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Pro-Israel lobby probe by FBI linked to anti-Semitism

by Bob in Breckenridge ( 9 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, Israel at July 30th, 2009 - 2:44 pm

From the Washington Times…

A long-running FBI espionage probe of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington appears to have been motivated in part by anti-Semitism, says a former Pentagon official who revealed this week he had cooperated for 10 weeks with federal agents conducting the probe.

During the AIPAC probe, Franklin said, FBI agents whom he declined to identify by name “asked me about every Jew I knew in [the office of the secretary of defense]. There was an element of that.” Several Jews held prominent positions in the department at the time, including Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith. Both were associated with the “neoconservative” faction in the Bush administration that supported close U.S. ties with Israel and was accused by critics of having exercised undue influence on President Bush and his top aides leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Franklin said he is a “practicing Catholic” and opposes prejudice. “I guess I embraced Pope John Paul II’s view that the Jewish people are our elder brothers, and there was never any prejudice in my family and should not be in my faith,” he said. The FBI investigation targeted AIPAC lobbyists Steven B. Rosen and Keith Weissman as well Naor Gilon, an official at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Franklin said he wore a portable recording device during meetings with two of the officials during a 10-week period in 2004. Larry Franklin, a former Pentagon analyst who pleaded guilty in 2005 to revealing classified information to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), made the charge in an interview with The Washington Times, his first conversation with an American newspaper since his arrest five years ago. Franklin said in that interview that he became disturbed by several apparently anti-Semitic remarks by his FBI handlers. His cooperation with the agency, which involved taping his conversations with officials of AIPAC and the Israeli Embassy, was first reported by the Times on Wednesday. “One agent said to me, ‘How can an Irish Catholic from the Bronx get mixed up with all these …,’ and I finished the sentence for him: ‘Jews?’ And I proceeded to tell him that Christ and all the Apostles and even his mom were Jewish,” Franklin said in the interview. “So it was that sort of thing. And just sarcastic turns of the phrase from time to time. You know, I felt dirty sometimes,” he said. FBI Assistant Director John Miller declined to address the charges of anti-Semitism. “We have no way to respond to thirdhand characterizations of partial statements allegedly made by unnamed FBI employees several years ago,” Mr. Miller said. “If Mr. Franklin would like to make a formal complaint about the conduct of any FBI employee, there is a process to do.” Franklin, a prominent Iran analyst with the Defense Department before his arrest, said he did not want to tarnish the FBI, and noted that he had come to know many valorous FBI agents in the process of working with the agency on Iran issues and other matters. “But that [anti-Semitism] dimension was part of this investigation and may have been an initial incitement of this investigation,” he said. Read the rest here

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9 Responses to “Pro-Israel lobby probe by FBI linked to anti-Semitism”
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  1. 1 | July 30, 2009 3:13 pm

    Somehow I’m not surprised. Of course, just wait; the fact Larry Franklin plead guilty to revealing classified info to AIPAC a few years ago will be brought up to “deflate” this bit of breaking news.

  2. 2 | July 30, 2009 3:22 pm

    I’m sure this, along the fact that the case against AIPAC was dropped will get as much media attention as the accusations…


  3. vagabond trader
    3 | July 30, 2009 4:11 pm

    Boooooosh and neocons, aka Juice, a perfect diversion.

  4. 4 | July 30, 2009 5:01 pm

    CIA, FBI and the NSA/Border Patrol got filled with too many liberals in roles that matter.

    Started back with Clinton.

    Been going downhill ever since.

  5. Speranza
    5 | July 30, 2009 5:14 pm

    That whole “case” against Franklin and the others stunk from high heaven.

  6. 6 | July 30, 2009 7:08 pm

    Whether some of the agents are racist or not (and I’m sure many are racist against different groups), if someone is doing something illegal (like offering up classified information) it is still illegal, no matter which group they give it to.

    Let’s not glass over everything here. The guy was giving classified information over to a foreign entity, doesn’t that bother anyone else?

    I mean, the guy is caught with dozens of classified documents in his home and had been giving them to members of a foreign government. specifically, internal classified information about our plans with Iran.

    I don’t care what country he’s giving them to, that’s not cool.

  7. Speranza
    7 | July 31, 2009 5:47 am

    re: #1 by Morgan

    He pleaded guilty because he could not afford his legal defense.

  8. 8 | July 31, 2009 9:34 am

    re: #6 by LanceKates

    If those are the facts. (I do not know enough about this case to say either way), I completely agree with you. That isn’t cool.

    Knowing however that the entire investigation was motivated by Anti-Semitism instead of legality should taint the entire issue however. To me it puts the entire issue into question. It causes me to wonder if the acts of this guy would have been prosecuted but for the underlying Jew hatred angle.

    To me it is similar to arresting only black people for drinking in public (an illegal act) but not the white guys standing right next them. Yes, the act is illegal, but you have to wonder why only one group is being targeted.

  9. mjazz
    9 | July 31, 2009 10:13 am

    People fall for the ‘zionist conspiracy’ line whereas muslims state right out that their intent is to take over: CAIR’s founder said “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” And the FBI hangs with them for a while for sensitivity training!

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