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 Sunday, August 29, 2004

  "Americans" in US Administration Spying for Israel !- So What's New?


  • The man at the center of an FBI investigation of possible Israeli espionage in Washington is a career Pentagon employee, a colonel in the Air Force reserves and a national security analyst who at the end of the Cold War taught himself Farsi and refashioned himself as an Iran expert, officials said Saturday.The FBI is trying to determine whether he is also a spy. The target of the investigation is Larry Franklin, the Pentagon's top Iran policy analyst and a close confidant of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz and Douglas J. Feith, (both Jewish) who as undersecretary for policy is the Pentagon's third-ranking official. Read here for more

  • The espionage investigation focuses on an incident last year in which the analyst allegedly turned over a presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran to two people affiliated with a pro-Israeli lobbying group, the Washington-based American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) . AIPAC may have given the information to Israel, the sources said Friday. Investigators fear that the suspect - who works for Douglas Feith, chief policy adviser to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld - also may have been in a position to compromise government information about that country and the U.S. war effort.
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  • The FBI has spent more than a year covertly investigating, including with the use of electronic surveillance, whether a Pentagon analyst funnelled highly classified material to Israel . Prosecutors were still weighing whether to bring the most serious charge of espionage. The target of the investigation was identified as Larry Franklin, a senior analyst in a Pentagon office dealing with Middle East affairs. The case has taken so long in part because of diplomatic sensitivities between the U.S. and its ally Israel. Read here for more

  • An FBI probe into the handling of highly classified material by Pentagon civilians is broader than previously reported, and goes well beyond allegations that a single midlevel analyst gave a top-secret Iran policy document to Israel. The probe, which has been going on for more than two years, also has focused on other civilians in the Secretary of Defense's office, said the sources who have first-hand knowledge of the subject. But they both center on the office of Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, the Pentagon's No. 3 official.(Feith is Jewish). Read here for more

  • Larry Franklin served as a U.S. Air Force reservist in Israel. Franklin may have been based at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, but was never permanently assigned there. An FBI investigation had been broadened in recent days to include interviews at the State and Defence departments and with Middle Eastern specialists outside government. The FBI is investigating whether the analyst gave classified documents to Israel via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington. Read here for more

  • Commentary

    So we now hear there is a Pentagon analyst sending US foreign policy secrets to Israel?

    So what's new?

    For FBI to be shocked there are US Govt officials in Washington sending US secrets to Israel is incredulous.

    And for the US secret service not being aware in the last two decades there are members in pro-Israel groups in the US whose allegiance to the US are questionable at best, and who are in positions to compromise American foreign policy and national interest, is just unbelievable.

    It is unthinkable that one of the world's most equipped intelligence services can be caught asleep for that long.

    The rest of the world had accepted as fact that pro-Israel lobby groups rule the roost in Washington. They do that through their presence or connections in the White House, the US Senate and in Congress.

    The word in the corridors of powers of many nations is this: What America knows secretly, Israel already knows.

    Imagine if this had been an Arab-American caught compromising US secrets to a foreign government? The media-dogs would be out hunting for blood.

    So we ask, how can this be?

    It can only mean that the FBI or the CIA had already been compromised long before in their inability to monitor these embedded "un-American" individuals who don't give a squint about relaying US secrets to Israel.

    Or can it be, as it is most likely the case, any issue that involves Israel is kept out of average Joe's view and hushed-up to prevent embarrassment to Israel as an ally, even if that means a dangerous cost to US national interest?

    The major US media has been selling to average Joe that Israel is a harmless ally of the US, anyway.

    When you don't see an issue as a problem, you live with it. And when you live with a problem, you never see it as a problem.

    As far as pro-Israel legislators in Congress and US Senate, this is not a major national crisis. It should be treated as if an official in Washington was caught emailing a US document to the Governor's Office in Texas or Nebraska.

    After all, Israel, for all intent and purpose, is already the fifty-second state of the United States of America. So what's a document or two among members of the "same family"?

    While the pro-Israel news media in the US will treat this as just a "storm in the tea cup, US national interest is being dangerously compromised with US soldiers facing mortal danger in the Middle East, fighting a war, as some say, to protect Israel's interest in the region.

    Yes, Americans may not like it, but the issue will come to pass in a whimper.

    You can bet on that.

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