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Alison Weir: Is Mu-barak approaching his end?



by Debbie Menon 

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ruled his country with an iron fist, backed by the US along with Egypt’s strong neighboring ally Israel; however, the Egyptian people are forming a common uprising against his regime.


– Alison Weir / PRESS TV

Press TV interviewed Alison Weir, Executive Director of “If Americans Knew” regarding the Egyptian protests, and the position of the United States in this regard, as the common Egyptian people revolt against Mubarak’s regime.

Press TV: Joining us from Sacramento, California we have Alison Weir on the line who is the Executive Director of “If Americans Knew.” Washington must be looking at this Egyptian scenario unfold while biting their nails. We have had Hilary Clinton come out and speak, but she was still at essence standing by her man Hosni Mubarak, wasn’t she?

Weir: Yes she was as was Vice President Biden. They denied Mubarak was a dictator despite all the evidence of the opposite. The US government is in a quandary because it’s very clear. Finally even Americans are seeing a bit that Mubarak does not represent Egyptians, has not been a popular leader, and basically part of the lack of his popularity is that he does the bidding of the United States which does the bidding of Israel. That is the problem and I’m sad to say its unlikely Hillary Clinton will say that.

Press TV: What do you think the discussions in the State Department and at the White House might be behind closed doors now? How are they looking at the scenario? What planning is taking place? Do they have a plan B?

Weir: It’s difficult to know because what goes on in the United States is that the State Department that is charged to try to defend and protect American interests is subservient to the Israeli lobby,  which largely controls the elected officials.  The Israeli lobby arranged the deal in approximately 1979.  They bought off Egypt, which is the largest, most populous and richest country in the Middle East from supporting Palestinian rights, and to make its own unilateral peace arrangement with Israel.

In return the United States has been giving Egypt a massive amount of  tax money every year. It’s something like 28 billion dollars over the last 30 years basically on the basis of this arrangement. Now the State Department is in a quandary because the people of Egypt have finally begun the process of probably overthrowing an unpopular dictator who was helping Israel to imprison the people of Gaza. People because of programs such as yours, and Al-Jazeera and other international media in Egypt were very aware of what was being done to the people of Gaza, which was to starve them and cause a massive humanitarian crisis. That was partially enabled because of the Mubarak regime closing off the border between Egypt and Gaza and forcing the imprisonment of the Palestinian people.

Press TV: Comparing to the Iranian Islamic Revolution, which was a long time ago, 32 years ago, it’s a big difference that a lot of people have been commenting on though. Of course in Iran there was clear leadership. In Tunisia and Egypt and Yemen and even in other areas in other countries in the region where this kind of political movement is taking place there isn’t clear leadership. Is that positive or negative for these movements?

Weir: It’s probably both. Having strong leadership can of course be valuable, if its wise leadership and leadership with the ability to rally the people and be in concert with what they believe in. However, in some ways that it is a popular uprising, and it is as we call in the US more of a grass roots movement that was representing the people of Egypt; that’s real valuable…. And I expect that Mubarak is out he is. I’m not there on the ground so I’m less knowledgeable in that aspect, but if he is out as is the expectation, who will replace him is a major concern. Who will be funding that person? What will be his ties?


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Zionist Matthew Rothschild: U.S Ambassador to the U.N. Goes After Richard Falk



Professor Richard Falk

Professor Richard Falk of Princeton has long been a thorn in the side of the U.S. foreign policy establishment because he has been an outspoken critic of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.

By Matthew Rothschild in McCarthyism Watch

Currently, he serves as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Palestinians.

But what’s raised the ire of the State Department this time has nothing to do with his views on the Palestinians but rather on 9/11.

For some time now, Falk has been skeptical of the official story around 9/11 and has blurbed the writings of David Ray Griffin, one of the leading critics.

On a long blog posting on January 11 concerning the Tucson shootings, Falk briefly discussed the 9/11 controversy. He wrote that there is an “apparent cover-up,” and he also condemned “the eerie silence of the mainstream media, unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events.”

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice seized on these comments as a means for ousting Falk.

“Mr. Falk’s comments are despicable and deeply offensive, and I condemn them in the strongest terms,” she said in a statement on Jan. 25.

She added: “Mr. Falk’s latest commentary is so noxious that it should finally be plain to all that he should no longer continue in his position on behalf of the UN.”

