Senate agrees to House ‘classified annex’ provision added to FISA bill ‘Report on Bush Surveillance Program’ effectively allows retroactive lawsuit immunity for Israeli wiretapping espionage technology used by federal agents in 50 states & U.S. Capitol.
105 Democrats join 188 Republicans to disregard evidence of Israeli spying on American hard-line, cell phone, fax, instant message and email accounts prior to September 11 attacks to present. Senate debates FISA retroactive telecom amnesty this week, could connect Israel to foreign telecom spying documented by French intelligence, Fox News. Senate helps House strip 4th Amendment with 69-28 vote to send new FISA bill to Bush to be signed into law.
Did a House member cover up Israeli bomb threat while Director of Navy anti terrorism?
Washington—July 9, 2008
TomFlocco.com—According to Fox News, “virtually all records and billing in the U.S. are done for the telephone companies by Amdocs Ltd., an Israeli-based private telecommunication company, contracting with the 25 biggest phone companies in America, and more worldwide,” said Fox chief political correspondent Carl Cameron in a four-part series—the video and transcript content of which were removed from Fox’s website after both were preserved by internet sources.
The Senate voted today to approve the House version of the new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill, “President Bush’s Surveillance Program,” and retroactive telephone company immunity from civil and/or criminal lawsuits for past compliance with presidential directives to eavesdrop on electronic communications of American citizens without a warrant.
The House/Senate option permits a “classified annex,” effectively allowing the Inspector General’s (IG) report on Mr. Bush’s spy program to conceal evidence confirmed by France’s Intelligence Online that “Israeli espionage agents, electronic communication intercept operators and military explosive ordinance/combat engineers,” detained immediately after the 9/11 attacks and quickly deported to Israel by Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft, were linked to an Amdocs, Ltd. employee who reportedly posted bail for at least one of the Israeli military operatives.
A congressional contract permitted Israel’s Foxcom/Mobile Access to recently install cell-phone systems in the U.S. Capitol building—yet House members have not explained why they are placing their own communications at risk of espionage, given the astonishing evidence.
Fox News also reported that two Israelis were arrested after 9/11 with TNT and RDX plastic explosives residue in their truck and on the driver’s body at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and then released after a Navy intelligence investigation of the terrorist threat at the same time when Pennsylvania Congressman Joseph Sestak was then Director of Navy anti-terrorism.
“It is virtually impossible [for any U.S. citizen] to make a call on normal phones without generating an (Israel-based) Amdocs record of it,” said Fox’s Carl Cameron in part I of his special investigation of Israeli spying in America before and after the September 11 attacks, the congressional cover-up of which could still reach network news via civil actions and/or criminal prosecutions if the Senate balks at retroactive immunity and a “classified” annex.
In Part II of Fox’s now-spiked series, Brit Hume said “we have learned about an Israeli-based private communications company for whom a half-dozen of those 60 detained suspects worked. American investigators fear information generated by this firm may have fallen into the wrong hands and had the effect of impeding the 9/11 terror inquiry.”
FRENCH INTELLIGENCE CONFIRMS FOX NEWS SPY EVIDENCE
After U.S. denials of Cameron’s now purged-from-the-internet Israeli spy series, Intelligence Online editor Guillaume Dasquie threatened to post a sensitive 61-page Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) task-force report online [the same report Cameron referenced], revealing “The document we have in our possession details not only the identities of the members of this network, but also their activities in the Israeli army—even their serial numbers in the intelligence services, their passport numbers and their validity, and their visas and their validity.”
This raises questions as to why respected Paris editor Dasquie was not invited to testify publicly before the House Armed Services Committee, and whether legislators are more intimidated by predictable anti-Semitism charges than protecting U.S. citizens from foreign espionage and Bush agents’ eavesdropping. [click here to view the roll-call vote of House Republicans and Democrats who supported obstruction of evidence of Israeli telecom espionage linked to President Bush’s unconstitutional spy program. Does your legislator support concealment loopholes?]
Associated Press (AP) reports of French daily Le Monde’s full coverage of the Israeli spy network in the U.S. were almost immediately spiked by AP editors not called by Congress to testify why they dropped such an important story when it concerns all Americans.
U.S. intelligence sources had revealed to Le Monde that the special cell phones had a certain walkie-talkie feature that was “virtually impossible to intercept” by U.S. authorities.
