Gordon Duff /Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal – 2010-09-19 22:26:07
(September 19, 2010) — Did you know that attending a meeting to organize a bake sale for new band uniforms can put you on a terrorist watch list?
You don’t have to join a peace group or protest oil drilling to be considered dangerous. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hired ITRR, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, a Jerusalem-based company owned by the Mossad and tied directly to the Israeli Ministry of Defense to track “dissidents” and “activists.”
In the process, they managed to find the most dangerous terrorist organization of all, the governor’s own nonprofit organization, one supporting school funding initiatives. From ITTR’s website:
“All of the information ITRR’s staff creates is sent to its monitoring center in Jerusalem, where it is analyzed.”
Governments, states, cities and even rural towns, believing they are participating in a Homeland Security initiative, have contracted with this and other organizations under foreign control, read “Israeli,” tracking organizations as diverse as the Tea Party and the Sierra Club. Reports submitted by ITTR showed them spying on nearly every organization they could find, no matter how innocent, patriotic or public minded. Organizations tied to Jewish causes, however, managed, somehow, to slip under the radar.
Those that were included are so comprehensive that it would be nearly impossible for an American to escape having confidential files, collected under government authority and financing, paid for by American taxpayers, held by Israeli intelligence agencies. In fact, databases include every organization, regardless of its membership or policies, with personal information on members being stored in databases in Israel.
Never has a nation funded a foreign spy organization’s efforts to catalog potential intelligence assets, operatives and, at the same time, take over the job of watching themselves. This is one of the greatest intelligence coups in history. Combine this with control of America’s airport security and total control of America’s communications networks, everything, mobile, internet, even landlines…. we might as well pull down the flag and roll over.
Governor Rendell expressed shock at the gross violation of constitutional rights involved in hiring this company, one that is said to be working for state and local governments across the United States. Rendell said he was “stunned” when he learned about the spying relationship, one he characterized as “ludicrous.” From Governor Rendell’s apology to the people of Pennsylvania at a capitol news conference this week:
“I am deeply embarrassed and I apologize to any of the groups who had this information disseminated on their right to peacefully protest.”
As early as December 2001, not long after the 9/11 incident, Fox News investigated Israeli spying on the United States. However, not long after airing the Carl Cameron Report with Brit Hume as Host, not only did the show itself disappear but all transcripts as well, at least “almost all.”
BRIT HUME, HOST: It has been more than 16 years since a civilian working for the Navy was charged with passing secrets to Israel. Jonathan Pollard plead guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage and is serving a life sentence.
At first, Israeli leaders claimed Pollard was part of a rogue operation, but later took responsibility for his work. Now Fox News has learned some US investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the US, who may have known things they didnâ€™t tell us before September 11…
CARL CAMERON, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Since September 11, more than 60 Israelis have been arrested or detained, either under the new patriot anti-terrorism law, or for immigration violations. A handful of active Israeli military were among those detained, according to investigators, who say some of the detainees also failed polygraph questions when asked about alleged surveillance activities against and in the United States.
There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that they Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are “tie-ins.” But when asked for details, he flatly refused to describe them, saying, “evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.”
Numerous classified documents obtained by Fox News indicate that even prior to September 11, as many as 140 other Israelis had been detained or arrested in a secretive and sprawling investigation into suspected espionage by Israelis in the United States.
Investigators from numerous government agencies are part of a working group that’s been compiling evidence since the mid’90s. These documents detail hundreds of incidents in cities and towns across the country that investigators say, “may well be an organized intelligence gathering activity.”
The first part of the investigation focuses on Israelis who say they are art students from the University of Jerusalem and Bazala Academy. They repeatedly made contact with US government personnel, the report says, by saying they wanted to sell cheap art or handiwork. Documents say they, “targeted and penetrated military bases.”
The DEA, FBI and dozens of government facilities, and even secret offices and unlisted private homes of law enforcement and intelligence personnel. The majority of those questioned, “stated they served in military intelligence, electronic surveillance intercept and or explosive ordinance units.”
Why would Israelis spy in and on the US?
A GAO investigation states: “According to a US intelligence agency, the government of (Israel) conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the US… It aggressively collects military and industrial technology and the US is a high priority target.” The document concludes: “Israel possesses the resources and technical capability to achieve its collection objectives.”
(END VIDEO CLIP)
And in the days ahead, we’ll take a look at the US phone system and law enforcement’s methods for wiretaps. And an investigation that both have been compromised by our friends overseas.
HUME: Carl, what about this question of advanced knowledge of what was going to happen on 9-11? How clear are investigators that some Israeli agents may have known something?
CAMERON: It’s very explosive information, obviously, and thereâ€™s a great deal of evidence that they say they have collected â€” none of it necessarily conclusive. Itâ€™s more when they put it all together. A bigger question, they say, is how could they not have know?