In response, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned Falk for his “inflammatory rhetoric,” and called it “preposterous” and “an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in that tragic attack.”

Ban did not, however, remove Falk from his position.

Falk answered on his blog on Jan. 27.

“I certainly meant no disrespect toward the collective memory of 9/11 in the country and elsewhere,” he wrote. “On the contrary, my intention was to encourage an investigation that might finally achieve closure with respect to doubts that remain prevalent among important sectors of the public, including among some 9/11 families.”

Here’s my take on all this: While I wrote a critique of Griffin’s work many years ago and don’t put any stock in the 9/11 Truth movement, another investigation wouldn’t hurt. And what’s crucially important is this: Falk shouldn’t be punished for a thought crime.

As he himself wrote: “What seems apparent from this incident, which is itself disturbing, is that any acknowledgement of doubt about the validity of the official version of the 9/11 events, while enjoying the legal protection of free speech, is denied the political and moral protection that are essential if an atmosphere of free speech worthy of a democracy is to be maintained.”

If you liked this story by Matthew Rothschild, the editor of The Progressive magazine, check out his other “McCarthyism Watch” pieces by clicking here.

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by Prof. William A. Cook  

Ultimately it comes back to Israel, a nation that defies the continuous cries from the United Nations to abide by international law, to heed the decisions of the International Court, to accept the efforts of the UN to investigate its actions so the rule of law can prevail, to see that force is not the way to peace in the mid-east, that subjugation of the people of Palestine rings from Lebanon to Algeria like a knell awakening the world to the suffering imposed on those shackled by the Eurocentric colonial mind of the 19th century.

By William Cook / STAFF WRITER


While the people of the mid-east rise in protest against their respective American supported dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, with the American-Israeli attempts to control Lebanon on the brink of chaos and collapse, and the “peace negotiations” between the Palestinians and the Israelis torpedoed by both Netanyahu and Abbas, the confusion at the State Department could be eased if it spent some time reviewing the United States’ prior efforts to control the people of the mid-east, especially in Iran. It’s one thing for the Secretary of State and the President to reiterate America’s purported policy on human rights and another to acknowledge the hypocrisy of it.

After all, our policy appears clear, “We have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and free of corruption; and the freedom to live as you choose. These are human rights, and we support them everywhere,” Mr. Gibbs said, speaking on behalf of the President. America supports human rights everywhere, with words …  as our dutiful TV channels give Gibbs, Crowley, Clinton and Obama extensive time to demonstrate … but there are no words directed at the Palestinian people’s rights.

How strange to watch our CNN talking heads, especially the Israeli trained Wolf Blitzer, former editor of AIPAC’s in house “Near East Report,” stuttering before the cameras as he recalled the fall of the Shah of Iran, America’s staunch ally for 25 years, as a direct result of similar riots by Iranian civilians, and the resulting loss of America’s control in Iran. He failed to mention that our friend had subjugated the Iranian people beneath the boots of his SAVAK mercenaries that protected his elegant life style while the people suffered under his despotic regime. Then as now our Presidents spoke of America’s support of human rights neglecting to mention the CIA’s overthrow of the elected nationalist (1951) Mohammed Mossadegh as Prime Minister.

Why should Blitzer express such concern? Why see danger lurking in the streets where the people of Tunisia and Egypt have gone to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with pseudo-democratic governments that hold rigged elections to ensure the continuation of their dictatorial rule propped up by American tax dollars so readily evident in the labels on the gas canisters (made in America) hurled at them by the police mercenaries who benefit from those same tax dollars? Perhaps because Blitzer knows, though he does not say it, that the Shah was the first mid-east dictator to recognize Israel, and with his loss Iran has become the number one “existential enemy” of that militaristic state. Perhaps he realizes that the “new” Iraq has an umbilical cord to Iran, that Afghanistan remains and will remain unfettered by America’s dictates, and that Syria continues to maintain meaningful control in Lebanon despite the efforts of the Israeli-American alliance to destabilize it. Perhaps he sees that the fall of Mubarak will mean that Egypt will no longer be a puppet of the Israeli state, and then perhaps Jordan will follow, and the dominoes will tumble one upon the next toward Israel leaving it standing naked before the world, delegitimized by the people of the mid-east dictating in their own way that tolerance of bought regimes is not the way to democracy and human rights.

