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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:38 pm    Post subject: Is the Potential AIPAC/Neocon Scandal About to "Blow Up Reply to topic

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Is the Potential AIPAC/Neocon Scandal About to "Blow Up"?

I am often surprised that some investigations in Washington draw much (leak-fueled) attention in the media and others proceed far below the radar. The intricacies and overall shape of Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of the Wilson leak affair has eluded Washington reporters. What does draw coverage is his very public--and seemingly maniacal--pursuit of reporters Matt Cooper (of Time) and Judith Miller (of The New York Times). What progress he has made in determining which administration officials leaked the identity of a CIA undercover official to columnist Robert Novak is unknown. There also are no good indications of whether he has pressed Novak--rather than reporters who are peripheral to the alleged crime--to reveal his sources. Compare this to Kenneth Starr's investigations of Monicagate and Whitewater, the confidential details of which were in the newspapers practically every day.

Another under-the-radar investigation is the AIPAC inquiry. But, I'm told, this may soon change.

First, some background. The FBI has twice raided the offices of the influential pro-Israeli lobby and subpoenaed AIPAC officials. The feds are apparently looking at whether AIPAC officials passed classified information obtained from Bush administration officials to Israel. If true, this could be a rather explosive scandal. Yet it hasn't garnered much notice. For a quick primer, here's how The Washington Post described the mysterious investigation last September:

For more than two years, the FBI has been investigating whether classified intelligence has been passed to Israel by the American Israel Political Action Committee, an influential U.S. lobbying group, in a probe that extends beyond the case of Pentagon employee Lawrence A. Franklin [who has come under investigation for allegedly passing information to Israel], according to senior U.S. officials and other sources.

The counterintelligence probe, which is different from a criminal investigation, focuses on a possible transfer of intelligence more extensive than whether Franklin passed on a draft presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran, the sources said. The FBI is examining whether highly classified material from the National Security Agency, which conducts electronic intercepts of communications, was also forwarded to Israel, they said.

Israel said the characterization of the probe is speculative. "We are aware of all the speculation, but that is all it is. We have not heard anything official, and U.S.-Israeli relations remain as strong as ever and, as far as we are concerned, it's business as usual," said David Siegel, spokesman of the Israeli Embassy here. AIPAC has forcefully denied that any of its personnel received classified information.

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, Stephen J. Hadley, were apprised of the FBI counterintelligence investigation of AIPAC as a possible conduit for information to Israel more than two years ago, a senior U.S. official said late yesterday. That official and other sources would discuss the investigation only on the condition of anonymity because it involves classified information and is highly sensitive.

The investigation of Franklin is coincidental to the broader FBI counterintelligence probe, which was already long underway when Franklin came to the attention of investigators, U.S. officials and sources said. Franklin, a career analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency who specializes in Iran, is suspected of passing the proposed directive on Iran to AIPAC, officials said, which may have forwarded it to Israel. According to friends and colleagues, Franklin spent time in Israel, including during duty in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, in which he served as a specialist in foreign political-military affairs. Franklin now works for Douglas J. Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy.

Reports on the investigation have baffled foreign policy analysts and U.S. officials because the Bush administration and the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon already cooperate on intelligence matters and share policy views. Despite some rocky moments, the relationship has been among the United States' closest in both policy and intelligence sharing since Israel was founded almost six decades ago.

What's going on is not all that clear. But it does seem to spell bad news for the neocons, since Franklin leads to Feith, a leading neocon (who has announced he will be leaving his post at the Pentagon). Perhaps that's why some neoconners--those pioneering cheerleaders of the war in Iraq--have been suggesting that the FBI used Franklin in a "sting" operation to set up AIPAC. Tugging on the neocon thread, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius last month wrote,

What adds a sharp edge to the Bush II ideological debate [between neocons and so-called "realists"] is the fact that the FBI is continuing an investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, which, like the neoconservatives, is strongly supportive of Israel. The investigation appears to have touched some prominent neoconservatives who are friendly toward AIPAC. Journalist Edwin Black discussed the fallout in a Dec. 31 article in the Forward newspaper, headlined "Spat Erupts Between Neocons, Intelligence Community." He described an apparent effort by the FBI to use the Pentagon official whose contacts with AIPAC triggered the investigation, Larry Franklin, in an unsuccessful "sting" operation to draw [neocon leader Richard] Perle into passing information to the neocons' favorite Iraqi leader, Ahmed Chalabi.

