More on Freedom’s Watch, From Alterman

Eric Alterman now weighs in on Freedom’s Watch’s pro-Israel agenda. The thing I love about Alterman is that he is very upfront about his Jewishness as an important factor in his thinking, even as he is capable of raising questions of dual loyalty. That’s real intellectual honesty.

For me the litmus test in these debates is, What do you think of the Iraq war? Alterman was always against it, knew it would be a disaster. And he seems always to have considered that war from one perspective–as an American, thinking of fellow Americans who would have to die for that cause… Here’s his riff on Freedom’s Watch:

Call me a Nervous Jewish Nellie, but
I don’t like it when enormously wealthy Jews
use their enormous wealth exactly the
way anti-Semites have historically tried to accuse them of doing. This administration has lied
us into one war
with the help of some of these same people and it has inspired what
many insist are a spate of anti-Semitic accusations against Neocons and
others. Just what do they expect from
this one? We are
at war with Iran and
they are striking back
at us through terrorist acts
the world over? How
are people supposed to distinguish their dishonesty about Iraq and Iran from their commitment to protecting Israel? Oh,
right, I forgot. There is no such thing as a conflict between U.S.
interests and Israeli interests, period. Well, that settles that.

To tell you the
truth, I’d feel a lot better if these rich folk
were volunteering their children to fight in Iraq and Iran rather than
just using their money to ensure that other people’s children will have
to fight and die
there…

About Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.
Posted in US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics

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  1. Dave says:

    I found this comment in one of your other columns. Not sure if it makes Alterman feel any better. I don't know if Silverman's parents are neo-cons.

    I just found solid proof that the Zionists are the force behind the Iraq invasion and are actively killing innocent Muslims. Not only that, but they are inducing other American soliders to do the same. Whoever was saying that they send others to do their dirty work is dead wrong. They do it themselves, and they seem to do it quite well. This is from a blog by some guy named Michael Totten. He is in Iraq and here is what he reports.

    RAMADI, IRAQ – I met and interviewed dozens of Army officers in Baghdad and Ramadi, but none who were as admired and respected by the men who serve under them as much as 3rd Infantry Division Lieutenant Colonel Mike Silverman from Midway, Georgia. Junior officers and enlisted men nicknamed him “the forty pound brainer,” and admire him for his guts as well as his head. “He went out and spent 12 hours a day in his hot tank,” during the battle of Ramadi one soldier said. “He risked getting blown up just like everyone else.” “I had served with him before,” said another. “When he told me he needed me in Ramadi, that was all I needed to hear. I mean, I didn’t have any choice because the Army gave me my orders, but that didn’t matter once I knew Colonel Silverman was out here.” “I’d do anything for that man,” said a third, “and I don’t like officers.”

  2. trouvere says:

    Thanks Dave. You've found a Jew in the U.S. military.

  3. cooper says:

    Maybe Alterman could write a bit about the
    true extent of AIPAC and the Lobby's activities…

    link to tompaine.com

    Bigger Than AIPAC
    Robert Dreyfuss
    August 09, 2005

    Robert Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone. His book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, will be published by Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books in the fall.

    Important new details of the U.S.-Israeli espionage case involving Larry Franklin, the alleged Pentagon spy, two officials of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, and an intelligence official at the Embassy of Israel emerged last week. Two AIPAC officials—who have left the organization—were indicted along with Franklin on charges of "communicat[ing] national defense information to persons not entitled to receive it." In plain English, if not legal-speak, that means spying.

    But as the full text of the indictment makes clear, the conspiracy involved not just Franklin and the AIPAC officials, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, but at least several other Pentagon officials who played intermediary roles, at least two other Israeli officials, and one official at a "Washington, D.C. think tank." It's an old-fashioned spy story involving the passing of secret documents, hush-hush meetings and outright espionage, along with good-old-boy networking.

    But the network tied to the "Franklin case"—which ought to be called the "AIPAC case," since it was AIPAC that was really under investigation by the FBI—provides an important window into a shadowy world. It is clear that by probing the details of the case, the FBI has got hold of a dangerous loose end of much larger story. By pulling on that string hard enough, the FBI and the Justice Department might just unravel that larger story, which is beginning to look more and more like it involves the same nexus of Pentagon civilians, White House functionaries, and American Enterprise Institute officials who thumped the drums for war in Iraq in 2001-2003 and who are now trying to whip up an anti-Iranian frenzy as well.