Ultimately it comes back to Israel, a nation that defies the continuous cries from the United Nations to abide by international law, to heed the decisions of the International Court, to accept the efforts of the UN to investigate its actions so the rule of law can prevail, to see that force is not the way to peace in the mid-east, that subjugation of the people of Palestine rings from Lebanon to Algeria like a knell awakening the world to the suffering imposed on those shackled by the Eurocentric colonial mind of the 19th century.

The Obama administration has a chance to right this silent complicity that gives license to Israel to violently control the people of Palestine and perhaps thereby save the state of Israel from itself. Lebanon has brought forward to the United Nations Security Council a resolution that would force the council to address Israel’s illegal occupation and revert to Resolutions 181 and 242 that define the two states that should exist in Palestine. All Obama needs to do is abstain. That silent protest against AIPAC and the Neo-Cons would declare what no other President since WWII has been able to assert, that America’s policy on the prohibition of illegal settlements cannot be ignored and that America’s “…unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and free of corruption; and the freedom to live as you choose. These are human rights, and we support them everywhere,” remains the true foundation of America’s commitment to international law and human rights.

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The Writing on the Wall-Egyptians Will Finish Zionist Mu-Barak Off


Protesters have returned to the streets of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for the fifth consecutive day across the country staged in defiance of a curfew – AFP

The U.S. State Dept’s statement, “We strongly believe that the Egyptian Government needs to engage immediately with the Egyptian people in implementing needed economic, political, and social reforms” appears the give-away of Mubarak’s fragile hold on power.

Typically, when commenting on this regional baby sister of Israel’s, the U.S. State Department will congratulate Egypt on its steps toward democracy, or issue a public encouragement of a fair electoral process like it did before last November’s lower-house elections.

Explicit calls from Washington for democracy in Egypt carry with them the risk of being interpreted as a threat, a statement to the Egyptian people themselves, or a reckless  jeopardizing of U.S. weapons sales to the dictatorship.

No such concerns weigh heavy in Washington now.

Before President Obama spoke yesterday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the administration might cut the $1.5 billion in annual foreign aid sent to Egypt, contingent on Mubarak’s response to the demonstrations and the ”legitimate grievances” of the Egyptian people.

Domestically, Obama can’t be seen looking impotent—unable to shape world events in the same manner that he seems listless here against raging unemployment and the arrogance of Wall Street.

Egyptians call for Mubarak’s ouster in Cairo, 29 January 2011. (Olivier Corsan/Newscom)

Intelligence reports coming out of Egypt paint a picture of miscalculations from the regime of Mubarak that even tanks and guns cannot offset.

The images coming out of Egypt, courtesy of Al Jazeera, are reaching Americans (banal cable commentary aside), and impressions are forming.

Sure, Americans don’t know or care that for decades Egyptian elites and various corrupt Arab autocrats have played the role of secret enforcers for the American attack dog, Israel.

But the Arab and Persian street knows this fully well, without aid of the publication of leaked documents like the Palestine Papers, though that didn’t help the autocrats’ cause.

Political Cassandras are everywhere in the region and the U.S. where disinformation and spin usually carry the day or at least the media cycle.

So, predictions seem foolish.

As Ali Abunimah writes in The Electronic Intifada:

We are in the middle of a political earthquake in the Arab world and the ground has still not stopped shaking. To make predictions when events are so fluid is risky, but there is no doubt that the uprising in Egypt—however it ends—will have a dramatic impact across the region and within Palestine.

If the Mubarak regime falls, and is replaced by one less tied to Israel and the United States, Israel will be a big loser. As Aluf Benn commented in the Israeli daily Haaretz, “The fading power of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government leaves Israel in a state of strategic distress. Without Mubarak, Israel is left with almost no friends in the Middle East; last year, Israel saw its alliance with Turkey collapse” (“Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast,” 29 January 2011).

Direct intervention by Israel and the U.S. on the side of Mubarak now would be foolhardy indeed. As would any other military-police assistance.

Hope has a way of spreading through a region like a virulent contagion, causing dictators to shake in fear. Romantic ideals of coming death to oppressors? Hardly.

Self-defense for the West will soon force it to quietly demand the ouster of Mubarak.

American neocons and the Lobby are now saying the uprising is the offspring of George W. Bush.

