U.S. vs. AIPAC

By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar (Nov. 6, 2006)

Originally at: http://www.payvand.com/news/06/nov/1062.html

Anyone remotely familiar with the American political landscape knows
that the Israeli lobby plays a very large role in shaping US foreign
policy in the Middle East. This influence has been achieved through
clever use of financial muscle and control of large sections of the
media from newspapers to cable TV channels to think-tank
organisations. Many of the Israeli lobby groups of today can trace
their roots to the early 50s, when the American Jewish population
needed to organise itself to fight the existing hidden prejudices and
discrimination and to break the hidden barriers to their advancement.
In their fight to overcome these difficulties they targeted both the
media and the politicians. It was thought (correctly) that media
played a very important role in creating or destroying the public
image of any minority group in the country.

But somehow along the way, some of these organisations were hijacked
by Zionists who equated Jewishness with being the loyal supporter of
Israel. This minority group set about turning these lobbying groups’
agendas from one of fighting against prejudice to one of working to
advance Israel’s interest. A large number of Jewish Americans,
naturally did not and do not agree with the aim of these Zionists.
This silent majority (such as the Neturei Karta group, Peace now
movement etc) is seen by the Zionists as traitors to the state of
Israel and not real Jews.

These lobbying groups have consistently worked to advance their
perceived interest of Israel around the world, not realising that
their policies and actions may not be in the long-term interest of the
state of Israel and even be counterproductive to the Jews’ interest
around the world. By relying on the force of money and media, they
have tried hard to persuade people to see the world from their point
of view; not noticing that extreme use of these tools will eventually
create a counter reaction.

After having succeeded in penetrating the corridors of power, these
groups have become over-confident and arrogant. What used to be
suggested is now demanded. What was previously politely asked for is
now commanded. How long can this continue before it triggers a
terrible reaction is anyone’s guess; but it surely can not continue
unchecked for long.

The strength of these groups have increased to such a level that now
they can determine the outcome of elections (through money and the
media). The situation has gotten so bad that now, most of the
congressional hopefuls (Democrats and Republicans), even presidential
hopefuls, have to declare their absolute support for Israel first
before even entertaining the thought of running a serious election
campaign.

One of these pro-Israel lobbying groups is the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC). We know of course that AIPAC has some very
wealthy members. These supporters (official/unofficial) also control
major part of the media. Money and media are the things that determine
the outcome of most elections. So it is not surprising to see that
most politicians and government officials always try to stay on
extremely friendly terms with AIPAC and its clones.

But things have gotten out of hand. One no longer can determine where
the US foreign policy starts and where Israel’s ends and whether the
US foreign policy is being formulated in Washington or in Tel Aviv.
Are the elected officials in US (knowingly or unknowingly) working to
advance US interest or Israel’s interest?

“While reportedly under investigation for her ties to an influential
pro-Israel lobbying organization, California Rep. Jane Harman last
month hosted a private dinner for the group that was attended by two
top Bush administration officials—Director of National Intelligence
John Negroponte and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.

The Sept. 13 dinner took place at the home of Harman, the ranking
Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, and was
attended by over 120 top financial backers of the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The highlight of the evening was a
panel discussion in which Harman played the host, questioning
Negroponte and Chertoff about Mideast developments, international
terrorism and homeland-security issues, according to an AIPAC
official.”[[1]]

Why was California Rep. Jane Harman being investigated?

“The FBI has been looking into claims since mid-2005 that Harman of
California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee
on Intelligence, made explicit pledges to the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee, AIPAC, in exchange for the group’s support in her
quest to keep her spot on the intelligence panel.

The Washington Post reports one of those pledges was that for AIPAC’s
help, she would ask Republican administration officials to ease up on
a probe of two former AIPAC lobbyists charged with violating the
Espionage Act by receiving national defense information and
transmitting it to journalists and Israeli Embassy employees. News of
the FBI’s investigation first appeared Friday in Time magazine.”[[2]]

What is being produced in the intelligence committee? It is
Intelligence assessments of course. The very thing that can be used to
justify wars such as the one going on in Iraq or the one that is
contemplated for Iran.

“U.N. inspectors investigating Iran’s nuclear program angrily
complained to the Bush administration and to a Republican congressman
yesterday about a recent House committee report on Iran’s
capabilities, calling parts of the document “outrageous and dishonest”
and offering evidence to refute its central claims.

