Israeli intel firm behind Pennsylvania’s ‘terror’ bulletins on peace, environment, LGBT groups

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The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response website.

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has just ordered his state’s Homeland Security director to cancel a $125,000 contract with an outfit called the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR). The Associated Press reports

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Information about an anti-BP candlelight vigil, a gay and lesbian festival and other peaceful gatherings became the subject of anti-terrorism bulletins being distributed by Pennsylvania’s homeland security office, an apologetic Gov. Ed Rendell admitted.

Rendell, who claimed he’d just learned about the practice, said Tuesday that the information was useless to law enforcement agencies and that distributing it was tantamount to trampling on constitutional rights. In recent weeks, several acts of vandalism at drilling sites spurred the inclusion of events likely to be attended by environmentalists and the bulletins began going to representatives of Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry.

A Philadelphia rally organized by a nonprofit group to support Rendell’s push for higher spending on public schools even made a bulletin, as did drilling protests at a couple of Rendell’s news conferences this month as he toured the state to boost support for a tax on the natural gas industry.

“I am deeply embarrassed and I apologize to any of the groups who had this information disseminated on their right to peacefully protest,” Rendell said at an evening Capitol news conference.

Rendell called the practice “ludicrous” and said the fact that the state was paying for such rudimentary information was “stunning.”

Still, Rendell said he was not firing his homeland security director, James Powers, but he ordered an end to the $125,000 contract with the Philadelphia-based organization, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, that supplied the information.

ITRR2 jpg scaled 500What AP does not say is that ITRR is an Israeli “security” and “anti-terrorism” company — and like most of such companies has close ties to Israeli military and intelligence. According to ITRR’s website, the group describes itself as “the preeminent Israeli/American security firm providing training, intelligence and education to clients across the globe.”

The site boasts of its “Israeli-style training” that “All ITRR courses are approved by the Israeli Ministry of Defense.” ITRR lists among its “partners” such groups as “The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute” and it lists its offices in Philadelphia and Jerusalem. ITRR also shockingly is a “partner” of Philadelphia University.

This nefarious outfit which boasts of its “approval” by the the war criminals at the Israeli Ministry of Defense has been caught red-handed violating the constitutional rights of Americans. How many more states or municipalities have contracts with this human-rights-abusing front? This is an urgent matter that media and civil rights groups must investigate.

UPDATE:

Going through ITRR’s website I found this item which states:

All of the information ITRR’s staff creates is sent to its monitoring center in Jerusalem, where it is analyzed and verified with other local sources.

“We never have just one member of the ground truth network in a country,” Perelman said. Right now, the institute has more than 15 people in the field. “We are constantly cross checking with ground truth sources and communications that we receive through other means.”

ITRR’s network is global but not all countries are currently monitored. “If a client feels the need for coverage in a particular area we will obtain the information and coverage,” Perelman said.

This appears to confirm that ITRR is gathering information on Americans and sending the data to Israel — almost certainly to Israeli intelligence. It would not be surprising if this firm were simply a front for Israeli intelligence and in effect being paid by US taxpayers to spy on them. In Pittsburgh, a city council member has demanded a probe into ITRR accusing the firm of “espionage.”

This post originally appeared on Ali Abunimah’s blog here.

64 Responses

  1. Les
    September 15, 2010, 4:19 pm

    Glad to see this finally showed up on Mondoweiss. I plugged this in the Peretz article.

    Has our media missed something by not noting that the company Homeland Security hired to spy on American opponents of fracking, and American opponents of god only knows what else, is Israeli owned? Outsourcing US security to a foreign company seems a worthy news topic.

    Mondoweiss people probably are aware that Israeli owned companies do huge amounts of monitoring of the US media, as originally reported by James Bamford in his “Body of Secrets.”

  2. Colin Murray
    September 15, 2010, 4:35 pm

    This is disgusting, and is fundamentally a federal problem. The FBI can’t do its job because the Israel Lobby has hamstrung our Department of Justice. I’ve said this many times: the Israel Lobby is a serious threat to US national security, both here at home and abroad.

    • Avi
      September 15, 2010, 7:04 pm

      There are at least three major Israeli companies that operate massive telecommunication surveillance networks in the US.

      1. NICE Systems
      2. Verint
      3. Narus

      • Walid
        September 16, 2010, 4:48 am

        Avi, the NICE, Verint and Narus systems as well as the other issues being discussed here stem from mutual agreements in force between the US and Israel. The same situation exist in Canada with almost identical signed security agreements with Israel, so it isn’t like these companies sneaked in or anything like that but they came in through the front door with the full knowledge and acceptance of the US and Canadian governments.

        In February 2007, a memorandum of mutual understanding in the field of homeland security was signed between the Minister Dicter, on behalf of the State of Israel, and Secretary Chertoff, on behalf of the United States of America. Such documents had existed since 1998 and were successively renewed but the events of 911 resulted in the much broader agreement in 2007. Details of the agreement used to be easy to find on the Internet but now seem to have been removed.

