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I wonder if the cuffs or plaque were forged from depleted uranium from NUMEC?
Perhaps the gift department of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is suffering the effect of watching too many episodes of "Revenge."
Such corrections demand tremendous stamina. Here are a couple of others, involving WAPO reporter Walter Pincus.
His report that the USACE knowingly built "nuclear weapons handling facilities in Israel" now corrected at: link to articles.washingtonpost.com
His assertion that the 1917 Espionage Act was narrow, rather than broad, as applied to AIPAC lobbyists, corrected:
link to irmep.org
There are too many such mistakes to either correct, or assume that they are innocent.
When Netanyahu's face appears on television, constantly prattling on Iran's alleged nukes and rattling his saber, the Twilight Zone version of "It's a good life!" by Jerome Bixby comes to mind.
American news anchors to Netanyahu "...But it's good you're making these threats! A real good thing. And tomorrow... tomorrow's gonna be a... real good day!"
link to en.wikipedia.org
"I wonder how many folks in Hollywood knew of the allegations regarding Pollack? And approved."
Actually, the FBI knew in 1992 according to files released under FOIA.
"Record of a phone call between a supervisory special agent in Los Angeles and a special agent in Portland classified as "secret." The special agent notifies LA of impending news media coverage of "an extremely successful movie producer in Hollywood" [Arnon Milchan] noting his ties to "Oliver Stone, Sidney Pollack, Barbara Streisand, Tom Cruise, Richar Dreyfuss and Robert DeNiro. The subject's likely location and wealth "close to $1 billion" and close ties to "Labor Party officials in Israel" is noted. Milchan's arms dealing through MILCO and ties to another American are explored in the heavily redacted file.
Sure, they know. But US mainstream media still always qualifies its existence with the words "suspected", "alleged, " "unacknowledged," etc, as if, after Vanunu's pictures and Jimmy Carter's confirmation, "Israel and the Bomb" "The Samson Option", etc. there's any legitimate doubt.
I think the MSM headlines will be real stunners like, "US Officials Gasp in Disbelief as Israel Confirms Nuclear Arsenal, "
Netanyahu was working in a node of the Milchan smuggling network, Heli Trading, which placed the orders for the Krytrons.
None of the US MSM is mentioning the Netanyahu connection, which was well publicized in July of last year including here and some Israeli press. Not "on message" enough for American news.
Can't wait to see what MSM does when Israel finally declares its a nuclear power. Fall all over themselves. Treat it as day one of a new era? Holding breath.
It is also interesting to note that ZOA's foreign principal, the World Zionist Organization, was found by Israeli prosecutor Thalia Sasson to be up to its elbows in illegal settlement coordination.
link to haaretz.com
The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations used to list the American Section of the WZO as a constituent among its 50 member orgs. It has now dropped WZO from its illustrious rolls (yet curiously still shares an office with the WZO American Section in New York).
WZO and ZOA: Israel's illegal settlements in America:
link to original.antiwar.com
"ZOA was NEVER ordered to register as an Israeli foreign agent."
ZOA was ordered to register as a foreign agent of the World Zionist Organization, an Israeli entity.
Sample order: link to irmep.org
Of course, like the order to register the AZC / AIPAC, and Jewish Agency's American Section, the DOJ did not uphold its duty to enforce the order, and left the American people (true beneficiaries of FARA transparency) hung out to dry.
The ZOA is an organization that was ordered to register as an Israeli foreign agent seven times. link to irmep.org
ZOA provided two executives (Ivan Novick and Zalman Shapiro) to the tiny plant that "lost" the most u-235 in American history (investigated for diversion to Israel).
link to irmep.org
Although ZOA was required to publicly declare a social welfare purpose concordant with past activities in order to reinstate its recently lost tax-exempt status over failure to file tax returns, it has apparently regained such status without complying with IRS requirements. (The IRS cannot find an application form 1024 or 2010 tax return).
