The Israelification of America

As the Transportation Security Administration faces a barrage of criticism, some indignant Americans are calling for the “Israelification” of US airports — as though the security procedures used in a tiny Middle Eastern ethnocracy with one international airport could easily be scaled up for America.

Ironically, Israelification is not what we need — it’s what we already have.

Consider the real outrages of the last decade that, simply because they were done in the name of national security, the majority of Americans found tolerable:

  • a global war on terrorism that led to massive increases in defense spending, the creation of multiple new intelligence and security agencies, and Washington’s enslavement to fear-based politics — that was OK;
  • with disregard for international law, the invasion of Iraq on a false pretext — that was OK;
  • the kidnapping, secret imprisonment and torture of individuals most of whom had nothing to do with 9/11 — that was OK;
  • the authorization of warrantless wiretaps — that was OK;
  • the implementation of a remote-controlled assassination program — that was OK;
  • in short, the normalization of war crimes all of which were deemed justifiable because of 9/11 — that was OK;
  • but “don’t touch my junk” — there are limits to what Americans will tolerate.

TSA administrators are no doubt frustrated by the fact that had the new pat-down procedures been implemented in late 2001, they would probably have been welcomed by a population that widely supported the idea of doing “whatever it takes” to stop “the terrorists.”

The problem, then and now, is that air transportation security is imagined to be about catching terrorists. On this count, the TSA seems to have a poor record.

At Slate, Juliet Lapidos notes:

In May, the Government Accountability Office released a report noting that SPOT’s ["Screening of Passengers by Observational Techniques"] annual cost is more than $200 million and that as of March 2010 some 3,000 behavior detection officers [BDOs] were deployed at 161 airports but had not apprehended a single terrorist. (Hundreds of illegal aliens and drug smugglers, however, were arrested due to the program between 2004 and 2008.) What’s more, the GAO noted that at least 16 individuals later accused of involvement in terrorist plots flew 23 different times through U.S. airports since 2004, but TSA behavior-detection officers didn’t sniff out any of them.

Does this imply that the TSA’s BDOs have yet to pinpoint the way a terrorist walks, talks, or dresses? The TSA’s “failure” in this instance might simply mean that the individuals who escaped their attention were not at those times actually doing anything suspicious.

The point is, there are justifiable and unjustifiable grounds to turn a person into an object of suspicion. A system that simply on the basis of religion, ethnicity or nationality, regards a person with suspicion, is unjust and will be ineffective. Indeed, a system which even regards its targets as “the terrorists” conjures up the false notion that it is dealing with a class of people rather than a class of behavior.

Which brings me back to my initial claim that the Israelification of America is already deeply entrenched. Israel’s fear of the Arab world has been transplanted into American consciousness to such a degree that we are moving toward the absurd conclusion that if this country operated even more like Israel than it already does, then we would be able to feel as safe as the Israelis do.

Living inside a fortress and defining ones existence in terms of threats posed by eternal enemies, is a good way of justifying spending more and more on increasingly elaborate fortifications. But those who invest deeply in this mindset and who profit from its perpetuation, have the least interest in exploring what we need to understand most: why our enemies think the way they do. Delve into that question, and the notion of eternal enmity quickly evaporates — thus the perpetuation of the myth that we are under threat not because of what we do but because of who we are.

Meanwhile, next time a TSA officer offends your dignity, spare a thought for the Palestinians who while passing through IDF checkpoints suffer vastly worse when attempting no more than to travel from one town to the next.

This is cross-posted at Woodward’s site, War in Context.

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  1. Dan Crowther says:

    I have been saying this for YEARS!!! What Israel provides to America ( and I mean the government, when I say “America”) is a framework, a “canary in the mineshaft” for how to effectively build a authoritarian “democracy.”
    Along the way, there are going to be glitches in the implementation- things Israeli’s are willing to tolerate won’t be acceptable to Americans- this is an example of that. But above all else, Israel provides a real time proving ground for authoritarian policies; for effective propaganda, for militarization, for domestic surveillance methods and the required legal goosestepping, for rolling back the nanny state, for concentrating capital – all under the flag of liberal democracy.