        The US-Israel Agreement:
        link to mops.gov.il

        A similar document fashioned from the American-Israeli document was signed with the Canadians in 2008 between the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada and the Ministry of Public Security of the Government of the State of Israel.

        The Canada-Israel Agreement:
        link to publicsafety.gc.ca

        In summary, the Canadian agreement that was practically copied from the American one involve:

        1.Border management and security, including biometric applications;
        2.Correctional services and prisons;
        3.Crime prevention;
        4.Critical infrastructure protection;
        5.Emergency management;
        6.Illegal immigration;
        7.Law enforcement cooperation;
        8.Money laundering;
        9.Organized crime;
        10.Terrorist financing; and
        11.Trafficking in persons.

        So all the bases are covered by these and other agreements that are signed between Israel, the US and Canada without any fanfare to keep them out of public attention.

      • MRW
        September 16, 2010, 8:25 am

        NARUS sweeps up all data packets and call record data and sends it to Israel. This is what the AT&T whistleblower in San Francisco discovered behind a locked door and complained about.

        NARUS is an Israeli company that quickly added dough-faced Americans to its board and operating committee to hide the fact, as soon as it was discovered. Some of us caught the previous braggadocio that NARUS’ website engaged in, stating that what I said in the first sentence, and preserved it.

    • Psychopathic god
      September 16, 2010, 6:28 am

      It’s also a local problem, Colin Murray.
      Our local uN-PR affiliate reported on the comments of a Pittsburgh City Council member who was highly critical of the activities of the ITRR and of Gov. Rendell’s relatively mild response to the disclosure that information had been gathered. Councilman Doug Shields said he was among those who had joined a local protest of ‘frackin’ and therefore was worried that his image had been captured and other actions were taken to intrude on his privacy.
      The nN-PR report included Shields’ comments about the sketchy corporate background of ITRR, that it is registered in the State of Pennsylvania as a non-profit organization, but did NOT mention that the corporation is based in Israel.

      It is absolutely relevant and important information for locals to be aware that Israel is the home base of this company which is spying on Americans, especially since it’s not a stretch to conjecture that information gathered by such means can be used to maintain a disclosure blackout of any information about Israel or Israel activists that is negative.

      uN-PR filled out its morning report with two or three reports on Pope Benedict’s visit to Scotland, all highlighting some, different, negative aspect of the event; uN-PR also reported on the “advances” being made in peace talks in Israel, quoting Abbas saying that he would continue talks, followed by Hillary Clinton praising the wisdom of Abbas’s stance.
      uN-PR also reported on some improvement in West Bank development — I don’t recall what it was, but again, it was a happy-happy-joy-joy reflection on Israel.
      Hard on the heels of Phil Weiss’s radically different reports from the ground in Palestine yesterday, it’s growing more and more difficult to navigate the alternate universe of uN-PR and overwhelming Israeli hasbara in the US national AS WELL AS LOCAL media.

  3. Les
    September 15, 2010, 5:06 pm

    Here is my unpublished July letter-to-the-editor that shows what a mess this whole thing is. Now we know we can add foreign outsourcers to the “leakers,” who get US security data, who will edit it not just for commercial success but for foreign political ends.

    “Thanks to the Washington Post’s recent series on the outsourcing of America’s secrets, we know that 854,000 people have top-secret security clearances. Every newly-hired Tom, Dick, and Harry in 1271 government agencies and 1931 private companies can get access to what are supposed to be secrets that might often be denied to sitting members of Congress. The money to be made in the search-for-terrorists scam guarantees that the scam will spread along with the numbers of leakers.”

  4. radii
    September 15, 2010, 5:22 pm

    this information should surprise no one …

    … let’s not forget that arch-zionists brothers were the owners of those wonderful vote-fixing, er, counting companies Diebold and ES&S that started the process of putting George W. Bush into office and later Saxby Chambliss into the U.S. Senate (in the most obvious of the fixes in Georgia) and then tabulated the strange well-outside-of-statistical-norm vote totals giving Ohio to Bush in 2004

  5. Oscar
    September 15, 2010, 5:25 pm

    Okay, guys, think about this. An Israeli intelligence group working out of Philadelphia is being paid by Pennsylvania taxpayers to spy on Pennsylvania citizens, and “All of the information ITRR’s staff creates is sent to its monitoring center in Jerusalem, where it is analyzed and verified with other local sources.”

    So dossiers are being created on Pennsylvanians, the data of which are being transmitted to Israel, and Pennsylvanians are subsidizing this through their taxes — during a recession in which the capital of Pennsylvania — Harrisburg — is about to file FOR BANKRUPTCY!

    Imagine the phone calls between Rendell and Ridge on this scandal. Oh, and how many other states have such deals with similar “terrorist containment” consultants?