    Needless to say, all of this got short shrift from the mainstream media when it was revealed last week.

    The basic facts of the case have been known for a while. Lawrence Anthony Franklin, a Department of Defense official, was caught red-handed giving highly classified papers to two officials, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, of AIPAC—in part, concerning U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq and the war on terrorism. But from the carefully worded indictment, it is clear that a lot more may have been going on. All in all, along with revealing tantalizing new information, the indictment raises more questions than it answers. To wit:

    First, the indictment says that from "about April 1999 and continuing until on or about August 27, 2004" Franklin, Rosen and Weissman "did unlawfully, knowingly and willfully conspire" in criminal activity against the United States. So far, no one has explained what triggered an investigation that began more than six years ago. But it reveals how long the three indicted conspirators and "others, known and unknown to the Grand Jury," engaged in such criminal activity. In any case, what appeared at first to be a brief dalliance between Franklin and the two AIPAC officials now—according to the latest indictment, at least—spans more than five years and involves at least several other individuals, at least some of whom are known to the investigation. What triggered the investigation in 1999, and how much information has FBI surveillance, wiretaps and other investigative efforts collected?

    Second, the indictment makes it absolutely clear that the investigation was aimed at AIPAC, not at Franklin. The document charges that Rosen and Weissman met repeatedly with officials from a foreign government (Israel, though not named in the indictment) beginning in 1999, to provide them with classified information. In other words, the FBI was looking into the Israel lobby, not Franklin and the Defense Department, at the start, and Franklin was simply caught up in the net when he made contact with the AIPACers. Rosen and Weissman were observed making illicit contact with several other U.S. officials between 1999 and 2004, although those officials are left unnamed (and unindicted). Might there be more to come? Who are these officials, cited merely as United States Government Official 1, USGO 2, etc.?

    Third, Franklin was introduced to Rosen-Weissman when the two AIPACers "called a Department of Defense employee (DOD employee A) at the Pentagon and asked for the name of someone in OSD ISA [Office of the Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs] with an expertise on Iran" and got Franklin's name. Who was "DOD employee A"? Was it Douglas Feith, the undersecretary for policy? Harold Rhode, the ghost-like neocon official who helped Feith assemble the secretive Office of Special Plans, where Franklin worked? The indictment doesn't say. But this reporter observed Franklin, Rhode and Michael Rubin, a former AEI official who served in the Pentagon during this period and then returned to AEI, sitting together side by side, often in the front row, at American Enterprise Institute meetings during 2002-2003. Later in the indictment, we learn that Franklin, Rosen and Weissman hobnobbed with "DOD employee B," too.

    Fourth, Rosen and Weissman told Franklin that they would try to get him a job at the White House, on the National Security Council staff. Who did they talk to at the White House, if they followed through? What happened?

    Fifth, the charging document refers to "Foreign Official 1," also known as FO-1, obviously referring to an Israeli embassy official or an Israeli intelligence officer. It also refers later to FO-2, FO-3, etc., meaning that other Israeli officials were involved as well. How many Israeli officials are implicated in this, and who are they?

    Sixth, was AEI itself involved? The indictment says that "on or about March 13, 2003, Rosen disclosed to a senior fellow at a Washington, D.C., think tank the information relating to the classified draft internal policy document" about Iran. The indictment says that the think tank official agreed "to follow up and see what he could do." Which think tank, and who was involved?

    The indictment is rich with other detail, including specific instances in which the indicted parties lied to the FBI about their activities. It describes how Franklin eventually set up a regular liaison with an Israeli official ("FO-3") and met him in Virginia "and elsewhere" to communicate U.S. secrets.

    It is an important story, arguably one that has greater implications for national security than the scandal involving the churlish outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. So far, at least, the media frenzy attending to the Plame affair is matched by nearly total silence about the Franklin-AIPAC affair? Can it be true that reporters are more courageous about pursuing a story that involves the White House than they are about plunging into a scandal that involves Israel, our No. 1 Middle East ally?

  4. Daveg says:

    Mazeltov, Eric Alterman!

