Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?
by Dan Eden
Please also see Omert Humiliates America and Who Controls Hollywood and the Media?.Someone wrote and asked me, "Why are there Israeli- but not Mexican-American Dual Nationals?"
Well, here's my take on this. I'd also like your views and opinions.
Before I begin I'd like to day something important. There is a new
law -- the so-called "Hate Speech" law, that just passed the House and
is expected to pass the Senate and become law very soon. It was
originally designed to guard against discrimination of oppressed
minorities but was soon recognized as a way for Israel to forever end
any criticism of the state of Israel and Zionism. When it is law, this
page, and many like it will be deleted from the internet as yet another
mile marker of the infringement of truth and free speech by certain
dual-nationals at the expense of true and patriotic Americans. Enough
Unless we are Native American Indians, all Americans have their origins
in some other country. Both of my parents were from England. They were
proud to be "British" but they were most proud of achieving their
American citizenship. Sure, we had pictures of the Queen and nick-nacks
with the Union Jack on them. My mother even celebrated the traditional 4
o'clock tea time and was good at making Yorkshire Pudding. In the late
60's my older brother served in the US Army and did his tour in Viet
Nam. When it came down to "allegiance," we were all patriotic Americans.
The word "allegiance" means that we promise loyalty. It also carries
with it the expectation that this loyalty will be exclusive and
unrestrained. In the case of a declared war or real threat or conflict,
for example, our allegiance to America should preclude any other
interest, be it another country or political ideology.
When they took their oath to become American citizens, my parents had to
pledge their "allegiance" exclusively to America and renounce their
allegiance to "any and all foreign governments." That included Great
Britain, one of our strongest allies.
Before Viewzone asked me to research the meaning of "dual citizenship," I
had never heard of the term. How could someone be a citizen of two
countries at the same time? But I was just ignorant. Dual nationalities
and citizenships are quite common.
From my internet research, I learned that in 1997, a French Canadian
with a U.S. passport ran for mayor of Plattsburgh, N.Y. He argued that
the incumbent spoke French too poorly to be running a city so close to
Quebec. He lost. Also in 1997, a retired top American official for the
U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ran for president of
Lithuania. He was inaugurated in February to a burst of fireworks!
In 1996, Dominicans from New York not only could vote in the Dominican
Republic's presidential elections for the first time, they could vote
for a fellow New Yorker. Multiple nationalities have become so
commonplace that some analysts fear the trend is undermining the notion
of nationhood, particularly in the place with the most diverse citizenry
on Earth: the United States.
Debate over the issue intensified in the late 1990s, when Mexico joined
the growing list of poor nations that say it's OK for their nationals to
be citizens of the countries to which they have migrated. Under the law
that took effect in 1998 Mexicans abroad -- most of them in the United
States -- will be able to retain Mexican citizenship even if they seek
U.S. citizenship. And naturalized Americans of Mexican descent will be
able to reclaim their original citizenship. The Mexican government
stopped short, for now, of giving expatriates the right to vote.
Since citizenship carries with it a responsibility to be exclusively
loyal to one country, the whole concept of dual citizenship and
nationality raises questions about which of the dual citizenships have
priority. This is extremely important when the two countries have
opposing interests. It can be a deadly problem when a dual citizen is in
a high position within our American government.
Can one imagine a Japanese citizen serving in the Pentagon during WWII?
Or how about a citizen of the Soviet Union holding a cabinet position in
the White House during the Cold War?
Today's conflicts are centered in the Middle East. America needs to
balance foreign policies towards oil producing Arab nations with our
goal being peace and stability in the region. This places a burdon on
our government to be even-handed in our dealings with the Arab world and
Israel. While the Iraq War was waged on lies about Weapons of Mass
Destruction and revenge for 911, the real reason
has emerged as a well designed global plan to improve the power and
leverage of Israel. Added to this policy is yet another potential blow
to American interests and security -- the impending War with Iran. This
war will be waged for the security of Israel and will be paid for by the
blood of American soldiers and the hard-earned money of American
citizens whose quality of life is inversely tied to the cost of
Recently, in their much lauded paper, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,
Harvard professor, Stephen Walt, and University of Chicago professor,
John Mearsheimer, focused attention on the strong Israeli lobby which
has a powerful influence over American foreign policies (see BBC article).
