Archive for August, 2011
Israel wines and dines Congress
Funded by AIPAC, a foreign lobby
Billions of dollars for Israel every year.
Who writes the checks?
Congress, of course.
You don�t think this trip is a pay off do you?
Why is the US news media not reporting this trip?
The collapses of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, on September 11, 2001, were the most frightening images that I have ever seen, up until May 24th, 2011, when Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the United States Congress and received 29 standing ovations, along with many other outbursts of sycophantic applause.
It was the final nail in a coffin, the construction of which began long ago, and in it all remaining vestiges of democracy were joyfully laid to rest�by those sworn to protect it�as it became clear that the United States was now controlled by Enemies Inside its Gates.
The Spy Next Door Comes from New York (by Philip Giraldi)
NATO mulls marriage with Israel
Video seen by Catrina Stewart reveals the brutal interrogation of young Palestinians
Friday, 26 August 2011
The boy, small and frail, is struggling to stay awake. His head lolls to the side, at one point slumping on to his chest. “Lift up your head! Lift it up!” shouts one of his interrogators, slapping him. But the boy by now is past caring, for he has been awake for at least 12 hours since he was separated at gunpoint from his parents at two that morning. “I wish you’d let me go,” the boy whimpers, “just so I can get some sleep.”
Israel has robustly defended its record, arguing that the treatment of minors has vastly improved with the creation of a military juvenile court two years ago. But the children who have faced the rough justice of the occupation tell a very different story.
Israeli rights group B’Tselem concluded that, “the rights of minors are severely violated, that the law almost completely fails to protect their rights, and that the few rights granted by the law are not implemented”.
CODEPINK’s Kristen Ess Schurr on USS Liberty survivor Phil Tourney’s ‘Your Voice Counts’ RBN radio show last Saturday discussing Israeli crimes against humanity
CODEPINK’s Kristen Ess Schurr discusses Israeli Crimes against Humanity on USS Liberty Survivor Phil Tourney’s ‘Your Voice Counts’ radio show (scroll down to links at following URL):
For more than 22 years CNI has been exposing the machinations of the Israel Lobby: how it dominates America’s foreign policy, the stranglehold it has on the US political system, and why Washington’s best interests in the Middle East are being subverted. Thanks to your support however, our information about the Lobby and action items to counter its influence are reaching broader audiences and new constituencies.
Now a new wrinkle has been added to the Lobby’s number one agenda item—funding the Israeli government. As you will read in the attached article by CNI’s executive director Phil Giraldi (just published today), the US State Department has awarded a grant to a private interest group, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), to conduct research on anti-Semitism around the world. The amount of the grant is not significant when compared to the billions Washington sends to Tel Aviv, but it is worrisome as it sets a president of new ways to empower Israel’s supporters.
The premise of the grant, according to Phil’s insightful analysis, supports “… the never-ending search for anti-Semitism as confirmation of the perpetual victimhood of the state of Israel, justifying whatever action Tel Aviv chooses to take to ‘protect itself.’”
As Phil points out:
“Just like the untouchable Pentagon budget, it is more important to recognize the political context of the MEMRI contract, that the money is being provided at a time when every other program is being cut. It is a token of commitment on the part of Hillary Clinton and her cohorts, revealing a constituency that she and the White House consider to be so important that it must be appeased.”
One other thing you should be aware of. According to Phil’s research, MEMRI was founded by former Israeli intelligence officers.
This article should be distributed far and wide: it is another strong argument for the the larger issue of US priorities being misplaced—no, manipulated—by the Israel lobby. Please contact yourRepresentative and US Senators and to the media.
As always, I appreciate your partnership with CNI both financially and as an activist.
Council for the National Interest
Whose Congress and State Department?
Posted By Philip Giraldi On August 24, 2011 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized | 4 Comments
August is generally a quiet month for news, but riots in Britain, continuing conflict in Libya and Syria, and concerns that Israel and the United States might be preparing some military moves against Iran have generated a bit of unease. Israel has also decided to take advantage of the summer holidays to help along the peace process by building another 1,600 housing units in what used to be called Arab East Jerusalem. No surprise there, as the Israeli government announced its plans when peripatetic Vice President Joe Biden visited last year. You might recall that Joe got tough with the Israelis at that time by refusing to have dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who repaid the favor by dressing down the president and allowing Congress to grovel before him on a state visit in May.
