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.
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
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
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.
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
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.More
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...
lifetime benefit to Israel comes at a heavy cost to America
rushed campaign to insert Stanley Fischer straight from his position
leading Israel's central bank into the number two spot at the Federal
Reserve has allowed little time for research into the appointee's career
or for informed public debate about his record. Like the failed recent
Obama administration-Israel lobby pincer move to ram approval for U.S.
military strikes on Syria through Congress, avoiding such due diligence
through velocity may actually be the only means for successful Senate
Some of Fischer's accomplishments—from co-authoring a seminal textbook
on macroeconomics to handling economic crisis at the IMF have—not
surprisingly—been recalled by his many supporters. Other doings that
shed light on Fischer's controversial attributes—such as overhauling how
U.S. aid and trade packages are delivered to Israel—have been mostly
ignored. Appointing an openly dual Israeli-American citizen into the
most important central bank in the world could be a watershed moment.
While the doors of federal government have long swung open for
Israel-lobby appointees focusing most—if not all—their energies on
advancing the interests of a foreign state, any who were actually
Israeli dual citizens have traditionally kept that a closely-guarded
secret. Fischer's long-term boosters, including the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), likely want to accustom Americans to
openly dual citizens circulating between top roles in the U.S. and
Israeli governments. A closer examination of Fischer reveals that
average Americans have good reason to oppose his appointment, because
his lifelong achievements for Israel have imposed high costs and few
benefits to the United States while making peace more difficult to
Interview - Scott Horton
"Takes on the World" radio host Jeffrey Blankfort
and Grant Smith of IRmep discuss the high domestic costs of Israel lobby
mandated economic sanctions, the secret origins of Israel lobbying
organizations in America, and efforts to properly regulate the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee. (MP3)
"Quashed case" mystery solved: culprit is once again
secret Israeli intervention
marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous "Anti-Defamation League (ADL) files controversy" in which the ADL was discovered infiltrating, spying on and otherwise violating the
privacy rights of a large number of anti-Apartheid,
civil-rights and peace groups through the unlawful acquisition of private data
from corrupt local law enforcement officials....The FBI files,
originally scheduled for declassification in 2038, were
suddenly released to IRmep under the Freedom of Information Act on
November 20, 2013 and may now be browsed and downloaded from
the Israel Lobby Archive.
It is also a timely release since one of Israel's most harmful spies, Arnon Milchan,
is openly boasting about his criminal exploits and Americans may soon demand not only that
unsuccessful old law enforcement tactics be retired but new strategies be
fielded to punish Israel lobby wrongdoers and end their long stint of immunity.
stalls for time A March 16, 1993 memo launched the ADL espionage
investigation from the FBI's Los Angeles office. The FBI discovered
"unidentified individuals at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in
possession of [Federal] Bureau [of Investigation] classified
information" along with "confidential police reports and files belonging
to the San Francisco Police Department" after the ADL's Los Angeles and
San Francisco offices were raided and searched under warrant. Until
that time, Israel was interested in preserving close economic and
military ties (including nuclear weapons sales pitches) to Apartheid
South Africa. The ADL, in constant contact with the Israeli consulate
which frequently tasked it for help, was eager to pitch in. The FBI
discovered one of its own files possessed by ADL's Los Angeles division
was "a summary of activities relating to the African National Congress
Israel Lobby Archive release
Smyth told FBI agents in Los Angeles (via
Smyth details his recruitment by Arnon Milchan, meetings with Benjamin
Netanyahu who then worked at smuggling front Heli Trading (Milchan
Brothers Trading Company) in Israel, and how the "Project Pinto"
smuggling operation was rolled up after his arrest for smuggling 800
nuclear triggers and subsequent flight from the U.S.
Milchan denies that he knew about the nuclear triggers, which require a
U.S. State Department munitions license to be exported. In any case,
it's clear that he was integral to Israel's nuclear program.
Milchan, who still works in Hollywood, has produced over 120 full-length
films including "Natural Born Killers," "Heat," "Pretty Woman," “Fight
Club,” “L.A. Confidential," and "The Fountain...."
IRmep fills in John Emshwiller's many information gaps
November 22, 2013 Wall Street Journal
report by John R. Emshwiller attempts to update readers about the story of a
1960s Israeli diversion of nuclear materials from a uranium processor in
Pennsylvania. Like most reporting on the "NUMEC" or "Apollo" affair, it fails
to tackle the key questions, or elaborate on why the government's decades-long
cover-up of the affair
is so damaging to American credibility and governance. Belowis IRmep's
elaboration on points the Wall Street Journal's report (in
red) failed to explore and links to
accurate source material.More
December 2013 Washington Report on
Middle East Affairs
Special Report: Don't Hold Your Breath:
Blockbuster Movies Hollywood Will Never Make
“Bamboozle” or “Fraudster” FlickLong a favorite
Hollywood category, thesemovies take a major Ponzi
scheme or financialindustry swindle and give the
audiencea meaningful back-story. “American Greed”is the story of Samuel Israel’s $450 million
hedge fund swindle. “The Madoff Affair”is an account
of Bernie Madoff’s $60 billionPonzi scheme. That’s
topped by “Enron,The Smartest Guys in the Room,”
about the$63.4 billion dollar collapse of Enron. Intimes of widespread financial fraud, such
movies provide Americans the relief ofSchadenfreude.