They detail the influence that this lobby has exerted, forming a series
of international policies which can be viewed as in direct opposition
to the interests and security of the American people. These acts and
policies are more often than not carried out by US government appointees
who hold powerful positions and who are dual American-Israeli citizens.
Since the policies they support are often exclusively beneficial to
Israel, often to the detriment of America, it has been argued that their
loyalties are misdirected.
A few classic examples can be cited here.
Jonathan Jay Pollard
[right] was an American-Israeli citizen who worked for the US
government. He is well known because he stole more secrets from the U.S.
than has any other spy in American history. During his interrogation
Pollard said he felt compelled to put the "interests of my state" ahead
of his own. Although as a U.S. Navy counter-intelligence specialist he
had a top-secret security clearance, by "my state" he meant the state of
Literally tens of thousands of Americans holding U.S. passports admit
they feel a primary allegiance to the state of Israel. In many
instances, these Americans vote in Israeli elections, wear Israeli
uniforms and fight in Israeli wars. Many are actively engaged both in
the confiscation of Palestinian lands and in the Israeli political
system. Three examples come to mind:
One is Rabbi Meir Kahane, who founded the militant Jewish Defense
League in the U.S. in the 1960s, then emigrated to Israel where,
eventually, he was elected to the Knesset. Until he was shot and killed
at one of his U.S. fund-raising rallies in 1990, the Brooklyn-born rabbi
shuttled between Tel Aviv and New York, where he recruited militant
American Jews for his activities in Israel against Palestinians. He
claimed to be a "dual citizen" of America and Israel.
Another Jewish American, James Mahon from Alexandria, Virginia,
reportedly was on a secret mission to kill PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
when he was shot in 1980 by an unknown assailant. When he was shot,
Mahon held an American M-16 in his hand and a U.S. passport in his pocket.
Then there was Alan Harry Goodman, an American Jew who left his
home in Baltimore, Maryland, flew to Israel and served in the Israeli
army. Then, on April 11, 1982, armed with an Uzi submachine gun, he
walked, alone, to Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem's most holy Islamic shrine, where
he opened fire, killing two Palestinians and wounding others. Both the
U.S. and Israeli governments played down the incident, as did the media.
Most recently, US Navy Petty Officer, Ariel J. Weinmann, while
serving at or near Bahrain, Mexico, and Austria, "with intent or reason
to believe it would be used to the injury of the United States or to the
advantage of a foreign nation (Israel), [attempted] to communicate,
deliver or transmit classified CONFIDENTIAL and SECRET information
relating to the national defense, to a representative, officer, agent or
employee of a foreign government." Weinmann was apprehended on March 26
after being listed as "a deserter by his command," according to the US
Navy. The information he gathered was supplied to Israel.
Ben-Ami Kadish, a Connecticut-born U.S. dual citizen who worked
in New Jersey was arrested and charged with giving top secret nuclear
information and details about the US Patriot Missile to an Israeli agent
-- the same agent involved with the Jay Pollard case. The espionage
charges reportedly stem from acts committed in the 1980s. These
activities, like the ones with convicted spy Pollard, were immediately
denied by Israel (Pollard pleaded guilty in 1986). It is further
reported that Israeli officials instructed Kadish to lie to US
investigators. Kadish was scheduled to be arraigned on April 22, 2008 at
U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
In 2009 it was revealed that the NSA had secretly taped conversations of Congresswomen Jane Harman
[pictured above on the right with Israeli Knesset Speaker, Dalia Itzik]
negotiating with two AIPAC spies accused of giving sensitive
information about US military activities to the Israeli government. In
the taped conversation she is being asked to dismiss their espionage
charges in return for large politiacl contributions and (are you ready) a
chairmanship of the US Intelligence Committee! One has to assume that
they thought they could actually "arrange" for this to happen. This
information was secretly revealed by the NSA to Nancy Polosi prior to
the selection of the committee chairman and was a factor (let's hope,
anyway) in Harmon's failure to obtain this highly sensitive position.
