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Fox/Werrity Scandal: The Lessons for National Security

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Justin Raimondo gets to the heart of the Liam Fox/Adam Werrity scandal and its wider implications for every country’s national security:

This isn’t just about money, however. The strong pro-Israel/interventionist theme of Werritty’s jet-setting antics illustrates – once again – how the Jewish state and its supporters inveigle themselves into every possible crevice, taking the opportunity to extract what benefit they can from the foibles and fortunes of both friends and foes. The technique – setting up parallel institutions existing alongside official government agencies – was successfully applied in the United States during the run up to the invasion of Iraq. You’ll recall that the “Office of Special Plans,” and other ad hoc groups set up inside the national security bureaucracy, did an end run around the CIA and the mainstream intelligence community, and packed the pipeline with biased and – as it turned out – utterly false “intelligence,” effectively lying us into war. As Julian Borger reported in the Guardian at the time:

“The OSP was an open and largely unfiltered conduit to the White House not only for the Iraqi opposition. It also forged close ties to a parallel, ad hoc intelligence operation inside Ariel Sharon’s office in Israel specifically to bypass Mossad and provide the Bush administration with more alarmist reports on Saddam’s Iraq than Mossad was prepared to authorize. ‘None of the Israelis who came were cleared into the Pentagon through normal channels,” said one source familiar with the visits. Instead, they were waved in on Mr Feith’s authority without having to fill in the usual forms.

“The exchange of information continued a long-standing relationship Mr [Douglas] Feith [then director of policy at the Pentagon] and other Washington neo-conservatives had with Israel’s Likud party.”

In America and Britain, the pattern is a familiar one: Israel’s partisans use every means available to penetrate government agencies, extract information, and utilize their allies inside the system to Israel’s advantage. This involves not only activities that might be characterized as espionage, but also creating a parallel policy-making apparatus that operates in the dark, handing out large sums to its sock puppets, and running agents of influence at the highest levels of government.

Fox resigned his seat, in his words, because he “blurred the line” between his public and personal responsibilities, but another line has been blurred, if not nearly erased, and that is the one between advocacy on behalf of Israel and undermining Britain’s national security. The lesson for America could not be clearer. The Israel lobby in America is similarly aggressive in pursuing Israeli interests over and above those of their own country, as demonstrated – to cite one recent example – by the case of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two top AIPAC officials accused of espionage against the United States.

Israel is our friend, we are often told: our “best friend,” as some would have it. Yet friends don’t act the way Israel and its more fervent supporters do when it comes to breaching the security of alleged “allies” such as Britain and the US. The same forces that set up Werritty’s covert operation are hard at work, here in America, extending their tentacles as far as they can reach. It’s time to sever those tentacles and make Israel’s agents in this country do what every other foreign lobbyist is required to do by law, and that is register under the requirements of the Foreign Agent Registration Act. AIPAC, the premier organization of the Israel lobby, has gotten around this by a series of legal maneuvers, and – let’s face it – on account of having friends in high place. As the Werritty scandal shows, this situation has to end.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

October 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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