There is comfort knowingthat despite the horrible
losses, at least aguilty party finally paid for his
The documentary movie in this genre Iwould like to pitch is called “The AIPACJob:
Undercutting American Industry forIsrael.” It would
reveal the true story ofhow an Israeli minister of
economics stolethe trade secrets of 70 American labor
andindustry organizations and gave them toIsrael’s top U.S. lobbying organization in
order to undermine justified industry oppositionto
unilateral trade concessions toIsrael in 1984. In
this category, numbersmatter. Through May of 2013,
the totallosses to American industry via the AIPACactionshift in trade patterns has cost $100billion in deficits—more than any other inthe
The fiftieth anniversary
of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is largely being trivialized in
elite U.S. corporate media. Regardless of what one thinks
of JFK's legacy, one significant outcome
to his killing should be better understood.
Sixty-one percent of Americans do not believe the official
government line that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman. The passage
of time has brought this public distrust barometer down from previous
highs of eighty-one percent. Outside the beltway, the burning question
is not why so many Americans disbelieve official government explanations
but whether secrecy also drives their contempt of the big media outlets
that loudly trumpet them. Since 1997,
close to half of Americans also consistently distrust the
fundamental accuracy of news industry output...
what does lingering secrecy about JFK have to
do with Middle East policy formulation? Americans researching key
policies that were made possible only by Kennedy's early departure well-understand
that information privation and spin is the norm. The CIA in particular,
and by extension the National Archives,
keep vast and ever-growing troves of
secrets away from Americans that make the quantity withheld by the
JFK NARA library on the assassination pale in
comparison. Secret file release would
fundamentally improve governance at the cost of exposing corrupt
policies that political elites would rather not answer for or revisit.
However, they cover many dates and many subject areas, from
Israel's theft of
U.S. nuclear materials to
the Kennedy brothers failed
bid to register and
regulate Israel lobbying
organizations. The common origin of some
of America's worst regional policies is the void
created by the JFK assassination. That is why all Americans
should celebrate every November 22. Not to applaud the death of a U.S.
president, but as a cynical Bronx cheer to the army of bureaucrats,
politicians and media pundits who work so hard to withhold facts, shape
the resulting flawed narrative and smear unbelievers.More
Why is it so easy to obtain FBI files
on Soviet spies, but impossible for Israel's spies?
Washington Journal, IRmep Research Director Grant F. Smith asks Wise,
given his success in obtaining information about Soviet spies, why it is
impossible to obtain files on Israeli spies who did the most harm to the
list of Israel's top nuclear spies includes Avraham Hermoni, Zalman
Shapiro and Rafael Eitan.
even files on Jonathan Pollard and Ben-Ami Kadish are kept under lock
and key and unavailable to the public. This special treatment, as
documented in the IRmep report "Ten Explosive U.S.
Government Secrets about Israel" leaves reporters and watchdog
organizations unable to conduct audits to ensure that the investigations
were comprehensive, thorough, and uncompromised by politics argues
transparency, Americans should assume the worst
In 1968 Director of
Central Intelligence Richard Helms wrote urgently to Attorney General Ramsey
Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson that some highly enriched uranium fueling
Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor was stolen from America.
LBJ reportedly uttered,
"Don't tell anyone else, even [Secretary of State] Dean Rusk and [Defense
Secretary] Robert McNamara." The FBI immediately launched a
deep investigation into the inexplicably heavy losses at the
Nuclear Materials and
Equipment Corporation NUMEC in Pennsylvania and the highly suspicious
activities and Israeli connections of the Americans running it. The CIA was tasked to find out what was
going on in Israel, and compiled
thousands of documents about the incident. (PDF) Although CIA officials
in a position to now unofficially went
on record claiming a diversion had occurred, for decades the CIA has
thwarted declassification and release of the LBJ memos. On
October18, 2013 the only
appeals panel with the power to overrule the CIA--the
Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel ISCAP--sent
notification that Americans are not yet ready to know the contents of the memos (ISCAP decision PDF).