  5. Gene says:

    Dear Dave,

    No one doubts that Jews make great soldiers when they join the US Army. The real question how many Jews join the Army in the first place? Over 3800 American soldiers have died in the Iraq War. How many of those have been Jews? Andecdotal stories about great Jewish soldiers are fine to read. They just don't address the central question: why don't wealthy pro-war Jews, in Eric Alterman's words, volunteer "their children to fight in Iraq and Iran rather than just using their money to ensure that other people's children will have to fight and die there…"?

  6. lester says:

    " I don't like it when enormously wealthy Jews use their enormous wealth exactly the way anti-Semites have historically tried to accuse them of doing"

    exactly. it's almost a sinister cover. act like someting out of "the protocols of zion" and then you can make people who criticize you look like anti semites from a hundred years ago

  7. Steve says:

    It is wrong to scapegoat all or most of the Jews because of Iraq.

    Earlier, it was the Crucifixion that was blamed on Jews.

    It happened about 2000 years ago.

    We have waited for Geza Vermes to lift the veil on the history of Jesus.

    If WM are writing the New-New Testament, we will need another 2000 years to get out of this new trap.

    The WM fans are losing all decency.

    One murky paper, and McCarthy is back in our life.

    Are you Jewish? If the answer is yes, You are guilty. You have been part of all tragedies of the Middle East.

    All of you need a personal visit to the Middle East to be enlightened about the facts.

    You can meet 10 million people in Israel-Palestine, and start to build your opinion.

    No help if you want to stay blind and deaf.

    Luckily, beyond the WM crowd, most American are free of this delusionary prejudice, and our national peace is assured.

    We will get out Iraq, Iraq will recover. Iran will be free of Khomeinism. Iran will recover.

    What will be your contribution?

    Probably not very much. You were too focused on every one Jew, and had no time for anything else.

    A little pathetic.

  8. Dave says:

    Gene – I don't see a greater proportion of non-jews from the same socio-economic status joining the military. Most of the folks in the military come from lower SES backgrounds and the military is a great way to step up. Before you go off impugning American Jews as being unpatriotic why don't you show us the stats on how they compare with their non-Jewish SEC cohort.

  9. Chuck says:

    Don't blame Mearsheimer and Walt for the treachery of those Jewish Americans(how American are they really?) who choose to sell out American interests because they perceive it to benefit Israel.

    I don't doubt that the author of this blog is one of the good guys. But how many others Jewish Americans are there who really do consider America to be their one and only in the same way that almost every other American I know does? Major news organizations are strangely silent in regard to the AIPAC trial. The nearly total absence of news regarding AIPAC spying leads me to wonder if Jewish American loyalties to Israel vs the USA aren't north of 90%?

    If Jewish Americans don't like being looked at like Commies were looked at during the 1950's, maybe they should quit acting like Commies did during the 1950's. Time has not been kind to Tail Gunner Joe's style or reputation, but the Verona Archives and other records of events have since proven him to be quite on the mark with regard to his substance. If a new McCarthyism is upon us, the Zionists among us brought it this way.

  10. CooperGeneLesterDavidtrouvereMartilloAlanChuck says:

    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews
    Kill the jews

    yeah yeah guys. We've heard it all before. You're really starting to get boring.

  11. Arie Brand says:

    Look at the latest from Hersh.
    link to newyorker.com

    Brzezinski warns that once again the possible reaction of the hapless 'natives' doesn't seem to have been fully taken into account. The war could extend to Pakistan and the US might be stuck in the Middle East for twenty years.

    But won't it have run out of money long before that? I can't imagine China-Japan-Korea keeping on subsidizing American aggression for the next twenty years (as they now subsidize American overconsumption).

    To mix a metaphor: the US's hippocket is its Achillesheel.

  12. Anonymous says:

    "What will be your contribution?"

    Steve, when all is said and done you will understand that the people now reading W&M will be the ones able to discern decent jews from zionist criminals. Believe-me, the later the awakening the greater the anger. Those now unable to perceive the peril will be the ones prone to answer treachery with violence. Jews like Phil, Joachim Martillo and Alterman are now opening ways for decent jews and enlightened people to address the zionist problem. Do it while you can, we are not here to accuse you, we are here to find a way out. That, I hope, will be our contribution.

  13. Michael Totten is one of the Pajamas Media neocons. Don't know if he's Jewish but one of his agendas is to sing the praises of the Bush Iraq agenda & show that democracy (our version of it anyway) belongs in the ME.