These Fox News revelations from 2001, long dead and gone, buried in the archives never to be heard from again, tell a story, not of betrayal by a “friend” or “ally” but one of America’s national obsession with memory loss, almost as though the “hard drive” meant to represent Americaâ€™s common sense was “wiped,” reformatted after picking up a virus from opening one of those nasty emails we are all warned about. The virus, of course, is the mainstream news media itself.
The Pennsylvania spying story was never reported nationally. It couldn’t be, there is a “blackout” on any news critical of Israel, real forced censorship, part of the official policy of the Obama administration, as it was of the Bush administration, cheerfully adhered to by media owned and operated by Israel itself.
The Fox News report of 2001, showing Americaâ€™s counter-terrorism organizations hot on the trail of Israel, was the last report of its kind on any major network. Not one word spoken of by Cameron or Hume has been repeated in nine long years. Not one lead has been followed up, not one more question asked, the entire thing, forgotten, forgiven, overlooked or perhaps something darker and more threatening.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, owned by Richard Mellon Scaife, neo-con extremist and “Israeli firster” carried an odd, truncated version of the recent spy scandal in Pennsylvania.
The Scaife-owned paper makes no mention of Israel or other “open source” information available on the company’s website. Note that Scaife refers to suspected Mossad operations officer and recruiter, Richman as a “former police captain in the Israeli capital.”
Further, note that the article mentions environmentalists and gays but fails to mention other groups, or that, in fact ALL groups were being monitored from the Veterans of Foreign Wars to the American Rifle Association.
Mr. Scaife’s relationship with Israeli intelligence was being “looked into” by investigative reporter Steve Kanga. Mr. Kanga was found “suicided” outside Scaife’s offices, no note was found. How stupid do they think we all are? Don’t answer that. (For a good read on “convenient” suicides, see a February 2009 article by Gordon Duff in Veterans Today.)
Steve Kangas was found dead on the 39th floor of his enemy’s doorstep at 11:30 PM on February 8 1999. In the bathroom of the offices of Richard Mellon Scaife, 2000 miles from home, â€” in Pittsburgh PA. Shot (twice?) in the head. Due to obstructions of justice, local police investigating the wrong circumstances quickly ruled it a suicide. There are over 1000 heated Usenet posts on this topic, dated from eleven days after his death. How did he die?
AND NOW, RICHARD MELLON SCAIFE’S PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE INTERPRETATION:
?An obscure York nonprofit with ties to Philadelphia University and Jerusalem is behind the state Homeland Security agencyâ€™s monitoring of protesters, environmentalists and gays, documents show.
The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response is headed by Michael Perelman, who formerly worked for the York City Police Department, and Aaron Richman, a former police captain in the Israeli capital, according to filings with the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Gov. Ed Rendell apologized Tuesday after the disclosure that the state Office of Homeland Security paid the institute $125,000 for weekly reports the agency used to put Marcellus shale hearings and a gay and lesbian festival on terror watch lists for law enforcement.
“We are appalled at what we have learned so far about these reports,” said Witold Walczak, legal director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “It all smacks of J. Edgar Hoover. Saying that no harm was done is simplistic. Just raising questions about a group or a person can cause harm. Dissent does not equal danger.”
Perelman declined to comment but provided a statement that explained in general terms what his organization does:
“The mission of the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response is to identify and analyze information that can be leveraged to prevent injury, loss of life and destruction of property. At times, that means providing guidance on the potential for deadly actions.”
Richman could not be reached for comment.
Rendell said Wednesday he does not plan to fire anyone in his administration because what happened was the “collective responsibility” of state Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. He has appointed a task force headed by Steven Crawford, his chief of staff, to investigate the state’s contract with the institute and how to distribute security alerts in the future.
Homeland Security did not put the one-year contract with the institute up for bid because the state Department of General Services determined no other company could provide a similar service, said Maria Finn, a Homeland Security spokeswoman.
The instituteâ€™s website provides few details about Perelman and Richman.
They formed the company six years ago in York to provide “on-site educational seminars on institutional security against terrorism and other threats,” a state filing shows. Three years later, in 2007, they formed a nonprofit foundation for “enhancing anti-terror training.”
Richman works as an assistant professor at Philadelphia University, which identifies him as a former police captain in Jerusalem, a paramedic and a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and Homeland Security.
Rendell insisted at a Downtown news conference that while Homeland Security disseminated information about groups to law enforcement, the agency did not monitor protests. No video or photo surveillance was conducted, either, he said.
“If this wasn’t so wrong, it would be laughable,” said state Rep. Doug Reichley, R-Allentown.
A spokesman for House Minority Leader Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, asked how the contract was awarded. “I’m wondering, who are these people, who vetted them, and who chose them in the first place?” Stephen Miskin said. “Instead of spending $125,000 to spy on protesters, you could look at the governor’s budget cuts and look at what else could have been funded.â€
Several House Republicans, including Reichley, called for the House government committee to investigate the contract and others doled out during the Rendell administration with “no oversight,” Miskin said.
Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran. A 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. This article first appeared in Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal.
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