But what happens in the Middle East will eventually have to be resolved in the Middle East, even if the incumbent in the White House sometimes thinks otherwise. After all, the Israel-Palestine conflict ultimately will have to be worked out by Arabs and Jews even if a collateral result is trashing America’s reputation and depleting its treasury along the way. Likewise, America will someday have to figure what its genuine interests might be and act accordingly after the soldiers and money run out. Then it will be lights out for international regime-change, democracy-promotion, nation-building, and peace-processing.
Two recent news stories relate to the United States government and how it has been corrupted by its deference to Israel and wasted tax dollars pandering to the Lobby, almost as if it cannot help itself.
The first story, that 20 percent of the House of Representatives will be spending its recess holiday on American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) tours of Israel, does not seem to have made the mainstream news, though it has been reported extensively in the alternative media, including this site. The visits are on top of a previous tour by more than 20 congressmen in April, and yet another group will be going in December. The current tours, one consisting of 26 Democratic congressmen headed by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and two others of 55 Republicans, one led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, are ostensibly intended to provide Congress with a “deeper understanding” of the situation in the Middle East. For “deeper understanding” one might easily substitute “Israeli viewpoint.”
Less reported than the visit itself has been the comportment of the congressmen while in Israel, which has been something akin to unconditional surrender. Hoyer, a committed Christian Zionist who is on his 12th trip to Israel, reassured Israelis that Washington’s financial challenges “will not have any adverse effect on America’s determination to meet its promise to Israel.” Hoyer means that it will be okay to cut Medicare and adversely affect the commitment to America’s elderly, but Israel’s $3 billion plus per year, largely used to buy weapons that it does not need, will be untouched. He also gave the green light for Israel to build its new houses in East Jerusalem, a viewpoint that runs counter to what the White House is apparently saying but which might just as well be a signal to the Israeli government that Washington does not really care if the houses are built or not. Or that it certainly doesn’t care enough to do anything about it with an election coming up next year.
Both Hoyer and his Republican counterpart Eric Cantor took the opportunity to warn the Palestinian leadership that Congress will eliminate all aid if it goes ahead with plans to declare statehood at the U.N. in September. Some might recall that in November 2010, Cantor met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pledged that the Republican Party would serve as a “check” against any unwelcome initiatives by President Obama. At the time Cantor was not yet majority leader of the House, but his offer to support a foreign leader against the president of his own country went unchallenged and did not impede his political ascent.
The second story comes from Hillary Clinton’s State Department, where the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) “to conduct a project that documents anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and Holocaust glorification in the Middle East. This grant will enable MEMRI to expand its efforts to monitor the media, translate materials into ten languages, analyze trends in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial and glorification, and increase distribution of materials through its website and other outlets. Through translations and research, MEMRI aims to inform and educate journalists, government leaders, academia, and the general public about trends in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Middle East and South Asia, thus generating awareness and response to these issues.”
Supporters of Israel would no doubt argue that congressional visits to Israel are not necessarily bad and that it is completely proper to look into anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. The problem is that it is difficult to discern a genuine United States interest in such goings-on, which are symptomatic of the special treatment of Israel and Israeli interests in general all across the government. Such treatment frequently comes with a price tag attached for the rest of us. What possible interest do the American people have in anti-Semitism in Asia? Why are congressmen drawn to Israel like moths to the flame, so much so that fully 10 percent of all international trips made by congressmen are to Israel?
Critiquing the two stories separately, the sponsored trip to Israel is not free in the sense that it is part and parcel of the dominance of Congress by Israeli interests. Congressmen are, in theory at least, elected by their constituents and handsomely compensated to do what is beneficial for the United States, not for a foreign country. But the Israel Lobby knows that it is a good investment to take a new congressman on an all-expenses-paid visit to Israel where he will be educated in Tel Aviv’s view of the Middle East and the Muslim world. If the congressman is alert to the politics involved, he will understand that openly sympathizing with Israel’s “plight” will result in financial and media support back in the U.S. and he will welcome AIPAC’s position papers that tell him how to vote on key issues. If he balks, he will be made to understand that opposing measures favored by Israel could result in his being confronted by a well-funded challenger when he seeks reelection. That kind of stick-and-carrot persuasion makes it easy to produce a tame congressman who will give you his vote, because he knows that crossing the Lobby is asking for trouble.
