutenant Colonel Karen U. Kwiatkowski
will deliver an insider account about the pre-Iraq invasion environment inside
the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans. Kwiatkowski will compare similarities
and differences with the current neoconservative and Israel lobby drives to
attack Syria and Iran.
Brigadier General James J. David will
review how "super-sized" U.S. military aid to Israel affects American allies.
Former intelligence officers Philip Giraldi, Raymond McGovern, Paul Pillar and
Michael Scheuer will provide their insights about how Israel and its lobby
influence America's national security and global standing.
02/03/2014 IRmep on C-SPAN
United States "Lousy" at Keeping
Nuclear Weapons Tech and Material from Israel
IRmep Director Grant F.
Smith questions former Nuclear Security Administration official about
NUMEC, Arnon Milchan, Telegy smuggling oscillators as examples that the
United States does not adequately protect facilities from Israeli
National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship"
on March 7 in Washington
Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ America's first National Summit to
Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" will be held in the
ballroom of the
National Press Club on March 7 in Washington, DC.
U.S. financial, military, and diplomatic
support for Israel has grown significantly and steadily throughout the
past 60 years and now dwarfs annual American foreign assistance to all
other nations. Research indicates the U.S.-Israel "special relationship"
is a major factor in foreign hostility towards Americans. Some experts
suggest that Israel has been central to U.S. wars in the Middle East.
However, the huge public backlash against
Israel lobby-generated momentum for U.S. attacks on Syria and Iran
indicates that Americans are concerned about the direction of U.S.
foreign policy, how it is made, and those trying to make it. This
historic summit will provide an in-depth, multifaceted inquiry into this
critical subject matter. Panelists will include former military and
diplomatic personnel, intelligence officers, scholars, economists,
researchers and a variety of other subject-matter experts and authors
often shut out of key discussions in public forums and news media
outlets. Members of the public will be allowed to ask the key questions
and network with other attendees.
Interested members of the public may now
register for an early-bird discount online at EventsNow (link). Members
of the press may request credentials and currently enrolled university
or college students may apply for one of the limited number of
donor-funded free student tickets by completing and submitting this
registration form (PDF link). A complimentary lunch will be provided
during mid-day keynotes and panels.
Former Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer Wrong Choice for Fed
WIRE)--Former Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer is the wrong
choice for vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. According to an
IRmep research report:
1. Fischer supports extreme anti-Iran policies that harm the U.S.
economy. During his 2005-2013 stint as governor of Israel's central
bank, Fischer lobbied Europe, Russia, and China to isolate Iran through
measures that went far beyond the sanctions adopted by the U.N. Security
The US Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, Coalition for American
Trade, National Foreign Trade Council and others rejected such
sanctions, provisions they estimated would cost America $25 billion and
210,000 jobs. (PDF) Yet Fischer is on record stating that even sanctions
are no longer enough and appears ready to prepare the U.S. financial
system for war as he did within Israel's central bank. Americans support
2-1 the current agreement to halt added sanctions during negotiations
2. Fischer's fundamental economic aid changes harm U.S. taxpayers.
Fischer was appointed by the Reagan administration to the U.S.-Israel
Joint Economic Discussion Group formed to deal with Israel's 1984-1985
economic crisis. To the detriment of U.S. taxpayers, Fischer helped
permanently transform billions in annual aid packages from repayable
loans to direct taxpayer subsidies that in 1985 amounted to over $1,650
per Israeli. Despite lip service, Fischer has never applied the
austerity measures he became famous for at the IMF to persuade Israel to
obey international law or U.S. demands to vacate occupied territories...
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