    • lysias
      September 15, 2010, 6:19 pm

      Did this contract start when Ridge was Secretary of Homeland Security, or did it start on Chertoff’s watch?

      • annie
        September 16, 2010, 6:59 am

        in the “espionage” link at the end of the diary it says

        Mr. Shields said some industry critics are concerned about an industry-government tie because of Mr. Ridge’s previous role as U.S. homeland security secretary. Asked whether he had any role in the contract, Mr. Ridge said, “Hell, no.”

  6. Avi
    September 15, 2010, 5:48 pm

    Even if it weren’t a “front”, this group is certainly run by a group of ex-army men masquerading as “experts”.

    Once Israeli Hasbara succeeded in promulgating the notion — however false — that everyone and everything coming out of Israel is as effective and capable as Superman and Spiderman at security and defense, it became fashionable to claim “Israeli type security” as some sort of seal of approval. Israel became a brand in this market.

    So, Israel’s image, the same image that has been spread by Hasbara is in and of itself a form of deterrence.

  7. American
    September 15, 2010, 6:11 pm

    Who is surprised? Not me.

    Having spent the summer jump starting my aging mind by reviewing German and Russian history and now in the middle of Solzhenitsyn’s 200 Years Together about Russia’s civil war I am having deja vu moments every time I read about things like this..

    • Citizen
      September 16, 2010, 8:12 am

      American, are you reading 200 years together from the translation to english being done by volunteers online (because nobody will publish it here, despite Solzhenitsyn’s gigantic contribution to world literature)?
      In contrast, the book is published by well-established publishing companies in France and Germany–Germany, where harsh laws completely muzzle anything remotely suggestive of anti-semitism a la Abe Foxman! I have not read anything in our MSM press about this
      muzzling of Solzhenitsyn’s great work unraveling the history of jewish-gentile relations in his homeland over such a fertile time period so impacting the western world.

      • lysias
        September 16, 2010, 9:54 am

        I received the German translation in two volumes from amazon.de in 2003. At the same time, amazon.fr was offering the French translation.

  8. American
    September 15, 2010, 6:13 pm

    I wonder if there will be an investigation…who initiated this contract?….and who told IRTT who to spy on?
    Inquiring mind want to know.

    • potsherd
      September 15, 2010, 6:55 pm

      Investigating this contract would be antisemitic.

      • Kathleen
        September 15, 2010, 7:45 pm

        you got it

      • Oscar
        September 15, 2010, 9:47 pm

        It’s not going to go away, given the passion on both sides for “fracking” natural gas in the Marcellus shelf in Pennsylvania. The real scandal is Ridge’s involvement and possibly Chertoff’s. Under what circumstances did this contract get signed?

      • annie
        September 16, 2010, 7:14 am

        oscar, i’d be looking at state Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett.

      • Citizen
        September 16, 2010, 8:33 am

        Fracking is opposed by the homegrown small people of PA; there’s lots of advocates who could care less about what fracking will do to the local and rural way of life, not the least of which is the poisons that will leak out in the process of fracking. The Marcellus shelf is a GIGANTIC natural gas deposit, awaiting full exploitation. Small towns are begging for objective legal representation not subject to corruption by the usual industrial suspects and their educated errand boys. ITRR’s involvement is frightening. Dechter-Chertoff? Who’s homeland did they, are they securing? Theirs or ours? Talk about a huge reservoir of natural gas lurking just below the surface!

      • Psychopathic god
        September 16, 2010, 11:01 am

        the first rat one smells is that Pennsylvania bought that contract for $125,000. That’s chump change. Several years ago, when now-Sen. Bob Casey was still Treasurer, Pennsylvania paid a million dollars to an Israeli-based company to create a database of Pennsylvania investments.

        The grander irony is this: as Treasurer, in which role Casey was in charge of investing State pension funds, his management of those funds was questioned. iirc a court case ensued which Casey ducked, then avoided altogether once he stepped out of PA state government and into the national Senate (replacing the odious Islamophobe Santorum).

        Before he won that election, a Jewish weekly newspaper reported that a Jewish delegation had taken Casey to Israel, toured Yad Vashem, and that Casey returned “firmly committed to Israel.” “Casey will be a friend to Israel,” the Jewish newspaper assured its readers.

        Shortly thereafter, UJF, ZOA, AIPAC, and a project of the Ashkelon-based World Jewish Congress called The Iran Task Force, kicked off an intense anti-Iran campaign, with its major goal the divestment of states’ pension funds from companies that do business with Iran. Iran Task Force pointed to the success such a divestment campaign had had in California (California’s pension fund is now nearly bankrupt).
        After Casey’s departure from the Treasurer’s office in Pennsylvania but before the Iran Task Force divestment campaign, Pennsylvania pension funds took on new management and rebalanced their portfolios — at significant expense for consulting services, etc — and posted highly favorable results, indicating that the pension funds were well managed by professional money managers rather than politicians. The funds included numerous of the international corporations that were on the Iran Task Force hit list–they were, after all, highly profitable and well run international corporations, including Chinese banks and construction companies, Italian insurance agencies, Dutch financiers.
        I haven’t scrutinized the status of the Pennsylvania pension funds since the onslaught of the Iran Task Force divestment campaign.