This denial of public release of decades-old secrets
concerning U.S.-Israel relations is far from unique. Although the Obama
unprecedented transparency, it has emasculated the public's ability to give
informed consent on a wide range of key foreign policy issues. A review of ten particularly
toxic U.S. secrets about Israel suggests stakeholders should start assuming the worst
but most logical
In 2006 former Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously told reporters at an Iraq war briefing
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known
unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there
are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."
Bush administration secrecy and Rumsfeld's pithy quotes failed to quell gradual public awareness that the
ill-fated invasion was launched on purposely fabricated pretexts.
And yet the
Iraq debacle could have been avoided if Americans had beenbetter informed over time how government truly functions through
greater access to
the fourth category left unmentioned by Rumsfeld:
"Unknown knowns" are
the paradigm-shifting bits of information known
only by a select few in
government but kept from
their fellow American citizens because they would reveal indefensible, secret policies and
institution-level corruption that
favor a special interest. By locking "unknown knowns" under heavy guard in
document archives, covering them in secrecy classification stamps and making an
example out of whistleblowers who release them without authorization, busy
bureaucrats with the highest security clearances maintain a vast and growing
trove of "unknown knowns."
Historians and watchdog organizations are
continually thwarted in their mandate to
contextualize and educatethe public about relevant past
events that could deeply inform the governed—and
governance. Senator Carl Schurz said, "My country right or wrong, if right, to
be kept right, and if wrong, to be set right." "Unknown knowns" obliterate the
public's ability to execute the latter two-thirds of that
sage advice. (Full report) (Radio interview -
IRmep forces Washington Post to correct US-Israel
nuclear weapons cooperation claim
comprehensive debunking by IRmep, the Washington Post quietly
corrected a Walter Pincus report that implied the U.S. was supporting
Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program.
November 28, 2012 national security reporter Walter Pincus claimed in an
article that "Over the years, the Corps (US Army Corps of Engineers) has
built underground hangers for Israeli fighter-bombers, facilities for
handling nuclear weapons (though Israel does not admit having such
weapons), command centers, training bases, intelligence facilities and
simulators, according to Corps publications." The
online version of the article now bears a correction over the
"This article has been updated to remove the assertion that the Army
Corps of Engineers had built 'facilities for handling nuclear weapons'
in Israel. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted
to the Army by a reader seeking to verify the assertion, an attorney for
the Corps wrote that 'that none of the facilities that USACE has been
involved with [in Israel] were nuclear weapons handling facilities.'"
Bruce Fein and Grant F. Smith debate whether it is time to
celebrate the demise of the neoconservative grip on U.S. Middle East
policy. Fein reviews the overwhelming public refusal to approve
the Obama administration plan to attack Syria over alleged chemical
weapons use. Smith argues that despite that recent development,
over 70 percent of the neocon policy manifesto (The Clean Break Plan)
has already been implemented.
Smith further details how even as the region becomes a tinderbox
awaiting a spark to inflame U.S. involvement, none of the Israel lobby's
capabilities to legally or illegally fan the U.S. into
it usually does
while nobody is looking--has been observably diminished.
How is the
Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds? Cowbirds use the devious
strategy of brood parasitism, arriving at the nest of more
parentally-oriented birds to lay their own eggs. Cowbirds then enjoy
unburdened freedom to forage and thrive while their own young are
raised, fed and protected by unsuspecting parents. If an avian host
dares remove the cowbird's offspring, the host's own eggs—if not the
entire nest—will likely be destroyed by the watchful cowbird. This
coercive relationship is eerily similar to how Israel lobbying
organizations flit about Washington, hatching operatives into the U.S.
federal government to pursue a solitary goal—advancing the interests of
a foreign state without the obligation of registering foreign agents or
working through properly credentialed diplomats as all the flock of
Congress has had to choose between providing funds for Israel and for
America’s cities, it has strictly been no contest. Whereas, by the
summer of 1992, 240 members of the House had signed a letter urging
Pres. Bush to quickly submit legislation authorizing the $10 billion in
loan guarantees to Congress, only 35 of her House colleagues joined Los
Angeles’s Maxine Waters in co-sponsoring a bill, H.R. 5747, on July 31,
1992, which would have authorized the granting of $10 billion in
development loan guarantees to American cities.
Waters’ had attempted to add the domestic loan guarantees to the
“Freedom Support Act,” authorizing assistance to the former Soviet Union
and Eastern Europe, but was stymied when the House adopted a closure
rule by a voice vote which prevented amendments from being added to the
In defense of her proposal, Waters stated: “We are on the brink of
funding aid to Russia and a $10 billion loan guarantee for Israel. I
certainly understand the difficulties faced by Russia — their economy
has collapsed — and Israel — they must absorb tens of thousands of new
immigrants. However, our cities deserve preference… I would hope to see
this plan adopted before we aid any foreign government.” Only AIPAC’s
Near East Report, on Aug. 17, 1992, carried the story. One can
imagine what might have happened had it been reported by the mainstream
In 1991, when Waters circulated her letter, the US economy was much like
it is today. Six out of ten US cities were unable to meet their budgets
and several states their payrolls. In March of that year, over the
objections of President Bush, the House voted by a 397-24 margin to give
Israel $650 million in cash as part of the Gulf War emergency spending
bill. Bush had publicly threatened to veto the bill but backed down when
he realized it would be overridden...
