AIPAC Subversives Investigation Long Term
- According to Indictment,
AIPAC Has Been Under Investigation Since Early 1999
By Andrew I. Killgore
Washington Report, November 2005, page 19
Who launched the current FBI investigation of AIPAC (the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee), Israel's principal lobby in the
United States? The original version had it that Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice was told about the investigation soon after President
George W. Bush began his first term of office. That was in early 2001.
According to a story by Laura Rozen in The Nation of July 14, 2005,
President Bush, after long refusing to meet with PLO chief Yasser
Arafat, had decided to meet Arafat at the September 2001 opening
session of the United Nations General Assembly "if progress were made
in high level talks between Palestinians and the Israelis." Citing a
Sept. 9, 2001 article by Jane Perlez in The New York Times, Rozen said
that, after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Bush/Arafat meeting never
took place. Rice, reportedly concerned over the leak of sensitive
administration intelligence in the Perlez article, then demanded an
FBI investigation. This meant that the investigation began in early
But from the Aug. 4 indictment of former AIPAC foreign policy director
Steve Rosen and former AIPAC Iran specialist Keith Weissman, it now
appears that Rosen has been under FBI surveillance since early 1999.
Specifically, the indictment says, Rosen talked on April 13, 1999 with
"Foreign Official 1," an Israeli, disclosing "codeword protected
The indictment of Rosen and Weissman triggered a statement by "Mideast
analyst" Kenneth Pollack that he is one of the two (U.S.) government
officials referred to in the Rosen and Weissman indictment as
"USGO-1"; the other official, "USGO-2", was identified by "sources" as
David Satterfield, a former deputy assistant secretary of state.
Pollackhusband of CNN reporter Andrea Koppel and son-in-law of ABC's
Ted Koppelformerly worked as a staffer on President Bill Clinton's
National Security Council. The Pollack-Satterfield story is carried in
the Aug. 31 edition of Israel's Jerusalem Post. Pollack denies giving
AIPAC any classified information.
Presumably the Israel lobby's political clout would preclude an FBI
investigation of the AIPAC colossus unless it had the president's
approval. If the wording of Rosen's indictment is correct, it means
that the investigation was ongoing during the presidency of Bill
Clinton, who was all but surrounded by Zionists. The fact that the
investigation is continuing means that President Bush is aware of it
and, so far, approving it.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Bush/Arafat meeting never took
Rosen is a very, very big fish in the Israel/AIPAC Fifth Column that
subverts U.S. Middle East policy. He expanded AIPAC's focus from the
Congress to the State Department, the Pentagon, the White Houseand to
the Republican Party. According to The Washington Post of May 19,
2005, "For more than two decades Rosen has been the mainstay of AIPAC
and the architect of the group's ever-increasing clout. Though Rosen
is listed below Executive Director Howard Kohr on AIPAC's
organizational chart, people familiar with AIPAC's history say that
Kohr is a protégé of Rosen's and got that job with his help. Kohr
declined to be interviewed about Rosen. `He [Rosen] is a quiet guy,'
said M.J. Rosenberg, director of policy analysis for the Israel Policy
Forum, another pro-Israel group, and a former AIPAC employee. `But
everyone knows he's the brains behind the outfit.'"
In the above-mentioned Nation article, Rozen spoke of a "chill" in the
media world from the jailing of The New York Times' Judith Miller, and
the FBI investigation of AIPAC. "The danger," Rozen wrote, "is that
this would enable the Bush administration to shape policies with even
less consultation from the public and Congress." David Ignatius took
up the same "chill" line in his Aug. 24 Washington Post op-ed.
The chill effect is based on a benevolent view of AIPAC as
contributing to an open debate of American foreign policy formulation.
Others view AIPAC as the "800-pound gorilla" that squeezes U.S. policy
into a painfully narrow Zionist-centric focus of "Israel
right-or-wrong," and "America take the hindmost."
This 800-pound AIPAC controls some three dozen misleadingly-named
pro-Israel political action committees that can and do give $100,000
to a "good" electoral candidate or withhold any money at all from a
"bad" candidate. Names such as Delaware Valley PAC, Florida
Congressional Committee, Georgia Peach and St. Louisians for Better
Government contain no hint of Israel-Firstism, but are all part of the
Israel lobby. The definition of "good" or "bad" is based entirely on
whether the candidate votes, or will vote, on issues important to
Israel, as defined by AIPAC. The mildest criticism of Israel earns a
"bad" record, and automatic opposition by AIPAC.
The 800-pound AIPAC generously offers to provide a senator or
congressman with a "free" intern for his or her office who, of course,
reports back to AIPAC any slippage in support for Israel. Any
reluctance to accept an intern arouses suspicion that the elected
official is a secret "anti-Semite."
AIPAC's Placement Service
This AIPAC works diligently to place neocons at the Pentagon, the
White House (especially on the National Security Council staff) and
State Department, and provides "experts" to testify on critical
television programs. One such example is the placing of neocon Douglas
Feith as under secretary of defense at the Pentagon. Feith created a
private intelligence service, the office of Special Plans (OSP), which
fed outlandish bits of intelligence to the White House. The OSP
"proved" that Iraq had non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Feith
finally has resigned his position.
Another example was the placing of the noisome neocon John Bolton as
under secretary of state. Bolton is now U.S. ambassador to the United
Nations under an interim recess appointment.
The 800-pound AIPAC includes the Israel lobby's hometown newspaper,
The Washington Post, whose journalists never write a critical word
about Israel, and which recently tried to bury a story about the FBI
investigation of Pentagon Iran analyst Larry Franklin by publishing it
in the "Metro" section.
This AIPAC is like a parallel government in Washingtonexcept that it
fights any American effort that Israel wants fought. It is a parallel
government whose spiritual heart is in Tel Aviv, not in Washington,
DC. The trials of Franklin and former AIPAC honchos Rosen and
Weissman, if they occur as scheduled in January 2006, may reveal the
true subversive face of AIPACand, finally, make it possible for the
U.S. to adopt Middle East policies that promote its own interests.
Andrew I. Killgore is publisher of the Washington Report on Middle
WORLD VIEW NEWS SERVICE
To subscribe to this group, send an email to:
NEWS ARCHIVE IS OPEN TO PUBLIC VIEW