The FBI investigation has received surprisingly little publicity in the mainstream press, but it continues to rumble along. A prominent former government official with access to highly classified information told me this week that he was interviewed in late January by two FBI agents and quizzed about his luncheon meetings with Steve Rosen, AIPAC's director of foreign policy issues. He said he told the agents that he had never given Rosen classified information and that Rosen had never asked for it. The FBI investigation seemed, to this former official, to be largely a "fishing expedition."

...Meanwhile, I'm told that more than a half-dozen officials in the Bush administration who are apparently suspected of leaking classified information to AIPAC have had to retain defense lawyers.

Six Bushies on the run? That sounds like major news. But no details have leaked out. So let me contribute in my own small way. A reliable source of mine reports that he recently chatted with one of the principle figures in the investigation and that this fellow said the AIPAC scandal was about to "blow up," meaning there would be new, noteworthy developments that presumably would generate headlines. The person talking to my source was in a position to know and in a position to hope for the opposite. Consequently, I would assign a fair degree of confidence to this person's prediction. If that comes to pass, perhaps the Washington media will finally get around to providing more thorough and penetrating coverage of this potential scandal.

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PS. For the best short history of the mess in Lebanon--and a decent explanation of why George Bush does not deserve much credit for what appear to be positive developments there--go to Juan Cole's blog and see his March 1 entry. It's worth the trip and the time.

Posted by David Corn at March 3, 2005 11:44 AM

http://www.davidcorn.com/2005/03/is_the_potentia.php
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:41 pm    Post subject: Treason at High Level: Pentagon Neoconservatives, AIPAC and Reply to topic

Treason at High Level: Pentagon Neoconservatives, AIPAC and Israel:

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=20366

How Israel Controls/Corrupts Controls the US Government and Media:

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=53

AIPAC Boasts Control of the White House:

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=29880


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:00 am    Post subject: Israeli Spying.... Reply to topic

Israeli Spying....


http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=3425
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:13 am    Post subject: Why Iraq? The short answer—neocons Reply to topic

Why Iraq? The short answer—neocons

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=30609


Scott Ritter Says US Plans June Attack on Iran:


http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=29754
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: Is the Potential AIPAC/Neocon Scandal About to "Blo Reply to topic

Forwarded:

Jim Dean wrote:


Dear Folks,

News on this has been very quietly except for the 'six' Bush admin people who have retained criminal attorneys. Usually the press would be all over this. Bush has promoted major NeoCons into even higher positions. He replaced the supervisor of this investigation with a 'team player' early last fall. In the past these investigations have always been stopped by higher ups. Israel has done decades of black bag job for the US, really nasty things, which she could hold a press conference on if put in a position to do so. That is a lever they can use to even bunt espionage investigations here.

The US backed repressive regimes crushing democratic movements all over the world using the Israelis as a conduit for arms and training. The screen for this was always 'anti-communist' activity but the mass graves are filled with lots of non communists. Bottom line...we supported terrorism all over the world when we perceived a benifit.

Military planners thought they were real slick to use Israel as their bad boy. Israel got the better part of the deal...a free hand to crush the Palestinians...a pledge of endless monies forever...a free hand in WMD development...free pass for espionage in the US...and a blank check UN vote from the US.

Israel has literally been our Al Queda in the Middle East, Africa and Central America. But as Kissinger so deftly said...'we reserve the right to launch preemptive strikes on threats against us...but of course they cannot do that to us.' Ah....the high moral road.

Hamas and Hezbollah never struck at the US, although under the Bush doctrine, and equal rights to strike at those who support attacks against them they could have. They knew that would unleash the furies. It took some of our US/Saudi trained terrorists, that were supposed to being killing Russians for generations to evolve into the wildcard. And yes we did support the Madrassa schools which taught the kids to hate. That is why we have not crunched the Saudis to close them down, like Israel, they have some cards they are holding that they can show the American people.

That is why I am against military and intel planners using surrogates to a large degree.For the short term gain you put all your future replacements behind the black mail eight ball. It's like when the preacher who is fooling around with the church secretary, and she decides to also nip a few church funds, he will hardly be the one to turn her in.

I am continuing to pull more and more material together on Israeli state terrorism, and I find it's US sanctioning every step of the way. Oh there are the token protest here and there, but the money and weapons continue to flow and the dirty little secrets remain tucked away.

What I am running across is stuff like the Nazis were hanged for at Nuremberg, so those involved have a lot on incentive to stay mum...those post gov. career book deals you know.
I am not having to break into vaults to get this stuff either. Many of those involved have written books and articles, and the Israeli newspaper archives are a gold mine. I just got in today 'The West Bank's brave reporters'...March 4, 1983, MEI.

Although this was printed in Israeli sources and I live in a free country, I might as well live in North Korea in terms of ever seeing our official media print any of this stuff. I could spend the rest of my life lecturing on what a fraud American media has become, hardly worth one serviceman ever dying for. A free press is a nice concept...but that is all it is.

