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FBI and Israeli-Jewish Lobby Square Off
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MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 2 December:
You'd think that when the Capitol Hill offices of the most important
foreign policy/Middle East 'lobby' are invaded by the FBI, computers
and files seized and subpoenas served against top officials, this would
be important news in Washington.
But when it comes to the super-powerful and extraordinarily
well-connected Israeli-Jewish Lobby -- spearheaded on Capitol Hill by
AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, whose offices were
FBI 'searched' yesterday -- all the usual rules just don't apply. For
the Washington Post it was a small notice on the inside pages, Page A7 to be precise. As for The Washington Times, even
more notoriously a constant appologist for Israel and it's many
lobbying organizations and personalities, looks like the story didn't
even make the paper.
In fact, it's all really a little strange.
Some news organizations mistakenly reported the American Jews working for AIPAC were 'Israelis'
Having publicly telegraphed in a very big and public way weeks ago,
long before the election, that they were investigating AIPAC for
possibly spying for Israel, did the FBI really expect at this late date
with so much time to 'prepare' that they were really going to find
incriminating evidence still awaiting them at AIPAC HQ?
This is certainly not the way the FBI has handled matters relating to
Muslim and Islamic organizations and charities from Washington to
Virginia to Texas and L.A. all around the country.
Moreover the latest AIPAC allegations -- for there have been quite a
few over the years -- involve highly sensitive 'intelligence' and
'pressures' regarding Iran. And Iran just happens to be the country
now the focus of American attack preparations -- the second Middle East
'Axis of Evil' country that other prominent Jewish Washington
personalities pushed into George Bush's State of the Union speech a few
years ago (namely Richard Perle and David Frum, both now associated
with the right-wing neocon think-tank the American Enterprise Institute
With many allegations that key senior Jewish Israeli-connected persons
in the Bush/Cheney Administration -- working in tandem with their many
friends and comrades in various of the Israeli-lobby organizations --
deliberately hyped the lies and deceptions that got the U.S. to invade
and occupy Iraq; and now with similar allegations with regard to Iran;
you'd think the media would have learned it's lesson. But that
definitely does not appear to be the case.
Subpoenas issued for officials of pro-Israel lobby group
Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON - 1 December: FBI agents executed search warrants Wednesday at
the headquarters of a leading pro-Israel lobby and delivered grand jury
subpoenas in an ongoing probe of alleged espionage for Israel, federal
officials and the lobby group said.
The search and the subpoenas for four top officials of the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee indicate that the politically
charged investigation remains active. No criminal charges have been
filed in the case.
AIPAC, one of Washington's most influential lobbies, said in a
statement that neither the group nor its employees have broken any law.
"We are fully cooperating with the governmental authorities. We
believe any court of law or grand jury will conclude that AIPAC
employees have always acted legally, properly and appropriately," it
The lobby group said that the FBI, which in August obtained
computer files related to two AIPAC employees, returned Wednesday "and
requested and obtained additional files relating to the same two AIPAC
staff members and delivered subpoenas requiring the appearance of four
senior AIPAC staff before a grand jury."
U.S. officials previously have identified the two staff members
as Steven Rosen, AIPAC's director of foreign policy issues, and Keith
Weissman, his deputy and an Iran expert.
The two men have hired prominent Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell
to represent them. Lowell's firm, Chadbourne & Park, had no
The FBI investigation, which has been under way for more than
two years, became public in August with news reports that authorities
were looking into the handling of classified information by Pentagon
employee Lawrence A. Franklin.
Current and former U.S. officials have said that authorities
are investigating whether Franklin shared a highly classified draft
presidential policy document on Iran with AIPAC staffers, who in turn
passed it to Israel.
Investigators have interviewed people at the White House, State
Department and Pentagon, the current and former officials said. They
also have asked questions about whether Ahmad Chalabi, a prominent
Iraqi exile backed by the Pentagon who provided bogus intelligence on
Iraq, improperly received highly classified U.S. intelligence about
Franklin, an analyst in the office of Undersecretary of Defense
for Policy Douglas Feith, hasn't been charged with wrongdoing. His
lawyer, prominent Washington defense attorney Plato Cacheris, didn't
immediately return a phone call Wednesday.
The Israeli government has vehemently denied that it spied on
the United States. Israel says all such activities were halted
following the 1985 arrest of Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard, who later
was convicted of selling U.S. secrets to Israel.
Federal law enforcement officials declined Wednesday to provide
details of what the FBI agents were searching for at AIPAC's offices, a
few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The search warrant is sealed.
"The investigation is continuing," said one official, speaking
on condition of anonymity. "This is normal procedure in a case like
A spokesman for Paul McNulty, the U.S. attorney in the Eastern
District of Virginia, whose office is handling the case, declined to
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