Just another rogue Israel lobby organization undermining America through the acquiescence of regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
If it's not abundantly obvious, if I link to *official court documents* on a website, it is a reflection of the value of the *the official court documents*, not the entire website.
Similarly, none of my previous links to the Washington Post in any way endorse the website's opinion page endorsements of U.S. attacks on Iran, Syria, Iraq, etc.
...again, if that's not abundantly obvious.
ADL's entire backstory, like AIPAC's, is rather shaky.
In it's official history, ADL was born of B'nai B'rith's (a Jewish fraternal organization's) horror about the unjust conviction of Leo Frank and his lynching by an anti-semitic mob.
The documentary record seems to reveal that Leo Frank murdered his employee Mary Phagen, tried to frame a worker at his factory, and at the time of the lynching was the beneficiary of behind-the-scenes manipulations of the judiciary that were on the verge of unwinding his case.
link to theamericanmercury.org
If Frank was guilty, it raises the question, what is the true purpose of the ADL? Preserving the invulnerability of B'nai B'rith, similar groups and later the infallibility of Israel through espionage and covert action (some of it apparently in coordination with the FBI)? Certainly what it seems to fit the pattern of 100 years of strange ADL activities and incredible attempts to penetrate the FBI.
link to irmep.org
link to irmep.org
It's good to see the ADL pulled out into the light of day.
In reading decades of FBI records about the group's (often illegal) tactics, the only thing that seemed to have a positive impact was widespread publicity.
When the ADL went after Senator Rufus Holman, he could not find any venue to clear his name after they smeared his reelection campaign and boycotted his business. The FBI was reluctant to do anything since the head of the Portland FBI office carried David Robinson, head of the ADL Oregon office, as Confidential Informant #7 "on the Bureau's records.... A toxic mix for impunity.
There are times when broadcasting at NPR seems like a concerted effort of studied ignorance. The stream of WINEP pundits are never identified as working for an AIPAC think tank, b/c that might raise questions about why they are so prominently featured.
I guess you have to have special investigative powers to figure it all out. e.g.:
Pincus news articles about foreign agents triggered the Fulbright hearings in the early 1960s. He openly accused various Jewish Agency funded operatives of buying and manipulating Congress, documenting it with subpoenaed files as a Senate investigator.
He knows a lot.
Well, sovereign immunity will probably protect Israel's embassy from a defamation suit, unlike the case of Emerson recently discussed here.
link to mondoweiss.net
Wonder how long it would take Shurat HaDin to file a U.S. suit against a similarly humorous fake twitter account, say of Netanyahu offering to sell surplus nuclear triggers smuggled from the U.S.
link to israellawcenter.org
That'd be a laugh riot.
Great observations. Now why would a smart guy like Obama throw Syria to the most dysfunctional Congress ever....?
Americans had yet another chance to see the mainstream media invite the usual parade of war-mongers and pseudo-analysts, the minority yet pro-war, onto the Sunday yack shows, NPR, CNN, Fox etc, as if Iraq never happened. In DC, the Diane Rehm show dripped non-stop with liberal interventionist and neocon war venom, from the usual sources.
If a poll were taken, it is likely that viewer contempt for how big media performed, would show huge disappointment. Big media, with a few exceptions, failed again. Thankfully, the Internet was there to provide a venue for intelligent rebuttal, educated debate, informed comment, and ridicule.
Of course, it's never over, and always too soon to celebrate.
Kenney has an eclectic weekly podcast called Electric Politics. Hope he interviews Mondoweiss crew members sometime.
In 2001, then-Sen. Joe Biden urged the Zionist Organization of America's leadership and Israel's government to keep disagreements with the U.S. government private, and never argue publicly for all the world press to hear at a ZOA event.
Wonder what sage (and vaguely conspiratorial) advice Biden will unfurl at this one. Hopefully he'll again speak extemporaneously and someone will deliver a transcript to the unwashed masses gathered outside.