  2. MarkF says:

    I’ve been thinking lately about the argument that we have shared values, and I’ve come to realize that we sure do, though not the ones I would have hoped for. Preemptive war and military occupation among other things sure have us joined at the hip.

    The return on investment is unbelievable. A busted printer cartridge, wires, etc, what, maybe $30 worth of parts, and it puts thousands if not millions of dollars into motion. Packing stuff in underwear and you’ve got millions spent for full body scanners.

    If laughter’s the best medicine, they’re gonna live forever.

    • MRW says:

      The Leistershire Constabulary who examined the printer cartridge said there was no bomb inside, as a result they did not close the airport or interrupt any flights.

      The NYT reported that the crotch bomber was escorted onto the plane with a handler because he didn’t have basic traveling papers, like a passport. The FBI said they knew he was getting on the plane in Amsterdam, again according to the NYT at the time, but they wanted to let him get on the plane because they wanted to see who is was going to meet. A Detroit lawyer and his wife reported that the crotch bomber underwent no security check. (They have RapeScans sat that airport)

      These are scams. Pure and simple. And what adds to all this is that an Israeli firm is in charge of airport security at the Amsterdam Airport and Detroit.

      Jeff Halper calls this security politics; he says this is the I/P situation coming home to roost in the USA and affecting our lives here. Listen from 15 min to 26 min, if nothing else:
      link to youtube.com

  3. Avi says:

    In many airports throughout the world, passenger screening is comprised of walking through a metal detector. Passengers that board flights at these airports can then connect to US bound flights at various airports without the need to undergo further screening.

    The amount of tax dollars and manpower that has been poured into passenger screening and airport security cannot be justified given the low percentage of attacks. Statistically, the average American is as likely to be a victim of terrorism as he or she is likely to be struck by lightning.
    Even the allegedly thwarted attacks, do not affect said statistics considerably.

    There are of course many inconsistencies in the government’s (TSA’s) policy. On the one hand passengers are not allowed to carry on more than a few ounces of liquids. Passengers are also prohibited from carrying on sharp objects such as knives or glass. On the other hand, airlines provide passengers in First and Business class with glasses, and liqueur bottles are readily accessible from the beverage cart. Some airlines may provide their passengers with silverware which can be used as weapons.

    The TSA’s screening process further assumes that a would-be hijacker will always use an object or a device to take control of the airplane. But, what about a hijacker trained in martial arts?

    All in all, these security and safety precautions have a low probability of preventing attacks. They are simply in place for the purpose of (1) Providing passengers with a false sense of security. (2) Providing security firms with a stable market that will continue to require the latest technology for many years to come. (3) Providing law enforcement with the tools and capabilities they need to identify common criminals, including drug smugglers.

    • Avi says:

      I left out (4) Providing the government with the policies and tools it requires to supress dissent and maintain its control over the population as evidenced by the harassment and detention of several anti-war activists.

    • Chu says:

      This scanner stuff is bunk. This is the same old deal as a nightclub. Soon we’ll see added fees for for a non-TSA pat-down coming to a airport near you. add thirty bucks and a shorter line.

  4. I am sooo looking forward to the imposition of ultimate airport security: show up naked, buy clothes when you land in Israel.

    • edwin says:

      It’s not the ultimate airport security. You are going to need to add cavity searching. Even that will not be enough.

      As Noam Chompsky noted after smuggling a weapon casing and other things out of the occupied territories – being Jewish, and a polite conversation in Hebrew works wonders to alley suspicions and to leave one’s bags unchecked.

      Personally, I think that we will see further destruction of the airline industry as flying becomes something for the super rich who own their planes and for those who have no other choice.

      Look on the bright side – the loss of planes will slow down global warming.

