The Obama administration has been asked to
delay a 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation award to Zalman
Shapiro over lingering questions about the theft and diversion of US
weapons grade uranium to Israel. Shapiro, a talented inventor, was the
former president of the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation.
Shapiro and NUMEC were investigated over the diversion of weapons grade
uranium to Israel from the plant at Apollo, Pennsylvania. A March/April
2010 Bulletin of Atomic Scientists analysis estimates that 741 pounds of
highly enriched uranium suitable for weapons production disappeared from
NUMEC while Shapiro was president and was likely diverted into the
Israeli nuclear weapons program.
Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel could declassify the
trade document purloined by AIPAC in 1984. This would allow private US
corporations and organizations to sue AIPAC for damages incurred when
their trade secrets (entrusted to the US government) were used against
them. At present, there is no longer any legitimate national security or
commercial benefit to be obtained for keeping the document out of public
hands. Armed with detailed information about how Israel and its US lobby
turned closely held industry trade secrets against their owners, the
American private sector could provide the relief that stymied Espionage
Act prosecutions and weird defamation suits over illegal activity
its latest filing to the Superior Court of the District of
Columbia, where Rosen’s civil case is to be heard, AIPAC argued
that it became aware that Rosen and Weissman had received
classified information only after being presented with evidence
by the FBI. If Rosen succeeds in proving that AIPAC directors
approved of his actions, the entire lobby could be seen as
allegedly being engaged in trafficking secret information.
“New information revealed by both sides in the Rosen v. AIPAC
lawsuit underscores how AIPAC really operates,” said Grant
Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern
Policy, a small not-for-profit organization that seeks to call
the attention of the authorities to AIPAC’s activity and demands
scrutiny of the group’s legal status...And November 22, the
Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy
filed a complaint(PDF) with the IRS, asking to revoke
the lobby’s tax-exempt status.
US Pardon Attorney Denies Public Release of
Pollard Clemency File
On October 15, 2010
Jonathan Pollard applied for commutation of his life sentence for spying
for Israel. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the
Department of Justice Pardon Attorney
released 134 pages(PDF) of clemency files but refused to release
Pollard's actual October 15, 2010 appeal, stating, "After reviewing all
of these records, I have determined that a discretionary release of the
withheld and redacted material would not be appropriate."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought Pollard's release as
part of a US incentive package in return for a temporary freeze on
illegal settlement building. Organizations such as the Zionist
Organization of America and B'nai B'rith International have gathered the
signatures of 39 members of Congress on a letter to President Obama
pressuring for Pollard's release.
Presidential pardons for Americans convicted of crimes committed in the
name of Israel are a growth category. John F. Kennedy pardoned smuggler
Herman "Hank" Greenspun of Neutrality Act violations in 1961. In 2008,
George W. Bush pardoned Charles Winters for illegally smuggling
warplanes to Israel. In 2000 Bill Clinton pardoned Adloph "Al"
Schwimmer of weapons smuggling even though he never expressed remorse or
personally applied for a pardon (normally requirements) over violating
US arms export controls. Bill Clinton also pardoned fugitive
financier Marc Rich upon leaving office. Clinton's deputy attorney
general, Eric Holder (the current Attorney General), advised the Clinton
White House counsel that he was "neutral, leaning toward favorable" on
pardoning Rich, after being told former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Barak supported Rich's petition on the basis of Rich's clandestine
services to Israel.
The DOJ refusal to release Pollard's pardon means watchdog organizations
and the press cannot determine whether the "settlement
freeze for Pollard" or some other "quid pro
quo" is formalized in the clemency request.
A group has sent a nearly 1,400-page filing
to the Internal Revenue Service demanding that it “retroactively revoke”
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s tax-exempt status.
The group, known as the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy,
or IRmep, claims in the filing that AIPAC's original application for
tax-exempt status contains “fraudulent representations and omissions.”
The group also noted that the pro-Israel lobbying organization has been
investigated by the FBI and is currently in a civil suit over the
acquisition and movement of classified information. The filing argues
that these activities show AIPAC does not qualify as a “social welfare”
IRmep’s leader called in to a radio show on NPR in January where IRS
Commissioner Doug Shulman was the guest and asked about some of the
group [AIPAC] has endured its share of controversies over the years, but
it nevertheless remains politically influential. However, AIPAC has also
seen its influence as a lobbyist in Washington for Israeli causes
challenged in recent years by more liberal groups such as J Street, and
the IRS filing could further erode its support and imperil its tax
status. IRmep is another group that has been battling AIPAC, and the IRS
filing is the most recent salvo in that campaign....More
KPFK Radio Interview
11/22/2010Center for Policy and Law Enforcement News Release
22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Internal Revenue Service
received a 1,389 page filing demanding that the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee's (AIPAC's) tax exempt status be retroactively
revoked. The filing, submitted by the IRmep Center for Policy and Law
Enforcement, spans nearly 60 years, from the moment AIPAC's founder left
the employment of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the
Two core charges are:
1. False Charitable Purpose. AIPAC has been investigated several
times by the FBI and is currently in a civil suit over the ongoing
acquisition and movement of U.S. government classified information. The
filing argues that such activities reveal AIPAC does not function as a
bona fide "social welfare" organization.