The second story, about MEMRI, the recipient of the State Department grant, is also of interest. Why is it important? After all the money probably amounts to what most people on Capitol Hill regard as chump change, certainly not enough to buy a wheel off the F-35 air-superiority fighter, which comes in at a cool $133 million per unit. The Pentagon has ordered 2,443 of them, and they sure will come in handy if Canada tries to invade. But just like the untouchable Pentagon budget, it is more important to recognize the political context of the MEMRI contract, that the money is being provided at a time when every other program is being cut. It is a token of commitment on the part of Hillary Clinton and her cohorts, revealing a constituency that she and the White House consider to be so important that it must be appeased. Among other things, the never-ending search for anti-Semitism serves as confirmation of the perpetual victimhood of the state of Israel, justifying whatever action Tel Aviv chooses to take to “protect itself.”
Clinton describes herself as a liberal Democrat, but MEMRI is a neocon stronghold, so what gives? What we are seeing is the neoconization of foreign policy across the board and in both political parties, much of it driven by Israeli citizens or dual nationals. MEMRI was founded by former Israeli intelligence officers and once included Meyrav Wurmser, an Israeli-born Zionist who is now ensconced at the Hudson Institute, a leading neocon think tank. Her husband, David, who was born in Switzerland, was a foreign policy adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Many believe that MEMRI has been agenda-ridden from the start, occasionally mistranslating and cherry-picking the most extreme press reports to support an anti-Arab agenda. Thanks to Hillary Clinton, it is now being funded by the United States government to begin a hunt for anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers worldwide. It will certainly find them, even if it has to be inventive to do so. One might well ask why the State Department is wasting money tracking such people all over the globe and what benefit the American people will derive from the search, but don’t expect an answer any time soon.
Americans who like Israel and everything that pertains to it are certainly free to express their views, but there is something unseemly and even grotesque about the continuous promotion of foreign interests ahead of those of the United States. MEMRI produces material that supports the propaganda line of the Israeli government as well as domestic Islamophobes, while AIPAC is a lobby dedicated to maintaining uncritical U.S. government support for a foreign country.
It can be argued that Washington entered into at least one foreign war because of the many groups, including AIPAC and MEMRI, that are part of the Israel Lobby. Hillary Clinton just might consider a better use for the $200,000, and the congressmen who accept the junkets and who will vote at Israel’s beck and call should be asking themselves whose interests they are really serving. George Washington famously warned about entangling foreign alliances, but one suspects that Hillary Clinton and those who surround her are too busy looking forward to heed the past. And what would our first president think about the 81 congressmen going off to obtain guidance from a foreign government? He would probably think it unimaginable, in the Republic that he helped establish, that the people would not rise up in anger and throw the bums out. Would that it were so.
Read more by Philip Giraldi
Article printed from Antiwar.com Original: http://original.antiwar.com
Neocon Israel first warmonger Senator John McCain at it yet again spewing the neocon line against Russia and China according to following Russia Today (RT) segment:
Russia needs democracy just like Libya does – Senator McCain
Israel lobby hypes a new Cold War with Russia
Neocons’ Goal: Iran by Way of Libya
Neocon Randy Scheuneman was an advisor to Neocon advocate Senator John McCain (Neocons put US at Risk of Nuclear War with Russia):
I am sure that the following had something to do with neocon Israel firsters like Scheuneman being so interested in Georgia along with the fact that Russia supports the enemies of their beloved Israel and thus encouraged Georgia to go to war with Russia!:
DE BORCHGRAVE: Israel of the Caucasus?
Neocon advocates John McCain/Joe Lieberman want Medicare/Social Security cuts to pay for wars (for/because of Israel!)!
Why They Attacked US on 9/11 (scroll down to comments as well)
The High Cost of Subservience to Israel (by Paul Findley):
“It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”):
7,000 miles for the USS Liberty
By Larry Toenjes
Special to The Daily News
Published August 20, 2011
I’m on my sailboat in Valetta, Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, on my way to perform a memorial service for American servicemen killed in action almost 45 years ago.
With Texan crew members Joe and Sherrie Wagner, I’ve sailed 7,000 miles from Galveston. We’re going 1,000 miles more to the exact spot where Israeli forces perpetrated a ruthless, two-hour assault on the USS Liberty, killing 34 and injuring 174.
Israel said it was a “tragic mistake.” The survivors said it was deliberate. Lifeboats were shot up and stretcher-bearers machine-gunned.