The sheer scope and magnitude of this uprising leaves one with the distinct feeling—if not the empirical basis—to state that Mubarak’s days are numbered.

As Daniel said to the drunk-with-power King Belshazzar of Babylon [currently an Iraq of sorts], “[Y]ou have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.”

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The Road to Jerusalem runs through Tunis and Cairo


America didn’t see democracy coming to the Arab world because it didn’t want to see it

PHILIP WEISS: The road to Jerusalem runs through Tunis and Cairo

Jan. 28, 2011

The neoconservatives told us that the road to Jerusalem lay through Baghdad. They meant that invading Iraq and installing a democracy there would lead to peace in Israel and Palestine. The way they imagined that peace was a neocolonial landgrab: a greater Israel with portions of the West Bank amalgamated by Jordan. Still, that is what they believed– that creating democracy in Iraq would lead to a peace in Palestine.

These ideas are in smithereens today. The Palestine Papers have revealed that the peace process was a Trojan horse for Israeli expansionism and that even the American client in the West Bank could not accept a future state without Ariel and Ma’ale Adunim, the long fingers of Jewish territory.

And the lessons of Iraq and Tunisia and Egypt are that you don’t install democracy anywhere; no, democracy must arise from the people themselves, you damage the processes of establishing popular will by seeking to impose such a system. The western democratic revolutions also arose from within.

The lesson of Tunisia and Egypt for American foreign policy is that the United States is the most conservative force in the world, in this region. It didn’t see democracy coming because it didn’t want to see it coming to the Arab world and to the palaces we supported. And when democracy did come, the U.S. creditably reversed field in Tunisia, but has stuck by its dictator in Egypt.

Barack Obama’s failure to honor the Egyptian protesters in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, and Joe Biden’s cold negativity toward them last night (they’re not up against a dictator, we can’t encourage them, this is not the awakening of eastern Europe) reveal the unwavering influence of the Israel lobby in our public life, and how conservative that influence is. The administration’s statements reveal that it prefers stability in Egypt, no matter the cost to civil rights and human rights there, to freedom for Arab people. And why? Because Egyptian stability preserves the Israeli status quo, in which Israel gets to imprison West Bank protesters without a peep from the U.S. government and gets to destroy civilians in Gaza again without a peep from the alleged change-agent in the White House.

Thankfully, P.J. Crowley was forced to reveal the policy yesterday by Shihab Rattansi of Al Jazeera, when he admitted that the difference between the administration’s response to Tunisia and Egypt stems from the fact that Egypt has a peace deal with Israel and has come to terms with Israel’s existence, a model to the region. And this line is echoed all over the American news, when they say that Egypt is helping the “peace process,” a process that has produced only suffering and dispossession for Palestinians.

The hole in the bottom of the world here is the fear that Arabs have not accepted Israel’s existence. They didn’t accept it in 1947 in New York, and they didn’t accept it in 1967 in Khartoum. They always warned that its presence would create instability in the region, and the State Department said it would radicalize Israel’s neighbors, and 60 years on this is more true than ever. The Arab Peace initiative of 2002 was a great gesture of realism: the Arab states did accept Israel’s existence, on the ’67 lines. But nothing has come of this incredible shift, and Brian Baird tells us that leading American congressmen, tucked in at night by the Israel lobby, didn’t even know about the Arab Peace Initiative, and Israel scoffed at the offer because it had American power behind it.

Now in Tunisia and Egypt, the Arab street has taken the neocons at their word and said, Yes we want democracy, and we will get it. And Arab youth has taken facebook and twitter and done more with these tools than Americans have done, and said we want free speech and social freedom.

And when they get it– if not this year then within ten years, the internet is too dynamic a force, along with Assange and Al Jazeera– when they get it, they will expose the power of the Israel lobby so that even Chris Matthews will have to address the contradictions. For we will be seen to have only one policy, the preservation of a Jewish state, even if that means Jim Crow and apartheid and stamping out democratic movements everywhere and tolerating a prison for 1.5 million innocent people in Gaza. I waffle about the two state-solution more than anyone, I actually imagined that partition might preserve tranquility, but when democracy comes to Cairo the pressure on Jerusalem to allow equal rights for all citizens will be massive. And the claim that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East will have completely dissolved.

