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08/07/2014
U.S. Suspected Israeli Involvement in 1960s Missing Uranium
Ally Used Materials Lifted From Pennsylvania Toward a Weapons Program

...The evidence suggested that "something did transpire," said Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mr. Carter's national-security adviser, in a recent interview. "But until you have conclusive evidence you don't want to make an international incident. This is a potentially very explosive, controversial issue." Besides, he added, even if a theft was proved, "What are we going to say to the Israelis, 'Give it back?' "

Israel hasn't ever said whether it has nuclear weapons. A spokeswoman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., declined to comment for this article.

So did a spokeswoman for the Obama administration, which like past U.S. administrations has declined to say whether it believes Israel has an atomic arsenal. A CIA spokesman also declined to comment.

Mr. Carter, who said at a 2008 gathering in Britain that he believes Israel has nuclear weapons, declined through a spokeswoman to be interviewed.

His diplomatic efforts as president, which helped produce a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979, likely wouldn't have been possible "if there was some huge scandal at the time about this," said John Marcum, the staffer who wrote the July 28, 1977, memo, in a recent interview.

The theft suspicions surround events at a now-dismantled facility in Apollo, Pa., owned by a company called Nuclear Materials & Equipment Corp., or Numec. In the mid-1960s, some 200 pounds of bomb-grade uranium--enough possibly for several Hiroshima-sized bombs--couldn't be accounted for there....

Potentially crucial sections of the recently released documents--obtained by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, an organization that has been critical of Israel--remain classified.  More

08/01/2014
Is nonprofit "United Against Nuclear Iran" a Mossad front?
Greek shipping magnate's lawsuit could answer question, but is blocked by the Justice Department

...UANI's charges that Restis is a "front-man" for Iran are thinly based on UANI's possession of a proposal letter for Restis to meet Iranian officials in Greece and a second "consultancy engagement agreement letter." UANI has refused to publicly release to the public either of the two letters which Restis claims are crude forgeries. On July 3, 2013 lawyers for Restis issued their own "cease and desist" letter to UANI managers which triggered more UANI accusations and adverse publicity, scuttling a planned initial public offering and other large business deals.

Restis has received many death threats as a result of UANI's unrelenting campaign, being called "an evil, greasy, greedy bastard," a "Greek fuck," "animal," "crook" and "Christian pig." Restis is Jewish and claims he supports Israel and is opposed to Iran ever developing nuclear weapons. Visitor comments on UANI's Facebook page urge "hang him,"  "just shoot him" and "lock and load torpedoes."  Mr. Restis was approached by Rami Ungar, an Israeli shipping executive with no visible public connection to UANI according to court filings. Restis claims Ungar was a fixer who mysteriously knew all the details about the UANI situation. Ungar claimed that on behalf of the group’s supporters he was “authorized to try to resolve the issues.” Restis is having none of it.  In an April letter to the presiding judge, the Restis legal team claimed they uncovered information that UANI “is being funded by foreign interests” that like Ungar, were presumably also from Israel. Restis filed court documents to compel not only Rami Ungar's sworn testimony but also that of UANI advisor Meir Dagan, the Israeli former Mossad intelligence chief. Restis claims it was Mossad that served as the conduit between the source and UANI... More

The Scott Horton Show logo07/23/2014
What is the Israel Lobby?
If Israel were really a U.S. strategic asset, would 200 nonprofits have to spend $1.4 billion per year to convince Americans?
What are the major activities of Israel lobbying organizations?

What is the return on investment for every dollar spent? Is there a clear division of labor? Is the lobby monolithic, a loose network or some kind of matrix? Which branches are in charge of propaganda and spin? Does only the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby Congress?

Which nonprofits are in charge of leadership development and junkets to Israel? How much influence do Christian Zionist organizations really have? Does the $1.4 billion figure include Christian Evangelical churches and synagogues? What priorities and campaigns are revealed in year-to-year revenue fluctuations? What sort of criminal activities have lobbying organizations engaged in, and why?

Listen and find out on the Scott Horton Show. Audio download.