2. Fraudulent Application for Tax Exempt Status. AIPAC's original
application for tax exempt status contains fraudulent representations
and omissions. It fails to mention that AIPAC's parent organization, the
American Zionist Council (AZC) was shut down by a U.S. Department of
Justice Foreign Agents Registration Act order in 1962. AIPAC
incorporated six weeks later and applied for tax exempt status, but
failed to reveal that the majority of its startup funding came from
Israel, funneled through the AZC.
Members of the public, state charity watchdogs and the law enforcement
community may download and review the complaint summary at:
http://www.IRmep.org/IRSAIPAC.pdf. For a DVD of the full IRS
complaint and appendix, send an email and official surface mail address
to firstname.lastname@example.org .
IRmep director Grant F. Smith and callers grilled IRS Commissioner
Douglas Shulman on National Public Radio January 11,
2010 over lax IRS enforcement toward some Israel-related nonprofits
committing illegal acts overseas and violating U.S. tax laws. Shulman
assured America that, "If a charity is breaking the tax law, is engaged
in activities that they are not supposed to be engaged in, we certainly
will go after them. Every year we pull 501(c)(3) charity status from a
number of charities. We've got thousands of audits going on regarding
charities, and so we don't hesitate to administer the tax laws and make
sure that people are following the rules."
According to Smith, "By publicly filing this 13909 complaint with the
IRS, we encourage concerned Americans and misled donors to monitor
whether the IRS takes appropriate action. The clock is ticking."
On Nov. 8, 2010, the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) filed
a massive 260-page motion [.pdf] in the District of Columbia
Superior Court. It asks Judge Erik Christian to dismiss former AIPAC
employee Steven J. Rosen’s $20 million defamation suit. In October the
court dismissed all counts of the March
2009 lawsuitexcept for Rosen’s claim of harm over AIPAC statements
to the press that he did not uphold its standards of conduct. Rosen and
AIPAC have – until now – abstained from filing damaging information
about the internal workings of AIPAC in court. AIPAC’s willingness to
publicly air some extremely sordid and revealing content to get the
remaining count thrown out before an alternative dispute resolution
hearing begins in December is a sign that AIPAC is now fighting for its
life, or – as one former AIPAC attorney put it – “reason for being.” If
Rosen proves in court that AIPAC has long handled classified information
while lobbying for Israel, the worn public pretense that AIPAC is
anything but a stealth extension of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign
Affairs –from which it emerged in
1951 – will end forever.
of false flag and foreign funded covert operations designed to influence
US policy drove the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to launch
exhaustive investigations and call for warranted enforcement of the
Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). A newly declassified March 17,
1961 memo unsealed and released by the National Archives and Records
Administration on October 21, 2010 outlined the Senate’s rational for
investigating Israel lobbying groups and other foreign agents active
across the United States.
recent years there has been an increasing number of incidents involving
attempts by foreign governments, or their agents, to influence the
conduct of American foreign policy by techniques outside normal
diplomatic channels…..there have been occasions when representatives of
other governments have been privately accused of engaging in covert
activities within the United States and elsewhere, for the purpose of
influencing United States Policy (the Lavon Affair).”
The Lavon Affair refers
to a false flag Israeli terrorist bombing plot code named “Operation
Susannah” against US targets in Egypt.
the latest drive to gain leniency for Pollard may backfire. In February,
1987 Pollard filed his own motion [pdf] seeking "documents relating to
the detention and disposition of persons suspected of conducting
espionage activities on behalf of the Government of Israel." He attached
press clippings of other instances of the US government detaining
accused Israeli spies or uncovering illicit transfers of classified
information that did not result in prosecution. Pollard’s defense
brashly stated "it was the established policy of the Department of
Justice not to prosecute U.S. citizens for espionage activities on
behalf of Israel..."
Interview (MP3)Document Archive
...Israel officials were found by the FBI to
have in their possession a confidential report from the International
Trade Commission to the U.S. Trade Representative, which contained
classified information about American corporations along with
information about how much the U.S. was willing to give up in
negotiations. Illegally armed with that information, Israeli officials
got a preferable deal.