After all was said and done, however, the case against the two Israeli
lobbyists was dismissed -- against the insistance of the FBI. No
satisfactory reason has been given for this.Unfortunately, such
an act of treason remains unchallenged and Jane Harman remains at her
congressional job and enjoys being the third wealthiest member of
Congress. Only in America!
The examples of Kahane, Mahonm, Goodman and Weinmann raise the question
of when a U.S. citizen ceases to be, or should cease to be, a U.S.
citizen. U.S. Law at one time clearly stated that an American citizen
owed first allegiance to the United States. A U.S. citizen should not
fight in a foreign army or hold high office in a foreign country without
risking expatriation. What the heck happened?
The 1940 Nationality Act
Section 401 (e) of the 1940 Nationality Act provides that a U.S.
citizen, whether by birth or naturalization, "shall lose his [U.S.]
nationality by...voting in a political election in a foreign state."
This law was tested many times. In 1958, for instance, an American citizen named Perez voted in a Mexican election. The case went to the Supreme Court, where the majority opinion held that Perez must lose his American nationality.
The court said Congress could provide for expatriation as a reasonable
way of preventing embarrassment to the United States in its foreign
But then something very odd happened.
In 1967 an American Jew, Beys Afroyim received an exemption that
set a precedent exclusively for American Jews. Afroyim, born in Poland
in 1895, emigrated to America in 1912, and became a naturalized U.S.
citizen in 1926. In 1950, aged 55, he emigrated to Israel and became an
Israeli citizen. In 1951 Afroyim voted in an Israeli Knesset election
and in five political elections that followed. So, by all standards he
lost his American citizenship -- right? Wrong.
After living in Israel for a decade, Afroyim wished to return to New
York. In 1960, he asked the U.S. Consulate in Haifa for an American
passport. The Department of State refused the application, invoking
section 401 (e) of the Nationality Act -- the same ruling that had
stripped the American citizen named Perez of his U.S. citizenship.
Attorneys acting for Afroyim took his case to a Washington, DC District
Court, which upheld the law. Then his attorneys appealed to the Court of
Appeals. This court also upheld the law. The attorneys for Afroyim then
moved the case on to the Supreme Court. Here, with Supreme Court
Justice Abe Fortas, Lyndon Johnson's former attorney and one of the most
powerful Jewish Americans, casting the swing vote, the court voted five
to four in favor of Afroyim. The court held that the U.S. government
had no right to "rob" Afroyim of his American citizenship!
The court, reversing its previous judgment as regards the Mexican
American, ruled that Afroyim had not shown "intent" to lose citizenship
by voting in Israeli elections. Huh?
While Washington claims it has a "good neighbor" policy with Mexico, the
U.S. does not permit Mexicans to hold dual nationality. The US makes
them become either U.S. or Mexican -- you can't be both. But the U.S.,
in its special relationship with Israel, has become very sympathetic to
allowing Israeli-Americans to retain two nationalities and allowing U.S.
citizens not only to hold public office in Israel, but to hold US
government positions as well! No other country holds this special
exception to our laws of citizenship.
So, you might ask, are there any other dual Israel-American citizens who
hold US government positions that could compromise American security?
Yes. Consider the following list that I obtained on the web:
Recently appointed as US Attorney General. Mukasey also was the judge in
the litigation between developer Larry Silverstein and several
insurance companies arising from the destruction of the World Trade
Center on 9/11/2001.
Former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, at the Justice Department; now head of Homeland Security.
One of Bush's foreign policy advisors, he is the chairman of the
Pentagon's Defense Policy Board. A very likely Israeli government agent,
Perle was expelled from Senator Henry Jackson's office in the 1970's
after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing
Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy.
He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam. Perle came from
one the above mentioned pro-Israel thinktanks, the AEI. Perle is one of
the leading pro-Israeli fanatics leading this Iraq war mongering within
the administration and now in the media.
Former Deputy Defense Secretary, and member of Perle's Defense Policy
Board, in the Pentagon. Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle, and
reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. His sister lives in
Israel. Wolfowitz came from the above mentioned Jewish thinktank, JINSA.
Wolfowitz was the number two leader within the administration behind
this Iraq war mongering. He later was appointed head of the World Bank
but resigned under pressure from World Bank members over a scandal
involving his misuse of power.