 
06/24/2014
Death of the Masked Men
CIA's John Hadden ignored as Israeli spy Avraham Bendor celebrated

...Hadden eventually came to be hated by the Mossad and Israeli intelligence services targeting the United States – a feeling that was mutual. He even went public with the CIA’s findings that Israel had stolen large amounts of weapons-grade uranium from a US Navy contracting company called NUMEC run by Israel sympathizers in Apollo, Pennsylvania. His public statements helped fan public and congressional interest in finding out what happened at NUMEC and punishing the perpetrators. Insultingly, Hadden even compared spymaster Rafi Eitan’s 1960 exploit kidnapping Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann from the streets of Buenos Aires with the later and much easier work of looting an under-capitalized smuggling front under the obliging eye of its owner.

"Just imagine to yourself how much easier it would be to remove a pound or two of this or that at any one time, as opposed to – which is inert material – as opposed to removing all at one blow. One hundred fifty pounds of shouting and kicking Eichmann. You see, they [the Israelis] are pretty good at removing things."

Hadden unequivocally claimed that NUMEC was "an Israeli operation from the beginning." The Israelis in Hadden’s view were an unreliable source of US intelligence, and too often spurred to violence.

“The Israelis, of course, are a special case, because they’re so small – and they’re at war all the time – they can go out and murder people and do all kinds of things that we can’t do. They get a lot done. Of course, Israeli intelligence is our main source of intelligence. Unexamined, and that’s another problem…” More Radio Interview

05/30/2014
Israel’s First US Espionage and Smuggling Network
Newly declassified Navy intelligence reports foreshadowed future

Newly declassified postwar Naval Intelligence files shine new light on a little-known chapter of U.S.-Israel relations. Massive supplies of American WWII military surplus under liquidation by the War Assets Administration were an irresistible target for Israel’s government-in-waiting the Jewish Agency and nascent military the Haganah in the years immediately preceding Israel’s declaration of statehood in 1948. The Jewish Agency was an organization contemplated as a vital actor for achieving that statehood in Theodore Herzl’s original Zionist vision. Explosives, advanced fighter, bomber and transport aircraft, and Jewish veterans culled from a list stolen from the U.S. Chaplain all entered a Jewish Agency pipeline stretching from the US to Mexico, Panama, Italy and Czechoslovakia to Palestine. The stories these newly declassified files tell not only foreshadow the institutionalized immunity of crimes committed in the name of Israel, but major challenges the US would later have to confront beyond displaced Palestinian refugees and simmering conflict – ongoing money laundering into US politics and Israel’s early desire to build nuclear weapons. More  Declassified Files

05/15/2014
Israel deploys three proven tactics to blunt U.S. backlash over spying
Money, rushed state visits and accusations of anti-Semitism may not be enough to save proposed visa waivers

Newsweek reporter Jeff Stein's "double-tap" exposé of Israeli espionage in the United States has put Israel and its American lobby on red alert.  Stein's initial salvo "Israel Won't Stop Spying on the U.S." generated howls of outrage over veteran CIA analyst Paul Pillar's accurate assessment that Zionists had been sending spies to appropriate U.S. resources and weapons even before the state was founded.  Pressed for details, Stein's second piece "Israel's Aggressive Spying in the US Mostly Hushed Up" exposed a bumbling Israeli spy's unsuccessful attempt to enter Al Gore's hotel room through an air duct.  According to Stein, the dwindling number of U.S. criminal prosecutions is because the FBI has been directed by the Justice Department to privately chastise, but not expose, Israel's spy networks.  The most recent criminal espionage prosecution, that of former NASA official Stewart Nozette, carefully sealed off his handlers at Israel Aerospace Industries from any consequences.  Nozette had received $225,000 and admitted to passing secrets to Israel, but rather than go after his paymasters, the FBI set up an elaborate sting operation.  According to Stein, other American counterintelligence officials felt instant push-back whenever they tried to warn U.S. elected officials about Israeli espionage.

The new spying allegations come at an inconvenient time since Israel and its U.S. lobby have been ramping up efforts to obtain visa-free Israeli entry to the United States.  Israel's poor record of visa overstays, thousands of young people entering under tourist visas to work in the U.S. and the growing espionage flap appear to make Israel unlikely to enter the visa waiver program any time soon.  But three strategies have proven extremely successful in the past for dampening fallout.  Flood American influencers with cash, send in Israeli government officials to quietly lobby key policymakers and charge opponents with anti-Semitism. More

MINTPRESS NEWS 05/02/2014
The Beginnings of Israel's Nuclear Program and Why it Matters Today

Despite the fact that there is a large pro-Israeli lobby in the United States — which would make it politically dangerous to talk about condemnation of Israel, particularly in states with a large evangelical Christian base — pushing aside allegations of theft and espionage would further weaken the United States’ international credibility, according to many.