Officials of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency
said in a letter that the report contained some “erroneous, misleading
and unsubstantiated statements.” The letter, signed by a senior
director at the agency, was addressed to Rep. Peter Hoekstra
(R-Mich.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, which issued
the report. A copy was hand-delivered to Gregory L. Schulte, the U.S.
ambassador to the IAEA in Vienna.”[[3]]

Every now and then, through these scandals we get a glimpse of the
power of AIPAC. We have a top elected official pledging allegiance to
a lobby group for Israel to KEEP HER JOB on the INTELLIGENCE PANEL.
What does this say to you? Is it the American people who are
determining who works in various positions in the government or state
of Israel? And anyway, why she, while being under investigation, was
giving a dinner party for the very same group of prople that she was
being accused of working for? And more importantly, who were these
AIPAC financial backers and what did they want from Director of
National Intelligence and Secretary of Homeland Security? Why did they
have dinner with a person that is under investigation? Can you think
of anything? Could it be that they were discussing Iraq II (i.e.
Iran)?

But it seems what is very obvious to outsiders, is still unknown to
the American people. Even after scandal after scandal, the things
continue as before. The Iraq war is still claiming thousands of lives
and yet people have already forgotten how it was started in the first
place. They have forgotten that it was the very same lobbying groups
and their favourite politicians (both Democrats and Republicans) that
were manipulating facts to start a devastating and unjustified war. We
just have to look at one of the convicted lobbyist to see who knew of
the events a year before the American people did.

If I was an American I would ask my President to explain why some
lobbyist like Abramoff would know about the plans for invasion of Iraq
a year before he informed the congress. And who was Abramoff’s Israeli
friend that he was passing the information to and why? Look at the
following e-mail (page 26) from Mr. Abramoff to his Israeli friend
with the handle: “Octagon1”.

>From Abramoff, Jack (Dir-DC-Gov)

Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 8:31 AM

To: “octogon1”

Subject: RE: Sunday

I was sitting yesterday with Karl Rove, Bush’s top advisor, at the
NCAA basketball game, discussing Israel when this email came in. I
showed it to him. It seems that the President was very sad to have
come out negatively regarding Israel, but that they needed to mollify
the Arabs for the upcoming war on Iraq. That did not seem to work
anyway. Bush seems to love Sharon and Israel, and thinks Arafat, is
nothing but a liar. I thought I’d pass that on.

Octagon1 is the handle for Jack Abramoff’s friend which apparently was
an Israeli official.

Exactly one year after Mr. Abramoff’s email to his Israeli friend,
President Bush informed the American people that having tried all
diplomatic avenues to solve the Iraqi “crisis”; he had no choice but
to invade Iraq.

March 18, 2003

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military
Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based
on information available to me, including that in the enclosed
document, I determine that:

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other
peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national
security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by
Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations
Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is
consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to
take the necessary actions against international terrorists and
terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or
persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist
attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Sincerely,
GEORGE W. BUSH

Well, it seems to me that some lobbyists knew much more about US
foreign policy than some elected officials in the Congress and the
Senate. Again I may be totally wrong. It may be that the AIPAC
financial backers wanted to discuss the tax reform and its effect on
the intelligence services’ employees. After all there must have been
something to do with intelligence work otherwise they would not have
invited the Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.

Or may be AIPAC wanted to talk to these gentlemen about Jonathan
Pollard, a convicted Israeli spy and a former United States Naval
civilian intelligence analyst. After all, recently most of the Israeli
newspapers have been saying that Mr. Pollard should be released and
sent to Israel.

Or may be they wanted to know about the US intelligence agencies’
progress in finding the supposedly, Israel’s highly placed agent code
named “Mega”.

In the 11 years since former Navy analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was
convicted of selling U.S. military-intelligence documents to Israel,
both Jerusalem and Washington have worked hard to heal the wounds from
that spy scandal. But apparently both countries are still stealing
secrets from each other. Last week the Washington Post revealed that
the National Security Agency’s electronic snoopers, which had been
listening in on the phone conversation of an Israeli intelligence
officer, uncovered tantalizing evidence that Israel may have a mole
even better placed than Pollard was: a senior U.S. official code-named
“Mega” who may be passing on U.S. diplomatic intelligence. [[4]]

After all, during Monica Lewinsky affair, there were strong rumours
that the President was being pressured to forget about Mega or else.