Now, instead of fixing the trade pact to
reflect the fact that the deal was slanted in the favor or Israel, the
U.S. is planning to lower trade barriers between the two countries even
Secretary of Defense
Testimony on Jonathan Pollard
is also relevant that Pollard has recently analogized himself to an
Israeli pilot shot down behind enemy lines, and has stated his hope that
he will yet be able to immigrate to Israel. Whatever else his analogy
suggests, it clearly indicates that his loyalty to Israel transcends his
loyalty to the United States. Nor, apparently, does any residual loyalty
to the United States persuade him that he should protect U.S. national
defense information at all. Only a few days ago, on February 15, 1987,
the Washington Post
about Pollard. That article contained information purporting to
reflect U.S. intelligence efforts. While I do not intend publicly to
confirm or deny the accuracy of those statements, it is beyond cavil
that, if true, such information should never be made publicly
September/October Washington Report on
Middle East Affairs
The Institute for
Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) held an informative panel
discussion on "Israel's Nuclear Arsenal: Espionage, Opacity and Future"
on July 7, at a fitting venue—the International Spy Museum, in
Washington, DC. Panelists tackled the vital questions that mainstream
American media choose to ignore: What do newly declassified documents
about weapons grade uranium and dual-use technology diversions from the
U.S. reveal about the role of espionage in building Israel's secret
nuclear arsenal? Did Israel's proposed nuclear weapons sales to
apartheid South Africa signal the weapons are still for sale if the
partner and price are right? Do FBI and CIA cover-ups of investigations
into Israeli nuclear espionage indicate official U.S. government
approval or political acquiescence? Did cooperating with Israel's policy
of "strategic ambiguity" ever make sense for the United States? Is the
era of "nuclear opacity" now coming to an end? Are Israel's nuclear
weapons of strategic benefit to the U.S.?
radio host Scott Horton and Grant F. Smith discuss the Israeli proposal
to free spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for a temporary illegal
settlement freeze to save the sputtering "peace process."
00:02:50 Why free Jonathan Pollard for a temporary settlement freeze?
00:04:35 How long has Israel's lobby been trying to free Pollard?
00:05:00 How would Pollard compare to previous Israel lobby pardons?
00:10:41 Did Obama agree to pardon Jonathan Pollard?
00:14:10 What damage didPollard cause to
00:15:25 Who provided Pollard's "safe house" and secret file numbers?
00:16:16 What is the Israel lobby's strategy to
avoid warranted prosecution?
00:20:18 Is the US Department of Justice transparent about pardons?
00:21:47 How does DOJ/administration clemency
promote Israeli impunity?
00:22:30 What FBI reverse sting and
Mossad false flag operations are underway? (MP3
10/07/2010IBH FOCA Report -
analysis by Tanya Cariina Hsu
report examining the minute-by-minute versions of the same events during
the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla attack by Israel was released by two
charity groups today. Contrasting passenger testimonies against official
Israeli accounts side-by-side to each other, a complete picture can be
seen as to exactly what transpired in the days and hours leading up to
the incident as well as its aftermath.
The attack took place in international waters in the early hours of May
31, 2010 as humanitarian aid workers carrying goods and supplies,
including medical equipment, attempted to break the Israeli-imposed
blockade on Gaza. The attack on the six ships in the flotilla led to the
deaths of nine passengers on the Turkish-supported Mavi Marmara ship.
The result has been an intense worldwide condemnation of Israeli
policies towards the increase in aid missions.
The Timeline and Inconsistencies Report, co-sponsored by the
International Bureau of Humanitarian NGOs (IBH) in Geneva and Paris, and
the Friends of Charities Association (FOCA) in Washington D.C., takes
each individual action as it happened, and aligns the passenger version
against the Israeli account. The “conclusions are in sharp contrast to
the Israeli official version of events,” the report found.
Conclusions show that Israel clearly manipulated evidence to bolster its
argument that the attack on the Mavi Marmara was in self-defense against
armed violent activists. Using second-by-second analysis, the reports
shows how six of the nine passengers killed were victims of execution-style
murders by the Israeli soldiers.
Washington Square News
- Ishan Talukdar
is a lobbying group dedicated to promoting Israeli interests to the
American public as well as within the government. It does this by
placing people in government and on congressional staffs. It also
galvanizes the Jewish community, by both monetary and political means,
into supporting those it deems "pro-Israel" while shunning those it
The committee definitely
has the means to pressure politicians into capitulating to Israeli
demands. In fact, AIPAC received funds from the Israeli government
itself well into the 1960s. In addition, there have been several
incidences and many allegations of espionage perpetrated by AIPAC, or
with AIPAC as an intermediary, where information was passed to Israeli
The problem we are faced
with is a lobbying group with a substantial amount of power over our
since it sprang from
the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ U.S. “information office”
in the early 1950s, AIPAC has engaged in many covert
activities designed to serve its foreign principals – all at
tremendous moral and financial cost to America. The
Pollard-pardon-for-illegal-settlements-freeze proposal should
be considered seriously by all Americans and the U.S. government –
not as part of any credible peace process, but rather as a signal that
it’s time to re-register
AIPAC as an Israeli foreign agent and implement a new no-tolerance
policy toward Israeli espionage within our hobbled Department of
...Israel Lobby Archive The Israel
Lobby Archive obtained 405 pages from the FBI under the Freedom of
Information Act. The released documents are news clippings maintained by
the FBI during its espionage investigation of Department of Defense