    He was shocked, I say SHOCKED when a Lebanese in Beirut asked him if he was CIA. The guys's a walking advertisement for the neocon ME policy.

  14. Gene says:

    Steve: "A little pathetic."

    Also pathetic is trying to pretend that the people who got us into the Iraq war (the neo-cons) are blameless little lambs who would never harm a fly. They initiated a war that they would never fight themselves, but they have no problem pushing rural white boys to go fight and die for them. If you're an American, then act like one. Show your loyalty to this country first. And if you can't do that, then, as any El Al ticket agent will be happy to reassure you, there are planes leaving every day.

  15. Gene says:

    Chuck

    There will be no new McCarthyism. Too many of us are married to Jews and sent out kids to Jewish summer camps. And it goes without saying that we will defend them to the end. This is not to say, though, that those who always put Israel first will not be condemned by history. Twenty years from now, Jews who didn't speak out against what Israel is doing in the west bank today will be ashamed of themselves for their lack of moral clarity.

  16. Siena says:

    Gene – As the earlier commenter noted, your claims that jewish persons don't join the military are disingenuous. You need to compare rich jews with rich non-jews. Give us those stats or go defend your jewish kids from the new nazis and shut the @#ck up.

  17. Gene says:

    Sienna: "your claims that jewish persons don't join the military are disingenuous. You need to compare rich jews with rich non-jews."

    No I don't. Jews either join the army and help defend America or they don't. And all the the evidence says they don't. We know that 3,800 gentiles have died in a useless war in Iraq. How often have the kids of neo-cons suffered the same fate? Wolfowitz was in the oval office the day after 9-11 demanding that we bomb Iraq. The neo-cons have no shame. Now they're demanding we bomb Iran too. I can see how that helps Israel but it sure as hell doesn't help us.

  18. David Seaton says:

    Just a little aside that might shed a little oblique light on our subject:
    I read the Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post online every day. I just did a search in both newspapers on the string, "Burma, Myanmar" There was not one single article in the Jpost database about the present crisis and a search of Haaretz brought up only one, link to haaretz.com
    Which was about Israel's official view of the crisis. There is a headline in today's Haaretz however, "Ultra-Orthodox school bars girl over 'mother's immodesty'".

    It may be that one of the problems that Israel and its lobby are facing is an excess of self-absorption that blinds them to the context within which their problem unfolds. It reminds me of a famous New Yorker cartoon where an actress is talking to a journalist over lunch, she says, "We've talked enough about me, lets talk about you, how did you like my last picture?"

    I think we should look at this as part of our examination of this fascinating phenomenon, which is the subject of the blog: how, in almost laboratory conditions, in the most favorable environment in history, using only objective facts and observable events, a classic antisemitic narrative is being created where none existed before.

  19. Richard Witty says:

    "I think we should look at this as part of our examination of this fascinating phenomenon, which is the subject of the blog: how, in almost laboratory conditions, in the most favorable environment in history, using only objective facts and observable events, a classic antisemitic narrative is being created where none existed before."

    With a little help from our "friends".

    I would recommend, in the interest of clarity, that Phil comments on the differences and similarities of perspective between his and his posters' views.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Witty:

    "We've talked enough about my errors, lets talk about yours, how did you create my last error?"

  21. Siena says:

    Gene -Thank you for clarifying that you are simply here to bash jews and not rich people. Very revealing.

    David Seaton – All in the eye of the beholder. Will we be rounding up the Jews later this afternoon, once the results of your controlled study are in?

  22. Steve says:

    From a veteran of two armies, one the IDF-Zahal, I think it is obvious that the West Bank experience was disturbing.

    I have not seen any brutal clashes luckily, and served mostly before the first intifada.

    But the Hebron theater was really a corrupt mess.

    The best way out of the mess would be a Palestinian peace effort to achieve respectability, by avoiding Soviet, Mullah, Communist style propaganda and signing up for liberal civilized objectives.

    The Palestinian citizens of the Hebron area could establish a local government to the real benefit of the local people by leaving Fatah and Hamas politics of the agressive liberation strategies out of their daily life.

    Instead of hostility, they should promote self-confident justice.