When you're already the
biggest stealth lobby of
any foreign government, respecting the law just doesn't pay. Many lobbyists
work aggressively to get their way on Capitol Hill by bundling donor
contributions, passing inside information that lawmakers can profit
from before ordinary investors and creating a favor bank. Some of those
activities are unethical, but surprisingly few are actually illegal.
AIPAC tactics fall into a
different category. The lobbying group never bothered to incorporate until
its parent organization was ordered to register as an
Israeli foreign agent
in 1962. AIPAC hurriedly spilt off and quietly incorporated just six weeks later
to continue the public (and secret) work of its defunct parent organization
the AZC. AIPAC flouts U.S. laws for its foreign patron—the
government of Israel—when the stakes are high enough. If other lobbies tried
any of these tactics, their executives would go to jail.
Unsurprisingly, few domestic
American causes require spying, smearing and fixing elections. More
worryingly, AIPAC now
has enough elected and political appointee friends placed in high places,
along with establishment media power—that warranted investigations are quickly quashed.
The following five "dirty
tricks" are undoubtedly being carefully considered by any Congressmember thinking
of voting against AIPAC's
drive to entangle the U.S. in wars against Syria and Iran:
many ways, elaborate false flag operations resemble the core stages of a
confidence game or swindle. First there is foundation work and
preparations laid for the scheme. Then comes build-up aimed at sucking
in the victim or mark. The "hurrah" is the sudden crisis that compels
that mark to act—and possibly lose everything. Since 1996, the
neoconservative vanguard of the Israel lobby, in a
strategy paper written for Benjamin Netanyahu, has urged a
"foundation" of select military strikes on Syria. AIPAC and other
Israeli fronts then worked to successfully pass the Syria Accountability
Act which cut off all US trade and diplomatic ties in 2003. Israel has
recently conducted its own military strikes as a "build-up" and to
compel the U.S. to get "skin in the game." The "hurrah" stage may be
the video saturation of dead children, women and men and media bombast
that only the U.S. can respond because there is simply no time to waste.
Since western audiences are demonstrably not very shrewd, it is likely
that if this is an Israeli false flag, no "corroboration" stage of
compelling (yet false) evidence is even necessary, though Israeli
ready to provide it. Given Israeli interests, that such evidence is
considered credible by the West is staggering.
has always been essential in past false flag operations. The
mark—Americans—must be compelled to act quickly after "the Hurrah" but
before the story unwinds. In the case of Operation Susannah, charred
dead U.S. Information Agency employees likely would have been splashed
across the front pages of the Washington Post and The New York Times as
outraged commentators demanded the permanent U.S. military occupation of
the Suez Canal Zone—if only Israel's bombs had gone off when they were
supposed to. Similarly, the outrage of the sinking of an innocent U.S.
ship and gunning of lifeboats by unmarked Egyptian planes would have
triggered orchestrated chants to "Remember the USS Liberty" and American
sympathy with Israel's unilateral expansion of its "security zone."
Unfortunately for Israel, Operation Susannah bombs went off too soon
and the USS Liberty crew managed to keep it afloat (with absolutely no
There are many reasons
why naming Martin Indyk the
special envoy to mediate between Israel and Palestine is a bad
idea. Marinated in Israeli-American media mogul
Haim Saban's largess at Brookings Institute, many observers have
failures as a diplomat for the U.S. It is
assumed that Indyk will
again function as "Israel's lawyer" and Palestinians will get a
raw deal. Less explored are the likely costs
for the United States.
1984 as research director
at the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, Indyk and his "research team" gutted advice and consent
process during trade negotiations to deliver
unprecedented concessions to Israel. During thenegotiations American
businesses opposed to the concessions delivered trade secrets and
proprietary data supporting their opposition
to the International Trade Commission. The FBI soon
discovered AIPAC had
illegally obtained a secret copy of the business secrets
compiled by ITC, giving AIPAC
invaluable ammunition to target those lobbying
against the deal.
When publicly called out to explain the data
theft on National Public Radio, Indyk was incapable of explaining how
his research division obtained American
business secrets—and instead answered a philosophical
question about free trade that had not been asked.
