In December 2001, Fox TV broadcast a four-part investigation on Israeli espionage by Carl Cameron, which the Israeli embassy in Washington, JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), and AIPAC (American Israeli Political Action Committee) immediately denied and attacked. (1)
One and a half days after its posting, all the material related to the investigation was taken off the Fox website. The facts stayed alive thereafter only on the Internet.
Forget the Israeli art student espionage story which Cameron unearthed and which has never been seriously investigated. Forget any of the other highly credible accounts of Israeli espionage before and during 9-11 that have been conveniently reclassified without investigation as urban legends.
Focus only on what Cameron reported on Amdocs, a company that has contracts with the 25 largest telephone companies in the US to handle all their directory assistance, calling records, and billing work. This gives Amdocs access to data on nearly every telephone call dialed in the country. According to Cameron, Amdocs has been investigated on several occasions for suspected ties to the Israeli mafia and for espionage. Reportedly, in 1999 a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information report (TS/SCI) warned that records of calls in the US were getting into foreign hands, Israeli in particular.
Yet this story garnered nary a peep from the mainstream media, so vocal in free speech defense of race-baiting cartoons.
And it got not much more even in the alternative press, daintily leery of being branded anti-Semitic.
And it got nothing at all from grandstanding pols like Chuck Schumer, waxing indignant today about DP World:
"America's busiest ports are vital to our economy and to the international economy, and that is why they remain top terrorist targets," quoth Schumer. "Just as we would not outsource military operations or law enforcement duties, we should be very careful before we outsource such sensitive homeland security duties." (2)
Of course, it could be argued that Israel is such a close ally that its ownership does not count as foreign ownership.
And it could be argued that numerous US government officials in the highest and most powerful positions in the land including -- but not limited to -- Michael Chertoff (Homeland Security chief), Paul Wolfowitz (former Deputy Defense Secretary), Richard Perle (former head of the Defense Policy Board), Douglas Feith (former Undersecretary for Defense) and Dov Zakheim (former Comptroller for Defense), (reportedly) hold both US and Israeli citizenship....... and what’s wrong with that? (3)
Some of the dual citizens have even worked in both the Israeli and US government. In fact, in both US and Israeli defense.
And it could be argued -- what’s wrong with that, either?
It could also, of course, be argued that the CIA and the Mossad are not really distinct at all and that Israeli interests are locked in impassioned coitus with US interests.
Those certainly are valid arguments.
But if so, aren’t they arguments that someone ought to have made openly to the American public by now?
Or what’s a First Amendment for?
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The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the US
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1) Carl Cameron
Investigates: Israel Is Spying In and On the US?” Parts 1-4, Carl Cameron,
Fox News, December 12, 2001. Another company Cameron was investigating was
Comverse Infosys, a subsidiary of an Israeli-run private telecom that
works closely with the Israeli government and has offices all over the
U.S. Comverse provides wiretapping equipment to law enforcement and under
some programs, gets funded for its R&D by the Israeli Ministry of Industry
and Trade. DEA, INS and FBI personnel all told Fox that to even imply
Israeli spying through Comverse would end their careers. The pages removed
from the Fox site can be
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