Lawrence (Larry) Franklin
The former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Iranian
policy issues who worked in the office of Undersecretary of Defense for
Policy Douglas Feith and reported directly to Feith's deputy, William
Luti, was sentenced January 20, 2006, "to more than 12 years in prison
for giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat" and members of
the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Franklin will "remain free while the government continues with the wider
case" and his "prison time could be sharply reduced in return for his
help in prosecuting" former AIPAC members Steven J. Rosen and Keith
Weissman, [who] are scheduled to go on trial in April . Franklin
admitted that he met periodically with Rosen and Weissman between 2002
and 2004 and discussed classified information, including information
about potential attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. Rosen and Weissman would
later share what they learned with reporters and Israeli officials."
Under Secretary of Defense and Policy Advisor at the Pentagon. He is a
close associate of Perle and served as his Special Counsel. Like Perle
and the others, Feith is a pro-Israel extremist, who has advocated
anti-Arab policies in the past. He is closely associated with the
extremist group, the Zionist Organization of America, which even attacks
Jews that don't agree with its extremist views. Feith frequently speaks
at ZOA conferences. Feith runs a small law firm, Feith and Zell, which
only has one International office, in Israel. The majority of their
legal work is representing Israeli interests. His firm's own website
stated, prior to his appointment, that Feith "represents Israeli
Armaments Manufacturer." Feith basically represents the Israeli War
Machine. Feith also came from the Jewish thinktank JINSA. Feith, like
Perle and Wolfowitz, are campaigning hard for this Israeli proxy war
against Iraq.Feith was investigated by the FBI under suspicion of
leaking classified information to Israel, being that he was Larry
Franklin's boss when Franklin leaked those documents to Rosen and
Weissman of AIPAC. For that he was forced to leave the National Security
Council. Feith was also investigated by the Senate Intelligence
Committee for sexing up 'intelligence' that was used to justify invading
Member of the National Security Study Group of the Department of Defence
at the Pentagon. Luttwak is reportedly an Israeli citizen and has
taught in Israel. He frequently writes for Israeli and pro-Israeli
newspapers and journals. Luttwak is an Israeli extremist whose main
theme in many of his articles is the necessity of the U.S. waging war
against Iraq and Iran.
One of many Pentagon Advisors, Kissinger sits on the Pentagon's Defense
Policy Board under Perle. For detailed information about Kissinger's
evil past, read Seymour Hersch's book (Price of Power: Kissinger in the
Nixon White House). Kissinger likely had a part in the Watergate crimes,
Southeast Asia mass murders (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), Installing
Chilean mass murdering dictator Pinochet, Operation Condor's mass
killings in South America, and more recently served as Serbia's
Ex-Dictator Slobodan Milosevic's Advisor. He consistently advocated
going to war against Iraq. Kissinger is the Ariel Sharon of the U.S.
Unfortunately, President Bush nominated Kissinger as chairman of the
September 11 investigating commission. It's like picking a bank robber
to investigate a fraud scandal. He later declined this job under
Dov Zakheim is an ordained rabbi and reportedly holds Israeli
citizenship. Zakheim attended Jew's College in London and became an
ordained Orthodox Jewish Rabbi in 1973. He was adjunct professor at New
York's Jewish Yeshiva University. Zakheim is close to the Israeli lobby.
Dov Zakheim is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in
2000 a co-author of the Project for the New American Century's position
paper, Rebuilding America's Defenses, advocating the necessity for a
Pearl-Harbor-like incident to mobilize the country into war with its
enemies, mostly Middle Eastern Muslim nations.
He was appointed by Bush as Pentagon Comptroller from May 4, 2001 to
March 10, 2004. At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance
of $1 trillion dollars. Actually, nearly three years earlier, Donald
Rumsfeld announced on September 10, 2001 that an audit discovered $2.3
trillion was also missing from the Pentagon books. That story, as
mentioned, was buried under 9-11's rubble. The two sums disappeared on
Zakheim's watch. We can only guess where that cash went.