Thanks to recently declassified FBI files,
it is known that Israeli Trade Minister Dan
Halpern surreptitiously obtained and passed the stolen secrets to AIPAC,
allowing the Israel lobby to end-run staunch
opposition to the near-unilateral concessions.
Complaints about Israeli theft of U.S. intellectual property, including
pharmaceutical patents to export copy-cats into the U.S. market, have
the year of the theft, the formerly balanced
U.S.-Israeli trading relationship has turned
into a chronic yearly deficit for America.
From 1985 through May of 2013 (the latest data
available), the deficit has reached a
cumulative $100 billion. The recently
departed U.S. Trade Ambassador
refused to provide compensation to victimized industries.
Indyk is once again in a position to
throw America under the bus.Concerned observers must
begin wonder how much it will cost.
What is the difference
between U.S. aid to Egypt and Israel? Why is the appointment of Martin
Indyk to represent the U.S. in peace negotiations such a
What are some Arab states doing to avoid civil unrest? Why is
Israel a liability rather than an asset on the American foreign policy
balance sheet? Peter Lavelle moderates a debate between
Grant F. Smith of IRmep in Washington and Charlie Wolf in London.Watch
Today the Israel Lobby Archive releases an additional 850 pages of FBI
files about the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) obtained under the Freedom
of Information Act. The files cover the period 1942-1949.
1. FBI complains to the
ADL in 1942 that it was circulating false reports that ADL had conducted
373 investigations on behalf of the FBI during a one-year period. (file
ending in 4)
2. The FBI director expresses view "that private investigative agencies
had no excuse for existence, that they only created hysteria and
contributed to vigilantism and a mob spirit...the FBI had never asked
the ADL to conduct an investigation..." The ADL offers to disband during
the controversy. (file 4)
3. Luigi Crisculo reports ADL undercover investigators claim the ADL
acts as "unofficial auxiliaries of the Department of Justice." FBI
internal analysis that the ADL and related groups are "interested only
in their own material benefit and their work is directed more in the
line of persecution and of framing their enemies than the exposing of
Nazism and Facism..." (file 4)
4. Warner Brothers Studio contributes $60,000 to ADL. Report that a
secret fund was used to spotlight Japanese Americans and draw attention
away from Hollywood. (file 5)
5. The ADL requests permission to check FBI files in order to avoid
"duplication" of investigatory efforts. The FBI internally reports "As
the Bureau can see, under the procedure suggested by Gross, the Anti
Defamation League would have an opportunity to learn of the informants
being utilized by the Bureau and would also be in a position to learn of
those under investigation." (file 5)
6. Senator Rufus Holman complains the ADL has targeted both his business
and reelection in a smear campaign. (file 5)
7. FBI does not investigate, the ADL operative, David Robinson, who is
orchestrating the ultimately successful campaign against Holman, is FBI
informant #7 of the Portland field office. (ADL gave the FBI a list of
1,600 representatives, including Robinson, to be of service to the FBI
in 1940.) (file 5)
8. A 1945 joint ADL AJC fund-raising appeal lists a wide range of
propaganda campaigns. "333,000 copies of important books carrying our
message...9,000,000 pamphlets...40,000,000 comic books!" Fundraising
letter claims, "Out of every 100 Americans, 25 are infected with
Anti-Semitism!" (file 5)
9. ADL checks with the FBI whether anyone on the official ADL speakers
list has an "unsavory" background. (file 5)
10. ADL June 1946 "The Facts" newsletter investigates the Institute for
Arab-American Affairs, which has done successful public education
"refuting the Jewish point of view on Palestine." The ADL presents
IAAA's internal operations including confidential banking information,
"The bank sources revealed that this organization solicits only
membership dues of $10.00 from their mailing list of about 3,500, of
which they receive only a small fraction of paying dues. As of last
week, their bank balance was $9,000..."
"...Rather than David vs. Goliath cases in
court, a more appropriate accountability measure would be the deduction
of $1 billion or more from Israel’s $3 billion annual US foreign aid
package for the immediate compensation of the nuclear smuggling
operation’s direct US victims. (See sample draft bill “To compensate
direct victims of Israeli-NUMEC nuclear
material smuggling” PDF ) Unfortunately – rather than slick courtroom
maneuvers from Arnold & Porter – direct victims would likely then have
to face AIPAC and the Zionist Organization of America (which supplied
two directors to the NUMEC front operations) efforts never to allow such
overdue and properly targeted compensation to enter Congress. However a
fair settlement for victims and immediate declassifications are both
"...In that year, a 1947 Congressional hearing
revealed, it had begun providing information on the recently formed
National Lawyers Guild and on individuals applying for federal civil
service jobs and some who had not applied for jobs, to the original
House Committee on Un-American Activities, chaired by the notorious
racist Rep. Martin Dies, which came to be referred to simply as the Dies
Newly declassified FBI files obtained by IRmep’s Grant Smith reveal that
on August 8, 1940, the ADL offered a confidential list of hundreds of
undercover ADL investigators to FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. ADL offered
the contact list as a resource for FBI informants and additional
Some members of the list, such as Abraham Feinberg, would later be
investigated by the FBI as agents of a foreign government and for
quashing investigations targeting illegal arms-smuggling from the US to
Feinberg would become later well known in as the man who delivered an
envelope filled with a large amount of cash to Harry Truman–$ 2 million
JFK told Gore Vidal– that enabled him to launch the whistle stop
campaign that led to his victory in the 1948 presidential elections.
