Sheldon Adelson and Lester Crown, together again

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Eli Clifton did some good sleuthing on Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism… You know Emerson, he is the man with the golden hair, a right wing terror expert who shows up justifying anything to take on Islamic radicalism, including going after the American Muslim community. 

The records show more than $1.6 million in contributions to the “Investigative Project,” “Investigative Project on Terrorism,” and “IPT” in care of a largely unknown group called the Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation (CTSERF)….

CTSERF’s stated  mission is to “develop education programs and materials for security professional and the general publics that will enhance our understanding of the causes of terrorism and the measures necessary to deter and combat it.”…

Other high profile donors to the CTSERF include casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whose foundation contributed $250,000 in 2006, and billionaire Obama supporter Lester Crown, whose foundation wrote grants totaling $75,000 between 2006 and 2007. Neither Adelson nor Crown specified the Investigative Project as the end recipient of their funding.

What I find fascinating about this is that Adelson is a giant Republican backer. He was on good terms with George Bush. He’s very Zionist. And Lester Crown is a major force behind Obama, on the Democratic side, and has been very supportive of Israel in his funding of the foreign-policy establishment. While Clifton has not been able to walk Emerson’s cat directly back to these men, the link is there; and it goes to show–when it comes to Middle East policy, the interest of older conservative Jews who make up the Israel lobby transcends partisan politics. And as a result, the issue is not politicized in a democratic sense, there is not public debate.

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