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Center for Policy and Law

Lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings

What is the Center for Policy and Law? IRmep research has revealed important laws are routinely broken by Israeli  and Israel-linked U.S. organizations. IRmep's Center for Policy and Law works to reveal, document, formulate pro-forma evidence and file lawsuits to expose, challenge and obtain damages for harmful and illegal policies.

What does Middle East policy have to do with law enforcement? 
In the 1940s, the Jewish Agency set up a massive arms smuggling network in the United States.  Although hundreds of members were identified stealing and smuggling arms in violation the Neutrality and Arms Export Control Act, only a few lower level operatives were ever prosecuted.  By the 1960s, Israel-linked groups were stealing nuclear material and technology. In the 1980s Israel's LAKAM technology and military secrets network was preying on U.S. businesses and national defense infrastructure. In 2005 Israel's American lobby AIPAC was caught trying to use stolen classified information to touch off military conflict with Iran. Today, operatives conduct interventions into US media and politics, but remain outside registration under the the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Important US statutes, rarely enforced, could contribute much more to Middle East peacebut only if Americans understand how law is related to policy, and lawsuits are filed to call attention to and challenge wrongdoing. Learn how to support IRmep FOIA and legal filings.

Lawsuits

IRmep sues NARA for Secret Clinton and Bush Nuclear Pledges to Israel
IRmep challenges the secret "Israel Nuclear Weapons Gag Order" WNP-136
IRmep sues to release the names of employees at the U.S. Treasury's secretive OTFI Unit
Challenging the secret gag order that guts transparency and the Arms Export Control Act to deliver unlawful U.S. foreign aid to Israel
Lawsuit demands public release of CIA black budget intelligence support to Israel
IRmep sues for CIA files on the illegal diversion of US weapons-grade uranium from NUMEC to Israel
In court battle IRmep wins release of 1987 Pentagon report detailing aspects of Israel's nuclear weapons production facilities and work on hydrogen bombs.
   

Freedom of Information Act Filings

Lesson from FBI's Niger Uranium Forgeries file

An analysis of 640 pages of FBI investigatory records obtained by IRmep under the Freedom of Information Act reveals how the FBI Director limited Senator John D. Rockefeller’s urgent 2003 written demand for accountability over faulty Iraq war intelligence into a narrow overseas investigation. The released files, originally scheduled for declassification on December 31, 2028 document how FBI special agents from the Washington Field Office trailed Niger uranium sale forgery suspects in European regions where they held little jurisdiction – but were not allowed by FBI Director Robert Mueller to pursue any officials in their own back yard that twisted dubious intelligence to support the US invasion of Iraq. The lesson is clear. Despite subsequent years of Senate investigations into pre-invasion claims that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program, Americans are still vulnerable to the misuse of real and fabricated intelligence deployed by unscrupulous US government officials seeking to plunge the nation into war.

To justify the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, White House officials repeatedly used dubious intelligence to publicly make accusations that Iraq had a clandestine nuclear weapons program. The most compelling accusation was that Iraq secretly sought to purchase 500 tons of yellowcake uranium from Niger to refine and produce nuclear weapons. It was compelling because Iraq had only one plausible use for uranium – making nuclear weapons.
Inside Gallup's U.S. Mint fraud: Freedom of Information Act Files

The Gallup Organization was criminally charged in 2012 under the False Claims and Procurement Integrity Acts. The False Claims Act is the primary tool the U.S. government uses, leveraging insider whistle-blowers, to combat contracting fraud against the government. An uncontested 57-page complaint (PDF) reveals that Gallup intentionally delivered deceptive data to the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Department of State, and DHS (FEMA) to maximize profits on a series of no-bid contracts. Among other acts alleged in the complaint were keeping two sets of books and making job offers to federal employees in positions to renew Gallup’s lucrative government contracts.

Gallup's history and a review of Gallup’s actual U.S. Mint work product—obtained from the U.S. Treasury under the Freedom of Information Act and made available here for the first time online—reveals Gallup’s willingness to secretly engage in fraud to protect lucrative serialized polling contracts. This company culture should raise questions about Gallup polls in categories where there is no similar polling for verification purposes or where Gallup results are inexplicably wildly at odds—over long time periods—with other pollsters.
 
 

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