        I DO know that the state employees and teachers who pay into and rely upon those pension funds should NOT have their retirement security manipulated in service of the political agenda of a foreign state.`

      • lysias
        September 16, 2010, 11:28 am

        Given how Goldman has recently dumped its Israeli investments, I wonder if a pension fund manager who invests in Israel now is fulfilling his fiduciary responsibilities.

    • annie
      September 16, 2010, 7:13 am

      american, the update reports ‘a city council member has demanded a probe into ITRR accusing the firm of “espionage.” ‘. read the last link @ the update

      Pittsburgh City Councilman and gas-drilling opponent Doug Shields today sought to turn the tables on the intelligence-gatherers, demanding an investigation into the institute. He said he would consult his colleagues about invoking council’s authority under the city charter to open its own investigation, which would include calling witnesses…….. the institute sent out an “intelligence bulletin” about a Pittsburgh City Council meeting on gas drilling. It wasn’t clear whether the institute monitored the documentary screening.

      Mr. Shields… described the intelligence-gathering program as “espionage” and demanded that Mr. Powers be fired.

      Shutting down the program isn’t enough, Mr. Shields said, demanding a probe into who authorized the program and why. He said he wants to know whether the program was the brainchild of a “rogue fool” or something more sinister, such as a joint effort with the gas industry.

      Besides a possible city investigation, Mr. Shields suggested that the state hire a special counsel to conduct a separate probe. He said state Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett, who has received campaign contributions from the gas industry, shouldn’t be involved.

      “Can I have any confidence in the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office? Absolutely not,” he said.

      Mr. Shields called on Mr. Rendell to disclose all documents related to the institute’s contract so that residents can see whether they’ve been “spied upon.” ….

      Told about Mr. Shields’ demand today, Mr. Rendell said his administration would respond to individual disclosure requests. “We’d be happy to do that,” he said.

  9. American
    September 15, 2010, 7:40 pm

    link to terrorresponse.org

    This has got to be joke….or else the usual gov and zionist thinking that everyone else is stupid and we don’t know their real purpose..
    This report looks like a report they threw together by combing the interent for rants…and also obviously hacking into people’s computers and emails…if they really did and didn’t just make this up.

    It’s grade school…

    And how do they expect anyone to believe those hokey testimonials from corporations thanking them for keeping them ‘safe’ from the public?

    And this “Non Profit” is under contract to the Pentagon and does all this out of goodness of their heart?…and some ‘donations”?

    Pleeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzeeeee…..stop with the insults to our intelligence or we’ll have to blow you up. Haha…stick that in your report.

  10. Keith
    September 15, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Israel may be a small country, but its tentacles spread far and wide. Also, having Israel monitor domestic groups and “sharing” the information with US intelligence enables the US to circumvent domestic spying restrictions, if any still exist. At the least, it will scuttle freedom of information requests. Things keep getting worse.

    • American
      September 15, 2010, 8:10 pm

      Yes, things do keep getting worse.

      If there was some angry tea bagger like organization that wasn’t totally looney and full of bigots I would join it.

      • piotr
        September 15, 2010, 8:40 pm

        I would say that this piece of news is positive: a relatively conservative governor is rejecting the practitioners of a favorite Israeli intelligence technique (produce crap using search engines).

      • Antidote
        September 16, 2010, 10:24 am

        start one, I’ll raise some funding in Canada ;)

    • Psychopathic god
      September 16, 2010, 6:38 am

      Recall that Foxman’s ADL trains police forces

      link to adl.org

      Extremism Training

      Building on ADL’s expertise in monitoring and exposing the activities of organized hate groups, ADL has developed an extremism training program for law enforcement professionals. Seminars about extremist ideologies and effective investigation, solving and prosecuting techniques have been conducted by ADL throughout the country. The training sessions can be combined and integrated with ADL law enforcement hate crime and anti-bias training.

      Program elements include:
      • Hate Group Overview
      • Anti-Government Movement Overview
      • Extremism on the Internet
      • Officer Safety Issues
      • Legal Issues

      Please contact us to request ADL training or to learn more about our programs for local, state, and federal law enforcement.

      ADL’s mandate looks a lot like the agenda of the US State Dept office to monitor antisemitism.

      Would it be asking too much for Americans to request that their government protect them from intrusions on their privacy by foreign state?

  11. Kathleen
    September 15, 2010, 7:44 pm

    this is reminding me of Carl Cameron four part report that came out just after 9/11 about Israeli based and owned communication systems that have access to 95% of american phone calls. How their systems had allegedly been compromised.