Truman had earned Feinberg’s largesse by recognizing Israel minutes
after David Ben-Gurion declared the state into existence..."
the late 1960s, the OAS worked hard to unite visiting Arab international
students studying in the US with Arab-American counterparts interested
in connecting to developments in the region, primarily in Palestine.
Formed in 1952 as the nonprofit Organization of Arab Students of United
States and Canada, by the late 1960s OAS was hosting its eighteenth
annual national conference with a reported 200 participants. OAS was not
at all shy about criticizing US media coverage of the region or issuing
direct challenges to the propaganda of the Israel lobby.
The ADL agents talk of alleged OAS links to armed Palestinian group
Fatah, seemingly skeptical of one OAS spokesperson’s claim that “there
was no real relationship between them, that the OAS was merely letting
them sell their literature there.” The name of the spokesperson has been
redacted by the FBI, along with most other names in the file.
Greenspun was a convicted felon who, according to his FBI file, in the
late forties stole .50 calibre machine guns from the US Navy and
violated Arms Export control laws in order to arm the terrorist Irgun
gang. Greenspun tried, but failed, to bribe federal officials with
$25,000 into dropping smuggling charges against him. In the end he paid
only $10,000 in fines and served no jail time.
Greenpun then parlayed
huge smugglng profits into a Las Vegas media empire.
Greenspun was "bad news,"
said Dan Moldea, author of The Hoffa Wars and other groundbreaking works
on organized crime. "Hank Greenspun was a journalistic nihilist who used
his First Amendment protections to reward his friends and to punish his
enemies, as well as to promote his personal causes and to accept money
from nefarious individuals," Moldea told
SpyTalk. In 2006, Greenspun's wife gave the Newseum $7 million,
which named a terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue after him. The continuing
presence of Greenspun's name on the Pennsylvania Avenue
terrace of the Newseum is an embarrassment toall legitimate
journalists and news organizations.
...True to that motto, the
money this “charity” raises benefits exclusively the soldiers of a
foreign country that has not fought a war longer than 33 days in 40
years and whose primary duties have been to protect Israel’s illegal
settlements, demolish Palestinian homes, make the lives of ordinary
Palestinians miserable, and suppress Palestinian resistance to its
ongoing ethnic cleansing by whatever means necessary.
The FIDF has a different take: “The Israeli government is responsible
for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools
for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with
love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry.”
FIDF also brings Israeli soldiers to the states to visit synagogues and
lecture at schools and universities. “These events,” according to its
website, “offer a great opportunity to meet IDF soldiers and hear the
stories of these brave young men and women.”
In 2011, the last year reported, it raised just over $62 million and had
$80 million in assets at the end of the year, $546,000 of which goes in
salary to its national director, Retired Israeli General Jerry Gershon,
plus an additional $10 thousand a month for his New York apartment,
according to the Forward...
ago, AIPAC parlayed “Soviet Threat” theories into massive aid packages
the US is still paying off. Today the Israel lobby has been relentless
in spreading the conspiracy theory that Iran’s mullahs—driven purely by
their hatred of Israel—have a secret nuclear weapons program. Currently
71% of Americans—according to one poll—believe that Iran has already
deployed nuclear weapons, despite the consensus institutional analysis
of American intelligence agencies and the IAEA. Endless bombast of this
formerly fringe belief mandates a “time is running out” chronology for
diplomatic efforts towards Iran. It has been the foundation of
Israel-lobby mandated economic sanctions that have mainly harmed
Iranian’s civilian population while realigning trade patterns in ways
unfavorable to the U.S. Encouraging American false popular knowledge of
“nuclear-armed Iran” makes the likelihood of another regional war much
greater. This is especially frightening since equally unfounded fears
about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” were not nearly as rampant.
In 2006 only 50% of Americans believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of
mass destruction when the U.S. invaded.
Las Vegas media empire funded with profits from smuggling arms to Jewish
guerrillas in Palestine? Sounds about right. Recently declassified FBI
documents on the case of legendary newspaper editor and onetime mob
associate Hank Greenspun have been posted by Grant Smith’s Institute for
Research: Middle Eastern Policy..