Despite these suspicions, on May 6, 2004, Zakheim took a lucrative
position at Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the most prestigious strategy
consulting firms in the world. One of its clients then was Blessed
Relief, a charity said to be a front for Osama bin Laden. Booz, Allen
& Hamilton then also worked closely with DARPA, the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency, which is the research arm of the Department
Judicial Inc's bio of Dov tells us Zakheim is a dual Israeli/American
citizen and has been tracking the halls of US government for 25 years,
casting defense policy and influence on Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Bush
Sr. and Bush Jr. Judicial Inc points out that most of Israel's
armaments were gotten thanks to him. Squads of US F-16 and F-15 were
classified military surplus and sold to Israel at a fraction of their
One of many Pentagon Advisors, Adelman also sits on the Pentagon's
Defense Policy Board under Perle, and is another extremist pro-Israel
advisor, who supported going to war against Iraq. Adelman frequently is a
guest on Fox News, and often expresses extremist and often ridiculus
anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views. Through his racism or ignorance, he
actually called Arabs "anti-Semitic" on Fox News (11/28/2001), when he
could have looked it up in the dictionary to find out that Arabs by
definition are Semites.
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby
Vice President Dick Cheney's ex-Chief of Staff. As chief pro-Israel
Jewish advisor to Cheney, it helps explains why Cheney is so gun-ho to
invade Iran. Libby is longtime associate of Wolfowitz. Libby was also a
lawyer for convicted felon and Israeli spy Marc Rich, whom Clinton
pardoned, in his last days as president. Libby was recently found guilty
of lying to Federal investigators in the Valerie Plame affair, in which
Plame, a covert CIA agent, was exposed for political revenge by the
Bush administration following her husband's revelations about the lies
leading to the Iraq War.
U.S. National Security Council Advisor, Satloff was the executive
director of the Israeli lobby's "think tank," Washington Institute for
Near East Policy. Many of the Israeli lobby's "experts" come from this
front group, like Martin Indyk.
National Security Council Advisor. He previously worked at
Washington-based "Think Tank" Ethics and Public Policy Center. During
the Reagan Adminstration, Abrams was the Assistant Secretary of State,
handling, for the most part, Latin American affairs. He played an
important role in the Iran-Contra Scandal, which involved illegally
selling U.S. weapons to Iran to fight Iraq, and illegally funding the
contra rebels fighting to overthrow Nicaragua's Sandinista government.
He also actively deceived three congressional committees about his
involvement and thereby faced felony charges based on his testimony.
Abrams pled guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to a
year's probation and 100 hours of community service. A year later,
former President Bush (Senior) granted Abrams a full pardon. He was one
of the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the Reagan Administration's State
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was Director General
of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department
of State. Grossman is one of many of the pro-Israel Jewish officials
from the Clinton Administration that Bush has promoted to higher posts.
Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and Ambassador at
large. He is also Director of National Security Programs and Senior
Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He was one of the more
hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the first Bush (Sr) Administration who sat
on the National Security Council, and who consistently advocated going
to war against Iraq. Haass is also a member of the Defense Department's
National Security Study Group, at the Pentagon.
U.S. Trade Representative, a cabinet-level position. He is also one of
the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the Bush (Jr) Administration who
advocated invading Iraq and occupying a portion of the country in order
to set up a Vichy-style puppet government. He consistently advocates
going to war against Iran.
Ex- White House Spokesman for the Bush (Jr) Administration. Prominent in
the Jewish community, some reports state that he holds Israeli
citizenship. Fleischer is closely connected to the extremist Jewish
group called the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidics, who follow the Qabala, and
hold very extremist and insulting views of non-Jews. Fleischer was the
co-president of Chabad's Capitol Jewish Forum. He received the Young
Leadership Award from the American Friends of Lubavitch in October,
One of many Pentagon Advisors, Schlesinger also sits on the Pentagon's
Defense Policy Board under Perle and is another extremist pro-Israel
advisor, who supported going to war against Iraq. Schlesinger is also a
commissioner of the Defense Department's National Security Study Group,
at the Pentagon.
White House speechwriter behind the "Axis of Evil" label. He lumped
together all the lies and accusations against Iraq for Bush to justify
White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Bolten was previously a banker,
former legislative aide, and prominent in the Jewish community.