  5. straightline says:

    The last time I, a person of North European ancestry, flew out of Tel Aviv, I was subjected to nearly an hour of aggressive and antagonistic interrogation with the same questions being asked of me time and time again. I nearly missed my plane as a result, but my interrogators didn’t care – in fact my airline had practically given up on me. I wonder what most Americans would think if this kind of “Israelification” occurred in American airports.

    • Antidote says:

      it happens to a lot of people at American airports, and not just Arabs.

    • Avi says:

      straightline,

      What you describe pales in comparison to what the Palestinian citizens of Israel, Americans with Arab names, and Muslims in general undergo at Ben-Gurion Airport. Consider yourself among the fortunate.

      Incidentally, your experience is best characterized as questioning. A low ranking employee asks you some basic questions, he/she then takes your passport and pretends to engage in a consultation with a group of other security personnel. Five minutes later, the first employee hands a different employee your papers and that employee walks over to you and asks you the same questions again. When he/she is finished, he goes back and ‘compare notes’ to see if your story has been consistent each time you told it.

      This process is repeated several times. A passenger could be asked the same questions by five or six different personnel.

    • eljay says:

      >> straightline: The last time I, a person of North European ancestry, flew out of Tel Aviv, I was subjected to nearly an hour of aggressive and antagonistic interrogation with the same questions being asked of me time and time again. I nearly missed my plane as a result …

      Had you “humanized ‘the Other’” and made “better wheels”, those “generation to generation” fear-scarred airport security personnel might just have let you through a little bit sooner. ;-)

      >> Avi: What you describe pales in comparison to what the Palestinian citizens of Israel, Americans with Arab names, and Muslims in general undergo at Ben-Gurion Airport. Consider yourself among the fortunate.

      +1.

      • straightline says:

        I don’t know how you get your ideas about how I behave, eljay, but just to clarify: I just fronted up to the passport people and handed them my passport – and said what seemed to me to be a friendly “Hello”. Where is the dehumanization? At that point they took over – and it was exactly as Avi said – repeated asking of the same questions by different people while the person who first asked the question took my passport away. Who knows – I may have contributed a passport to the Israeli collection for false flag operations. As to generation – I was older than them – you seem to have a vivid imagination, eljay! I’m sure it is much worse for people of Arabic background, especially Palestinians. Dehumanization is a two-way street and in this case the passport officials are in control.

        • occupyresist says:

          straightline,

          that’s eljay’s gimmick. He’s not actually talking about you. He’s making fun of certain ‘humanists’.

        • tree says:

          eljay was just doing his Witty imitation, and pulling your leg, straightline.

        • eljay says:

          >> … you seem to have a vivid imagination, eljay!

          Thanks! ;-)

          I thought that the sarcasm in my last post – laden as it was with “humanist” buzz-words and -phrases – was pretty clear, but I sometimes forget that it’s not always clear to others, especially those not well-versed in the stunningly obtuse things which “humanists” on this site have stated, and that I should occasionally employ “winky” emoticons as clarification.

          My apologies for the confusion. :-)

    • when I flew in to Iran to Tehran/Khomeini airport, security personnel could not have been more courteous. They helped all of us with our bags, offered us seats, water (even cucumbers), and apologized for any delays.

      When I arrived back in the USofA and went through customs at Detroit airport, US customs agents were extremely helpful and courteous regarding the Iranian goods I brought back with me. Many, many Americans reject the increasingly hateful propaganda about Iran that is pumped into the US via Israel or US-Israel advocates.

  6. Walid says:

    Israelification of America is a fancy term for cancerization. No one complained as agreement after agreement were being signed years ago between Israel and the others that gave Israel access to America’s and Canada’s security and information infrastructures under the guise of joint cooperative efforts to combat international terrorism. One can easily find on the Internet the various agreements entered into such as the one with Homeland Security 4 years ago for the sharing of passenger information at all major US airports and the implementation of Israeli techniques at these airports such as profiling (in this article they are given a fancier name with the 3000 special agents) and a similar agreement between Israel and Canada for Canadian airports. Israel knew that Donna Shalala was heading for Israel from before her plane took off in the States and most probably from the minute she booked her flight. In short, you have Israeli agents working the systems at all US and Canadian airports now plus the other stuff about the screening of all phone conversations by Israeli companies and so on. There are joint deals on arms research, development and production and in various other fields. This process and involvement is now so advanced that nothing can stop it and Americans and others are going to have to learn to live with it. People are complaining about the scanning machines and the groping at the airports but this is only a minute fraction of the overall snooping currently being done on everyone with Israeli hands involved in most of it.