You see the pressure on Jerusalem beginning in earnest now, from new quarters. You see it in Admiral Mullen’s awareness that Americans will come home in wheelchairs until Palestinians have freedom, in Senator Rand Paul’s call for cuts in military aid to Israel.

That pressure must come to bear soon on the Democratic Party. It is the natural home for the recognition of minority rights and the self-determination of formerly-oppressed people. How sad that even Russ Feingold can scarcely talk about Obama’s war when he speaks out to a progressive audience, and can’t even talk about Palestine. Pathetic.

What we see in Cairo is the destruction of American racist attitudes. A year or so back a Jewish friend said to me that if Jews could take on the Israel lobby and reform American foreign policy, it would be a model for human rights leadership across the world. And I agreed; and we are working at it.

But that was an elitist conceit. The moral leadership in the region is coming not from any American movement in our imperfect democracy, no, we are the most conservative country in the world right now; it is coming from the streets in Tunisia and Egypt.

Philip Weiss is the co-editor of ” The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict .”

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Zioni$t Mu-Barak Time to Go

Dear friends,

Brave Egyptian protesters will determine in the coming hours whether tyranny or democracy prevails in Egypt and across the region. They’ve appealed for international solidarity – let’s send them a massive response, and hold our governments accountable to stand with them too: 

Sign the petition!

Millions of brave Egyptians are right now facing a fateful choice. Thousands have been jailed, injured or killed in the last few days. But if they press on in peaceful protest, they could end decades of tyranny.The protesters have appealed for international solidarity, but the dictatorship knows the power of unity at a time like this – they’ve desperately tried to cut Egyptians off from the world and each other by completely shutting down the internet and mobile networks.

Satellite and radio networks can still break through the regime blackout — let’s flood those airwaves with a massive cry of solidarity showing Egyptians that we stand with them, and that we’ll hold our governments accountable to stand with them too. The situation is at a tipping point — every hour counts — click below to sign the solidarity message, and forward this email:

People power is sweeping the Middle East. In days, peaceful protesters brought down Tunisia’s 30-year dictatorship. Now the protests are spreading to Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and beyond. This could be the Arab world’s Berlin Wall moment. If tyranny falls in Egypt, a tidal wave of democracy could sweep the entire region.

Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has tried to crush the rallies. But with incredible bravery and determination, the protesters keep coming.

There are moments when history is written not by the powerful, but by people. This is one of them. The actions of ordinary Egyptians in the coming hours will have a massive effect on their country, the region, and our world. Let’s cheer them on with our own pledge to stand with them in their struggle:

Mubarak’s family has left the country, but last night he ordered the military into the streets. He’s ominously promised 0 tolerance for what he calls ‘chaos’. Either way, history will be made in the next few days. Let’s make this the moment that shows every dictator on our planet that they cannot stand long against the courage of people united.

With hope and admiration for the Egyptian people,
Ricken, Rewan, Ben, Graziela, Alice, Kien and the rest of the Avaaz team

More Information:

Egypt unrest: Alert as mass protests loom  

Egyptian government shuts down the Internet 

North Africa: Will dominoes fall in the region? 

‘Beginning of the end’ for Egypt’s Mubarak as son and wife flee  

Amnesty International condemns the crackdown on demonstrations  

Regular updates are being posted by Egyptian activists here: 

ACCESS campaign for digital freedom in Egypt:   

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by crescentandcross  


Mossad ran 9/11 Arab “hijacker” terrorist operation


Egypt’s Day of Reckoning


Rand Paul: End Aid to Israel


Egypt Cracks Down as Massive Protests Loom


State Dept: Democracy OK for Tunisia but Not Egypt Because of Israhell


Biden Says Egypt’s Mubarak No Dictator, He Shouldn’t Step Down


All Internet Access Severed in Egypt as Crackdown Grows


Hariri Bloc Will Not Join New Lebanon Govt


Israhell Minister: Mubarak Regime Will Prevail in Egypt, Despite Protests


With Muslim Brotherhood Set to Join Egypt Protests, Religion’s Role May Grow


ElBaradei Returns to Egypt Calling for Democracy


Police: Israhell Responsible for Shooting Death of Palestinian Teen


Palestinian killed after Nazi settlers open fire in West Bank village


Movie based on Gaza flotilla raid opens in Turkey


U.S. Democrats and pro-Israhell lobbies slam Republican Senator’s call to halt Israhell aid