The British investigative journalist Kevin Dowling has released an
article for publication to a variety of British and American news
organizations, charging that the Israeli Mossad was bugging the
Watergate apartment telephone of Monica Lewinsky, and was able to
obtain material used to blackmail the Clinton administration into
shutting down a probe of widespread Israeli espionage in Washington.

Dowling reports that well-placed sources in Tel Aviv say that full
transcripts of more than 30 sexually explicit conversations between
Clinton and Lewinsky are held by the Israeli foreign intelligence
service, the Mossad.

The backdrop is as follows, Dowling reports, and it is backed up by
published sources in the U.S., that the U.S. government was aware,
from late 1995 on, that the Mossad was carrying out extensive
espionage activity in the United States. When the Defense
Investigative Service issued a warning to defense contractors about
the Israeli spy program, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith
went into an all-out mobilization to denounce the DIS memo as
“anti-Semitic.” Of course, just one year earlier, the ADL had been the
subject of a lengthy espionage probe by the FBI and the San Francisco
Police; and the ADL had earlier been deeply implicated in the Jonathan
Pollard spy affair.

In May of 1997, the Washington Post and other media reported that the
U.S. National Security Agency had intercepted a phone conversation
between a Mossad officer posted at the Israeli embassy in Washington,
and Danny Yaton, the Mossad chief, in Tel Aviv, during January 1997.
The Mossad agent was seeking clarification whether he should attempt
to obtain a copy of private letter from then-Secretary of State Warren
Christopher to Yassir Arafat, via a Mossad mole high-up in the Clinton
administration codenamed “Mega.” The Mossad boss told the agent that
under no circumstances should “Mega” be approached, as he/she was the
top Israeli penetration agent inside the Clinton inner circle. An
extensive FBI counterintelligence probe to determine the identity of
the high-level Israeli mole in the U.S. government was triggered by
the NSA intercept.

Comparisons to the Pollard spy affair were naturally raised; the
deeper issue is that many observers believe that Pollard’s controller
(sometimes referred to as “Mr.. X,” or the “X Committee”) is still
burrowed deep in a high-level position in a U.S. government agency.

According to the Tel Aviv sources cited by Dowling, there was an
emergency meeting of top Israeli intelligence officials, as soon as
the NSA intercept was discovered; a Mossad electronic-bugging team of
yalohim was dispatched to Washington, and one of the targets of their
operation was the home telephone of Monica Lewinsky.

According to the Dowling sources, the Mossad obtained wiretap tapes of
at least 30 X-rated conversations between the President and Lewinsky.
These tapes, according to the sources, were hand-carried back to Tel
Aviv, and were then used to blackmail the Clinton administration into
calling off the search for “Mega”; the threat was that if the search
for “Mega” were not shut down, the Israelis would begin leaking
material from the tapes.”[[5]]

Or may be they wanted to talk about AIPAC’s Steve Rosen and Keith
Weissman problems.

The immediate issues of illegal receipt of classified information,
possible espionage, and failure to register under the Foreign Agents
Registration Act (FARA) are bad enough, but the larger issue is the
exposure of AIPAC’s operating methods. The FBI has a couple of years’
worth of wiretap evidence, and the information initially leaked to
Rosen and Weissman by Larry Franklin was linked to the push for war
with Iran (a rather timely issue, to say the least). The Israel lobby
knows good and well that if the transcripts of their conversations
with Capitol Hill staff get publicized by way of a trial, they are
going to be a lot less effective. Their power has rested on being able
to promote Israel’s interests (as they see them) away from public view
— i.e. they didn’t have a position on the Iraq War resolution, but
everyone in Washington of any degree of political sophistication knew
that they were making an “unofficial” effort to secure its passage. If
most Americans knew the extent of this sort of “hush hush” political
arm twisting, and the damage it does to American interests, there
would be a movement to counterbalance AIPAC, particularly now that a
clear majority of Amercians believe the Iraq War was a mistake, and
have an interest in knowing who was responsible for misleading us into
it.[[6]]

Or maybe the AIPAC financial backers simply wanted to know about all
those Israeli agents that were arrested right after 9/11.

FBI Investigates Foreign Spy Ring –

U.S. Companies Deny Involvement
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the FBI reportedly
stumbled on an espionage ring that had penetrated the wiretapping
system of U.S. law enforcement. Fox News Channel reported that the FBI
was holding nearly 100 Israeli citizens with direct ties to foreign
military, criminal and intelligence services.