    • kalithea says:

      It seems like everywhere you turn, the Israeli “hand” or connection is there. It’s frightening to know that Israel has this much influence on Western countries, and we’re so powerless to fight this infiltration and subversion of our freedoms.

      I’m starting to feel like a Palestinian. I mean, I know they have it so much worse, but that eerie feeling of my freedom diminishing is there.

      • Sumud says:

        We’re not powerless kalithea ~ BDS will force western governments to confront and change their relationships with Israel, and eventually Israel will become the national equivalent of persona non grata (the unwelcome person). Civil society is already way ahead of governments on the issue of Israel – in a 2003 survey of 7,500 people in 15 EU countries participants rated Israel as the number 1 threat to world peace. I don’t have a link handy but a recent survey in the US had a large proportion of participants (I think it was a little less that a majority) expressing a desire that the US adopt a neutral position on Palestine/Israel, not the current pro-Israel position the US has. Each time Israel does something outrageous (most recently Lebanon invasion 2006, Gaza Massacre 08/09, Gaza siege, Flotilla massacres) more and more people finally get what Israel is about – and are opposed to it.

  7. radii says:

    Oh, Irony

    I’m with Dan and the original poster in thinking that the cancer of israelification has greatly undermined America in all the specific ways mentioned … it is the last country on Earth we should be emulating

    the One smart thing we should do, however, is the airline-passenger interview process … it need only be done once every few years, say when you renew your Passport, (to establish a baseline and categorize the person as Non-Threat) … then most people can be sped through the process based upon their interview ranking … it is a backdoor way of profiling, but is more effective than the intrusive, fascistic disrobing/groping/scanning

    Men over 50 and under 12 will pretty much all fall on the Non-Threat list
    Nearly all women will fall on the Non-Threat list
    Most nationalities and races will fall on the Non-Threat list

    so only those that fit the historic profile of passenger terrorists and those who test badly will have to regularly endure the indignities

    • Avi says:

      Most nationalities and races will fall on the Non-Threat list

      Your post doesn’t make any sense.

      • radii says:

        Let’s think for a moment, Avi.

        First, nationalities.
        The Irish would be on the non-threat list …
        as would the Scots, the Danes, the Norwegians, the Cameroonians, the Belizians, Kiwis, Aussies, Canadians, Mexicans, Hondurans, Japanese, Chinese, Bahamians, Zambians, etc. etc.

        Now races.
        Caucasians, Asians, Africans, Latinos, Pacific Islanders, Inuit, Native Americans, etc. etc.

        Airline terrorism is almost exclusively performed by radical islamists and Arabs, and it is usually always related to the conduct of israeli jews toward the Palestinians.

        So if I were deciding, only those within the groups israelis, zionists, muslims and Arabs would even be considered for anything beyond a perfunctory security check (as well as flagged criminals).

        • RoHa says:

          “The Irish would be on the non-threat list ”

          So the long history of Irish terrorism would be forgotten?

        • eljay says:

          >> First, nationalities.
          >> The Irish would be on the non-threat list …
          >> as would … Canadians …

          Apparently you haven’t read that Canada is a breeding ground for terrrrrrrists and terrrrrrizm:
          - link to nationalpost.com
          - link to lankaweb.com

        • Avi says:

          Airline terrorism is almost exclusively performed by radical islamists and Arabs, and it is usually always related to the conduct of israeli jews toward the Palestinians.

          So if I were deciding, only those within the groups israelis, zionists, muslims and Arabs would even be considered for anything beyond a perfunctory security check (as well as flagged criminals).

