Archive for January 12th, 2011

Must see: Press TV on J’lem Shepherd Hotel demolition

Must see: Press TV on J’lem Shepherd Hotel demolition

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/press-tv-jlem-shepherd-hotel-demolition-must-see.html

KEN O’KEEFE ON PRESS TV’s NEWS ANALYSIS

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2011/01/ken-o%e2%80%99keefe-on-press-tv%e2%80%99s-news-analysis/

AIPAC Challenged In Court Over Espionage/Gov’t Doc Theft- IRmep

AIPAC Challenged In Court Over Espionage/Gov’t Doc Theft- IRmep

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 1:15 PM
From: “IRmep” books@inre.org
Washington, DC.  On January 10, 2011, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was challenged in the District of Columbia Superior Court over its past receipt, duplication and redistribution of US government classified documents.

AIPAC, defending itself from plaintiff and former employee Steven J. Rosen’s $20 million defamation suit, attempted to minimize its role as the target of an FBI investigation conducted between 1984 and 1987.  At issue was whether AIPAC’s past receipt, use, and duplication of a US government classified report secretly delivered by the Israeli embassy constituted wrongdoing.  The classified document, Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty Free Treatment for U.S. Imports from Israel, Investigation No. 332-180 was a compilation of “business confidential” information the International Trade Commission and US Trade Representative solicited from US industry and worker groups.  The report was part of the advice and consent deliberative process over whether the US should enter into a bilateral trade agreement with Israel.

On January 3, 2011, AIPAC filed statements in court about the “USTR document obtained by AIPAC in 1984” claiming “..following an FBI investigation of the matter, AIPAC was cleared of any wrongdoing and the document that framed the basis of the investigation contained no classified national defense information.”  AIPAC then filed a copy of an August 13, 1984 FBI Washington Field Office investigation summary, first obtained by author Grant F. Smith under the Freedom of Information Act in 2009, to substantiate its claims.

Smith, author of the 2009 book “Spy Trade” disputed AIPAC’s claims in a 52 page legal brief filed yesterday.  “The Defendant fails to mention that the investigation of AIPAC…grew in intensity for another two and a half years…as a theft of government property investigation since it involved AIPAC’s possession of US government information classified at the level of ‘confidential.'”  Smith’s full filing, available at http://www.IRmep.org/ila/rosen/ substantiates growing claims that AIPAC is still liable for hundreds of millions in economic damages suffered by 74 organizations that provided the confidential business information circulated by AIPAC.  According to Smith, “The Defendant describes AIPAC’s possession of..[the classified report] and the FBI investigation as ‘ancient’ and ‘irrelevant to this action.’  Nothing could be further from the truth.  To the contrary, the negative consequences of AIPAC’s possession of this particular classified document grow more obvious and disturbing every year.”

Israel Lobby Archive:  http://irmep.org/ILA/rosen/  (recent court filings and exhibits marked “new”).

Antiwar Radio:  http://antiwar.com/radio/2011/01/05/grant-f-smith-15/         Discussion of case.

PR Newswire release: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/press/theft-classified-report-investigation,1611377.html

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Netanyahu: Only ‘credible’ military threat led by U.S. can stop nuclear Iran

The following was sent through by General (Ret) James David who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC and similar) on the US political system and media. No surprise that Netanyahu wants even more Americans to die/get horribly wounded for Israel like he did before the Iraq war got underway. Still remember him on American media saying how the US Army could take down Saddam before the Iraq invasion got underway in accordance with the ‘A Clean Break’ agenda via http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak of course!:
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 1:33 PM
From: James David
 
 What else is new with Netanyahu?  The Israelis couldn’t exist without war.  Israel wants another war with Lebanon and with Gaza but neither is cooperating.  I’m sure Netanyahu will convince the U.S. to attack Iran.  After all, the U.S. Congress drops to its knees when he makes a visit.  We have an Israeli occupied U.S. government and unless we stop this passionate attachment to Israel we face disaster.
 
Published 20:51 11.01.11 Latest update 20:51 11.01.11

Netanyahu: Only ‘credible’ military threat led by U.S. can stop nuclear Iran

Premier tells foreign correspondents that such a threat is necessary but need not be used once in place.

By News Agencies

Only the convincing threat of military action headed by the United States will persuade Iran to drop plans to build an atomic bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

Speaking to foreign journalists, he said that although the latest round of international sanctions were hurting Iran, they would not be enough to force a u-turn on nuclear weapons.

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo by: Emil Salman

“You have to ratchet up the pressure and … I don’t think that this pressure will be sufficient to have this regime change course without a credible military option that is put before them by the international community led by the United States,” he said.

The West believes that Iran aims to use its uranium enrichment program to build atomic weapons. Tehran denies this.

Both Israel and the United States have said all options remain on the table, but many analysts believe the threat of military intervention has receded amid signs that Iran’s contested nuclear program is suffering from sabotage, sanctions and technical glitches.

Israel’s outgoing spy chief told reporters last week that he did not believe Iran would be able to build a nuclear bomb before 2015 and counseled against any pre-emptive military strikes.

A political source said Netanyahu was very unhappy with the departing Mossad director Meir Dagan for airing his views in public and the prime minister shrugged off his comments on Tuesday.

“I think that intelligence estimates are exactly that, they are estimates. They range from best case to worst case possibilities … so I think there is room for some differing assessments,” he said.

He told reporters the world had finally realized the danger posed by a nuclear-armed Iran and praised the latest round of United Nations-led sanctions for taking its toll on Tehran.

“There is no question that all these things have caused hardship but they have not in any way altered Iran’s determination to pursue its nuclear program. They are determined to move ahead despite every difficulty, every obstacle, every setback, to create nuclear weapons.”

Netanyahu also bemoaned the influence Iran exerted on the whole Middle East, suggesting it was a potential impediment to any peace deal between Israel and its northern neighbor, Syria.

“There is a very strong relationship between Syria and Iran and I don’t see any clear willingness on the part of Syria to break that relationship. That is another consideration whether things can actually move forward,” he said.