the late 1960s, the OAS worked hard to unite visiting Arab international
students studying in the US with Arab-American counterparts interested
in connecting to developments in the region, primarily in Palestine.
Formed in 1952 as the nonprofit Organization of Arab Students of United
States and Canada, by the late 1960s OAS was hosting its eighteenth
annual national conference with a reported 200 participants. OAS was not
at all shy about criticizing US media coverage of the region or issuing
direct challenges to the propaganda of the Israel lobby.
The ADL agents talk of alleged OAS links to armed Palestinian group
Fatah, seemingly skeptical of one OAS spokesperson’s claim that “there
was no real relationship between them, that the OAS was merely letting
them sell their literature there.” The name of the spokesperson has been
redacted by the FBI, along with most other names in the file.
Greenspun was a convicted felon who, according to his FBI file, in the
late forties stole .50 calibre machine guns from the US Navy and
violated Arms Export control laws in order to arm the terrorist Irgun
gang. Greenspun tried, but failed, to bribe federal officials with
$25,000 into dropping smuggling charges against him. In the end he paid
only $10,000 in fines and served no jail time.
Greenpun then parlayed
huge smugglng profits into a Las Vegas media empire.
Greenspun was "bad news,"
said Dan Moldea, author of The Hoffa Wars and other groundbreaking works
on organized crime. "Hank Greenspun was a journalistic nihilist who used
his First Amendment protections to reward his friends and to punish his
enemies, as well as to promote his personal causes and to accept money
from nefarious individuals," Moldea told
SpyTalk. In 2006, Greenspun's wife gave the Newseum $7 million,
which named a terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue after him. The continuing
presence of Greenspun's name on the Pennsylvania Avenue
terrace of the Newseum is an embarrassment toall legitimate
journalists and news organizations.
...True to that motto, the
money this “charity” raises benefits exclusively the soldiers of a
foreign country that has not fought a war longer than 33 days in 40
years and whose primary duties have been to protect Israel’s illegal
settlements, demolish Palestinian homes, make the lives of ordinary
Palestinians miserable, and suppress Palestinian resistance to its
ongoing ethnic cleansing by whatever means necessary.
The FIDF has a different take: “The Israeli government is responsible
for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools
for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with
love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry.”
FIDF also brings Israeli soldiers to the states to visit synagogues and
lecture at schools and universities. “These events,” according to its
website, “offer a great opportunity to meet IDF soldiers and hear the
stories of these brave young men and women.”
In 2011, the last year reported, it raised just over $62 million and had
$80 million in assets at the end of the year, $546,000 of which goes in
salary to its national director, Retired Israeli General Jerry Gershon,
plus an additional $10 thousand a month for his New York apartment,
according to the Forward...
ago, AIPAC parlayed “Soviet Threat” theories into massive aid packages
the US is still paying off. Today the Israel lobby has been relentless
in spreading the conspiracy theory that Iran’s mullahs—driven purely by
their hatred of Israel—have a secret nuclear weapons program. Currently
71% of Americans—according to one poll—believe that Iran has already
deployed nuclear weapons, despite the consensus institutional analysis
of American intelligence agencies and the IAEA. Endless bombast of this
formerly fringe belief mandates a “time is running out” chronology for
diplomatic efforts towards Iran. It has been the foundation of
Israel-lobby mandated economic sanctions that have mainly harmed
Iranian’s civilian population while realigning trade patterns in ways
unfavorable to the U.S. Encouraging American false popular knowledge of
“nuclear-armed Iran” makes the likelihood of another regional war much
greater. This is especially frightening since equally unfounded fears
about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” were not nearly as rampant.
In 2006 only 50% of Americans believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of
mass destruction when the U.S. invaded.
Las Vegas media empire funded with profits from smuggling arms to Jewish
guerrillas in Palestine? Sounds about right. Recently declassified FBI
documents on the case of legendary newspaper editor and onetime mob
associate Hank Greenspun have been posted by Grant Smith’s Institute for
Research: Middle Eastern Policy..
...The 775 pages of documents detail “the
story of how Greenspun parlayed profits from illegal gun-running into a
Las Vegas media empire,” according to IRmep.
Greenspun was the long time owner and editor of the Las Vegas
Review-Journal turned Las Vegas Sun newspaper...Greenspun’s
smuggling career evidently began in the late 1940s when he “and
associates stole 58 crates of .30 and .50 caliber machine guns from the
U.S. Navy and smuggled them from Honolulu through Mexico to Jewish
fighters in Palestine,” IRmep said.