"As we noted yesterday, the New York Times doesn’t think it’s news that the National Security Agency is sharing intelligence data it collects on Americans with Israel. "
There are other Israel-related subjects the NYT doesn't cover:
1. The Israeli nuclear weapons program (including clandestine funding, proliferation, waste issues).
2. Misuse of U.S. foreign aid to Israel, including loan guarantees, funds to the Jewish Agency.
3. Israel payola to U.S. journalists and academics (including the NYTimes).
A careful review of many New York Times stories reveals that often, when they break a story, it is incredibly misleading, yet never corrected. Other times, they have been more truthful overseas than to U.S. readers (not so much these Internet days). Consider the NUMEC diversion to Israel story:
9/18/1966 Paris Edition, New York Times "US Plant Loses 100 kilos of U-235"
9/17/1966 US Edition, New York Times "Uranium Losses Spur Drive for Tighter US Control of Fissionable Materials"
It's simply not in the NYT's DNA to provide straight coverage about Israel.
link to timesofisrael.com
Appears that Netanyahu is up for a final ethnic cleansing push, if this account it true.
Greenwald cites a top secret NSA memo dated September 2007 with this gem:
"The survival of the state of Israel is a paramount goal of US Middle East policy."
....slotting in the definition of "paramount" it reads:
"The survival of the state of Israel is more important than anything else; the supreme goal of US Middle East policy."
Sure explains a lot. However, most Americans would probably be unpleasantly surprised at that such a secret "Prime Directive" is being taken for marching orders in key federal agencies. There's no accountability, and no effort can be too great if that's the policy.
Wonder when we all got to vote on that.... Musta missed it.
Not aware of any rising public awareness about AIPAC. The polls seem to all indicate overall public "war weariness" is the key factor driving opposition. Rare is the polling question that ever comes anywhere near the Israel lobby.
It's optimistic at this point to judge widespread opposition to Syria strikes says much about the key issues discussed on MW.
Dunno. Think of how valuable he'll become to AIPAC if he has a sudden-and timely- "change of heart" and decides suddenly that there are vital U.S. interests at stake. Prodigal son fable and all that. Again, we know he's an avid-learner open to AIPAC coaching. And just a politician. And he's now cornered the market on opposition.
Hayes had a chance to ask John Kerry whether the majority of intelligence on the Syrian gas attacks came from Israel.
He didn't take it, and overall seemed all starry-eyed and deferential.
It's a mistake to think Grayson is taking on the Israel lobby or the "special relationship." He's not, and as noted by Blumenthal, regularly spouts the approved AIPAC talking points.
Grayson's current position is somewhat like Ron Paul's opposition to foreign aid to Israel, derived from an overall principled opposition to any foreign aid....to any country.
Course, Ron's not around anymore either.
Grayson is educated, eloquent and effective, but he apparently doesn't know anything about AIPAC.
He may think that by over-generalizing AIPAC into just another lobby, along with the nebulous military-industrial complex, he's has carved out a position that's defensible against an Israel-lobby orchestrated attack.
But think of the other effective members of Congress who had such defensible, principal-based positions. Fulbright, Findley, Percy, McKinney... Sooner or later, their weaknesses were probed and they were pounded. They're only politicians, with all the vulnerabilities.... Gotta wonder if Grayson plans to run for re-election, because many in Florida will remember his media blitz.
The last time AIPAC faced odds this bad was 1984. The Israeli government wanted tariff-free access to the American market, in exchange for basically nothing. 74 US industry groups were lobbying hard against trade concessions. 22 relatively small groups and AIPAC were lobbying for it.
AIPAC obtained the classified compendium of US industry negotiating points from the ITC, via Israeli Minister of Economics Dan Halpern, and used their data against them in a lobbying and PR campaign. The FBI investigation (espionage/theft of government property) went nowhere. AIPAC lobbyists swarmed Capitol Hill.
