Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AIPAC - Israel's foreign agent

Should AIPAC, which represents the interests of Israel in America, be registered as a foreign agent? I think that's a good idea.

I'm sending my request to these 3 people
  • President Obama
  • Eric Holder (Attorney General)
  • Heather Hunt (chief of the DoJ Foreign Agent Registration Unit)
Here is background information - as provided by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. The text of my request follows it.
On Nov. 11, 1962 the Department of Justice ordered the American Zionist Council (AZC) to register as an Israeli Foreign Agent. The AZC's lobbying division is now called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). It continues to act as Israel's foreign agent. The 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) requires people and organizations who act in a political capacity for foreign principals to make periodic public disclosures. It embodies George Washington's farewell address warning not to succumb to foreign "passionate attachments" that subvert governance at home.

In the mid-1980's, the FBI investigated AIPAC's coordination with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to steal American industrial secrets. Later that decade AIPAC thwarted the electoral system by coordinating political action committees (PACs) to elect candidates favorable to Israel. In the 1990's AIPAC coordinated with Binyamin Netanyahu to thwart the Oslo peace process. In 2005 AIPAC lobbyists were indicted and a Defense Department official pled guilty to espionage. They obtained and circulated classified National Defense Information to support a U.S.-Iran war for Israel.
In regard to that last sentence - readers might be interested to know that Iran was the preferred enemy for the U.S. to attack in the eyes of Israel. When the frenzied push for war with Iraq was underway, Israel was disappointed, but nevertheless encouraging as Iraq was the second most wanted country that Israel wanted taken down.

Here is the text of my request. Feel free to copy it

Dear ________

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) acts as the government of Israel's foreign agent in the United States. The Department of Justice's 1962 Foreign Agents Registration Act order (kept secret from the American people until 2008) applies to AIPAC.

The FBI and the Department of Justice have continually found AIPAC to be coordinating and passing American secrets to its foreign principal. As a foreign agent, AIPAC should be disclosing all relevant activities - including sources of income and expenditures - with its foreign principal, yet the Department of Justice allows the American people to be kept in the dark.

I urge you to uphold the rule of law in America and order AIPAC to register as a foreign agent now.
Need addresses? Here they are...

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500

Eric Holder, Attorney General
U.S. Dept. of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Heather Hunt, Chief
U.S. Dept. of Justice
Foreign Agents Registration Unit
1400 New York Ave., NW
1st Floor, Public Office Suite 100
Washington, DC 20005

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