With a 10% kickback from the deals, Greenspun amassed a fortune of over
$500,000 in just a few years, the documents show, enabling him to
purchase his newspaper in
1950. He was eventually found guilty of violation of the Neutrality Act,
but handed only a slap on the wrist--a $10,000 fine and zero jail
declassified 775 pages about former Las Vegas Sun newspaper editor
Herman "Hank" Milton Greenspun (1909-1989). Released under FOIA in
January, files telling the story of how Greenspun parlayed profits from
illegal gun-running into a Las Vegas media empire are now available
online at the Israel Lobby Archive...
...A 1952 FBI file
reveals that after being indicted a second time for violating the
Neutrality Act, Greenspun traveled to Washingtonand contacted Seth
Solomon Pope . An earlier criminal proceeding ended when smuggling
defendants during the trial contacted a juror who became the only vote
against conviction. Pope worked in Hawaii at the War Assets
Administration, in charge of decommissioning and selling off WWII
surplus. Pope was investigated on three occasions for fraudulent sales
of war materiel. Greenspun and associates stole 58 crates of .30 and .50
caliber machine guns from the U.S. Navy and smuggled them
from Honolulu through Mexico to Jewish fighters in Palestine in the late
1940s. After Pope transferred to the General Services Administration
in Washington, Greenspun offered $25,000 to Pope "or anyone else
designated by Pope" to "quash" a second Neutrality Act indictment
against Greenspun. The effort failed and Greenspun was convicted of a
felony and forced to pay $10,000, but received no prison time...
years ago this May, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opened a
series of unprecedented hearings investigating the clandestine
activities of foreign agents active in the United States. The
investigation focused most intensively on the operatives and financing
of key Israel lobbying organizations such as the American Zionist
Council, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and the American
Section of the quasi-governmental Jerusalem-based Jewish Agency. Thanks
to a secret memo only declassified in 2010, the public may now know what
fears motivated the hearings.
half-century after the attempted regulation of Israel lobbies under FARA
failed, it is productive to image what might be different today if AIPAC
in particular had been properly registered under the Act. When AIPAC
director Morris Amitay was caught red-handed mishandling classified
missile secrets in 1975, he could have been prosecuted under FARA. When
AIPAC and an Israeli diplomat purloined the entire 300-page book of
classified trade secrets compiled from 70 U.S. industry groups opposed
to unilateral trade concessions for Israel in 1984, they could have been
prosecuted for failing to report their clandestine subversion of due
process. When in 2005 Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman met with
Israeli diplomats during efforts to pass classified information to the
press they thought could trigger a U.S attack on Iran, FARA consequences
would have awaited them all...
Intro "Takes on the World" radio host Jeffrey Blankfort
discusses ten year anniversary of Iraq war, how architects are now
pushing for an attack on Iran, 50 year anniversary of Senator Fulbright
and the Kennedy's effort to register the Israel lobby as foreign agents.
Obama's trip to Israel, Congressional move to outsource "attack Iran"
decision to Israel. The underreported case of Stewart Nozette. (MP3)
Program: Jeff Blankfort and Grant Smith discuss the
ongoing costs of the failed 1963 Senate/Justice Department
efforts to regulate Israel lobbying organizations under the 1938
Foreign Agents Registration Act. (MP3)
On March 21, 2012 U.S.
prosecutors played FBI surveillance video in court of former NASA
employee Stewart Nozette agreeing to sell U.S. government secrets to
Israel. Nozette was then sentenced to thirteen years in prison. The
FBI surveillance video, obtained by IRmep under the Freedom of
Information Act, is now available on
Vimeo. An imperfect redaction
reveals Nozette appearing to say he sold classified U.S. government
information to "Israeli Aircraft," also known as Israel Aerospace
Industries and IAI...
On May 4, 2012 US Attorney Ron Machen was
confronted on WAMU radio (YouTube)
for officially stating no classified information was passed by Nozette
to Israel. This was contradicted by court filings and now surveillance
video. Machen could not credibly explain why the Justice Department
limited its criminal investigation to only Nozette.More
Grant F. Smith, research
director of IRmep, briefs several hundred Houston area non-profit and
business leaders about why Americans are turning away from Israel and
challenging Israel's U.S. lobby. Review of major
espionage, propaganda and wealth transfer initiatives.