    All the WM fans should be ashamed of not mentioning any of the Iraqi on Iraqi, Palestinian on Palestinian, Iranian on Iranian aggressions.

    The only WM aim is to destroy Zionism lock barrel and stock.

    Decent liberal Jews and Christians, liberal Americans and Israeli should unite against this propaganda.

    We support the movement of the ordinary Palestinians, Iraqi and Iranians for freedom.

    While the WM crowd wants to bring down all Israel, and probably America too. It is an extremist view and must be objected by all civilized people.

    Only blind supporters of the exclusive Palestinian cause can not resist the charms of WM.

  23. David Seaton says:

    Dear Richard 'Witty' (you can't make up this stuff),

    Let me make clear that I think that a wave of real, old fashioned, antisemitism would be as disastrous for the United States as it was for Spain and Germany.

    As was the case in Spain and Germany, in contrast to, say Russia, the Ukraine and Poland, the Jews form an integral and essential part of the social fabric, the warp and the woof of the USA and its culture. Poisoning the atmosphere would be tragic for America' Jews and for America's goyim too. The ruin of the country. In Spain the professions were decimated and the German's have traded Einstein and Adorno for Donner Kebab.

    That is why I am horrified that a very small and very well funded minority of America's invaluable Jewish community is acting as if their playbook was the very same "Protocols".

    It's up to the "self-hating Jews" of America to put a stop to this approaching nightmare and save the United States from doing itself irreparable harm.

  24. Crimson Ghost says:

    The Zionist Billionaire's club that was decisive in getting us into Iraq and now pushing for war with Iran should remember the old adage "if you give them enough rope they will hang themselves."

    Unfortunately all American Jews may someday pay a heavy price for the evil deeds of this cabel of wealthy warmongers.

  25. Charles Keating says:

    In regard to the above posts concerning who is dying and being maimed for life in combat in Iraq (next Iran?), it is true it's mostly poor and rural Christian white boys from the south and west of the USA. You can easily get the demographics via Google. The rich and\or influential goyhim put not their own boots or their son or daughter's on the ground. So MOT shouldn't be singled out regarding sending others to fight one's passionate battles.

    The US Army and US marines need recruits as those we've sent back again and again are getting tired. If Podhoretz and Bush are correct, civilization itself is at stake. Any MOT or WASP can help their kids get patriotic for the sake of all acceptable humanity. Uncle Sam needs you and so does Israel. Some of MOT's American-born and raised kids have seen the light and enlisted through Mahal2000; perhaps as many may have joined the U.S. Army or Marines? Perhaps the Daughters Of The American Revolution can copy Mahal2000's template?

  26. Oarwell says:

    Really, guys, this ongoing debate about how many Jewish Americans are serving in the armed forces is beyond pointless. To my way of thinking, it's anti-semitic.

    Ask yourself this: if 10% of the armed forces were Jewish, would that make Iraq/Iran right? What does the religious belief or ethnicity of the soldiers have to do with ANYTHING?

    I lambaste the "chickenhawks," the supercilious marshmallows like Jonah Goldberg, all the time. I liken Krauthammer to Dr. Strangelove. Those who call for war against non-aggessors deserve to be vilified. Attack the individual's hypocrisy, but don't make it an issue of "Jews." Generalizing about a people, however they're defined, is racist. When you generalize about Jewish people, it's anti-semitic.

    As I've written before, lift the lid on the MIC and you'll discover that the War Pigs, the enemies of humanity, are a rather ecumenical lot.

    Look at any number of American interventions, whether in the Philippines, Tampico, Haiti, Honduras, Timor, or Indochina. They had nothing to do with Jewish issues, but EVERYTHING to do with MIC profit and imperial control.

    If a specific person is beating the drums for war, call him on it. Ask the person if they're willing to commit their or their children's lives to the "cause." Call them hypocrites, accuse them of psychopathy, of homicidal mania, whatever. Identify the taproots of their delusional hatred, if it is useful in combatting their poison. But please, stop talking about group dynamics in a way that lends itself not only to charges of anti-semitism, but of stupidity.

  27. cooper says:

    Keating-

    Who qualifies as "acceptable humanity"?

    While you're at it, how about an exact translation of the term "goyhim"?

    Distinctions among class is irrelevant. Proven statistics show that Jews are by far underrepresented in the military in comparison to their representation in the US populace. Why? Where are their loyalties?