Colonel Lawrence Franklin and AIPAC staffers Keith Weissman and Steven
J. Rosen. More
HostJeffrey Blankfort interviews Grant F. Smith on
the public radio program "Takes on the World" about newly
unsealed Senate Foreign Relations
Committee files investigating the Israel lobby. The documents
reveal quarterly $5,000 payments from the Jewish Agency to AIPAC for the
lobbying newsletter "Near East Report" and stealth public relations
to undermine American free
speech. The implications of that fifty year
effort are discussed in the radio interview. (MP3
1970 file [.pdf] held by the Department of Justice’s National
Security Division and reluctantly released under Freedom of Information
Act appeals about the foreign agent activities Isaiah L. Kenen reveals
he may have been an “insider source” for information about the Jewish
Defense League. This intel was stove-piped directly to National Security
Adviser Henry Kissinger, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Secret
Service, and the attorney general. The redacted documents are unclear
about whether the JDL’s activities targeting the Soviet Union were
considered at the time to be those of an ally, target, or dangerous
nuisance. The value of AIPAC’s role as an FBI source on the JDL seems to
have been short-lived, even during the Cold War. By the mid-1980s, as
the Jonathan Pollard
was breaking, AIPAC itself was moved back from the “asset” to
“liability” column as a
target, while a Department of Energy study
concluded, “For more than a decade, the Jewish Defense League (JDL)
has been one of the most active terrorist groups in the United States. …
Since 1968, JDL operations have killed 7 persons and wounded at least
"In the old days, journalists were bought off to ignore them [opposition
views on ME policy]. They now do it willingly and reflexively, knowing
the consequences otherwise, the Israeli Lobby's power to remove
unfriendly voices - from Congress, academia and the media...As a result,
it's more virulent and pervasive than ever, what no
will touch, what no major media report will reveal....It's why
Project Censored warns about a "truth emergency," the urgency for
media reform, and need for a cadre to do what all responsible
journalists should - their job, what's sorely absent in America,
especially in reports about
IRmep's Grant F. Smith and
Scott Horton of ANTIWAR Radio discuss documents released from the
Senate investigation of Israel's
covert lobbying and PR campaigns, threats to the continued freedom to
practice (out of favor)
religions in America, how neoconservatives
use their unchallenged talking points in mainstream media to push for
war with Iran, the
Atlantic magazine's history of promoting Israeli policy objectives and
AIPAC wields power by withholding campaign contributions to
wayward politicians. (MP3
"Israel's Nuclear Arsenal:
Espionage, Opacity and Future"
current cover story in The Atlantic, “The Point of No Return,” achieved
massive distribution across a broad spectrum of old and new media in the
United States. Some observers – including Glenn Greenwald in “How
Propagandists Function” – noted how well the methodology and message of
Goldberg’s piece serves the Israeli government’s efforts to push U.S.
military action against Iran. Gareth Porter views it as part of an
overarching strategy to keep the U.S. from restoring productive
relations with Iran. A huge trove of newly declassified documents
subpoenaed during a Senate investigation reveals how Israel’s lobby
pitched, promoted, and paid to have content placed in America’s top news
magazines with overseas funding. The Atlantic (and others) received
hefty rewards for trumpeting Israel’s most vital – but damaging – PR
initiatives across America.
RT Television Interview -
Live from Moscow
Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Declassified files from a Senate
investigation into Israeli-funded covert public relations and lobbying
activity in the United States were released by the National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA) on July 23rd, 2010. The subpoenaed
documents reveal Israel's clandestine programs for "cultivation of
editors," the "stimulation and placement of suitable articles in the
major consumer magazines" as well as U.S. reporting about sensitive
subjects such as the Dimona nuclear weapons facility.
Dimona (excerpt): "The
nuclear reactor story inspired comment from many sources; editorial
writers, columnists, science writers and cartoonists. Most of the press
seemed finally to accept the thesis that the reactor was being built for
peaceful purposes and not for bombs."
Content placement and
promotion (excerpt): "The Atlantic Monthly in its October issue carried
the outstanding Martha Gellhorn piece on the Arab refugees, which made
quite an impact around the country. We arranged for the distribution of
10,000 reprints to public opinion molders in all categories… Interested
friends are making arrangements with the Atlantic for another reprint of
the Gellhorn article to be sent to all 53,000 persons whose names appear
in Who's Who in America…Our Committee is now planning articles for the
women's magazines for the trade and business publications."
(excerpt): "It can be said that the press of the nation…has by and large
shown sympathy and understanding of Israel's position. There are, of
course, exceptions, notably the Scripps-Howard chain where we still need
to achieve a 'break-through,' the Pulliam chain (where some progress has
been made) and some locally-owned papers."
achievements (excerpt): "We cannot pinpoint all that has already been
accomplished by this Committee except to say that it has been
responsible for the writing and placement of articles on Israel in some
of America's leading magazines...."
1980s, investigative reporters have tried to obtain a trove of
still-classified documents about the Iran-Contra
affair and DOD/CIA sanctioned drug-running and the sale of
taxpayer-funded arms stockpiled in Israel to finance the Nicaraguan
Contras in violation of laws passed by Congress. The final report of the
independent counsel for Iran-Contra stated
that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates “was close to many figures who
played significant roles in the Iran/Contra affair and was in a position
to have known of their activities,” though he was never indicted.