          Unlike you, I treat everyone equally, innocent until proven guilty – rather than rely on ethnicity to assign guilt.

          As such, I’ve just added you to my s*** list of racist and bigoted m*****f******.

        • radii says:

          I don’t recall any Irish hijackings or attacks on planes

        • radii says:

          Well that’s all very pie-in-the-sky, Avi

          I assign no one guilt until they are proven guilty with facts and evidence with due process. Facts and evidence show it is muslim radicals who hijack planes and use them as missiles and they do it because they are upset primarily with israel’s heinous conduct toward the indigenous people of Palestine.

          If it were your job to set up a security system to protect airline passengers and airplanes since there was the successful 9/11 attack using planes and killing innocent civilian passengers and there were previous attempts to hijack planes for such purposes (from the Philippines as part of a 10-plane plan in the 90s) does it not seem logical to focus your efforts on known groups involved and the wider network of supporters of such groups? Groping nuns, little boys, and irradiating everyone may seem fun for molesters and profit-making for the likes of Michael Chertoff and the companies who sell the scanners, but why waste time with groups with zero record of such attacks?

        • andrew r says:

          When Israeli Jews go abroad they should be asked if they plan to shoot children in class with a sniper rifle.

        • andrew r says:

          How exactly are you supposed to identify radical Muslims? Look for anyone with a big nose wearing Arabian head dress?

        • eljay says:

          >> How exactly are you supposed to identify radical Muslims? Look for anyone with a big nose wearing Arabian head dress?

          Don’t you watch movies? They’re brown, bearded and probably smelly; they have shifty eyes and look untrustworthy; they frequently shout “Yalla!” and “Death to America/Israel/Jews/Zionists”; and enjoy firing staccato bursts of gunfire into the air. Oh, and they hate our freedoms.

          :-)

        • radii says:

          let’s see … are the men aged 15 to 49?

          are their passports from countries tagged on the U.S. terror watch list?

          are they traveling alone or only with other men the of the same age group?

          do they have multiple flights booked over a short period of time?

          do they have no checked luggage?

          do their passports have extensive stamps denoting travel to many countries on the U.S. terror watch list?

          are they married? … have children? (requires questioning, may not get a truthful answer and not always relevant, but unmarried males tend to be the terrorists)

          are they evasive and unwilling to make eye contact? (requires face-to-face interaction and possible questioning)

          I didn’t mention physical characteristic or dress, did I? These have been mostly irrelevant factors. Some islamic extremists look completely Westernized.

          … Now, if it had been blond-haired, blue-eyed Swedes with a history of hijacking and terrorism over decades I’d be for profiling blond, blue-eyed Swedes … but it isn’t those people who’ve done these crimes over the past

          … when a crime is committed and the police authorities investigate, the don’t just interview everybody – they target likely suspects

          methinks a wee bit too much political-correctness is clouding some brains here

        • Avi says:

          radii November 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm

          Ben-Gurion Airport handled 10,925,970 passengers in 2009.

          By contrast, Kennedy airport alone handled 45,915,069 passengers in 2009.

          Of course, JFK is not the only international airport in the US, just in case you didn’t know.

          Historically, there have been Chinese hijackers, Mexican, Cuban, African, Chechen. There have also been women involved in hijackings.

          Profiling based on demographics is useless. All a would-be hijacker has to do is figure out which group the security screeners are targeting and then send in someone who doesn’t fit the profile. In this case, it would probably be some pasty looking guy like radii.

          The IRA and various organizations have cooperated in the past.

          The Basque Separatists (ETA) have cooperated with the IRA, the PLO, the Libyans, the Greek 17 of November, to name a few.

          In addition, those who dilute themselves into thinking that the Israeli system of ethnic profiling can work, forget that the majority group is a homogeneous group comprised of Jews. In the US, the majority can be anyone who’s white and/or Christian. So, that means that Hispanics, blacks, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Arabs, Pacific Islanders, Asians, and travelers from several European countries will have to be included in the profiling.

