Dual Loyalties

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Saturday, September 04, 2004

Dar Al Hayat - Ayoon wa Azan (Definite Accusation!)

Dar Al Hayat: "Ayoon wa Azan (Definite Accusation!)
Jihad Al Khazen Al-Hayat 2004/09/4

All neo-conservatives are spies for Israel; the only difference between them is whether or not one would be exposed.

"Neo" means Jewish-American Sharonian Likudnik, whereas "con" means conservative. But this description is erroneous, as the sweeping majority of Jewish-Americans are moderate Liberals, and the minority are extremist Likudniks, who are non-conservative in the first place, as they shift from the Democrat to the Republican Party for the service of Israel. They are loyal to Israel only; this is why talk about a "dual" loyalty is erroneous, just like it is to consider Israel's spies within the Bush administration, its agents, and its apologists, to be conservatives. The real conservatives write in The American Conservative, which is run by Pat Buchanan, Taki Theodoracopulos, and Scott McConnell.

An investigation is underway with Pentagon Policy Analyst on Iran Laurence A. Franklin, who is accused of leaking sensitive documents about the American policy vis-à-vis Iran, to two of the members of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the official Jewish lobby that supports Israel.

The investigation is accompanied by a chaos, as the accused are Israelis with American citizenship, no more and no less. Franklin works with Deputy Under Secretary William J. Luti, who works for Douglas Feith, who works with Paul Wolfowitz. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is an old Rightist, but he is not a member of the cabal. As for AIPAC, it supports any Israeli government in office, and equates between Isaac Rabin and Ariel Sharon; it has gradually shifted to the Israeli Right since the 1980s, and has become the representative of the Likud's ideology, more than any other party's.

Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz started with Democratic Senator Henry (Scoop) Jackson. Seymour Hersh, one of the most prominent American investigative reporters and writers said that in 1970, an FBI wiretap recorded Perle discussing classified information with an Israeli Embassy official in Washington. In 1978, CIA director Admiral Stansfield Turner, asked Senator Jackson to fire Perle because he found out about secret information that he was not allowed to see.

Stephen Green, who is as professionally renowned as Hersh, said that Wolfowitz, who used to work in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in 1978, was subject to inquiry when it was found out that he provided a classified document to an Israeli Government official through an AIPAC contact. Another investigation showed that in 1990, when Wolfowitz was Dick Cheney's Under Secretary for Policy, he encouraged selling missiles to Israel within the Department of Defense (DoD).

From Wolfowitz to Franklin, 26 years later, and extremists are active within the administration and around it. My Friend Michael Saba found out in 1978 that Steven Brian, then head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress and U.S. DoD Aid for International Security, was showing an Israeli delegation secret Pentagon documents. Steven was suspended from work, but Richard Perle, then Under Secretary at the U.S. DoD, appointed him as his assistant, where the former would be exposed to more secret documents.

Green narrates how Michael Ledeen was hired as a consultant on terrorism by the DOD in 1983; his immediate superior, Assistant Secretary of Defense Noel Koch, told Green that Ledeen had somehow obtained classified information that he should not have been allowed to see. Koch then informed his executive assistant that Ledeen was to be denied classified materials in the future.

All of them are part of the extremist cabal that works for the best interest of Israel. Richard Perle used his authority in order for Wolfowitz to work in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; he also helped Douglas Feith in entering the DoD in 1982, and added to him Stephen Bryen. In 2001, Wolfowitz brought Feith back to the DoD, as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy; in his turn, Feith helped Perle become the chairman of the Defense Policy Board. But the latter resigned from this position, and then from the membership, under the pressure of the scandals of power and commissions.

Feith was the supervisor of the Office of Special Plans (OSP), which invented information about Iraq's weapons, after the traditional intelligence services did not find any, in order to push the country towards a war which sacrificed young Americans for the service of Israel. Since Feith first came to the scene, he worked and dealt with Israel alone. One story is enough; renowned investigative reporter Jim Lobe recounted that Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Near East/South Asia and Special Plans, Air Force Lt Col Karen Kwiatkowski, once helped escort a group of half a dozen Israelis, including several generals, from the first floor reception area to Feith's office. ''We just followed them, because they knew exactly where they were going and moving fast''. When the group arrived, she noted the book which all visitors are required to sign under special regulations that took effect after 9/11. ''I asked his secretary, 'Do you want these guys to sign in'? She said, 'No, these guys don't have to sign in' ''. It occurred to her, she said, that the office may have deliberately not wanted to maintain a record of the meeting.

All of these are Israel's spies, and all of them sacrificed America's youth for the protection of Israel, while in fact Iraq was not a threat to it, but rather an easy target with the presence of Saddam Hussein; these people planned for Iran to be the next target, followed by Syria, and who knows when the turn of Saudi Arabia and Egypt would come.

The reader knows Jonathan Pollard who was caught selling top secret U.S. intelligence to the Israelis; but there are tens of Israel's spies like him still active within the administration, without being arrested, not to say tried and convicted. The New York Times itself published an article for David K. Shipler on 22 December 1985, saying that the F.B.I. knew of at least a dozen incidents in which American officials transferred classified information to the Israelis, and referred them to the Justice Department, which did not prosecute them. Former chief of the Justice Department's internal security section John Davitt acknowledged this, and said that "The Israeli intelligence service, when I was in the Justice Department, [1950-1980] was the second most active in the United States, to the Soviets."