    Keating, why does Israel need US Army and US Marine recruits just as Uncle Sam needs them? Why would fighting for Israel be
    considered "patriotic"?

    link to mahal2000.com
    The Mahal2000 program is for non-Israeli Jewish men younger than 23 and women younger than 20. The program consists of 14 1/2 18 months of IDF service.

    Why should the DAR copy Mahal2000 when all they need to follow is contained in Washington's farewell address?

    link to yale.edu

    "Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles… The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest…Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government…Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests…The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible…There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

  28. cooper says:

    Meanwhile, back on the domestic ranch, those good ol' patriotic Semetic Americans have used their influence to, um, persuade our Justice Department into vomiting out an "Office of Special Investigations".

    (Which fits, by the way, quite neatly in the neocon spectrum alongside the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans- wonder if they're blood kin, so to speak?)

    This action-oriented OSI- characterized by our ever-eager-to-please mainstream media as an "elite Nazi tracking force"- has parachuted from black helicopters onto nursing homes throughout the metro Atlanta area in search of a dangerous threat to American democracy. The success of this operation points out how red-blooded American people with names like Lesch, Rosenbaum and Fisher can contribute to the American cause. Just because they refuse military service in support of a fascistic Middle East regime doesn't mean they should pass on the opportunity to engage in fascistic tactics against suspected octogenarian fascists- octogenarian fascists plotting pogroms right here in the Homeland, you should live to be 120!!! (Richard Witty, please- that straight armed salute is entirely inappropriate. Put that glove away and wipe your mouth, sir.)

    In light of Patriotic(tm) activities such as this is it any wonder that those macher chochem's who benevolently guide our foreign policy, media and banking industry are so well-loved? Their actions qualify them for our admiration, fealty, and tithes of least $3B per year in American tax revenue sent to the sh*tty little country of their own choice.

    link to wsbtv.com
    Suspected Nazi War Criminal Found In Metro Atlanta

    POSTED: 12:04 pm EDT October 1, 2007
    UPDATED: 4:33 pm EDT October 1, 2007

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Nazi hunters have tracked a suspected World War II concentration camp guard to Lawrenceville.

    Members of the Justice Department's elite Nazi tracking force said Paul Henss, 85, served as a prison guard and attack dog handler at the notorious Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany.

    The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have asked an immigration judge in Atlanta to deport Henss.

    Officials said Henns entered the United States in 1955 after concealing his concentration camp service.

    The document says Henss admitted on March 13 that he served as an SS guard at Dachau and Buchenwald for two to three months each as a dog handler.

    Paperwork filed by the Criminal Division’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Henss joined the Hitler Youth organization in Germany in 1934 as a 12 or 13-year-old boy and joined the Nazi Party in September 1940.

    In early 1941, Henss volunteered to serve in the Waffen SS and became an SS dog handler in 1942 after serving in the elite Waffen SS combat unit “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.”

    Investigators also said that Henss taught other concentration camp guards at Dachau and Buchwenwald how to use attack dogs to guard prisoners and prevent their escape.

    Henss himself is also accused of personally guarding prisoners and labor details with an attack dog.

    “Hundreds of thousands of persons were confined under horrific conditions at Dachau and Buchenwald on the basis of their race, religion, national origin or political opinion,” said Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division in a release.

    “By commencing these proceedings against a man who participated in the victimization of those who were interned there, the Justice Department continues to make good on its pledge to ensure that the United States does not become a sanctuary for human rights violators.”

    “The SS committed mass murder at Dachau and Buchenwald and subjected thousands of inmates to slave labor, starvation, grotesque medical experimentation, and torture,” said OSI Director Eli M. Rosenbaum, whose office investigated the case.

    “The brutal concentration camp system could not have functioned without the determined efforts of SS men such as Paul Henss, who, with a vicious attack dog, stood between these victims and the possibility of freedom.”

    The case against Henss is the first case in Georgia that the Office of Special Investigation has handled, said Jaclyn Lesch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.

    No court date has been set for Henss, she said.

  29. cooper says:

    Meanwhile, back on the domestic ranch, those good ol' patriotic Semetic Americans have used their influence to force our Justice Department into vomiting out an "Office of Special Investigations".