    Watch all four reports
    link to informationclearinghouse.info

    • Psychopathic god
      September 15, 2010, 8:21 pm

      Niall Ferguson was given access to the Rothschild family’s private papers, from the family’s beginnings until 1914. Ferguson produced a two volume biography of the Rothschilds based on those papers. In the first pages of his introduction to the material, Ferguson summarizes for readers that the Rothschilds gained their advantages by two major means:
      ` creating access to government leaders
      `ensuring immediate access to information; information is power and money, and the Rothschilds intended to control both. Spying was not outside the realm of the acceptable in order to acquire information.

      link to amazon.com

      recall that the Balfour Declaration was addressed to Baron Rothschild.

      • Antidote
        September 16, 2010, 10:35 am

        The Rothschildts apparently learned this from the Medici and Fuggers.

      • lysias
        September 16, 2010, 11:00 am

        The reports to the Fuggers by their correspondents amounted to a very early newspaper, for a private audience. It didn’t stop the House of Fugger from going bankrupt as a result of the repeated bankruptcies of the Spanish monarchy, which the house stubbornly continued to finance.

      • Antidote
        September 17, 2010, 3:44 pm

        Thanks, lysias, for the addition of Philip II, although I don’t see where you come up with the idea that the Fuggers refused to continue financing Philip’s wars? My understanding — and I do have a bit of a Fugger obsession — is that the Fuggers, somewhat insanely, did continue to fund Philip’s war beyond any possibility that it could be won, or that the losses could be absorbed by Spanish conquest of resources (gold) in the New World — the 80 year war/Dutch Rebellion: ‘Spain’s Vietnam’ , as it has been called by Philip’s main biographer, but more appropriately, perhaps, Spain’s Afghanistan?

        At some point, Philip had to make the choice between bankrupting Spain or the Fuggers – and, unlike Bush and Obama with regard to Wall Street, chose the latter. Few people remember the Fuggers and their phenomenal wealth and political influence. Basically, not much happened in early modern Europe without the Fugger’s involvement. Their merchant/banking network and widespread ‘tentacles’ not only amounted to ‘a very early newspaper’, as you say. Their involvement in the emerging postal system (they were the ones who paid the wages on site) meant that the Fuggers knew what was happening in Europe and in the New World before anybody else did. Philip defaulting on his payments taught all future banking dynasties that, in order to survive, they had to somehow control the monarchs/politicians by non-military means, rather than give them any recourse to tell them to go to hell. And that, going to hell, the Fuggers, being devout Catholics, fully expected. Sure, the Vatican relaxed the rules against usury, and the Fuggers charged 40-50 percent interest in order to cover their likely losses by their borrowers – the aristocracy of Europe – eventually defaulting on their debt. Still, fearing that Christ might have actually meant it when he said that a camel was more likely to go through a needle’s eye than a rich man to go to Heaven, Jacob Fugger the Rich (possibly the richest and most influential man ever, who bought himself a Catholic Habsburg emperor by funding his election campaign in the Holy Roman Empire) is still revered in Augsburg, his hometown, for having funded the very first social housing unit in Europe. To this day, qualified people (you have to hit hard times without it being your moral responsibility, such as sloth etc) can live there for the same rent that was paid in the 16th c, except for the currency adjustment: 1 Euro, these days (less than the cost of admission if you’re a tourist). However, utilities have gone up sharply. And here’s the catch: as a tenant, you have to say 3 prayers a day for the Fugger family (all of them). That’s to shorten their time in purgatory, and pave their way to Heaven.

      • Antidote
        September 17, 2010, 4:13 pm

        sorry, lysias, I obviously misread your post regarding the stubborn financing of the Spanish monarchy

  12. VR
    September 15, 2010, 8:08 pm

    Lets open this up a little wider – the “powers that be” wanted this “evil” terrorist enemy, if they did not have it what were they going to protect the American people from? Israel feigns “expertise” in fighting “terrorists,” that is, masking their occupation as the war on terror. All the Israelis did was help to “identify” the so-called terrorist threat, and have married it to their theft and murder of an indigenous people, at the same time.

    Israel is supposed to be the mirror image, or is played to be, of what is “plaguing” the Western nations – these “damn terrorists.” So, it becomes a makeover – a ruse, fuels the so-called war on terror, and hides the true nature of poor little Israel’s “plight.”

    So, all the Israelis did was fulfill the need of their imperial mentor, while profiting at the same time. They helped to create it, and now they make money off of it. That is this entire situation open full bore.

    • VR
      September 15, 2010, 8:11 pm

      Not only is there the fake protection game, but there is the exploitation game. The more they can identify “terrorists,” the more they can exploit both foreign and domestic. As partners in that “special relationship,” between Israel and the USA.