The DOD and CIA responded contemptuously to
a 2009 FOIA request for documents, censoring all of the relevant
sections grudgingly released in 2010 [.pdf].
The Assange defense team could ask Robert Gates how
much actual Nicaraguan blood was spilled by Gates and the CIA in
violation of the Boland
Amendments. Gates can then explain how his department can be held
accountable if it won’t even release decades-old documents about
criminal activity, much less currently relevant information...
these revelations would precipitate remains to be seen. But it is
interesting to note that the focus of US (and international) attention
dwarfs another "amazing" but little noticed revelation last May when the
US Government Accountability Office (GAO) partially declassified another
secret document held behind closed doors for 32 years "in spite of the
best efforts of researchers to dislodge it".
Smith detailed "how coerced ‘ambiguity' about Israel's nuclear weapons
undermines accountability here in the United States". Disappointingly,
IRmep's panel discussion received little press attention in the US or in
the Arab world despite the shocking details which merit full exposure....More
The U.S. supports a document calling
for a nuclear-free West Asia at the NPT Review Conference and then says
the decision was a mistake.
U.S. President Barack
Obama has been preaching non-proliferation at all his international
stops. There was the danger of the NPT conference being derailed if U.S.
continued with its old practice of vetoing all documents that
compromised Israel's “nuclear ambiguity”. However, despite strenuous
opposition from Israel, Obama chose to go along with the final document,
which explicitly stated, for the first time, that the West Asian region
should be declared nuclear-free.
To add to Israel's discomfiture, the NPT Review Conference called for an
international conference in 2012 with the aim of establishing a
nuclear-free West Asia. The declaration called on the United Nations
Secretary-General and also the U.S., Russia and the United Kingdom to
name a facilitator to organise the 2012 conference. Under an NPT Action
Plan announced during the conference, the five recognised nuclear powers
– the U.S., Russia, the U.K., France and China – committed themselves to
speeding up the disarmament process and reporting on the progress in
2014. Ever since the NPT came into force in 1970, the major powers have
been paying lip service about reducing their arsenals and establishing
IRmep 07/07/2010 Panel Discussion
Nuclear Arsenal--Espionage, Opacity and Future
IRmep 07/07/2010 Panel DiscussionAudio
Nuclear Arsenal--Espionage, Opacity and Future
following official audio files of "Israel's Nuclear Arsenal" panel presentations
are now available for download:
Jeffrey Blankfort reviews US
positioning toward the NPT review conference call for a Middle East free
of nuclear weapons. He recounts first hand experiences with an
ADL/Apartheid South Africa intelligence agent targeting US activists. (MP3
Grant F. Smith
explores how collaborating in Israeli
"strategic ambiguity" undermines rule of law and governance in the
United States. He reviews the NUMEC nuclear diversion
case and a new Senate attempt to
exonerate those involved. (MP3 6.2
Sasha-Polakow Suransky reviews
Apartheid South African sales of yellow-cake uranium to Israel's
military establishment and argues that AIPAC positively contributed to
US policymaking. (MP3 5.9 MB)
John J. Mearsheimer discusses
why Israel acquired a nuclear arsenal and the danger it
presents to US interests. (MP3
The office of Senator Arlen Specter of
Pennsylvania attempted to obtain a statement from the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission according to documents newly released under the Freedom of
Information Act. On August 27, 2009, Arlen Specter wrote to Rebecca
that the NRC "issue a formal public statement confirming that he
[constituent Zalman Shapiro] was not involved in any activities related
to the diversion of uranium to Israel."
Zalman Shapiro was formerly president of
the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation at Apollo, PA. According
to a secret GAO report "Nuclear Diversion in the US?" partially
declassified on May 6, 2010 NUMEC received over 22 tons of uranium-235,
the key material used to fabricate nuclear weapons.
Israel's top economic espionage case
officer Rafael Eitan, who handled spy
in the 1980s, infiltrated NUMEC under false pretenses in 1968. According
to Anthony Cordesman, "there is no conceivable reason for Eitan to have
gone [to the Apollo plant] but for the nuclear material." CIA Tel Aviv
station chief John Hadden called NUMEC "an Israeli operation from the
beginning." NUMEC's venture capital came from David Lowenthal, who had
close ties to Israeli intelligence and
spearheaded Israel's nuclear weapons program.
A March, 2010 audit by two former NRC
officials published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists confirmed not
only that 337 kilograms of NUMEC highly enriched uranium are still
unaccounted for but that all circumstantial evidence still points to
diversion to Israel.