Some, like Ester Kurz, who handled the classified info in 1984, will be lobbying for war on Syria.
It is reasonable to expect any and all AIPAC dirty tricks will be unleashed to make sure Congress defies American public opinion on the war resolution.
It kind of set the table for zero AIPAC accountability.
Rosen owes the Obama administration his freedom. Absent DOJ political appointees that reigned in his Espionage Act prosecution, there's a good possibility that he and his coworker would be sitting in a jail cell after they passed purloined classified information to their Israeli "diplomat" friends.
Obama can rest assured that, just like the Reagan administration after the sordid Iran-Contra affair went south, Rosen will always be there with unsolicited advice to further the interests of his Israeli principals.
mmm, in this case I think "bathtub admirals" is more appropriate.
Thanks to the Syria Accountability Act, a law courteous of AIPAC and sponsor Eliot L. Engel, most relevant US ties to Syria were cut off in 2003. All room for maneuver and actually getting some perceivable benefit out of the US State Department was simply legislated out of existence.
So it's not very credible to suddenly "discover" and then wonder how Israel's lobby might "help the president in his" initiative. In the big picture, this is not Obama's initiative, but rather a decades old Israel lobby drive to to ultimately tripwire the U.S. into conflict with Syria and Iran.
If that's the product of a $53 billion intelligence industry, we should demand an immediate and full refund.
If "Israeli intelligence" provided the pretext for US attacks, then there is no pretext.
link to washingtoninstitute.org
AIPAC's think tank wants more than limited bombing. But yeah, the lobby is sitting ths one out.
Nothing to see here folks, just move along...
Yet another reason never to fund statistically significant serial World Values Surveys in Israel. Might reveal the truth.
Can't think a better outcome than sending students for reeducation at an organization with a long history of spying and subversion against legitimate Arab student, diplomatic and anti-Apartheid groups.
...or is it three? (that AIPAC is a foreign agent of the Israeli government...)
AIPAC appears to have blocked two no-brainer legal determinations. Classified US government publications are full of evidence that Israel is a nuclear weapons state. But legally determining that would mean cutting *direct* aid to Israel under the Symington and Glenn Amendments (or force presidents to publicly issue a "waiver" as with Pakistan, which might embarrass Israel).
It is also abundantly clear that Egypt underwent a coup d'état. But legally determining that would mean cutting what is essentially *indirect* aid to Israel.
Hence, AIPAC, which often engages in illegal activity directly and through surrogates (such as Michael Goldan) link to amazon.com demands that laws passed by Congress not be enforced if it inconveniences Israel. Essentially, under AIPAC's guidance, the U.S. must break some of its most sensible laws.
The Jewish Agency has faced fierce opposition to US meddling in the past. Consider it was the Jewish Agency that:
a) helped set up a massive illegal weapons-smuggling network when David Ben-Gurion visited American Zionists in the 1940s; Most of the hundreds of smugglers and their backers became known to federal law enforcement.
b) funded the American Zionist Council (until ordered to register as a Foreign Agent by Kennedy) and its research division AIPAC (which spun off 6 weeks after the order) through hidden funding;
c) fought properly registering its American Section as a foreign agent of the Israeli government until law professor William Mallison forced DOJ scrutiny in the 1970s;
The Jewish Agency has siphoned $534 million from US taxpayers for "refugee resettlement" since the year 2000, but the spending is untraceable. So this latset move may essentially be making an (unwitting) U.S. taxpayer propagandize himself through dollars that never should have gone to the Jewish Agency in the first place.
link to antiwar.com
Goldberg doesn't appear to know very much about the ZOA's history. Two of its high executives, Zalman Shapiro and Ivan Novick, delivered enough stolen US weapons-grade uranium for Israel to irradiate the planet (or perhaps create a nuclear winter).
Perhaps he needs some of these slides: link to youtube.com
ZOA's made its bones.
New settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "were to some degree expected" but "the United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate." - John Kerry.
link to ynetnews.com
One definition of illegitimate is "not authorized by law."