    (Which fits, by the way, quite neatly in the neocon spectrum alongside the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans- wonder if they're blood kin, so to speak?)

    This action-oriented OSI- characterized by our ever-eager-to please mainstream media as an "elite Nazi tracking force"- has parachuted from black helicopters onto nursing homes throughout the metro Atlanta area in search of a dangerous threat to American democracy. The success of this operation points out how red-blooded American people with names like Lesch, Rosenbaum and Fisher can contribute to the American cause. Just because they refuse military service in support of a fascistic Middle East regime doesn't mean they should pass up the opportunity to engage in fascistic tactics against suspected octogenarian fascists- octogenarian fascists plotting pogroms right here in the Homeland, may you live to be 120!!! (Richard Witty, please- that straight armed salute is entirely inappropriate. Put that glove away and wipe your mouth, sir.)

    Suspected Nazi War Criminal Found In Metro Atlanta

    POSTED: 12:04 pm EDT October 1, 2007
    UPDATED: 4:33 pm EDT October 1, 2007

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Nazi hunters have tracked a suspected World War II concentration camp guard to Lawrenceville.

    Members of the Justice Department's elite Nazi tracking force said Paul Henss, 85, served as a prison guard and attack dog handler at the notorious Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany.

    The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have asked an immigration judge in Atlanta to deport Henss.

    Officials said Henns entered the United States in 1955 after concealing his concentration camp service.

    The document says Henss admitted on March 13 that he served as an SS guard at Dachau and Buchenwald for two to three months each as a dog handler.

    Paperwork filed by the Criminal Division’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Henss joined the Hitler Youth organization in Germany in 1934 as a 12 or 13-year-old boy and joined the Nazi Party in September 1940.

    In early 1941, Henss volunteered to serve in the Waffen SS and became an SS dog handler in 1942 after serving in the elite Waffen SS combat unit “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.”

    Investigators also said that Henss taught other concentration camp guards at Dachau and Buchwenwald how to use attack dogs to guard prisoners and prevent their escape.

    Henss himself is also accused of personally guarding prisoners and labor details with an attack dog.

    “Hundreds of thousands of persons were confined under horrific conditions at Dachau and Buchenwald on the basis of their race, religion, national origin or political opinion,” said Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division in a release.

    “By commencing these proceedings against a man who participated in the victimization of those who were interned there, the Justice Department continues to make good on its pledge to ensure that the United States does not become a sanctuary for human rights violators.”

    “The SS committed mass murder at Dachau and Buchenwald and subjected thousands of inmates to slave labor, starvation, grotesque medical experimentation, and torture,” said OSI Director Eli M. Rosenbaum, whose office investigated the case.

    “The brutal concentration camp system could not have functioned without the determined efforts of SS men such as Paul Henss, who, with a vicious attack dog, stood between these victims and the possibility of freedom.”

    The case against Henss is the first case in Georgia that the Office of Special Investigation has handled, said Jaclyn Lesch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.

    No court date has been set for Henss, she said.

  30. David says:

    We've already been through all this, Charles–

    "Only some 3,000 out of 1.4 million active duty servicemen and women are Jewish, about two-tenths of one percent. When it comes to Marines, the numbers are even more startling. It’s one out of 1,000. One-tenth of one percent. That gives new meaning to the term 'minority.'"
    link to jewishjournal.com

    "A record number of young American Jews have committed to moving to Israel and enlisting in the 2007 Israel Defense Forces (IDF) draft, reported Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot. One hundred fifty American Jews between the ages of 18 and 23 will arrive in Israel this month to participate in the draft, and all have requested that the army enlist them in combat units."
    link to israeltoday.co.il

    You might want to talk to Richard Witty about this, who likes the idea of his son going over to help out the IDF. (Although something tells me he too will probably find other priorities.)

  31. David says:

    We've already been through all this, Charles–

    "Only some 3,000 out of 1.4 million active duty servicemen and women are Jewish, about two-tenths of one percent. When it comes to Marines, the numbers are even more startling. It’s one out of 1,000. One-tenth of one percent. That gives new meaning to the term 'minority.'"
    link to jewishjournal.com

    "A record number of young American Jews have committed to moving to Israel and enlisting in the 2007 Israel Defense Forces (IDF) draft, reported Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot. One hundred fifty American Jews between the ages of 18 and 23 will arrive in Israel this month to participate in the draft, and all have requested that the army enlist them in combat units."
    link to israeltoday.co.il

  32. Gene says:

    Sienna: "Gene -Thank you for clarifying that you are simply here to bash jews and not rich people. Very revealing."

