9/11: the AIPAC connection

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2006-03-06 16:51:36

>The 9/11 – Israeli Spy Connection >by Carl Cameron, Fox New > >Ref: www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/03/335189.html > >These are the videos AIPAC lobbied FOX News to remove from their website. >Since then, AIPAC has found itself embroiled in yet another espionage >case, this time involving an operative inside the very Pentagon office >from which many of the now discredited claims abut Iraq’s WMD. > >Ref: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAoe26MaTew&search=fox%20news > >FOX News threatened this website to force the removal of these videos, but >they appear here at this outside website for those of you unaware that on >9-11, the largest foreign spy ring ever uncovered in the US was in the >process of being rounded up, and that evidence linking these arrested >Israeli spies to 9-11 has been classified by the US Government! > > >This was before Faux News became all Goebells, all the time … > >Ironically, on September 10, 2001, a US military report to Congress warned >that Israeli agents were capable of carrying out deadly attacks against >Americans, and framing Arabs. > >Fox News – 911 The Israeli Connection >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAoe26MaTew&search=fox%20news > >Having this information really adds context to current events. That’s the >reason investigative reports like these get shelved. > >Pro-Israel Lobbying Group Roiled by Prosecution of Two Ex-Officials > >Article Tools Sponsored By >By SCOTT SHANE and DAVID JOHNSTON >Published: March 5, 2006 > >WASHINGTON, March 4 — The annual gathering of the nation’s top pro-Israel >lobbying group, which starts here on Sunday, will be addressed by Vice >President Dick Cheney and United Nations Ambassador John R. Bolton. >Politicians are lined up to warn of the threat from Iran and Hamas. >Workshops will offer advice on winning the legislative game on Capitol >Hill. > >But the official program omits a topic likely to be a major theme of >corridor chatter: the explosive Justice Department prosecution of two >former officials of the group, the American Israel Public Affairs >Committee, that is ticking toward an April trial date. > >The highly unusual indictment of the former officials, Steven J. Rosen and >Keith Weissman, accuses them of receiving classified information about >terrorism and Middle East strategy from a Defense Department analyst, >Lawrence A. Franklin, and passing it on to a journalist and an Israeli >diplomat. Mr. Franklin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12½ years in >prison, though his sentence could be reduced based on his cooperation in >the case. > >The prosecution has roiled the powerful organization, known as Aipac, >which at first vigorously defended Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman and then >fired them last March. And it has generated considerable anger among >American Jews who question why the group’s representatives were singled >out in the first place. > >Aipac would appear to be an unlikely target for the Bush([search]) >administration; it is a political powerhouse that generally shares the >administration’s hawkish views on the potential nuclear threat from Iran >and the danger of Palestinian militancy. But the case does fit with the >administration’s determination to stop leaks of classified information. > >Some legal experts say the prosecution threatens political and press >freedom, making a felony of the commerce in information and ideas that is >Washington’s lifeblood. Federal prosecutors are using the Espionage Act >for the first time against Americans who are not government officials, do >not have a security clearance and, by all indications, are not a part of a >foreign spy operation. > >”The feeling in the Jewish community is one of indignation at Aipac’s >being unfairly targeted by federal prosecutors for trying to find out what >everyone in this town is trying to find out — what the government is >thinking,” said Douglas M. Bloomfield, who was a legislative director of >Aipac in the 1980’s and who now writes a syndicated column on American >Mideast policy. > >As the marquee conference speakers attest, Aipac’s clout has not been >visibly diminished by the criminal case. Membership has increased 25 >percent in the last two years to more than 100,000, and the budget has >grown to $45 million, the group said. “As always, the organization is >completely focused on its core mission, the strengthening of the >U.S.-Israel relationship,” said Patrick Dorton, an Aipac spokesman. > >Mr. Bloomfield said he had been told by insiders that the investigation of >Mr. Rosen, director of foreign policy issues at Aipac and an influential >figure there for more than 20 years, and Mr. Weissman, a Mideast analyst >with the group since 1993, had proved a “fund-raising windfall” as donors >rallied to offer their support. > >But the case has set off alarms among the policy groups, lobbyists and >journalists who swap information, often about national security issues, >with executive-branch officials and Congressional staff members. They were >not reassured by a remark from the federal judge hearing the case, at Mr. >Franklin’s sentencing in January, that the laws on classified information >were not limited to government officials. > >”Persons who have unauthorized possession, who come into unauthorized >possession of classified information, must abide by the law,” the judge, >T. S. Ellis III, said. “That applies to academics, lawyers, journalists, >professors, whatever.” > >A January legal brief by lawyers for Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman — written >in part by Viet D. Dinh, a conservative former assistant attorney general >in the Bush Justice Department — argued that the charges were a dangerous >effort to criminalize conduct protected by the First Amendment. That >argument gets fervent support from people who may not share the Aipac >officials’ conservative views on foreign policy. > >”If receiving and passing on national defense information is a crime, >we’re going to have to build a lot more jails,” said Steven Aftergood, who >runs the Project on Government Secrecy at the liberal Federation of >American Scientists. “To make a crime of the kind of conversations Rosen >and Weissman had with Franklin over lunch would not be surprising in the >People’s Republic of China. But it’s utterly foreign to the American >political system.” > >Peter Raven-Hansen, a law professor at George Washington University, said >the case raised several legal issues and undoubtedly would end up in the >next edition of his textbook on national security law. > >”Leaving aside the idea that this might chill exchanges with the press, >this is a guaranteed formula for selective prosecution,” Mr. Raven-Hansen >said. In other words, he said, so many people have conversations involving >borderline-classified information that the government will not be able to >prosecute them all and will have to pick and choose, raising a fundamental >fairness question. > >Justice Department officials will not discuss the case. But in announcing >the indictment of Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman in August, Paul McNulty, the >United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said, “Those >not authorized to receive classified information must resist the >temptation to acquire it, no matter what their motivation may be.” > >The inquiry dates back to 1999 when, according to the indictment against >Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman, they first violated the Espionage Act, which >makes it a crime to possess and disseminate national defense information >without authorization. What remains a mystery is how and when the >government first focused on the Aipac employees, and why they were singled >out among the hundreds of foreign policy advocates in the capital. > >Former and current intelligence officials have said the two men may have >stumbled into an American intelligence operation involving electronic >monitoring of Israeli interests in the United States. The indictment >includes what it indicates is a verbatim quotation from an April 1999 >conversation Mr. Rosen had with an official of a foreign country, >identified as Israel by government officials who have been briefed on the >case. > >Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman are accused of orally passing on to a >journalist and to foreign officials classified information about American >policy options in the Middle East, an F.B.I. report on the Khobar Towers >bombing in Saudi Arabia and terrorist groups like Al Qaeda. > >In August 2002, according to the indictment, the two Aipac officials first >met Mr. Franklin, who supplied them with more information, much of it >involving policy options toward Iran. In pleading guilty, Mr. Franklin >said he did not intend to damage the United States but hoped the two >lobbyists would be advocates for his views within the administration. > >(Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Mr. Rosen, and John N. Nassikas III, who >represents Mr. Weissman, declined to discuss the case.) > >Aipac and its former employees have tussled over legal fees. In October, >according to a person who had been briefed about the dispute and who would >describe the delicate negotiations only on condition of anonymity, the >group offered the men about $800,000 apiece to cover legal fees. But they >turned down the offer because it would have required them to give up their >right to sue Aipac, the person said. > >Though Aipac is not accused of wrongdoing, some lawyers say a trial could >prove embarrassing for the group, because it could delve into the inner >workings of the organization and the internal roles played by Mr. Rosen >and Mr. Weissman. > >”A trial has got to be a concern for Aipac,” said Neal Sher, a former >federal prosecutor and a former executive director of Aipac. “You don’t >know what might come out. A trial might reveal its inner workings, its >dealings with the government and its dealings with Israel.” > >Mr. Sher, like other former Aipac officials, said one particularly >sensitive point for the group would be any evidence that it ever acted at >the behest of Israeli officials. Aipac officials have never registered as >agents of Israel and have never been required to, because they have not >acted at the “order, request, direction or control” of Israel, said Philip >Friedman, the group’s general counsel. > >But the question of dual loyalty, to the United States and to Israel, >became touchy after the investigation was revealed. At last year’s >conference, the group broke with tradition and did not sing the Israeli >national anthem. > >This year, officials have said, the tradition will be restored. Both the >American and Israeli anthems are on the program. > >http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/politics/05aipac.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2 > > >Of the MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence service, the SAMS officers say: >”Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and >make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act.” [Washington Times September 10, >2001] >http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/fakealqaeda.html > >The Five Dancing Israelis Arrested On 9-11 >http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/fiveisraelis.html > > > — “Capitalism is institutionalised bribery” [TG] All emails are ‘cleartext’ to the NSA. www.nsa.gov Jesus of Nazareth – our teacher. www.bilderberg.org/t… All facts, no theory. 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