Former UN Representative and Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control
and International Security. Bolton is also a Senior Advisor to President
Bush. Prior to this position, Bolton was Senior Vice President of the
above mentioned pro-Israel thinktank, AEI. He recently (October 2002)
accused Syria of having a nuclear program, so that they can attack Syria
after Iraq. He must have forgotten that Israel has 400 nuclear
warheads, some of which are thermonuclear weapons (according to a recent
U.S. Air Force report).
Special Assistant to John Bolton (above), the under-secretary for arms
control and international security. Wurmser also worked at the AEI with
Perle and Bolton. His wife, Meyrav Wurmser, along with Colonel Yigal
Carmon, formerly of Israeli military intelligence, co-founded the Middle
East Media Research Institute (Memri),a Washington-based Israeli outfit
which distributes articles translated from Arabic newspapers portraying
Arabs in a bad light.
Member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board under Perle and is another
extremist pro-Israel advisor. Like Adelman, he often expresses
extremist and often ridiculus anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views. More
recently, he wrote an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal openly
admitting his rascist hatred of Islam claiming that Islam should be the
enemy, not terrorism.
President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. A Prominent
Jewish Republican and Former National Finance Chairman of the Republican
National Committee. The Export-Import Bank facilitates trade
relationships between U.S. businesses and foreign countries,
specifically those with financial problems.
Senior Advisor to the President, and Bush's Jewish domestic policy
advisor. He also served as liaison in the White House Office of
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (White House OFBCI) within the
Executive Office of the President. He was the former mayor of
Indianapolis. He is also friends with Israeli Jerusalem Mayor Ehud
Olmert and often visits Israel to coach mayors on privatization
White House's Special Liaison to the Jewish Community.
Bush Campaign's Special Liaison to the Jewish Community. He was the DC
finance chairman for the Bush campaign, as well as campaign coordinator,
and former ambassador to Switzerland.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and
Families at HHS. Gersten was the former Executive Director of the
Republican Jewish Coalition, Husband of Labor Secretary.
Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public Affairs.
Deputy Secretary of Commerce. He was the Chairman and CEO of Cabot Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.
Under Secretary of State for Management.
Director of Foreign Service Institute, who reports to the Office of
Under Secretary for Management. This Office is responsible for training
all Department of State staff (including ambassadors).
Ambassador to Israel.
Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Ambassador to Denmark.
Ambassador to HungaryFrank Lavin
Ambassador to Singapore.
Ambassador to Slovakia.
Ambassador to Italy.
Ambassador to Uruguay.
Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs.
Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.
White House Political Director.
White House Director of Scheduling. I don't know about you, but
dual citizenship is fine with me for an ordinary citizen. But if you
hold an official position that demands that you put American interests
above all else -- if you should look transparent and fair to the rest of
the world regarding your formation of Middle East foreign policies,
then this is a dangerous trend. Even if there were no pro-Israeli
agenda, the fact that decision makers have a bias or an allegiance to
one of the parties involved in the current conflict should have raised
red flags long before now.
If you think we're being unfair here, ask yourself: How you would
react to the Head of Homeland Security if he or she were a dual national
with citizenship in Iran, Lebanon or Saudi Arabia? Ask yourself why
you don't feel the same about Israeli dual citizenship. Then you will
understand how powerful the Israeli lobby has been in "adjusting" your
acceptance of their special status.
Hey, I could be way off on this. Let's hear from you.
FBI arrests US scientist on spying charges
In Jerusalem, Israeli government officials had no immediate comment.
A scientist credited with helping discover evidence of water on the moon
has been arrested on charges of attempting to pass on classified
information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.
The US justice department said Stewart David Nozette, 52, was charged
with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified
information to an individual he believed to be an Israeli intelligence
The criminal complaint against Nozette does not allege that Israel's
government or anyone acting on its behalf violated US law. In Jerusalem,
where the story broke late at night, Israeli government officials had
no immediate comment.
Nozette, from Maryland, was arrested yesterday by FBI agents. He is expected to appear in federal court in Washington today.
an affidavit supporting the complaint, Leslie Martell, a FBI agent,
said that on 3 September, Nozette received a telephone call from an
individual purporting to be an Israeli intelligence officer. The caller
was an undercover FBI agent.