So it is quite likely that U.S. headlines in the New York Times, etc will soon pick up on that and read "Kerry: US Views Israeli Colonies as Illegal"
The Anti-Defamation League disrupted an America First rally in Madison Square Garden using illegal means. Arnold Forster used stolen press credentials to infiltrate the meeting. When caught, they first offered a bribe, and then the Andrea Mitchell of the day, Walter Winchel wrote some press that the division that busted Forster would be "shaken up"
The campaign worked, and no charges were filed. Israel Lobby Archive link
link to irmep.org
The reason only a handful of America Zionists smugglers were ever punished, is that they got above the Justice Department to quash pending indictments. Or, as it reads in the Abraham Feinberg file: link to irmep.org
"...there were a lot of people involved in this affair [the Haganah/Sonneborn arms theft and smuggling network] and the Department of Justice knew it. He further pointed out that there were 70 people involved on the West Coast. Crum went on to state that it was necessary to have a group working rather than Feinberg and that it would be necessary to have a war chest. This group should include Feinberg who would act as chairman and be responsible for the disbursement of funds."
People wonder what all those millions of Israel lobby dollars buy. If you ask Marc Rich, Zalman Shapiro, Ben Ami-Kadish and Crown, and they were honest, they'd say "immunity."
Indyk is the wrong guy because he subverts American interests in favor of Israeli interests when the chips are down.
Case in point: in 1984 his AIPAC research team received confidential business secrets purloined by Israeli Economic Minister Dan Halpern, and turned them against US organizations lobbying against trade preferences for Israel.
link to IRmep.org
If espionage hadn't been a factor, Americans opposed to the one-sided agreement might have had a chance for advice and consent. Indyk and AIPAC stole that from them.
Here is the ever-so-diplomatic Indyk dodging direct questions about AIPAC espionage on the Diane Rehm show.
The general would be more compelling if he stripped out all of the weasel-word qualifiers:
"I paid a military security price every day as a commander of CENTCOM because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel" s/b
"Because Americans are biased in support of Israel, I paid a military security price every day as a commander of CENTCOM" and
"all the moderate Arabs who want to be with us because they can't come out publicly in support of people who don't want to show respect for the Arab Palestinians." s/b
"moderate Arabs won't be with us until there is respect for Palestinians."
I bet, in battle and under heavy fire, he wouldn't tell his platoon, "Let's be publicly seen taking hill Alpha-6. Do you want to be with me?" Whether he knows it or not, he's just joined the biggest battle in Washington, and better bark clear commands and objectives.
“...a democracy in an oasis of terrorist states and terrorist organizations” simply doesn't make any sense as rhetoric.
Wiener probably meant to say, "a democratic oasis in a desert of terrorist states and organizations" or perhaps even "a rising pillar of democracy within stifling boxer-shorts of oppression."
In 1941, future ADL General Counsel Arnold Forster was infiltrating and disrupting an America First rally to keep America out of war in Madison Square Garden, and then wriggling out of warranted criminal prosecution for his using a stolen press credential.
Since you ask.
Future AIPAC leader Isaiah Kenen also incessantly lobbied for war at the time. See:
link to amazon.com
Taking a page from the Rosen v AIPAC defamation case, apparently a plaintiff to a suit must prove:
"1. that the defendant made a false and defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff;
(2) that the defendant published the statement without privilege to a third party;
(3) that the defendant’s fault in publishing the statement amounted to at least negligence; and
(4) either that the statement was actionable as a matter of law irrespective of special harm or that its publication caused the plaintiff special harm.
A publication is defamatory 'if it tends to injure plaintiff in his trade, profession or
community standing, or lower him in the estimation of the community.' However, an allegedly defamatory remark must be more than unpleasant or offensive; the language must make the plaintiff appear ‘odious, infamous, or ridiculous.’"