“[If] President Obama releases Pollard, it should be preceded by the belated return of the massive trove of classified documents he stole for Israel as well as all purloined nuclear materials and technologies,” said Grant Smith, the director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

Finally, realizations that this theft has been covered up and denied by the federal government for fifty years belies any allusions to transparency in the federal government. More

04/28/2014
 Israel's Stolen Nuclear Materials: Why it Still Matters

...Grant W. [F.] Smith, Director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) followed up Gilinsky and Matson’s 2011 disclosures with a report based on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other documentary evidence including corporate filings, office diaries and unguarded interviews. The report was published in January 2012 as a book titled, Divert! NUMEC, Zalman Shapiro and the diversion of US weapons grade uranium into the Israeli nuclear weapons Program. According to Smith, former CIA Tel Aviv station chief John Hadden claimed that NUMEC was “an Israeli operation from the beginning.” More

BOAS logo 04/18/2014
Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States?
Last month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the nation’s highest classification authority, released a number of top-level government memoranda that shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won't go away—the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant.”

The evidence available for our 2010 Bulletin article persuaded us that Israel did steal uranium from the Apollo, Pennsylvania, plant of the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC). We urged the US government to declassify CIA and FBI documents to settle the matter. In releasing the current batch—the release being largely due to the persistent appeals of researcher Grant Smith—the government has been careful to excise from all the released documents the CIA’s reasons for fingering Israel. Despite this, the documents are significantly revealing. For one thing, the excisions themselves are a backhanded admission of the persuasiveness of the CIA’s evidence. (Why these excisions are legally justified is not apparent—after nearly 50 years, the “sources and methods” issues have long ago dissipated.)  More
04/14/2014
Will the U.S. Also Deny Visas to Israel's Spies?
The new policy to block visas for U.N. Ambassadors who engaged in espionage

...The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is celebrating President Barack Obama’s decision to deny a visa to Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations. AIPAC declared “The very fact that Iranian leaders would even select such a person to represent them at the United Nations underscores the importance of maintaining vigilance against the duplicitous behavior of this regime – particularly in regard to its nuclear program.” Iran’s UN ambassador nominee, Hamid Abutalebi, has been accused of playing a role in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Rushed legislation crafted and promoted by Israel’s supporters to block Abutalebi easily passed the House and Senate and await the president’s signature. Until now, the United States has automatically granted visas to heads of state and diplomats from around the world to conduct business at the UN headquarters in New York City. That the new policy is yet another targeted measure to derail current negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program is obvious in how the US treats Israeli diplomats and citizens engaged in nuclear-weapons-related espionage against America.

If President Obama signs the Cruz legislation into law, it would allow him to block Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ever addressing the United Nations again...More

03/27/2014
Secrets about Israeli theft of U.S. weapons-grade nuclear material declassified - IRmep
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March 18, 2014 ISCAP, the highest declassification authority in the U.S., released 84 pages (PDF) of formerly secret information about investigations into the illegal diversion of weapons-grade nuclear material from a Pennsylvania plant into the clandestine Israeli nuclear weapons program.  Files now available to the public from IRmep's ISCAP process include:

4/2/1968 Letter from the Director of the CIA alerting the Attorney General (PDF) about a huge loss of material from Pennsylvania's Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC). "It is critical for us to establish whether or not the Israelis now have the capability for fabricating nuclear weapons which might be employed in the Near East."

03/09/1972 FBI memorandum (PDF) "On the basis of the foregoing it must be assumed for the purpose of U.S. national security that diversion of special nuclear materials to Israel by Dr. [Zalman] Shapiro and his [NUMEC] associates is a distinct possibility."

07/28/1977 Notes of a briefing from CIA's Associate Deputy Director for Operations Theodore Shackley to the Carter administration National Security Council  (PDF) "I also asked Shackley to get us a rundown on the political aspects#e.g. when were the President and Congressional officials briefed on the Israeli weapons program, on the NUMEC connection, and what were their reactions.  In December, Carter was briefed on the NUMEC problem as President-elect by Bush in Georgia...I do not think the President has plausible deniability.  The CIA case is persuasive..."