The attack occurred in international waters off the coast of Egypt while the Liberty was monitoring communications during Israel’s Six Day War. Most Americans are unaware of that attack because the cover-up began even before the smoke had cleared, the wounded cared for and the dead counted (see ussliberty.com).
The cover-up occurred because President Lyndon Baines Johnson did not want to embarrass Israel, thus alienating the powerful Israel lobby that would then pour money into his opponent’s campaign.
The cover-up continues to this day, which is why I undertook this voyage. I’m planning to commemorate the victims as best I can and to support their shipmates, sons, daughters and widows (most of the mothers and fathers are now gone) in their demand for the investigation that never happened.
Congress never formally investigated the incident because members are intimidated by the pro-Israel lobby. That same lobby is picking up the travel expenses for 81 members of Congress to visit Israel this very month.
Apparently, new members need to be oriented before voting on the appropriation that gives $8 million per day to Israel.
Refusal to participate in the trip would mark a member as unfriendly to Israel and the lobby would work to defeat him or her in their next election.
Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold is among the 81.
Now that we’ve sailed across the Atlantic and halfway across the Mediterranean without any serious problems, there is one more obstacle.
Israel has continued its practice of harassing Americans at sea. Survivors Joe Meadors of Corpus Christi and Jim Ennes, who wrote the first book about the attack, have been communicating with U.S. embassies in Tel Aviv and Cairo, trying to ensure the Israeli navy will leave me alone.
The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion a year, but then must plead with the country not to harass, injure, or kill innocent Americans!
I merely want to exercise my right as an American citizen to proceed to a point in international waters where a grave injustice was perpetrated against U.S. sailors and express my dismay that injustice is being extended by Congress’s timidity.
Members of Congress never miss an opportunity to say to a U.S. service man or woman, “We thank you for your service!”
But their service is not praised if doing so would embarrass the state of Israel, the pro-Israel lobby or diminish campaign contributions.
Larry Toenjes lives in Clear Lake Shores. His progress can be followed at: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/followlarry.html
2011 USS LIBERTY MEMORIAL SERVICE
LIVE (today, Sept. 8th, 2011) from the Mediterranean Sea…………..
Sailing 8,000 Miles to Hold a Memorial Service for USS Liberty Fallen, Survivors
US Navy brushes off man sailing 8,000 miles to honor veterans
U.S. Navy tells sailboat Captain sailing to USS Liberty attack site we cannot guarantee your safety against Israel
U.S. Navy Won’t Protect Americans From Israel’s Terrorists
Texans in 39 foot boat expected to arrive off coast of Gaza on Tuesday to honor USS Liberty
Americans sail across Atlantic to commemorate USS liberty
Sailing to the Scene of the Crime: ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY:
Record crowds protest in Israel (mentioned in above youtube):
Attack on the Liberty
Jean and Larry Toenjes on the RBN Network
You can see additional videos linked at the Investigate Liberty youtube channel via the following URL:
Texan Sails Across Atlantic to Mark a U.S. Government “Cover-Up” of the USS Liberty Incident (Update)
Texas man making dangerous voyage to site of 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty
Israel’s deadly attack on USS Liberty emerges from the past
Survivor and president of the Liberty Vets Assn, Joe Meadors wrote
open letter to Texas governor Rick Perry on July 3, 2011:
Governor Perry, why are you recommending prosecution of the Amer-
icans trying to deliver humanitarian supplies but not of those who
machine gunned our life rafts in the water or ordered us to be
abandoned while we were under fire?
John McCain Praises Father’s Whitewashing of Israel’s Attack on the USS LIBERTY!
Press TV – ‘Pro-Israel lobby has stranglehold on US political system’
James and John Scott on FOX NEWS on USS Liberty attack (and cover-up)
AIPAC Sends Congress to Israel:
Scroll down to link for George Washington’s ‘Farewell Address’ (warning US to avoid passionate attachments and entangling alliances for foreign nations like we have with Israel which is taking US down as conveyed via http://tinyurl.com/motivation911 and http://tinyurl.com/motivation911 as well) to read at bottom of http://astandforjustice.org
Read via following article by former Republican Congressman Paul Findley why the USS Liberty attack/cover-up still matters even to this day:
The High Cost of Subservience to Israel (by Paul Findley):
Why They Attacked US on 9/11: http://tinyurl.com/WhyTheyAttackedUSon911