  13. Les
    September 15, 2010, 8:27 pm

    In order to work with and for Homeland Security, the Israeli company and its employees would necessarily have to have been given top secret security clearances.

  14. VR
    September 15, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Mary Israel’s “security activity” to this –

    NIGHTMARES

    1 + 1 = ?

    • Avi
      September 15, 2010, 9:48 pm

      Rita Katz + Lani Kass = ?

      • MRW
        September 16, 2010, 8:29 am

        Exactly, Avi. Rita Katz is the sole source for any Osama bin Laden videos and audio tapes, and Lani Kass was in charge when the nukes were caught moving from Minot ND to Barksdale, Louisiana.

      • Avi
        September 16, 2010, 3:53 pm

        Lani Kass was in charge when the nukes were caught moving from Minot ND to Barksdale, Louisiana.

        Please elaborate. I know she has attained her high position within the Air Force by questionable means. But, have the nukes been directly linked to her?

      • Les
        September 16, 2010, 9:24 am

        Sounds like the dynamic duo. Are both Federal employees?

  15. American
    September 15, 2010, 9:42 pm

    ‘The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
    -Joseph Goebbels’

    Have we reached the ‘consquences’ point yet?
    I guess not.
    I guess we need all the consquences to have already happened.
    Instead of us just knowing what they are gonna be when they do happen.
    The situtation of ‘nothing left to lose’ has been on my mind for a while now….wonder how much longer we have to wait?

    • VR
      September 15, 2010, 10:43 pm

      Actually American, there is no end in sight if there is no resistance of consequence. However, let me assure you, there will be no resistance of consequence if there is no action from the people who demand change. You are not going to get substantive change from just marching, lighting candles, or staging die-ins.

      Yet you have those in your midst, some conscious and others unconscious trying to influence you to do nothing but dialogue, that you can accomplish all things by advocating nothing but peace and “non-violence.” In Israel you have those who just want people to do the same (above – march, etc.), and as long as there is no price to pay the state, whether Israel or the USA, will march ahead with untold atrocities.

      HOW NONVIOLENCE PROTECTS THE STATE

    • Psychopathic god
      September 16, 2010, 6:44 am

      the most effective forms of intimidation bypass MY personal sense of “nothing left to lose” in favor of threats to those near to me whose lives would be held captive by actions I might take.

      Most parents will instinctively put themselves at risk in defense of their children; the same instinct militates against a parent allowing his child to be harmed to protect the life of the parent.

      • VR
        September 16, 2010, 8:34 am

        “Most parents will instinctively put themselves at risk in defense of their children; the same instinct militates against a parent allowing his child to be harmed to protect the life of the parent.”

        That is why many millions have died to protect (the line goes) the state? Which most if not all the time is not necessary via war, and essentially is merely the protection of the interests of the few, exploitation – the last stage of act when no one bows to hegemony.

        The state holds a legitimacy it does not deserve, employs an apparatus it calls “law” to make the worse of atrocities seem acceptable. “Don’t worry, be proud, you are on the right side of the law – its legal.” They give the state a role it does not deserve.

    • Antidote
      September 16, 2010, 10:56 am

      Maybe it takes catastrophe?

      see Shtrasler on this:

      link to haaretz.com

  16. demize
    September 16, 2010, 12:53 am

    I expect Rendell is as innocent as a fox in a henhouse. He is bought and paid for by The Fraternal Order of Police and is personally responsible for railroading and persecuting MOVE. And Mumia Abu Jamal.

    • lysias
      September 16, 2010, 7:20 am

      When Ehrlich was governor of Maryland, he had the state police spy on the same sorts of groups that they’ve been spying on in Pennsylvania. (Now he’s running for the governorship again.)

      Remember Golan Cipel, NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey’s Israeli homosexual lover, whom McGreevey appointed his homeland seurity adviser.

    • lysias
      September 16, 2010, 7:52 am

      New article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer makes it look: (1) as if the contract cannot have begun earlier than 2005, or 2004 at earliest; and (2) it’s even more unlikely that Rendell didn’t know: Ex-top Rendell aide questions contract with private terror intelligence group:

      Gov. Rendell’s former top emergency management adviser on Wednesday questioned why the state has been paying a company $103,000 for intelligence on terrorism threats, saying much of that work is already done by a specialized unit in the Pennsylvania State Police.

      Adrian R. King Jr., director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) until late 2005, said the state police’s Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center has trained analysts who supply intelligence information and investigative data to help law enforcement counter potential threats.

      Instead, he said, the state was paying the Philadelphia-based Institute on Terrorism Research and Response for little more than a compilation of planned public demonstrations by activist groups, including antiwar, environmental, and animal-rights advocates.

      “In my experience, the PA [Criminal Intelligence Center] is well-equipped to do this work, to do this analysis,” said King, now a partner at Ballard Spahr. “They’re trained. They understand the law. They understand people’s rights. They understand what is credible.”

