Mossad in America

This was published on 26th August 2010 in American Conservative
Israeli intelligence steps up its activity in the U.S. — and gets away with it.
By: Philip Giraldi      

Israeli government claims that it does not spy on the United States are intended for the media and popular consumption. The reality is that Israel’s intelligence agencies target the United States intensively, particularly in pursuit of military and dual-use civilian technology. Among nations considered to be friendly to Washington, Israel leads all others in its active espionage directed against American companies and the Defense Department. It also dominates two commercial sectors that enable it to extend its reach inside America’s domestic infrastructure: airline and telecommunications security. Israel is believed to have the ability to monitor nearly all phone records originating in the United States, while numerous Israeli air-travel security companies are known to act as the local Mossad stations.

As tensions with Iran increase, sources in the counterintelligence community report that Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating against critics. There have been a number of cases reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American communities and have falsely represented themselves as “U.S. intelligence.” Because few Muslims would assist an Israeli, this is done to increase the likelihood that the target will cooperate. It’s referred to as a “false flag” operation.

Mossad officers sought to recruit Arab-Americans as sources willing to inform on their associates and neighbors. The approaches, which took place in New York and New Jersey, were reportedly handled clumsily, making the targets of the operation suspicious. These Arab-Americans turned down the requests for cooperation, and some of the contacts were eventually reported to the FBI, which has determined that at least two of the Mossad officers are, ironically, Israeli Arabs operating out of Israel’s mission to the United Nations in New York under cover as consular assistants.

In another bizarre case, U.S.S. Liberty survivor Phil Tourney was recently accosted in Southern California by a foreigner who eventually identified himself as an Israeli government representative. Tourney was taunted, and the Israeli threatened both him and journalist Mark Glenn, who has been reporting on the Liberty story. Tourney was approached in a hotel lounge, and it is not completely clear how the Israeli was able to identify him. But he knew exactly who Tourney was, as the official referred to the Liberty, saying that the people who had been killed on board had gotten what they deserved. There were a number of witnesses to the incident, including Tourney’s wife. The threat has been reported to the FBI, which is investigating, but Tourney and Glenn believe that the incident is not being taken seriously by the bureau.

FBI sources indicate that the increase in Mossad activity is a major problem, particularly when Israelis are posing as U.S. government officials, but they also note that there is little they can do to stop it as the Justice Department refuses to initiate any punitive action or prosecutions of the Mossad officers who have been identified as involved in the illegal activity.

In another ongoing Israeli spy case, Stewart Nozette appears to be headed towards eventual freedom as his case drags on through the District of Columbia courts. Nozette, an aerospace scientist with a top secret clearance and access to highly sensitive information, offered to sell classified material to a man he believed to be a Mossad officer, but who instead turned out to be with the FBI. Nozette has been in jail since October, but he has now been granted an additional 90-day delay so his lawyers can review the documents in the government’s case, many of which are classified. If Nozette demands that sensitive information be used in his defense, his case will likely follow the pattern set in the nine-times-postponed trial of AIPAC spies Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, who were ultimately acquitted in April 2009 when prosecutors determined that they could not make their case without doing significant damage to national security. A month after Rosen and Weissman were freed, Ben-Ami Kadish, who admitted to providing defense secrets to Israel while working as an engineer at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, walked out of a Manhattan court after paying a fine. He did no jail time and continues to receive his substantial Defense Department pension.

The mainstream media reported the Rosen and Weissman trial intermittently, but there was virtually no coverage of Ben-Ami Kadish, and there has been even less of Nozette. Compare that with the recent reporting on the Russian spies who, by all accounts, did almost nothing and never obtained any classified information. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that spying for Israel is consequence free.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA Officer, is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest. His “Deep Background” column appears every month exclusively in The American Conservative.


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  • Mian Abrar  On April 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Excellent info .. thanks YAA. Now one can identify the killers of Ali Fakhri, the late son of Jamil Fakhri who was killed in a US suburb while his body parts were found burnt ..


  • Malcolm Steinberg  On April 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

    So do the Turks, the Chinese, the Russian, or anyone else that has any capability… in fact, all embassies around the world are know as arms of those countries respective intelligence agencies… I am not supporting any of this… I didn’t create this mess, but that is what is happening all over the world and anyone that tells you otherwise is dumb or lying.

    • MQM Karachi  On April 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

      I do agree with Malcolm but Israelis are really driving USA for their nefarious purposes. USA doing what is in the best interest of Israel. The enemies of Israel are enemies of USA as well friends of Israel are friends of USA. Don’t you agree with me on the case of Syria, a country thousands of miles away from USA , no direct clash with USA, but at the same time it is included in so called axis of evil declared by USA.

  • Zubair  On April 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Why on earth would Mosad want to spy on it’s own country. The whole world knows US of A IS Israel. Israel is actually running USA; the Americans THINK they do.

  • Rumana Khan  On April 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    For years US and Israel have been spying on each other.They both have their own interests, that need to be guarded. People need to realize the reason US watches out for Israel is that Jewish community has invested a lot in US economy. All the big businesses are owned are owned by them. If Muslim community invested that much in US economy their interests will be watched too.

  • Salim Ullah  On April 8, 2011 at 12:42 am

    We should all agree that in our case not only Israel and USA, we all are enemies of each other within our boundaries (Pakistan)

    • Malcolm Steinberg  On April 8, 2011 at 12:42 am

      The ruling class in all of these countries create the problems between the countries… they make the money, we get the rest.
      The history of this imperialist/neo-colonialist model dominates the political spectrum. It created the Sykes/Picot borders regardless of local historical boundaries or indigenous political/religious/ethnic identities.
      Israel’s creation was still-born based upon racist policies promoted by the British rule at that time… that policy justified by Samuel Huntington/Bernard Lewis and more accurately called the ‘Clash of Ignorance’ by Edward Said… support the Flotilla and Turn Up the Pressure. Our governments are not working for us but for the managers of corporations, and the generals and the policitians that are working for them.

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