Nozette agreed to meet with the agent later that day at a hotel in
Washington. During the meeting the two discussed Nozette's willingness
to work for Israeli intelligence. The scientist allegedly said that he
had, in the past, held top security clearances and had access to US
satellite information, the affidavit said.
Nozette also was alleged to have said he would be willing to answer questions about this information in exchange for money.
According to the affidavit, the agent explained that the Israeli
intelligence agency, Mossad, would arrange for a communication system so
Nozette could pass on information in a post office box.
Nozette agreed to provide regular, continuing information and asked for an Israeli passport, the government alleged.
The affidavit then alleged the following sequence of events:
- [*]Sept. 4: Nozette and the agent met again in the same hotel. The
- Sept. 10: Undercover FBI agents left a letter in the designated post
office box, asking Nozette to answer a list of questions about US
satellite information. The agents provided a $2,000 cash payment. Serial
numbers of the bills were recorded.
- Sept. 16: Nozette was captured on videotape leaving a manila
envelope in the post office box. The next day, agents retrieved the
sealed envelope and found, among other things, a one-page document
containing answers to the questions and an encrypted computer thumb
One answer contained information, classified as secret, that concerned capabilities of a prototype overhead collection system.
- Sept. 17: Agents left a second letter in the post office box with
another list of questions about US satellite information. The FBI also
left a cash payment of $9,000. Nozette allegedly retrieved the questions
and the money the same day.
- Oct. 1: Nozette was videotaped leaving a manila envelope in the post
office box. FBI agents retrieved it and found a second set of answers.
The responses contained information classified as top secret and secret,
involving US satellites, early warning systems, means of defence or
retaliation against large-scale attack, communications intelligence
information, and major elements of defence strategy.
scientist allegedly said that while he no longer had legal access to any
classified information at a US government facility, he could,
nonetheless, recall classified information by memory. He allegedly asked
when he could expect to receive his first settlement, saying he
preferred cash amounts "under ten thousand" so he didn't have to report
it to merchant accounts. (Anti-money
laundering laws require that all transactions of $10,000 (Â£6,000) or
more must be reported to the US tax authorities).
Nozette allegedly told the agent, "Well, I should tell you my first need
is that they should figure out how to pay me ... They don't expect me
to do this for free." Like most businessmen he was watching and securing
his personal finance.[/*]
Nozette had worked in varying jobs for the department of energy, the
national aeronautics and space, and in the national space council in the
president's office in 1989 and 1990.
The scientist developed the Clementine bistatic radar experiment that
purportedly discovered water on the south pole of the moon. He worked
from approximately 1990 to 1999 at the department of energy's Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory in California, where he designed highly
At the department of energy, Nozette held a special security clearance
equivalent to the defence department top secret and "critical nuclear
weapon design information" clearances. Department of energy clearances
apply to access to information specifically relating to atomic or
Nozette also held top offices at the Alliance for Competitive
Technology, a nonprofit company that he organised in March 1990. Between
January 2000 and February 2006, Nozette, through his company, had
several agreements to develop advanced technology for the US government.
He performed some of the research and development at the US Naval
Research Laboratory in Washington, the Defence Advanced Research
Projects Agency in Arlington, Virginia, and at Nasa's Goddard Space
Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Four-fifths of the U.S. House and Senate recently declared in
correspondence to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. must
reaffirm its "unbreakable bond" with Israel. What persuaded our Congress
to proclaim their loyalty to Israel while our military is waging war in
the Middle East based on fabricated intelligence?
Any sober assessment of this bond must concede a need to reappraise its
cost in blood and treasure. Yet the Congress - our Congress - opposed
that reassessment even as our commander-in-chief seeks to end a brutal
Israeli occupation of Palestine that has provoked worldwide outrage for
more than six decades.
The Congress and the president are sworn to the same oath of office.
That oath obliges them to protect the U.S. from all threats, both
foreign and domestic. The facts confirm a common pro-Israeli source of
the phony intelligence that took our military to war in Iraq. All the
evidence points to Israel or its surrogates, including those in the
Congress. Is that why the Israel lobby pressed the Congress for a pledge
of allegiance to Israel?
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