08/02/1977 Memo to Carter from Zbigniew Brzezinski (PDF) "So far as we know however, (and we have made serious effort to discover it) there is nothing to indicate active CIA participation in the alleged theft...There is a tremendous amount of interest in this issue in Congress...We face tough sledding in the next few weeks in trying to keep attention focused on ERDA's technical [overall U.S. nuclear material loss] arguments..on the FBI investigations, and away from the CIA's information."

All released CIA evidence and former Tel Aviv Station Chief John Hadden suggest the severely undercapitalized NUMEC was "an Israeli [smuggling] operation from the beginning." Multiple health-related lawsuits have been filed targeting companies that later assumed NUMEC ownership. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently estimates its toxic cleanup of NUMEC will cost $500 million.  No damage claims have yet been filed against the Israeli government.
 Israel Lobby Archive Documents
 
03/21/2014
FBI investigates Israel Bond sellers as unregistered foreign agents - Israel Lobby Archive
Founders of the U.S.-based sales corporation for Israel bonds included the unindicted ringleader of the Sonneborn network of conventional arms smuggling fronts, Rudolph Sonneborn, and the North America financier for Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program Abraham Feinberg, along with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr.. Morgenthau's role in conventional and nuclear smuggling for Israel is alleged, but unconfirmed since the FBI has censored nearly every page of his lengthy FBI file.

The FBI kept a close watch on the "American Financial and Development Corporation for Israel" (AFDCI, incorporated in 1950) to determine whether it was acting as an unregistered agent of the Israeli government.

On June 27, 1951, the FBI chartered an investigation to discover "connection between subject corporation and the Government of Israel, the extent to which the corporation is subsidized directly or indirectly by the Government of Israel, and extent to which the Government of Israel in any way exercises control of the policies or operations of the corporation."

After one FBI inquiry, the Chief of Foreign Agent Registration at DOJ (who later enforced the registration order against AIPAC's parent, the American Zionist Council) determined that "Bonds for Israel" was "entitled to 'Commercial Exemption' under the Registration Act for the reason that funds raised by this organization are to be used for economic purposes..." [Nathan] Lenvin "pointed out that Israeli Government representatives and military personnel who tour the U.S. for 'Bonds for Israel' would be required to register with the Justice Dept. if their talks and speeches include any political propaganda. He added that, in his opinion, it would seem most difficult for these speakers not to interject some political propaganda in their speeches."

FBI ordered that confidential informants be developed within the sales network and that public source material be collected to determine whether "'Bonds for Israel' have been engaged in activities requiring their registration under the Registration Act."

On November 13, a 1956 FBI bulletin, copied to NSA and CIA, reported that a secret November 9, 1956 Development Corporation for Israel (successor to AFDCI) meeting took place over concerns that Israeli funds would be frozen over Israel's attack on Egypt.

However, U.S. presidents never used their leverage on ballooning Israeli bond sales across the United States to pressure Israel to comply with international law. Although bond sales have expanded to over a billion dollars a year (2013) as Israel's supporters enact laws to efficiently place them in a wide variety of state government holdings, the record reveals that the Justice Department has never engaged in a serious review of compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. File.
03/07/2014
The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" - Full Event

Video, audio and segment transcripts at http:NATSummit.org

03/03/2014
Admitted Spy Shows up for Oscars—and Wins

An FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles would not tell Under the Radar if the bureau planned to interview Milchan or DeNiro in connection with what they said in the Israeli interview.

“As a matter of policy, the FBI neither confirms nor denies investigations. I am unaware of any public information relative to this matter,” she said.

Grant Smith, author of Divert, about the decades-long Israeli operation to funnel U.S. nuclear secrets, uranium and parts to Israel, was not surprised that Milchan was “unconcerned and on stage” at the Oscars. Smith said Milchan has dodged prosecution for more than 30 years, even as a colleague in the smuggling of nuclear triggers, Richard Kelley Smyth, ultimately was arrested and jailed.