Emerson is probably pretty familiar with defamation laws. And no matter how absurd his smears of Muslim communities are, he is careful to always try to tie an accusation to a source, leaving open the defense that he was mistaken, but not malicious in his research. While Emerson appears 'odious infamous and ridiculous' on the basis of these smear efforts to many, he undoubtedly takes his work very seriously, as do many nodes of the Israel lobby and their financial backers. And his work won't be on trial. The entirely made-up statement that he's tied to a "child pornography case" will be. And if he wins, which is entirely likely, it'll be trumpeted as a win against his arch-enemy CAIR which is not a even a party to the suit.
Preachy lessons from "Dry Bones" strips:
The "anti-Israel machine" has more money than the Israel lobby.
link to mrdrybones.com
Netanyahu reveals how to withdraw from US occupied territory.
link to 2.bp.blogspot.com
Islamist terrorists explain their violent two-step plan.
link to thejerusalemconnection.us
Can't deter Iran because mullahs are "crazy"
link to drybonesproject.com
Quiz about (obviously fictitious) "state of Palestine"
link to 4.bp.blogspot.com
1. Once you've read 10 of these, you've pretty much read them all.
link to google.com
2. If a comic strip of the same format, but in which the subject matter was Israel and its supporters, with all of the stereotypes reversed, were drawn weekly the newspapers, blogs/whatever that syndicated it would be boycotted and the ADL would probably condemn the strip and its cartoonist as "anti-Semitic."
Interesting story. Wonder if there's any "follow the money" angle.
In 1974, a 515 Park Avenue organization, HQ of the Jewish Agency, WZO, etc. promoted him:
link to news.google.com
Be interesting to know if, like AIPAC's Near East Report, Kirschen received any start-up funding from the Jewish Agency to send the right messages through his comic strip.
So the ADL, an organization with its own much longer slimy record penetrating, disrupting and smearing peace-oriented groups, once parallel to Apartheid South African agents, issues an opinion on Oday, and it's supposed to carry some sort of moral authority?
link to electronicintifada.net
link to counterpunch.org
What a joke.
However, it is useful to recall that Jewish Telegraphic Agency hasn't been considered "neutral and well-respected" in all quarters, for good reason.
The US State Department once banned JTA from covering backgrounders. JTA was funded/founded by the Jewish Agency, which also laundered charitable donations into the conventional arms smuggling in the United States in the 1940s, writing checks for the illegal export of aircraft for the War of Independence through its agent Nahum Bernstein. The ring-leader of the illegal arms smuggling ring, Rudolph Sonnenborn, ran the JTA.
link to t.co
JTA was investigated during the 1963 Fulbright hearings as an Israeli government trumpet in the United States.
The fact that a more militant upstart now wants to knock JTA off its perch is interesting. Maybe the JTA staff should start running guns again...
Why no, Kathleen. It's just you....whoops, feel good story alert.
Sphinx in Israel story.
link to npr.org
There's no presidential pardon like an Israel presidential pardon. Clinton also pardoned Adolph Schwimmer, convicted smuggler and Iran-Contra operative.
The Rich pardon communicated to alert Americans that rule of law can be bought and sold by the Israel lobby. If Israel and its US lobby want a president to turn a blind eye, or rectify a "historical injustice" it's not a matter of "if" but "how much" and "when."
Presidential pardon files for Charles Winters that became available recently reveal how broad an effort can be. In this case, it was to wipe the record clean of an already deceased smuggler and again communicate that illegally smuggling US weapons to Jewish fighters in Palestine in the 1940s (which occurred at the margin of many Zionist orgs) was "on the wrong side of the law, but right side of history" as one fawning smuggler obit put it.
Even if Pollard were released in 2015 and not obtain any sentence reduction, it is still likely that Obama will pardon Pollard his last day in office to "close a painful chapter" in US-Israel history. (The chapter in which the U.S. seriously investigated and even prosecuted Israeli espionage and covert actions in the U.S.).
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