On November 2, 2009 the NRC
newly declassified documents about weapons grade uranium and dual-use
technology diversions from the US reveal about the role of espionage in
building Israel's secret arsenal? Did Israel's proposed nuclear weapons
sales to apartheid South Africa signal they are still for sale if the
partner and price are right? Do FBI and CIA cover-ups of investigations
into Israeli nuclear espionage signal official US government approval or
political acquiescence? Did cooperating with Israel's policy of
"strategic ambiguity" ever make sense for the United States? Is the era
of "nuclear opacity" now coming to an end? Are Israel's nuclear weapons
of strategic benefit to the US? Join our panelists for an exciting
discussion of these timely questions!
Sasha Polakow-Suransky is editor of Foreign Affairs magazine at the
Council on Foreign Relations and author of the 2010 book "The Unspoken
Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa."
J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service
Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on
International Security Policy at the University of Chicago and author of
the book "The Tragedy of Great Power Politics" and coauthor of "The
Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy"
Grant F. Smith is director of the Institute for Research: Middle
Eastern Policy (IRmep) and author of the books "Spy Trade," "America's
Defense Line" and "Foreign Agents".
Moderated by Middle East analyst Jeffrey Blankfort, host of the
Northern California public radio station KZYX international affairs
program, "Takes on the World".
declassified federal report (PDF,
obtained by IRmep) bolsters a long-simmering Cold War theory that
uranium was illegally shipped from an Armstrong County plant in 1965 to
Israel to support its nuclear arms efforts.
The once-secret report by
the General Accounting Office reveals the FBI initially refused to
investigate the disappearance of 206 pounds of weapons-grade uranium-235
from the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. -- known as NUMEC -- in
That refusal led to
widespread speculation the uranium, enough to build five nuclear
weapons, was diverted to Israel with covert U.S. government assistance,
the report states.
For decades, the fate of
the missing NUMEC uranium has been the stuff of Western Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, May 24
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. veterans were shocked and dismayed that
the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) refused to publish retractions,
corrections or responses to an article by Michael Ledeen published in
the April, 2010 edition of VFW Magazine. Three veterans hailing from
different parts of America provided timely input, corrections, concerns,
and supported multiple letters to the editor which Richard K. Kolb
refused to print in the May edition.
to Dr. Sam K. Abul Haj of Ventura, CA, a highly decorated former chief
surgeon and pathology consultant of Walter Reed Army Medical Center,
Michael Ledeen's "Iran's 'Foreign Legion' Takes on America" was "riddled
with serious misrepresentations." Ledeen stated: "Although relatively
small in numbers total manpower is estimated at less than 150,000 the
[Iranian National] Guards control a vast arsenal, ranging from
surface to surface missiles to the covert nuclear weapons program. When
and if Iran comes to possess nuclear armed missiles, the Guards will be
in charge of them, too."
The April 21, 2010
Department of Defense "Unclassified Report on Military Power of Iran"
states that Iran has no nuclear weapons program for Revolutionary Guards
to control. This is also the consensus view of the International Atomic
Energy Agency. According to Abul Haj, "Ledeen relies on dubious and
discredited sources, such as Manuchar Ghorbanifar, who the CIA placed on
its 'burn list' as a serial fabricator long ago. In the 1980s Ledeen
and his Israeli colleagues' drive to get the U.S. to sell arms to Iran
led to a now largely forgotten constitutional crisis known as the Iran
Contra Affair. Today's veterans expect to read the work of experts with
honest track records of assessing true threats in America's premier
veteran's magazine. Ledeen is clearly not one of those experts.
Unchallenged, Ledeen's disinformation has the potential for again
steering U.S. policy into tragedy."More
Horton interviews Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for
Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., about the newly
declassified 1978 GAO report released by IRmep on 5/10/2010. They cover
the diversion of US nuclear material to Israel, marginal investigations
and possible cover-ups by the FBI and CIA, prosecutorial immunity for
high-profile Americans who commit crimes for Israel's benefit, and
billionaire Haim Saban's considerable influence on the Democratic
Party. They review new information about why LBJ's political debt to
fundraiser Abraham Feinberg (designated by David Ben Gurion as the US
funding coordinator for Israel's nuclear weapons program in 1958)
probably explained his disdain for the NUMEC investigation and applying
nuclear nonproliferation to Israel.
A declassified Government Accountability
Office report entitled "Nuclear Diversion in the U.S.? 13 Years of
Contradiction and Confusion" reveals serious flaws hampering
investigations into diversions of US weapons grade uranium to Israel.
The report and related correspondence totaling 62 pages released on May
6, 2010 are now publicly available for download.