      King added, “For $103,000 a year, you could hire at least one if not two full-time analysts to operate out of the state police criminal intelligence center with, I believe, better quality control.”

      Rendell said he had learned of the contract with the institute Tuesday morning, although at least one of his top aides appears to have known about it since midsummer. Rendell policy chief Donna Cooper was quoted in a July Inquirer story about some of the groups that were being tracked, including groups that advocated for more education funding.

      Rendell conceded Tuesday that “many” people in his administration had known about the contract – but was emphatic that no one had told him about it. He said he had been “appalled” and deeply embarrassed when he found out about the information the institute was providing to the state.

      He ordered his staff to terminate the contract, but said he did not plan to discipline anyone in his administration who had authorized it.

      He acknowledged there had been “a breakdown” in communication in his administration.

      Maria Finn, spokeswoman for PEMA, which oversees the Homeland Security Office, said the contract with the institute had not been competitively bid.

      Asked why, she said it had been “determined that there was no other company at the time who could fulfill the requirements.”

      She added that the Homeland Security Office “had researched possible options regarding this type of service and had concluded that, outside of the FBI and CIA, there existed no other service of this kind.”

      Incorporated in 2004, the institute is directed by Perelman, a former York police officer, and Aaron Richman, who served in military and counterterrorism operations in Israel.

  17. Sin Nombre
    September 16, 2010, 2:58 am

    This is off-topic but it’s so … unreal that I couldn’t not make sure folks here saw it.

    Apparently the Portland Press Herald published a front-page piece talking about and showing local muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan and noting that this year it fell on 9/11 . Talked about the making of what is apparently a traditional call for charity and showing some of their kids playing soccer and etc.

    So what happens? Based on some objections from someone the paper’s editor and publisher wrote a mea culpa: “We erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front page.”

    In other words, as Time magazine’s James Poniewozik notes, they should have balanced the story with others about how muslims just love to kill people.

    Somehow one doubts that it was just the garden-variety boobs complaining that got the editor/publisher himself to publicly eat this shit. Hard to believe that anyone getting into that position doesn’t realize that this means all those zillions of stories his paper no doubt runs every year showing the celebration of Christmas or Kwanzaa or Hannukah or whatever are unbalanced too for not also talking about Christian crimes and etc. To me, just reeks that he was just simply strong-armed for portraying any muslims as okay people.

    In any event, bloody amazing.

    See link to tunedin.blogs.time.com

    Again, sorry for going off-topic.

  18. justicewillprevail
    September 16, 2010, 5:57 am

    Can the American government do anything without the Israelis knowing about it, and consequently manipulating Congress and public opinion for their own deeply corrupt benefit? They have their agents in the telecomms networks, American intelligence, government, media and the military. They take the American public for suckers, never mind helping themselves to large amounts of their tax dollars. It is a scandal of epic proportions, which they work ceaselessly to prevent common knowledge about.
    The abasement of all presidential candidates at the last election to Israel summed the whole thing up – they must all pledge ‘allegiance’ to Israel to qualify for office. How screwed is that? What country would put another’s interests ahead of its own?

  19. lysias
    September 16, 2010, 7:38 am

    Now it comes out that Rendell’s staff knew about the program: Rendell staff knew of tracking. Makes it look unlikely that Rendell himself knew nothing.

  20. Shmuel
    September 16, 2010, 8:37 am

    Naomi Klein had it nailed back in 2007.

    NK: selling fences to an apartheid planet

    • lysias
      September 16, 2010, 9:51 am

      A lot of what Naomi Klein had to say in her book in 2007 — although not what she said about Israel — was already anticipated by Argentinian economist Walter Graziano in his 2004 Hilter Ganó la Guerra [Hitler Won the War]. Interestingly, Graziano’s book, although it was a bestseller in Argentina, has never been published in English translation.

      • lysias
        September 16, 2010, 9:52 am

        Sorry for the typo. That should have been Hitler Ganó la Guerra.

  21. livingbridge
    September 16, 2010, 9:00 am

    The plot is thick in Europe, as well.

    Had it not been for Ireland’s specific request to put off a decision, out of its anger over Israel’s use of stolen Irish passports, the European Commission would have accorded Israel special access to EU citizens’ personal data. — The decision is by no means overthrown, merely stalled.

    Now, why would Israel be so keen on having access to Europeans’ personal data, mmm?

    Israeli bid to access sensitive EU personal data resisted
    link to jeff-goodall.com

    Where is Israel going with these policies? Or perhaps more imprtantly, why are political leaders willing to break all privacy laws to fournish Israel with the personal data it seems so keen to possess?

    Who the hell is Israel?

    • lysias
      September 16, 2010, 11:02 am

      Israel probably thinks that’s it’s insurance policy: serving as the secret police of the Western “democracies”, doing the bidding of the ruling classes of those countries.