What has made Milchan untouchable, according to Smith, is his connections. These include long time associations with Israeli leaders including Shimon Peres and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who worked at Heli Trading, a Milchan front company used for smuggling, according to Smith, who cites Justice Department documents that he acquired through the Freedom of Information Act.

During the interview with Israel’s Channel 2, Milchan acknowledged being an arms dealer and that he also used his international connections to advocate for the apartheid government of South Africa in exchange for the regime helping Israel procure uranium. More

02/10/2014
National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" in Washington on March 7
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The March 7 National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" at the National Press Club will present the following experts:

Former Congressman Paul Findley is the author of the groundbreaking book They Dare to Speak out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby. Findley will discuss how the lobby shapes important U.S. foreign policies and influences elections.
 
Stephen Walt, co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, will deliver an update on what his groundbreaking 2007 book left out.

Historian Geoffrey Wawro will describe surprising findings from his 2010 book Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East, and how its publication impacted his career.

Lieutenant Colonel Karen U. Kwiatkowski will deliver an insider account about the pre-Iraq invasion environment inside the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans. Kwiatkowski will compare similarities and differences with the current neoconservative and Israel lobby drives to attack Syria and Iran.

Brigadier General James J. David will review how "super-sized" U.S. military aid to Israel affects American allies. Former intelligence officers Philip Giraldi, Raymond McGovern, Paul Pillar and Michael Scheuer will provide their insights about how Israel and its lobby influence America's national security and global standing. More

02/03/2014 IRmep on C-SPAN
United States "Lousy" at Keeping Nuclear Weapons Tech and Material from Israel
IRmep Director Grant F. Smith questions former Nuclear Security Administration official about NUMEC, Arnon Milchan, Telegy smuggling oscillators as examples that the United States does not adequately protect facilities from Israeli nuclear smugglers.
01/15/2014
America's first National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" on March 7 in Washington
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ America's first National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" will be held in the ballroom of the National Press Club on March 7 in Washington, DC.

U.S. financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israel has grown significantly and steadily throughout the past 60 years and now dwarfs annual American foreign assistance to all other nations. Research indicates the U.S.-Israel "special relationship" is a major factor in foreign hostility towards Americans. Some experts suggest that Israel has been central to U.S. wars in the Middle East.

However, the huge public backlash against Israel lobby-generated momentum for U.S. attacks on Syria and Iran indicates that Americans are concerned about the direction of U.S. foreign policy, how it is made, and those trying to make it. This historic summit will provide an in-depth, multifaceted inquiry into this critical subject matter. Panelists will include former military and diplomatic personnel, intelligence officers, scholars, economists, researchers and a variety of other subject-matter experts and authors often shut out of key discussions in public forums and news media outlets. Members of the public will be allowed to ask the key questions and network with other attendees.

Interested members of the public may now register for an early-bird discount online at EventsNow (link). Members of the press may request credentials and currently enrolled university or college students may apply for one of the limited number of donor-funded free student tickets by completing and submitting this registration form (PDF link). A complimentary lunch will be provided during mid-day keynotes and panels. More

01/06/2014
Former Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer Wrong Choice for Fed

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Former Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer is the wrong choice for vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. According to an IRmep research report:

1. Fischer supports extreme anti-Iran policies that harm the U.S. economy. During his 2005-2013 stint as governor of Israel's central bank, Fischer lobbied Europe, Russia, and China to isolate Iran through measures that went far beyond the sanctions adopted by the U.N. Security Council.

The US Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, Coalition for American Trade, National Foreign Trade Council and others rejected such sanctions, provisions they estimated would cost America $25 billion and 210,000 jobs. (PDF) Yet Fischer is on record stating that even sanctions are no longer enough and appears ready to prepare the U.S. financial system for war as he did within Israel's central bank. Americans support 2-1 the current agreement to halt added sanctions during negotiations with Iran.

2. Fischer's fundamental economic aid changes harm U.S. taxpayers. Fischer was appointed by the Reagan administration to the U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Discussion Group formed to deal with Israel's 1984-1985 economic crisis. To the detriment of U.S. taxpayers, Fischer helped permanently transform billions in annual aid packages from repayable loans to direct taxpayer subsidies that in 1985 amounted to over $1,650 per Israeli. Despite lip service, Fischer has never applied the austerity measures he became famous for at the IMF to persuade Israel to obey international law or U.S. demands to vacate occupied territories... More

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