          And finally, before you go running your mouth about things you haven’t the slightest idea, you’re highly advised to do some minimal research. Oh and by the way, congratulations on showing what an ignoramus racist you are. If you didn’t fit that bigoted profile you have in your head, you wouldn’t be peddling ethnic profiling. But, since you’d be exempt, it’s all good, right?

        • radii says:

          Oh Avi,

          You are thin-skinned, and I don’t mean that in an anti-thin-skinned-people kind of way. Some of my best friends have thin skin.

          So what if a tiny percentage of other hijackers have been Mexican, Cuban, African … and the Chechen, (Chechens are basically a subset of the radical islamic extremists anyway)… how many of them used their victim planes as missiles?

          And I have not diluted myself, nor deluded myself that the israeli system can work in America … I said that an interview process should take place – not the same kind of shakedown the israeli monsters do. Again, israel is the last country I want America to emulate. We shape the interview process for American needs and if I had my way no israeli national nor company could make one dollar off the program nor step within 100 yards of it. Netanyahu was practically bubbling over with glee on 9/11 when he said on live television the attack was, “very good for israel.”

          Yeah, some terrorist groups have cooperated with each other – nothing new … our intelligence agencies monitor all that best they can – but self-interest drives it and the radical islamists are into this purity thing so they don’t seek outside help much do they?

          I specifically excluded all groups but israelis, some zionists, and muslims and arabs from those likely to be subject to anything but a perfunctory security check, as well as excluding nearly all females, anyone over 50, anyone under 14, etc.

          Radical islamists are doing their terrorism for several reasons, but the central one is the heinous behavior of israel and America’s sycophantic coddling of that regime, and thus these are people committing the crimes and the people behind the causes of the crimes, so let them be screened more thoroughly and leave the rest of us alone. Might help speed the deal between israel and Palestine if we put real pressure on israelis. Duh.

          Lastly, I’m not a “pasty looking guy” … for all you know I’m a 7-foot black lesbian.

  8. yourstruly says:

    None of these dehumanizing screening practices would be necessary if attention was directed at why they hate us rather than at the consequences (Islamic extremism) of this hatred. Of course such a reversal would require the U.S. government to get serious about resolving* the Mideast conflict sas well as ending its multiple perpetual wars against the Arab’Islamic world. What’s holding back the elites that run our government from even considering said policy changes is their fear that without the paralysis of reason that fear of some officially designated demon induces in the public mind, they’ll be overthrown. What’s more they’re right!

    *with this alone reducing the threat from Islamic terrorists by 50%, according to former President Bill Clinton

  9. RoHa says:

    “yet to pinpoint the way a terrorist walks, talks, or dresses? ”

    It’s easy! Look for swarthy, unshaven, wild-eyed guys who include “Allahu Akbar” and “Death to America” in every sentence.

  10. VR says:

    Attempts at such activities have always been made in the USA, it is just that they have been provided with a “new” (the use of “terrorist” word goes all the back to French royalty which disapproved of the revolution) . You have an entire army of political police called the FBI (no, their primary function is not crime). All Israel did was help to turn it one notch, give the state a little more of what it has always craved and wanted, and it ate it up like candy. There is nothing alien going on here

  11. RE: the “Israelification” of US airports – Woodward
    MY COMMENT: For what it’s worth, see below. – (I certainly can’t vouch for the first source, but Haaretz is highly regarded.)

