Sometimes it helps to take a step back to look at a situation to get a better perspective. US military aid to Israel—specifically how Israeli agents purloin secret defense systems—is an issue that must be examined.
American military subsidies allow Israel to acquire tanks, helicopter gunships, machine guns, and bullets that are used against Palestinian civilians.
In addition, in a unique arrangement accorded to no other country on earth, a significant portion of this US tax money is used by Israel to purchase equipment from Israeli firms, which compete with American companies, costing the American economy still more money and jobs.
What Israel doesn't "buy" (using US taxpayer money), it obtains by stealth. A Pentagon administrative judge once denied a security clearance to an Israeli national with the observation:
"The Israeli government is actively engaged in military and industrial espionage in the United States. An Israeli citizen working in the US who has access to proprietary information is likely to be a target of such espionage."
Our Executive Director, Phil Giraldi—a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer—just wrote an overview of what Israel's spies pilfer and how they get away with stealing US military and industrial secrets. The article will be posted on CNI's website at 2:00pm. As a key supporter of our work, I wanted to be sure you knew about it right away.
Here's one revelation from Phil's article:
"More recently, FBI counter intelligence officer John Cole has reported how many cases of Israeli espionage are dropped under orders from the Justice Department. He provides a "conservative estimate" of 125 worthwhile investigations into Israeli espionage involving both American citizens and Israelis that were stopped due to political pressure from above."
Phil's revelations were part of our press briefing at the National Press Club during Netanyahu's visit to Washington, during which Phil and I appeared on numerous international press reports.
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I think you'll agree after reading Phil's article, "Paying Off Israel's Military Bills," that it should be distributed widely. Send it to members of Congress and to the media and, especially, to friends and fellow activists. Remember, it will be available on our website at 2:00pm... and remember too, your financial help is vital at this time.
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