Israel denied the accusations every time, and denied them this time; I read in the Israeli newspapers yesterday, and prior to that, expressions such as "heavily denied" and "have no essence at all," which confirm the accusation that does not need confirmation in the first place."

Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Administration (washingtonpost.com)

Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Administration (washingtonpost.com): "washingtonpost.com
Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Administration

By Robin Wright and Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, September 4, 2004; Page A04

FBI counterintelligence investigators have in recent weeks questioned current and former U.S. officials about whether a small group of Iran specialists at the Pentagon and in Vice President Cheney's office may have been involved in passing classified information to an Iraqi politician or a U.S. lobbying group allied with Israel, according to sources familiar with or involved in the case.

In their interviews, the FBI agents have also named two Israeli diplomats stationed in Washington and asked whether they would be willing recipients of sensitive intelligence, the sources added.

The investigators have asked questions about personnel in the office of Pentagon Undersecretary for Policy Douglas J. Feith as well as members of the influential Defense Policy Board, an advisory panel for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, according to former U.S. officials who have been questioned and others familiar with the case.

Investigators have specifically asked about a group of neoconservatives involved in defense issues, including Feith, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz, Iraq and Iran specialist Harold Rhode and others at the Pentagon. FBI agents also have asked current and former officials about Richard Perle of the defense board and David Wurmser, an Iran specialist and principal deputy assistant for national security affairs in Cheney's office, according to sources familiar with or involved in the case.

"The initial interest was: Do you believe certain people would spy for Israel and pass secret information?" said one source interviewed by the FBI about the defense officials.

It remains unclear, however, how specific investigators' suspicions have become. And one official, a Feith ally, has said the investigation is an effort by some intelligence officials to discredit Pentagon hawks.

The sources interviewed for this article requested anonymity because it involves classified information or because of the ongoing investigation.

Perle, Rhode and Wolfowitz did not return telephone calls placed to their homes and offices late Friday. Reached at home, Feith declined comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

But Pentagon officials insisted yesterday that FBI questions about key policymakers did not mean they were the subjects of the intelligence leak investigation. Senior Pentagon officials have said they were told by the FBI that the investigation is focused on just one suspect in the Defense Department, Lawrence A. Franklin, an Iran specialist in Feith's office.

The FBI investigation first came to light last week with reports of a probe into whether Franklin passed a draft presidential directive on Iran to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and whether the directive was then passed to Israel, sources have said. AIPAC has strongly denied any involvement in espionage.

A federal grand jury in Alexandria may take up the Franklin case as early as next week, law enforcement sources said.

The questioning of Franklin is a recent part of an investigation that dates back more than two years and includes diverse threads, U.S. officials and people close to the case said. One aspect of the probe concerns AIPAC and another looks at whether intelligence on Iran ended up in the hands of Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi, a longtime Pentagon favorite once considered a possible replacement for Saddam Hussein.

Iran has been a particularly controversial issue within the Bush administration, which still does not have a formal policy more than 3 1/2 years after taking office. A small group of Pentagon neoconservatives opposed a draft directive because it did not support a change of governments in Tehran, which they advocated, current and former U.S. officials said.

The officials whose names came up during questioning have strong ties to Israel. They also share a long-standing position on Iran and other radical regimes. Wurmser, Feith and Perle were co-authors of a 1996 policy paper for then-Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm." It called for removing Hussein from power in Iraq as part of a broad strategy to transform the region and remove radical regimes.

But current and former U.S. officials, including some who were interviewed by the FBI, are still puzzled by the nature of the investigation involving Israel, because its profoundly close ties with the United States date back six decades and have involved sharing sensitive intelligence. Yet officials also concede that Israel is one of the three countries most active in spying on the United States. Israel denies conducting espionage in the United States.

Also yesterday, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee demanded that a new prosecutor be assigned to investigate the alleged leaks, questioning the "political leanings" of the U.S. attorney in Alexandria who is handling the criminal portion of the case.

In a letter to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) said the role of U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty in the case has "obvious political implications" in an election year, and Conyers cited anonymous allegations in a news report that McNulty had "put the brakes on" the probe.

"While I have no reason to question Mr. McNulty's integrity, he is not a career prosecutor, but instead is a political appointee whose previous employment was principally with Republican politicians," Conyers wrote.

Conyers suggested that either a special counsel or U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago, who is overseeing a separate probe into the disclosure of CIA operative Valerie Plame, should take over the Pentagon probe.

Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo declined to comment on the specifics of Conyers's allegations. "We will review the congressman's letter and give it the attention it is due," Corallo said. A spokesman for McNulty also declined comment, referring a reporter to Corallo's statement.

Several law enforcement officials have said in recent days that the FBI had initially considered making rapid arrests in the Franklin probe when it became clear that news of the investigation was about to become public last week. But, these officials said, prosecutors urged caution, arguing that investigators needed more time to gather evidence and assess the case.

Franklin has been cooperating in the probe for several weeks, officials familiar with the investigation said. He has not responded to numerous requests for comment at his office and his home in West Virginia.

Staff writers Josh White and Jerry Markon contributed to this report.

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