Former vice mayor of Hadera suspected of serial rape


Iran cleric praises new ‘Islamic Mideast’


Iran to open biggest oil refinery in ME


Iran on ‘universal justice’ mission


‘Arab World despotism nearing collapse’


US slammed over Egypt military support



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by crescentandcross  

Riots in N. Lebanon as Parliament Backs New PM


A Region’s Unrest Scrambles US Foreign Policy


Ireland Upgrades Status of Palestinian Mission to Embassy


Energized by Tunisia, Egypt Protesters Surge Onto Streets in ‘Day of Wrath’


Zionist’s  European Friends Get Active


3 Reported Dead as Egyptians Protest to End of Zionist Mu-Barak’s Rule


Egypt’s Mu-Barak Faces Unprecedented Protests


Russian President Criticizes Airport Security After Blast


Arab Rulers Fear Spread of Democracy Fever


Tunisia Political Turmoil Inspires Jordan Protesters


Gaddafi Fears Foreign Meddling in Tunisia Turmoil


Rightist MK expected to head probe into Israel’s Leftist NGOs


New Jerusalem tunnel will damage Temple Mount, Palestinians say


‘Palestinian Authority closely coordinating security operations with Zionism’


UN human rights official claims 9/11 was US plot


“Abbas No Longer Authorized To Negotiate On Behalf Of the Palestinians”


PA and Israel Planed to Kill Palestinian Fighter in Gaza


Tony Blair went to war without cabinet consent


Palestinians condemn US plan to settle refugees in South America


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by crescentandcross  



EU Envoy Calls for 30-Year Afghan Commitment


Dramatic Increase in US Troops Killed by Afghanistan IEDs in 2010


Is Obama Double-Dealing on Egypt?


Unprecedented Anti-Government Protests Rock Egypt


Demolition of WB Palestinian Homes Triples


Thousands of Palestinians March in Gaza Against PA President Ab-A$$


Top US Lawmaker Plays Down Talk of Israel Aid Cuts


The Palestine Papers and What They Reveal About the US-Israeli Agenda


Tony Blair ‘Biased’ Towards Zionism, Leaked Documents Claim


Palestinians: Rock-throwing teen shot dead by West Bank settlers


Putin: Bombing Not Connected to Chechnya


Russia Calls for NATO Probe Into Iran Cyber Strike


Rabbis demand Fox sanction Glenn Beck for ‘diminishing memory of the Holocaust’


Zio-Nazi commander involved in shooting bound Palestinian evades jail term


Zio-Nazi reprimands Irish envoy for upgrading Palestinian mission to embassy


Three Jerusalem teens suspected of raping classmate

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Why the Sympathy for Pollard?


by crescentandcross 


In the Jewish Daily Forward’s “Reporters’ Roundtable” podcast, Washington correspondent Nathan Guttman and staff writer Gal Beckerman join host Josh Nathan-Kazis to discuss “the newly invigorated push from Israel to spring convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from the American prison where he’s incarcerated.” One gets the distinct impression that it’s a push toward which the three journalists are sympathetic. There is little or no mention of the details of the case or of the serious damage Pollard did to American security, as outlined in the Winter/Spring 2011 edition of Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies. In his analysis of the arguments for Pollard’s release, M. E. “Spike” Bowman, former Deputy of the National Counterintelligence Executive, writes:

Pollard pled guilty to violation of 18 U.S. Code §794. That code section provides that a person convicted of that section “shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years or for life.” This code section is different from other parts of the espionage codes which do limit sentencing to ten years. What is different about §794 is that it is restricted to espionage offenses of a particularly serious nature – i.e., disclosure of information that results in the death of an agent of the United States or which “directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, early warning systems, or other means of defense or retaliation against large-scale attack; war plans; communications intelligence or cryptographic information.”

In contrast to the Forward staff’s compassionate treatment of Pollard, Bowman concludes his cogent argument against Pollard’s release by saying:

In the final analysis, Jay Pollard is not a sympathetic character when one is given the full picture of his activities against this country. He was neither a U.S. nor an Israeli patriot. He was a self-serving, gluttonous character seeking financial reward and personal gratification. Without doubt, he is intense and intelligent, but also arrogantly venal, unscrupulous, and self-obsessed.


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