The far left and the Paleoconservatives are the only ones really concerned about any of this. The rest seem content to go with the flow. It seems an irony the middle American is becoming somewhat like the Brits toward the American colonies just before the Rev War. They just preferred not to see what they did not want to see....that if some very fundamental problems did not get addressed and fixed soon, the price to do so would go through the roof.

Those of us who have pushed hard for the Israeli Intel roll up for several years now hope the 'big event' mentioned below is around the corner. The numbers of Americans(?) involved in assisting Israeli Intel operations is quite large. Most don't see anything wrong with it, like the Soviet spies in the Roosevelt administration...'hey, we're just helping out an ally'.

A month ago I found a smoking gun that Harry Hopkins was a Soviet spy, the big stuff...nuclear. I just happened to bump into two freak things at the same time and spotted it.
God only knows how many there were then, or that we have now. The least we can do is make them sweat a little. And maybe we will get to hang a few. It's the least we can do for the troops coming back in caskets, and those that are partially coming back. That is our job as Vets and retired Intel people, to guard the fort back home...the domestic enemies part of the officer's oath

Jim Dean...Heritage TV


Alpha wrote:
March 03, 2005


Is the Potential AIPAC/Neocon Scandal About to "Blow Up"?

I am often surprised that some investigations in Washington draw much (leak-fueled) attention in the media and others proceed far below the radar. The intricacies and overall shape of Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of the Wilson leak affair has eluded Washington reporters. What does draw coverage is his very public--and seemingly maniacal--pursuit of reporters Matt Cooper (of Time) and Judith Miller (of The New York Times). What progress he has made in determining which administration officials leaked the identity of a CIA undercover official to columnist Robert Novak is unknown. There also are no good indications of whether he has pressed Novak--rather than reporters who are peripheral to the alleged crime--to reveal his sources. Compare this to Kenneth Starr's investigations of Monicagate and Whitewater, the confidential details of which were in the newspapers practically every day.

Another under-the-radar investigation is the AIPAC inquiry. But, I'm told, this may soon change.

First, some background. The FBI has twice raided the offices of the influential pro-Israeli lobby and subpoenaed AIPAC officials. The feds are apparently looking at whether AIPAC officials passed classified information obtained from Bush administration officials to Israel. If true, this could be a rather explosive scandal. Yet it hasn't garnered much notice. For a quick primer, here's how The Washington Post described the mysterious investigation last September:

For more than two years, the FBI has been investigating whether classified intelligence has been passed to Israel by the American Israel Political Action Committee, an influential U.S. lobbying group, in a probe that extends beyond the case of Pentagon employee Lawrence A. Franklin [who has come under investigation for allegedly passing information to Israel], according to senior U.S. officials and other sources.

The counterintelligence probe, which is different from a criminal investigation, focuses on a possible transfer of intelligence more extensive than whether Franklin passed on a draft presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran, the sources said. The FBI is examining whether highly classified material from the National Security Agency, which conducts electronic intercepts of communications, was also forwarded to Israel, they said.

Israel said the characterization of the probe is speculative. "We are aware of all the speculation, but that is all it is. We have not heard anything official, and U.S.-Israeli relations remain as strong as ever and, as far as we are concerned, it's business as usual," said David Siegel, spokesman of the Israeli Embassy here. AIPAC has forcefully denied that any of its personnel received classified information.

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, Stephen J. Hadley, were apprised of the FBI counterintelligence investigation of AIPAC as a possible conduit for information to Israel more than two years ago, a senior U.S. official said late yesterday. That official and other sources would discuss the investigation only on the condition of anonymity because it involves classified information and is highly sensitive.

The investigation of Franklin is coincidental to the broader FBI counterintelligence probe, which was already long underway when Franklin came to the attention of investigators, U.S. officials and sources said. Franklin, a career analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency who specializes in Iran, is suspected of passing the proposed directive on Iran to AIPAC, officials said, which may have forwarded it to Israel. According to friends and colleagues, Franklin spent time in Israel, including during duty in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, in which he served as a specialist in foreign political-military affairs. Franklin now works for Douglas J. Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy.

Reports on the investigation have baffled foreign policy analysts and U.S. officials because the Bush administration and the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon already cooperate on intelligence matters and share policy views. Despite some rocky moments, the relationship has been among the United States' closest in both policy and intelligence sharing since Israel was founded almost six decades ago.