Analysis of new polling data on American public
opinion and how the growing chasm between opinion and U.S. policy may be
driving a higher score on Transparency International's "perceptions of
corruption" index. Recorded on
February 23, 2013. Audio and slides only. (Audio
November Washington Post report by national security journalist
Walter Pincus revealed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was building a
mysterious underground facility for the Israel Defense Forces near Tel
Aviv. Deeper in the report Pincus claimed, "Over the years, the Corps
has built underground hangers for Israeli fighter-bombers, facilities
for handling nuclear weapons (though Israel does not admit having such
weapons), command centers, training bases, intelligence facilities and
simulators, according to Corps publications...."
...USACE’s response was
unusually comprehensive. (PDF) "This office is responsible for
administering requests involving USACE Headquarters. The USACE Europe
District is the office responsible for projects involving Israel. I have
coordinated with the Europe District and have been informed that none of
the facilities that USACE has been involved with were nuclear weapons
handling facilities; therefore I will not be requesting that a document
search be conducted...."
Guest speaker and author Grant F. Smith presents
his thoughts on the "Diversion of U.S. Weapons-Grade Uranium into the
Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program,"
a new drive to declassify government documents long
overdue for release, and the potential environmental
and legal consequences. University of Pittsburgh School of Law,
Barco Law Library, 3900 Forbes Avenue Room 109, Pittsburgh.MP3 Audio
Discussion of the Israeli
lobby and its influence in Washington tends to center on AIPAC, the
largest Israel-centered lobbying group currently operating in the US.
The oldest continually operating such lobby group, however, the Zionist
Organization of America, was for decades one of the most powerful
lobbying organizations in the country, helping to shape American policy
toward the formation of Israel. Its members have been connected to
illegal Israeli smuggling rings of both conventional and nuclear weapons
technologies. And it is currently embroiled with the American government
in a fight over its tax-exempt status.What is
once again interesting to note is that groups like the ZOA and AIPAC
are—like the Royal Institute of International Affairs and its branch
organizations which we examined last week on this program—not secretive,
cabals of shadowy figures meeting in darkened rooms, but openly public
organizations with a readily documentable history of flouting laws and
harboring criminal elements.
received a “13909” petition (PDF) from IRmep’s Center for Policy and
Law enforcement urging it not to restore the tax-exempt status of the
Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA recently lost its tax-exempt
status after failing to file tax returns for three consecutive years
from 2008 to 2010. A Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
January/February special report surveys ZOA’s controversial history,
including heavy use of tax-deductible funding for undisclosed lobbying
activities and questionable executive compensation policies. ZOA tax
returns recently provided to IRmep by the IRS reveal that in 2007 only
ten donors provided 80% of ZOA’s total public support. The IRS retained
no records justifying why ZOA was ever granted tax-exempt status, and
ZOA must submit a new application in order to regain the ability to
accept tax-deductible contributions.
Recently declassified National Archives records reveal the Justice
Department ordered ZOA to register as an Israeli foreign agent on seven
separate occasions. The Justice Department is legally required to
provide public access to all registrant records under the
1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act. ZOA executives Zalman Shapiro
and Ivan Novick operated the NUMEC Apollo Industries corporations in the
1960s. According to
public records, FBI and CIA officials believed NUMEC diverted enough
weapons-grade uranium to Israel to manufacture dozens of weapons....More
January-February 2013 Washington Report on
Middle East Affairs
the 1960s, broad reorganizations periodically announced by major Israel
lobbying organizations have allegedly altered lines and boxes on the
global Zionist organization chart, even as congressional amendments have
steadily watered down the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Moreover, a new American umbrella corporation called the "American
Zionist Movement" (AZM), created at a Miami conference in the early
1990s and with almost no funding or infrastructure, claims to be the
legal intermediary among the WZO, ZOA and 25 other youth and adult
organizations. However, the ever abrasive ZOA once claimed to have
withdrawn from AZM in 1996 over disputes about the Oslo accords. AZM is
reportedly funded by the WZO. After more than half a century, the ZOA/WZO
relationship and activities still are not very clear to outside
observers. The Justice Department may even be persuaded to review the ZOA's
new public application for tax-exempt status for any WZO FARA regulatory
issues. ZOA national vice chairman Steven M. Goldberg, for example,
presently serves as a board member of both World Likud and the WZO
executive board. Absent any more improper "favors" of the kind once
secretly bestowed by the Justice Department, the Zionist Organization of
America may fmd its road to tax preferences both closely followed and
heavily challenged from many quarters...
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