    FROM THE INTERNET, 01/18/10: (excerpts)…”His explosives couldn’t have blown up his own seat. Even if full power, it wouldn’t have worked.” These were the words relayed to me during a Jan. 2 interview with military analyst and counterinsurgency specialist Gordon Duff in regard to the attempt of Christmas Day underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab [sometimes referred to as Abdulmutallab] to ignite 80 grams of the explosive PETN on a flight destined for America…
    …The firm in charge of security at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is the Israeli-owned International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS)…
    …When a Michigan passenger, attorney Kurt Haskell, reported that a
    “well-dressed” Indian man arranged for Umar Mutallab to perform a
    “walkaround” without a passport in Amsterdam, ICTS was one of only a few
    entities that could have permitted this security breach to take place…
    …They’re also the same outfit responsible for all three airports used by “Muslim hijackers” on 9-11. ICTS also handled security for London’s bus system during their 7-7 “Muslim bombing,” while doing the same at Charles de Gaulle Airport when “shoe bomber” Richard Reid boarded a plane in Paris on Dec. 22, 2001…
    SOURCE – link to mail-archive.com ALSO SEE: “Israeli firm blasted for letting would-be plane bomber slip through” ~ By Yossi Melman, Haaretz (Israel), 01/10/10
    • Screening system developed by ICTS International should have flagged Nigerian passenger as security threat.

    (excerpts) The Israeli firm ICTS International (not to be confused with ICTS Europe, which is a different company), and two of its subsidiaries are at the crux of an international investigation in recent days, as experts try to pinpoint the reasons for the security failure that enabled Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board Northwest flight 253 and attempt to set alight explosives hidden in his underwear.
    A Haaretz investigation has learned that the security officers and their supervisor should have suspected the passenger, even without having early intelligence available to them.
    At this time, ICTS and the Dutch security firm G4S are hurling recriminations at each other, as are the authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Federal Aviation Authority and U.S. intelligence officials…
    …Two decades ago, ICTS adopted the system used in Israel, namely of profiling and assessing the degree to which a passenger is a potential threat on the basis of a number indicators (including age, name, origin and behavior during questioning)…
    …ICTS was established in 1982 by former members of the Shin Bet and El Al security…
    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to haaretz.com

  12. kalithea says:

    Anyone who’s read Chris Hedges’ article “One Day We’ll all be Terrorists” knows that Israelification has already arrived:

    link to truthdig.com

    If this article doesn’t put the fear of God in you, I don’t know what will.

    Having a friendship with Israel is like being friends with mobsters, the bully on the block or a criminal hood gang. You’ll pick up bad habits and become a bad, very bad person, and the line between moral and immoral will start to blur.

    Israel should be treated like the pariah that it is and it should be used as the model for Democracy gone array, to be distanced, never to be emulated, but to be shunned. This is not just a friend that embarrasses and humiliates you. This is a friend that morphs you into his evil twin.

    Israelification is happening in America. Dangerously so. Sometimes I wonder about 9/11 and what Netanyahu said at the time, that it was “good” for Israel. I’m convinced there were many Israelis secretly thinking this same thing and getting some perverse satisfaction from the knowledge that finally Americans were being initiated to become ONE with Israel.

    The thought of this transference of evil makes my stomach churn.

    • Sumud says:

      kalithea, I agree with you about the last decade representing the Israelification of America. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and looking on from another country (Australia), post-911 US is almost unrecognisable. The question is will America be able to shake off the influence of Israel and renew itself, or is American finally down for the count? An American intifadah is needed.

  13. bijou says:

    An American intifadah is needed.

    And how.

    • Walid says:

      Israeli agents had been posted at US airports since 2007 but now, US agents are being posted at Israel’s airport:

      United States and Israel Announce Agreement to Enhance Joint Aviation Security
      Release Date: March 2, 2010

      For Immediate Release
      Office of the Press Secretary
      Contact: 202-282-8010

      Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Israeli Transport and Road Safety Minister Israel Katz today announced a new agreement to enhance information sharing about civil aviation security incidents and ensure efficient and effective coordination in response to potential acts of terrorism and other aviation-related public safety emergencies.

      “The real-time exchange of information with our international partners is critical to our efforts to enhance overall global aviation security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “This agreement will allow the United States and Israel to better coordinate on and respond to potential aviation security incidents to strengthen our mutual safety.”

      “MOU implementation will further improve the effectiveness of the cooperation between the respective civil aviation security authorities,” said Minister Katz. “Such International collaboration is of particular importance to ensure effective response to the evolving threat to international aviation.”