  22. lysias
    September 16, 2010, 2:58 pm

    Erik Williams, Director of Security Studies at the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, seems to have developed a dislike of Sweden:

    However, a search of the web shows Erik Miller, “the Director of Security Studies at the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), where he serves as project-manager, case officer, researcher, and intelligence writer,” as author of an article in the recent issue of Counter Terrorism magazine.

    On analyzing Sweden and alleged radicalism in that country, it begins:

    To many, Sweden is a leading model for what a modern, liberal democracy should be; an exemplar of tolerance, humanitarianism, and diplomacy. To those who monitor global jihadism, however, Sweden has shown a severe lack of leadership in confronting the growing problem of Islamic radicalization within its own borders.

    Sweden is seemingly embracing its homegrown jihadists in “a new form of nationwide ‘Stockholm Syndrome,'” the piece asserts.

    I wonder if Miller wrote this under the influence of that dispute between the governments of Israel and Sweden over the Aftonbladet articles.

  23. Todd
    September 17, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Apparently the problem extends beyond Pennsylvania, as I was informed by Dutch security in Amsterdam last month that I am on a list for security threats. I went through security twice, was frisked, searched and wanded, and almost missed my plane because some sort of specialist had to be called in to inspect me. The people in Holland apologized and told me that my government has me on a security watch list, and that it is a headache for them because so many innocent Americans are on the list. In a previous leg of my trip, I was mysteriously held up for over 30 minutes as a confused gate agent stared at her monitor and made calls trying to make sense of what was going on. Of course, she wouldn’t tell me what the problem was.

    I get this treatment whenever I travel lately, and I have been suspicious. But I just figured that it is easier to pull me out of a line, since I can’t cry ethnic profiling in a way that anyone would listen to. I’ve also noticed that a red 4 is written on my customs form, but this may not mean anything. However, I did read somewhere that level 5 security is the “no fly list.” I don’t really know.

    Last summer, I was pulled out of boarding on every leg of a trip from Stockholm, and even taken to a room for questioning upon landing in Chicago. At that point, I did ask if I am on a list for targeting, and I was told by the man asking the questions that he can’t answer my question.

    I know that Israelis advise many nations on security, and I had similar experiences in Israel as a teen. I heard many ridiculous stories from other kids in Israel, ranging from strip searches of mostly European girls to pointless interrogations from armed men. And as poorly as I was treated in Israel, the Arab-only security lines ( I guess that is what they were, since only Arabs were in the lines) were worse that my experiences. I can only guess that the people making the decisions to take Israeli advice are either ignorant of Israeli practices, making money or are thugs.

  24. LanceThruster
    September 17, 2010, 6:07 pm

    It can be arguably said that J. Edgar Hoover was the most powerful man of the 20th century because he had the dirt on everybody and knew how to use that leverage.

    These cases of eavesdropping and the like are also directed at anyone who can be blackmailed. What sort of deal could we make with Israel to spill the dirt on all of our elite – political and otherwise? It might help use clean out the stables.

    It’s okay. You’re very lucky — my brother FREDO operates this place, he was called before anyone. If this had happened someplace else, we couldn’t’ve helped you..

    GEARY

    I — when I woke up, I was on the floor — and I don’t know how it happened.

    TOM

    You can’t remember?

    GEARY

    I passed out.

    [He stands up and moves over the bed where we see a bloody dead girl.]

    I — I’ll fix it.

    [He unties the girl's hand from the bed post.]

    Just a game.

    [He takes a towel and begins to wipe up the blood that is all over her. He looks at the towel and wipes off his hands.]

    Jesus, Jesus.

    [He begins to cry. As he does, TOM looks over at NERI who is wiping his hands in the bathroom.]

    Jesus, God — Oh, God. I don’t know — and I can’t understand — why I can’t remember.

    TOM

    You don’t have to remember — just do as I say. We’re putting a call into your office — explain that you’ll be there tomorrow afternoon — you decided to spend the night at Michael Corleone’s house in Tahoe — as his guest.

    GEARY

    I do remember that she was laughing…we’d done it before — and I know that I couldn’t’ve hurt — that girl

    TOM

    This girl has no family — nobody knows that she worked here. It’ll be as if she never existed. All that’s left is our friendship.

  25. joskenone
    September 19, 2010, 3:49 am

    It would be extremely interesting to know whether these same arrangements exist between Israel and Australia. Australian politicians of both mainstream “hues” are great supporters of the zionist state and many have had sponsored trips to Israel, including the current prime minister.
    So it is more than likely that such arrangements are common practice between Israel and those countries with which it has such cosy relationships.
    Also Vanunu was in Australia before he left and was abducted in Europe by the Israelis.
    And, of course, also don’t forget that J Edgar Hoover, who persecuted homosexuals during the McCarthy era and long afterwards, was ultimately found to be a homosexual himself!

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