Avner Cohen, in 1958 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion had
arranged with Abraham Feinberg, a "major Democratic fund-raiser," to
secretly finance a nuclear weapons program among "benedictors" in
America. Abraham Feinberg, who backed Harry S. Truman's successful
whistle-stop election campaign, was personally succinct about his
role in the U.S. political system: "My path to power was cooperation in
terms of what they needed -campaign money." Feinberg opened doors in
Congress for up and coming leaders of the Israel lobby, including AIPAC
founder Isaiah L. Kenen. According to Seymour Hersh, "there is no
question that Feinberg enjoyed the greatest presidential access and
influence in his 20 years as a Jewish fund-raiser and lobbyist with
Lyndon Johnson. Documents at the Johnson Library show that even the most
senior members of the National Security Council understood that any
issue raised by Feinberg had to be answered." His power and role in
financing Lyndon B. Johnson's election prospects temporarily quashed
scrutiny of Israel's nuclear weapons program -in the U.S. and abroad -at a critical moment....More
unspoken, forced policies directly pit Israeli prerogatives against
American national security, governance, and rule of law -they are often
only won only through illegal means. As Israel ratchets up its own
"project divert" effort to compel others to confront NPT signatory Iran
(while derailing meaningful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations), the rest
of the world showed true commitment to non-proliferation by sending top
diplomats to America's summit. Israel simply sent in another spy.
This is why the U.S. must demand more than Israel's entry into the NPT.
Only by recovering all purloined nuclear materials can Obama win
confidence in America's own commitment to controlling loose nukes.More Radio Interview
President Obama should
revoke the Jewish Agency's 1948
US tax exemption. This would immediately shut down all US charities
acting as feeder funds and throw into question the deductibility of
individual US donor contributions. This strong message would be timely,
but generate some political backlash. Israel lobbyists inside and
outside the federal government exploit elected American politicians' own
insatiable thirst for campaign contributions from the tributaries of
this massive slush fund politicians know they are only welcome to
partake if they unconditionally support Israel and its lobby no matter
the cost to their American constituents. More
Israel appeared on the US
Trade Representative's punitive watch list for almost half a decade for
massive copycat and counterfeit drugs production severe violations of
US patents. On March 13, 2010 the US Justice Department moved to
introduce hard drives
brimming with classified national defense information squirreled away by
alleged spy Stewart Nozette. The 2009 Nozette arrest for economic
espionage is only the latest in a string of serious US national defense
and intellectual property thefts perpetrated to boost the Israeli
economy. The global economic crisis has made such ongoing espionage and
economic warfare against America a top Pentagon priority.More
".....But another of Mossad's reason for being, as with all the world's
spy services, is to make sure friends are really friends.
judging by once sensitive FBI documents making
the rounds in recent days, the Israelis have been at this task in
Washington for a very long time.
21 documents, obtained by Grant F. Smith, a Washington, D.C. author who
has made a career out of writing critical books on Israeli spying and
lobbying, detail the FBI's investigation into the theft of a
confidential U.S. document on the Reagan administration's position going
into the 1984 U.S.-Israel Free Trade Area Negotiations.
Acting on a complaint that the document was circulating on Capitol
Hill, the FBI discovered that an Israeli diplomat had acquired the paper
and given it to officials at AIPAC, the lobbying group whose annual
convention drew both Netanyahu and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton this week....."
WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- The US Department of Justice has been formally asked to begin
regulating the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as the
foreign agent of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A 392 page
legal filing presented by a four person IRmep delegation in a two hour
meeting with top officials of the Internal Security Section
substantiated the following case for AIPAC's immediate registration:
Americans should be outraged that a foreign lobby like AIPAC is actually
trying to write the rules when warranted application of the law would
have abolished it years ago. AIPAC and other nodes of Israel's lobby
successfully broke important US laws to seize power in America. They now
expect US private enterprise and workers the world's best to open
their own little "offices of special plans" to carefully track company
products, profits, and investments in the name of Israel. But this new
tax ignores some mighty important facts.
WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Declassified files detailing an FBI investigation targeting the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee are now availableon the Internet. AIPAC was investigated after it acquired and
circulated classified government information provided in strict
confidence by US industry and worker groups opposedto AIPAC sponsored economic legislation.
According to research director Grant F. Smith, the newly
released files present startling new insights into AIPAC's activities in
the United States. "These files, available on theInternet for the first time, reveal activities that undermined
rule of law and governance. They have wrought massive economic harm to
American businesses and workers. Weurge all
concerned Americans to carefully review and ponder the implications of
these FBI files and other documents now available from the
Israel Lobby Archive."
History suggests that
Israelis and their US lobby's financial backers will be first in line to
violate so-called "crippling
sanctions" against Iran, a country over which the US has relatively
little direct economic leverage. This adds insult to injury, since a
real US economic sanctions regime likely to have been highly
successful in averting conditions underlying any potential Middle East
nuclear arms race has been suppressed since it was signed into law
over three decades ago.
week the Iranian satellite television channel PressTV is broadcasting a
25 minute interview with IRmep director Grant F. Smith about the Israel
lobby's history of challenges to rule of law and governance in the
United States. "Autograph" with Susan Modaress
reviews key findings from the book "Spy Trade" and
may be streamed online via YouTube:
Segment #1How did arms smuggling,
subverting Justice Department foreign agent registration orders and a
string of presidential pardons generate an assumption of criminal
immunity within the Israel lobby? How is this evident today?
Segment #2 What new tactics are US law enforcement agencies
implementing to stem Israeli commercial espionage operations in the
United States? Why, after decades of challenges to rule of law,
are they acting now?
