Monday, April 20, 2009

Scandal, Intrigue, Espionage, AIPAC, Israel...

This could be a seriously big Israel Lobby story.

By Jeff Stein, CQ SpyTalk Columnist

Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC

Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”
Harman declined to discuss the wiretap allegations, instead issuing an angry denial through a spokesman.

“These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact,” Harman said in a prepared statement. “I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves.”

It’s true that allegations of pro-Israel lobbyists trying to help Harman get the chairmanship of the intelligence panel by lobbying and raising money for Pelosi aren’t new.

They were widely reported in 2006, along with allegations that the FBI launched an investigation of Harman that was eventually dropped for a “lack of evidence.”

What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.

And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.

As for there being “no evidence” to support the FBI probe, a source with first-hand knowledge of the wiretaps called that “bull****.”

“I read those transcripts,” said the source, who like other former national security officials familiar with the transcript discussed it only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of domestic NSA eavesdropping.

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At 7:56 PM, Blogger The Sentinel said...

Well, there you go.

I actually posted an piece on AIPAC and the insidious hold on US politicians and presidents - a virtual foreign take-over - along with a list of members and assoicates within the last US administrations - quite a few of whom were involved in similar espionage scenarios- as well as the source of presidential campaign funding under the title: USreal: The foreign control of the US.

And sure enough, within seconds a connection from INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES Alexandria,Virginia was registered followed by 6 other US defence agencies within minutes, mostly DC based.

But anyway, interesting post.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Gert said...

"And sure enough, within seconds a connection from INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES Alexandria,Virginia was registered followed by 6 other US defence agencies within minutes, mostly DC based."

What do you mean by that?

At 9:27 PM, Blogger The Sentinel said...

That within seconds of posting, sitemeter picked up these domains IP range - presumably 'key phrase' alerted via ECHELON or the associated operations - as having viewed the post page and that the security logs associated with one of the IP addresses I use (and posted with) showed similar IP ranges and a couple of hidden ranges - i.e .gov or .mil - had performed port scans of the system within minutes of posting.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Was the stuff you wrote your own material or did you reprint existing stuff, like I'm doing here?

At 2:29 PM, Blogger The Sentinel said...

It was a mix of my own writings and copied news as sources, along with a reprinted list of senior US officials involved with AIPAC.

But this article is very interesting and I am going to reprint it myself now.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Gert said...

You back on the blog now? Stay off the anti-Semitic sauce, will you?

At 4:03 PM, Blogger The Sentinel said...

I'm posting occasionally; I have never been on 'the anti-Semitic sauce!'

Quite apart fro, the fact that for the Israeli majority of Ashkenazi any reference to them as Semites is a complete misnomer in any case (!) I only post well sourced pieces with verifiable facts - if, as in the case of AIPAC, it shows massive Israeli infiltration of the US government, then so be it. Just because the Israelis are Jewish makes no difference to the material facts and the truth cannot be defined as anti-Semitic - unless you are from the ADL!

"I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it"

Ariel Sharon, 3 October, 2001


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