...The 775 pages of documents detail “the
story of how Greenspun parlayed profits from illegal gun-running into a
Las Vegas media empire,” according to IRmep.
Greenspun was the long time owner and editor of the Las Vegas
Review-Journal turned Las Vegas Sun newspaper...Greenspun’s
smuggling career evidently began in the late 1940s when he “and
associates stole 58 crates of .30 and .50 caliber machine guns from the
U.S. Navy and smuggled them from Honolulu through Mexico to Jewish
fighters in Palestine,” IRmep said.
With a 10% kickback from the deals, Greenspun amassed a fortune of over
$500,000 in just a few years, the documents show, enabling him to
purchase his newspaper in
1950. He was eventually found guilty of violation of the Neutrality Act,
but handed only a slap on the wrist--a $10,000 fine and zero jail
declassified 775 pages about former Las Vegas Sun newspaper editor
Herman "Hank" Milton Greenspun (1909-1989). Released under FOIA in
January, files telling the story of how Greenspun parlayed profits from
illegal gun-running into a Las Vegas media empire are now available
online at the Israel Lobby Archive...
...A 1952 FBI file
reveals that after being indicted a second time for violating the
Neutrality Act, Greenspun traveled to Washingtonand contacted Seth
Solomon Pope . An earlier criminal proceeding ended when smuggling
defendants during the trial contacted a juror who became the only vote
against conviction. Pope worked in Hawaii at the War Assets
Administration, in charge of decommissioning and selling off WWII
surplus. Pope was investigated on three occasions for fraudulent sales
of war materiel. Greenspun and associates stole 58 crates of .30 and .50
caliber machine guns from the U.S. Navy and smuggled them
from Honolulu through Mexico to Jewish fighters in Palestine in the late
1940s. After Pope transferred to the General Services Administration
in Washington, Greenspun offered $25,000 to Pope "or anyone else
designated by Pope" to "quash" a second Neutrality Act indictment
against Greenspun. The effort failed and Greenspun was convicted of a
felony and forced to pay $10,000, but received no prison time...
years ago this May, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opened a
series of unprecedented hearings investigating the clandestine
activities of foreign agents active in the United States. The
investigation focused most intensively on the operatives and financing
of key Israel lobbying organizations such as the American Zionist
Council, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and the American
Section of the quasi-governmental Jerusalem-based Jewish Agency. Thanks
to a secret memo only declassified in 2010, the public may now know what
fears motivated the hearings.
half-century after the attempted regulation of Israel lobbies under FARA
failed, it is productive to image what might be different today if AIPAC
in particular had been properly registered under the Act. When AIPAC
director Morris Amitay was caught red-handed mishandling classified
missile secrets in 1975, he could have been prosecuted under FARA. When
AIPAC and an Israeli diplomat purloined the entire 300-page book of
classified trade secrets compiled from 70 U.S. industry groups opposed
to unilateral trade concessions for Israel in 1984, they could have been
prosecuted for failing to report their clandestine subversion of due
process. When in 2005 Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman met with
Israeli diplomats during efforts to pass classified information to the
press they thought could trigger a U.S attack on Iran, FARA consequences
would have awaited them all...
Intro "Takes on the World" radio host Jeffrey Blankfort
discusses ten year anniversary of Iraq war, how architects are now
pushing for an attack on Iran, 50 year anniversary of Senator Fulbright
and the Kennedy's effort to register the Israel lobby as foreign agents.
Obama's trip to Israel, Congressional move to outsource "attack Iran"
decision to Israel. The underreported case of Stewart Nozette. (MP3)
Program: Jeff Blankfort and Grant Smith discuss the
ongoing costs of the failed 1963 Senate/Justice Department
efforts to regulate Israel lobbying organizations under the 1938
Foreign Agents Registration Act. (MP3)
On March 21, 2012 U.S.
prosecutors played FBI surveillance video in court of former NASA
employee Stewart Nozette agreeing to sell U.S. government secrets to
Israel. Nozette was then sentenced to thirteen years in prison. The
FBI surveillance video, obtained by IRmep under the Freedom of
Information Act, is now available on
Vimeo. An imperfect redaction
reveals Nozette appearing to say he sold classified U.S. government
information to "Israeli Aircraft," also known as Israel Aerospace
Industries and IAI...
On May 4, 2012 US Attorney Ron Machen was
confronted on WAMU radio (YouTube)
for officially stating no classified information was passed by Nozette
to Israel. This was contradicted by court filings and now surveillance
video. Machen could not credibly explain why the Justice Department
limited its criminal investigation to only Nozette.More
Grant F. Smith, research
director of IRmep, briefs several hundred Houston area non-profit and
business leaders about why Americans are turning away from Israel and
challenging Israel's U.S. lobby. Review of major
espionage, propaganda and wealth transfer initiatives.