What's going on is not all that clear. But it does seem to spell bad news for the neocons, since Franklin leads to Feith, a leading neocon (who has announced he will be leaving his post at the Pentagon). Perhaps that's why some neoconners--those pioneering cheerleaders of the war in Iraq--have been suggesting that the FBI used Franklin in a "sting" operation to set up AIPAC. Tugging on the neocon thread, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius last month wrote,

What adds a sharp edge to the Bush II ideological debate [between neocons and so-called "realists"] is the fact that the FBI is continuing an investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, which, like the neoconservatives, is strongly supportive of Israel. The investigation appears to have touched some prominent neoconservatives who are friendly toward AIPAC. Journalist Edwin Black discussed the fallout in a Dec. 31 article in the Forward newspaper, headlined "Spat Erupts Between Neocons, Intelligence Community." He described an apparent effort by the FBI to use the Pentagon official whose contacts with AIPAC triggered the investigation, Larry Franklin, in an unsuccessful "sting" operation to draw [neocon leader Richard] Perle into passing information to the neocons' favorite Iraqi leader, Ahmed Chalabi.

The FBI investigation has received surprisingly little publicity in the mainstream press, but it continues to rumble along. A prominent former government official with access to highly classified information told me this week that he was interviewed in late January by two FBI agents and quizzed about his luncheon meetings with Steve Rosen, AIPAC's director of foreign policy issues. He said he told the agents that he had never given Rosen classified information and that Rosen had never asked for it. The FBI investigation seemed, to this former official, to be largely a "fishing expedition."

...Meanwhile, I'm told that more than a half-dozen officials in the Bush administration who are apparently suspected of leaking classified information to AIPAC have had to retain defense lawyers.

Six Bushies on the run? That sounds like major news. But no details have leaked out. So let me contribute in my own small way. A reliable source of mine reports that he recently chatted with one of the principle figures in the investigation and that this fellow said the AIPAC scandal was about to "blow up," meaning there would be new, noteworthy developments that presumably would generate headlines. The person talking to my source was in a position to know and in a position to hope for the opposite. Consequently, I would assign a fair degree of confidence to this person's prediction. If that comes to pass, perhaps the Washington media will finally get around to providing more thorough and penetrating coverage of this potential scandal.

******
PS. For the best short history of the mess in Lebanon--and a decent explanation of why George Bush does not deserve much credit for what appear to be positive developments there--go to Juan Cole's blog and see his March 1 entry. It's worth the trip and the time.

Posted by David Corn at March 3, 2005 11:44 AM

http://www.davidcorn.com/2005/03/is_the_potentia.php
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:56 am    Post subject: Justin Raimondo: Putting Israel First Reply to topic

Putting Israel First

Justin Raimondo

Mar 06, 05

http://www.antiwar.com/blog/index.php?id=P1894


My friend Arthur Silber points me toward the ravings of one Kay Arthur, a popular "Christian Zionist" author and minister, at the convention of the National Religious Broadcasters:

"Perhaps the most startling moment of the morning was an appearance by popular Christian Zionist author, Kay Arthur of Precepts Ministries. 'I love America,' Arthur said, her voice quivering with emotion. 'But if it came to a choice between Israel and America, I would stand with Israel.' While the crowd applauded tepidly, I looked around and saw more than a few faces cringing with embarrassment. Arthur went on to read excerpts from the Book of Revelations, painting a surreal image of Jesus seated in a throne floating above Jerusalem, rapturing all the world's true believers up to Heaven. She left the fate of unreconstructed Jews to the imagination."

Israel's amen corner in the U.S. is going to be doing a lot more cringing if David Corn, columnist for The Nation, is right. He cites a Washington Post report by David Ignatius that "more than a half-dozen officials in the Bush administration who are apparently suspected of leaking classified information to AIPAC have had to retain defense lawyers," and writes:

"Six Bushies on the run? That sounds like major news. But no details have leaked out. So let me contribute in my own small way. A reliable source of mine reports that he recently chatted with one of the principle figures in the investigation and that this fellow said the AIPAC scandal was about to "blow up," meaning there would be new, noteworthy developments that presumably would generate headlines. The person talking to my source was in a position to know and in a position to hope for the opposite. Consequently, I would assign a fair degree of confidence to this person's prediction. If that comes to pass, perhaps the Washington media will finally get around to providing more thorough and penetrating coverage of this potential scandal."

Here, at the intersection between religion, ideology, and treason, is where American politics gets truly ... weird. One thing I have to wonder is how and why anyone who is genuinely and sincerely pro-Israel would want to get mixed up with such nutballs. Kay Arthur is the Ward Churchill of the pro-Israel Right, and yet she is intimately connected with all sorts of pro-Israel coalitions and action groups. The Israeli government sent an official representative to the NRB convention.
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