Segment #3What is the outlook for Freedom
of Information Act requests under the Obama administration's new
transparency mandate? Why can't President Obama stop illegal settlements
as a minor first step toward Middle East peace?
Washington - Top
officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee duplicated a
stolen classified US government policy document before returning it
under order of the US Trade Representative. The newly released FBI form
FD-302 is available for download at http://IRmep.org/ila/economy/FD302.pdf
Testimony about AIPAC's executive director and top lobbyist reveals
AIPAC duplicated the classified report "Probable Economic Effect of
Providing Duty Free Treatment for U.S. Imports from Israel" after
covertly receiving it from Israeli Minister of Economics Dan Halpern:
"REDACTED immediately called REDACTED at the USTR to make arrangements
to return the document. The report was subsequently returned to the USTR
by a member of the AIPAC office staff. Prior to returning this document,
REDACTED asked to have a duplicate copy made so that the staff of the
AIPAC could further examine the report....He stated that REDACTED
retained the duplicate copy of the report and that the original report
was returned to the USTR."
The classified 300 page report contained business confidential
information and trade secrets provided by 76 American industry and
worker groups lobbying against a bilateral intergovernmental managed
trade pact with Israel. The fight pitted Monsanto, the U.S. Bromine
Alliance, Sunkist Growers Inc., the American Farm Bureau and the AFL-CIO
against the Israeli government, AIPAC, and the American Israel Chamber
of Commerce and Industry. After the trade deal passed, the US cumulative
trade deficit with Israel grew to $71 billion; equivalent to 100,000
lost US jobs each year over the past decade. The report is still
considered so sensitive neither the USTR nor the International Trade
Commission will release it under the Freedom of Information Act.
IRmep research director
Grant F. Smith briefed IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman on National Public
Radio about the US Treasury Department's failure to regulate American
charities laundering funds into illegal West Bank settlements.
Susan Paige, USA Today: Welcome back, I'm Susan Paige of USA
Today sitting in for Diane Rehm. We're talking with Doug Shulman. He's
the Commissioner of the IRS--the 47th Commissioner of the IRS--the IRS
collects $2.4 trillion dollars in tax revenue every year. It has 100,000
Grant F. Smith, IRmep: I'd really like to take issue with this
idea that IRS goes after powerful violators. In 2005 USA Today quoted
vice premier Shimon Peres estimating $50 billion had been raised since
1977--in the US--and used to build illegal settlements in Israeli
occupied West Bank territories. And many US charities like the One
Israel Fund, American Friends of [the College of] Judea and Samaria,
Christian Friends of Israel and even Jack Abramoff openly and illegally
raise tax deductible funds in the US for illegal settlements. But while
fellow Treasury officials like Stewart Levey and other political
appointees supported by AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee] aggressively go after many Muslim charities suspected of any
criminal ties, none of these charities have ever lost a tax exemption
and the IRS just doesn't go after any of these violators in spite of
Obama administration policy against settlements.
Susan Paige: Alright Grant, thank you for your call. What about
Grant's question in terms of 'does the IRS go after charities that get
tax deductible contributions if their actions violate US policy?
Doug Shulman, IRS: One of the interesting things about the
agency, Susan, is that we actually reach into every nook and cranny of
the country, so we focus on individuals, serving them and have an
enforcement program, and have an enforcement program servicing business.
We also have a tax exempt and government entities section of the IRS
that focuses on charities and other nonprofits. They get the benefit of
tax exemption, making sure that they're complying with the tax rules.
We've, over the last ten years, beefed up that area, focused on
everything from small nonprofits, international charities, hospitals, as
well as education institutions, and we run a pretty robust program to
make sure people are complying with the tax laws.
Susan Paige, USA Today: Grant said that Muslim charities have
been subjected to special scrutiny, is that the case?
Doug Shulman, IRS: Oh, I don't believe so. We are very focused on
running a nonpartisan, nonpolitical agency. There are only two people
who are political appointments in the IRS, myself and our chief counsel.
The rest of the 100,000 you mentioned are career civil servants, all of
us are tasked with administering the laws that are on the books in an
even handed manner, and I think our track record shows that's what we
LATER IN THE INTERVIEW
Susan Paige, USA Today: Now we've also had a caller, Basim from
Cincinnati saying that I failed to get an answer to Grant's question
about if a charity that accepts tax deductible contributions--is doing
something that's illegal--do you go after them? The point that Grant was
making was charities that may fund West Bank settlements. What is the
case with that? Is that illegal, and would you go after a charity that
was helping to fund that activity?
Doug Shulman: I don't know the specifics of the case that they
brought up. But if I wasn't clear, if a charity is breaking the tax law,
is engaged in activities that they are not supposed to be engaged in, we
certainly will go after them. Every year we pull 501(c)(3) charity
status from a number of charities. We've got thousands of audits going
on regarding charities, and so we don't hesitate to administer the tax
laws and make sure that people are following the rules." Interview (MP3)
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