      The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognizes the need for cooperation between the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Security Department of the Israel MOT to manage aviation-related security incidents—establishing designated points of contact for each agency; protocols for notification in the event of an incident; mechanisms to enhance communication; and regular exercises.

      The MOU reflects the both nations’ commitment to coordinate mutual security efforts, shown recently by the stationing of DHS law enforcement personnel in Israel for the first time, as well as the Memorandum of Mutual Understanding between DHS and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security signed on Feb. 7, 2007, which enhanced the ability of the U.S. and Israel to share vital information relating to their respective domestic security concerns—including aviation security, emergency planning and response, and homeland security-related research and protocols.
      link to dhs.gov

      • the stupidity and gullibility of American policymakers is astonishing. so totally willing to give away the store to israeli con artists.

        when americans wake up and realize the extent to which US has been conned by Israel, and US starts clawing back its rights, its information, its telecommunications and credit networks, its financial system, first of all, it will be too late: the damage is irreversible — 40 years of the most significant technological revolution in history, that Americans initiated, and Israel has co-opted the entirety of it. (in the Industrial Revolution, a person who disclosed British technology secrets could be put to death)

        When Americans finally start to complain in a substantive way, israel will claim victimhood and demand reparations of the United States.

  14. Walid says:

    Israel is providing lots of expertise and techno help to the US in various fields of security and to read AIPAC’s description of what the US is getting out of Israel, you’d think that the US was a country of yahoos that couldn’t do anything right until Israel started to help it. AIPAC describes a few of these services such as border control and passport issuance and verification; the cancer is generalized:

    link to aipac.org

    • Hu Bris says:

      It seems that the more Israel ‘helps out’ the US, the more freedom the US loses

      If this keeps up, some day soon they’re gonna help ya to death

  15. Danaa says:

    Here is another fun theory to contemplate:

    1. Lets’ assume the underwear bomber was a false flag operation, which by all indications it might well have been Including the defective explosives he was given). As way to probe security systems using a convenient dupe. The only question here is whose false flag, and we know

    2. Let’s also posit that Israel is perfectly willing to bring down a plane in the US if they conclude that Obama is somehow bad for them (on which their jury is obviously out since he seems bendable enough lately). Obviously nothing will compromise him or his presidency more than a bona fide terror act on American soil. And I have no doubt that Israel – a a collective – cares not a hoot about american lives were they to conclude it’s a “reasonable” price to pay. Even if it include some american Jewish lives

    3. Now let’ further assume that the CIA and FBI are perfectly capable of knowing what we all suspect, meaning, they probably realize who activated the underwear wanna-be bomber and can peculate on the motive as well as I can.

    Conclusion: Their job – which they surely take seriously – is to protect the American public, whoever the president happens to be. In which case, there is the possibility that the enhanced inspection systems were put in place to protect us from some dastardly terror act managed by the Israelis!!

    Corrolary: to make matters even harder for the much put-upon CIA – all the security measures we know of (and many we probably don’t ) have to be put in place and activated without letting on about what they actually know – for fear of bringing the entire subversive zionist enterprise upon their collective heads.

    Cute scenario, no? (and with just 3 basic assumptions…..do I get an A in Neo-Conspiracy 101 or what?)

    Speaking of which, how’s the public trial of the underwear bomber coming along? or have they already agreed to a deal that would keep him locked up safely somewhere where no reporter can get to him?

  16. Hu Bris says:

    “Their job – which they surely take seriously – is to protect the American public, whoever the president happens to be. In which case, there is the possibility that the enhanced inspection systems were put in place to protect us from some dastardly terror act managed by the Israelis!!”

    That’s a very big assumption- what if they are simply more interested in using such incidents to institute a program of ever increasing surveillance coupled with ever more humiliating, and increasingly ineffectual and trivial, ‘security screening’. What if the CIA/FBI/TSA are all quite happy to collude with the perpetrators of such incidents because it gives them the opportunity they desire to show the little people just who the boss is around here? If I had, 10 years ago, told people what would be happening now at airports in the US, I would have been laughed at. And yet here we are . . .