In a follow-up to these reports, the FBI did not deny that such
actions had been taken. However, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson would not
answer specific questions on the reported espionage.

“We have seen the Fox News segments that aired several weeks ago on
this topic and found some inaccuracies with it. Because they are
sensitive issues, I do not have the luxury of discussing what
precisely was accurate and what was inaccurate about their reporting,”
stated Paul Bresson, spokesman for the FBI.

“Most of the questions [asked by NewsMax.com] are not directly
answerable by CALEA [Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement
Act]. Your questions may be more properly addressed to our National
Security Division, which I know would never discuss this with you,
unfortunately,” stated Bresson

Are Israeli Spies in the U.S.?

“First, they have taken advantage of a technically bumbling and
compromised law enforcement and counterintelligence community and may
have essentially made U.S. law enforcement wiretapping activities a
branch of Israeli intelligence. It would be quite impressive if true,”
noted Brown.

“They have used their technical expertise in-house to identify and
exploit cutting-edge technologies and companies. In gaining control
over those technologies and companies, they would also have shown a
deft handling of merger and acquisitions, personnel recruitment, and
playing the capital markets.

“In addition, as publicly traded companies, private and institutional
investors from around the world would be funding Israeli intelligence
activities. Again, pretty impressive, if true, and really pretty much
the model, or a variation of the model, now used by the intelligence
agencies of China, Russia and some of our European allies,” said
Brown.

“If they [the Fox reports] do turn out to expose Israeli intelligence
operations, one’s admiration for Israeli ingenuity would be more than
tempered by amazement at the sheer stupidity and recklessness of the
Israelis’ actions,” noted Brown.

“First, they would have seriously damaged their relationship with the
United States on many levels. Since that relationship is fundamental
to Israel’s existence, not a smart move.

“Second, while Israel, like the prodigal son, will always be able to
ultimately rely on America’s protection, Israeli high-tech companies
are a major target for Russian intelligence and organized crime,”
stated Brown.[[7]]

Or maybe they just wanted to shake hands with the big guys in the
government. Whatever the case may be, there is simply too much
evidence of Israel’s involvement (mostly through lobbying groups such
as AIPAC) with how things are run in US. This creates a huge problem
in a democracy; where people expect their representatives to work for
their interest and not for the interest of a foreign power. The United
States simply can not become an enforcing arm of the State of Israel.
It is too costly for the United State and too dangerous for the world.
We have seen some of the consequences of this in Iraq, and if we are
not careful, we may see it again in Iran. Who will be next: Syria,
Egypt or Sudan? Which other country is on the list of threats to the
state of Israel? Should United State systematically engage in one war
after another to make Israel feel secure? What about US security?
Should US start a war with 52 Islamic countries, one after the other,
just to ensure that Israel remains a regional superpower? Are the
American people willing to pay the price? Will the silent majority
(Jews) remain passive and allow this Zionist minority group to destroy
them as well? These are questions that only the American people (Jews
and gentiles) can answer.

About the author:
Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar lives in Norway. He is a management consultant and
a contributing writer for many online journals. He’s a former
associate professor of Nordland University, Norway.

Bakhtiarspace-articles@yahoo.no
Copyright Abbas Bakhtiar, all rights reserved.

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[1] Newsweek, “What’s for Dinner?” October 25, 2006
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/15419753/site/newsweek/

[2] Fox News, “FBI Investigating Whether Harman Made Improper Promises
to Pro-Israel Group”, October 25, 2006″
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,225085,00.html

[3] Washington Post, “U.N. Inspectors Dispute Iran Report By House
Panel”, September 14, 2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/13/AR2006091302052_pf.html

[4] Time, “HUNT FOR A MOLE:IS A SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL IN WASHINGTON
PASSING INTELLIGENCE TO ISRAEL?”, May 19, 1997
http://jcgi.pathfinder.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,986347,00.html

[5] What Really Happened, “DID THE MOSSAD BUG MONICA (HONEY TRAP)
LEWINSKY’S PHONE?”, September 21, 1998
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/mossadbug.html

[6] Gorilla in the room, “Rosen and Weissman Refuse to Take the Fall
for AIPAC”, April 24, 2005
http://gorillaintheroom.blogspot.com/2005/04/rosen-and-weissman-refuse-to-take-fall.html

[7] NewsMax.com, “FBI Investigates Foreign Spy Ring – U.S. Companies
Deny Involvement”, January 16, 2006
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/1/16/110443.shtml