Analysis of new polling data on American public
opinion and how the growing chasm between opinion and U.S. policy may be
driving a higher score on Transparency International's "perceptions of
corruption" index. Recorded on
February 23, 2013. Audio and slides only. (Audio
November Washington Post report by national security journalist
Walter Pincus revealed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was building a
mysterious underground facility for the Israel Defense Forces near Tel
Aviv. Deeper in the report Pincus claimed, "Over the years, the Corps
has built underground hangers for Israeli fighter-bombers, facilities
for handling nuclear weapons (though Israel does not admit having such
weapons), command centers, training bases, intelligence facilities and
simulators, according to Corps publications...."
...USACE’s response was
unusually comprehensive. (PDF) "This office is responsible for
administering requests involving USACE Headquarters. The USACE Europe
District is the office responsible for projects involving Israel. I have
coordinated with the Europe District and have been informed that none of
the facilities that USACE has been involved with were nuclear weapons
handling facilities; therefore I will not be requesting that a document
search be conducted...."
Guest speaker and author Grant F. Smith presents
his thoughts on the "Diversion of U.S. Weapons-Grade Uranium into the
Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program,"
a new drive to declassify government documents long
overdue for release, and the potential environmental
and legal consequences. University of Pittsburgh School of Law,
Barco Law Library, 3900 Forbes Avenue Room 109, Pittsburgh.MP3 Audio
Discussion of the Israeli
lobby and its influence in Washington tends to center on AIPAC, the
largest Israel-centered lobbying group currently operating in the US.
The oldest continually operating such lobby group, however, the Zionist
Organization of America, was for decades one of the most powerful
lobbying organizations in the country, helping to shape American policy
toward the formation of Israel. Its members have been connected to
illegal Israeli smuggling rings of both conventional and nuclear weapons
technologies. And it is currently embroiled with the American government
in a fight over its tax-exempt status.What is
once again interesting to note is that groups like the ZOA and AIPAC
are—like the Royal Institute of International Affairs and its branch
organizations which we examined last week on this program—not secretive,
cabals of shadowy figures meeting in darkened rooms, but openly public
organizations with a readily documentable history of flouting laws and
harboring criminal elements.
received a “13909” petition (PDF) from IRmep’s Center for Policy and
Law enforcement urging it not to restore the tax-exempt status of the
Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA recently lost its tax-exempt
status after failing to file tax returns for three consecutive years
from 2008 to 2010. A Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
January/February special report surveys ZOA’s controversial history,
including heavy use of tax-deductible funding for undisclosed lobbying
activities and questionable executive compensation policies. ZOA tax
returns recently provided to IRmep by the IRS reveal that in 2007 only
ten donors provided 80% of ZOA’s total public support. The IRS retained
no records justifying why ZOA was ever granted tax-exempt status, and
ZOA must submit a new application in order to regain the ability to
accept tax-deductible contributions.
Recently declassified National Archives records reveal the Justice
Department ordered ZOA to register as an Israeli foreign agent on seven
separate occasions. The Justice Department is legally required to
provide public access to all registrant records under the
1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act. ZOA executives Zalman Shapiro
and Ivan Novick operated the NUMEC Apollo Industries corporations in the
1960s. According to
public records, FBI and CIA officials believed NUMEC diverted enough
weapons-grade uranium to Israel to manufacture dozens of weapons....More
January-February 2013 Washington Report on
Middle East Affairs
the 1960s, broad reorganizations periodically announced by major Israel
lobbying organizations have allegedly altered lines and boxes on the
global Zionist organization chart, even as congressional amendments have
steadily watered down the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Moreover, a new American umbrella corporation called the "American
Zionist Movement" (AZM), created at a Miami conference in the early
1990s and with almost no funding or infrastructure, claims to be the
legal intermediary among the WZO, ZOA and 25 other youth and adult
organizations. However, the ever abrasive ZOA once claimed to have
withdrawn from AZM in 1996 over disputes about the Oslo accords. AZM is
reportedly funded by the WZO. After more than half a century, the ZOA/WZO
relationship and activities still are not very clear to outside
observers. The Justice Department may even be persuaded to review the ZOA's
new public application for tax-exempt status for any WZO FARA regulatory
issues. ZOA national vice chairman Steven M. Goldberg, for example,
presently serves as a board member of both World Likud and the WZO
executive board. Absent any more improper "favors" of the kind once
secretly bestowed by the Justice Department, the Zionist Organization of
America may fmd its road to tax preferences both closely followed and
heavily challenged from many quarters...
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