    I guess you have a explanation for the fact that some American Jews rushed to join the IDF during Israel's last war with Lebananon, but couldn't find the time to join the US Marines, even though the US was at war then both in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is this predilection for the IDF over the US Marines? In my kids' summer camp they management didn't bring ex Marines for counselors. They hired former members of the IDF. It was clear to me which country they wanted the kids to support first if push ever came to shove.

  33. Siena says:

    Great point Charles Keating. I believe it was Eliot Cohen who commented in response to WM's book that his son's indeed are in the Army fighting for the USA. Just because some Jews identify with Right Wing American policies doesn't make them any less American. It makes them, well, Right Wing Americans, in the same way that liberal pinko Jews are very left-wing Americans. One can argue that the neo-cons are highly assimilated Americans. It's just that they are highly assimilated into the right wing. They get along famously with evangelicals who share key common values. They differ from the Pat Buchanan types, but that wing of the party generally doesn't like jews, blacks, and latinos so you'll have to excuse them for not fitting in with the racist right.

    I'm proud to say that Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Americans to some degree have risen to the country's call to battle those who wish to see a less tolerant world for all. Indeed economically disadvantaged Christian Whites and Blacks make up the bulk of the army recruits, but this is largely a function of economics and not religion or ethnicity, despite what Gene would have us believe.

  34. Gene says:

    Charles Keating: "So MOT shouldn't be singled out regarding sending others to fight one's passionate battles."

    American Jews joined the IDF a year or so ago to fight for Israel in it's war on Lebanon. The United States was at war then too. If they really felt the need to serve, they could have always joined the US Marines.

  35. Gene says:

    Dear Charles Keating:

    Eric Alterman tells us that "enormously weathy jews" are "using their money to ensure that other people's children will have to fight and die " in "Iraq and Iran." Surely you don't think the rest of us are supposed to be happy about this, or consider it only fair? As for American born "MOT" joining the IDF, they are a bit confused, I think, as to which country they're supposed to be loyal to.

  36. Siena says:

    Yes Gene and thousands of other Americans have fought for their ethnic homelands over the years. Some even at odds with American interests. Those Americans who went to fight in the IDF did not do so in any way to weaken America, but rather to protect Israel which has far fewer people to call upon to fight its battles. Would it have been better for them to fight for the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan? Perhaps, but you seem to be just looking for a reason to show jewish americans in an unpatriotic light. As fashionable as this is to do I'm sure you wouldn't appreciate others villifying your own Jewish children in this manner. Or perhaps you would.

  37. Gene says:

    Sienna: "you seem to be just looking for a reason to show jewish americans in an unpatriotic light."

    Don't put all Jewish Americans in the same box. Most of the Jews I know would never dream of not putting America first. My beef is with neo-con intellectuals (and what Eric Alterman calls those "enormously wealthy Jews") who are demanding the US attack Iran on the grounds that if we don't we are actively inviting "another Holocaust." Well I say, screw that. No one has a right to demand that we die on their behalf.

  38. Richard Witty says:

    Humanity first!!!

  39. Tony says:

    There are two distincly different forces at work here..American Jews and…Zionists.
    The average American Jew is your typical Liberal and lean strongly towards a Socialistic agenda. Marxism and Communism were clearly created by Jews and there has been trickle down of that philosophy and has manifested in the mindset of most American Jews. They considered themselves staunchly American, but their allegence is, and always will be, to America.

    The Zionists on the other hand, are almost exclusively responsible for the invasion of Iraq, and almost certainly are responsible for creating the propoganda, lies and misstruths that lead us to war and the subsequent death of over 3800 American soldiers, a handful of which are of Jewish decent. They have taken us to the brink of WW111 and they will not hesitate to take us to war with Iran, with absolutely no concern about the costs, both human and financial. The media have been missing on the AIPAC spy scandal(more proof that they place the interests of Isreal over that of America) and then they act surprised when people complain about the bias that exists on this issue..The magical way to squash any resistenace is to just mention the word anti-semite..which I am sure countless people will label me after reading this…