The Oklahoman newspaper reported that four Israelis selling artwork while carrying military IDs were detained near Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, while Le Monde in Paris revealed that six detained “students” had cell phones purchased by an Israeli vice consul in the U.S., proving further that the state of Israel was assisting in alleged espionage.
Dasquie told American Free Press (AFP) in March, 2002 that “he had acquired solid evidence of the authenticity of the DEA report and could reveal new evidence to counter Justice Department claims that there had been ‘no case of Israeli espionage.’ ”
AFP added that Dasquie said the Israeli spy ring was “examined at the highest levels of the Bush administration, and that “on March 10, 2002 Intelligence Online was informed by a Justice Department official that the DEA report had been handed over to the Department’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and that same day at a DEA press conference, Asa Hutchinson, the DEA head, said that he had passed the document along to ‘other agencies’ working on the matter.”
The French intelligence website reported that detained Israeli “art students” and “moving company workers,” strangely released by U.S. authorities after the worst attack on American soil in history were actually “employed by tech companies, military special forces, intelligence officers, explosive ordinance/combat engineers, electronic intercept operators and the son of an Israeli army general.”
The evidence raises serious questions as to how the French government was able to report strong evidence of Israeli espionage in America, yet the FBI, CIA, NSA, Justice Department and the White House were unable to identify the spies while denying the existence of Israeli espionage despite a multi-billion dollar budget and the finest equipment and training.
Guillaume Dasquie reported that the Israeli operatives were living close to Arabs in San Diego, Little Rock, Irving, Texas and in South Florida where 10 of the 19 September 11 “hijackers” lived, speculating that the Israelis had advanced knowledge of the attacks but had not passed on the critical intelligence to the Bush administration who would likely spend blood and treasure to retaliate against Muslim terrorists—notwithstanding a little war profiteering on the side.
BRITISH AND JEWISH-AMERICAN PRESS ALSO CONFIRM ISRAELI SPYING
AFP quoted the March 15, 2002 issue of the Forward, a respected Jewish newspaper in America, which said “Despite angry denials by Israel and its American supporters, reports that Israel was conducting spying activities in the U.S. may have a grain of truth, the Forward has learned,” with assuredness that “both French and Fox reports were dismissed by Israel and its supporters, and received limited coverage in the American media.” [AP story on Le Monde spy reports was spiked & Cameron’s four-part series was removed from FoxNews.com.]
British intelligence & military analysis publication Jane’s Information Group reported on the absence of coverage in the American media on the “explosive story of the huge network of Israeli spies that made headlines around the world…reports of Israeli ‘art students’ calling on DEA employees across the country began as early as 2000 and continued through June, 2001,” according to AFP.
The independent AFP said “What is not clear is what the ring of more than 120 agents was up to and why some Israelis linked to the attacks in New York and Washington, DC were allowed to flee or were sent back to Israel after 9/11 on visa violations, rather than being charged and prosecuted.
According to other reports, alleged lead “hijacker” Mohammed Atta lived at 3389 Sheridan St. in Hollywood, Florida while a team of Israeli operatives lived a few blocks away at 4220 Sheridan.
In perhaps an even more controversial issue, convicted and imprisoned former Ohio GOP House member Bob Ney, then-chairman of the House Administration Committee, approved a 2002 license for an Israeli telecommunications company to install equipment to improve cell phone reception in the U.S. Capitol building and adjacent House office buildings where all legislative and many military decisions are debated.
The company was then Foxcom Wireless, an Israeli start-up firm, which has moved its headquarters from Jerusalem to Vienna, Virginia while changing its name to MobileAccess Networks, paid convicted and now imprisoned Republican operative Jack Abramoff $280,000 for lobbying fees and donated $50,000 to Abramoff’s Capital Athletic Foundation, a non-profit entity Abramoff used to redistribute money for personal and political gain according to reports.
House Democrats have not made public the documents Rep. Ney signed in agreeing to contract Israeli Foxcom which would shed light on whether the selection process was neutral, raising serious questions as to why one foreign country controls so many parts of the United States telecommunications network,technical, law enforcement and billing systems and whether Israeli espionage also penetrates congressional communications in addition to the average citizen.
Cameron said that “Fox News has learned that some American terrorist investigators fear certain suspects in the 9/11 attacks may have managed to stay ahead of them by knowing who and when investigators are calling on the telephone. How? By obtaining and analyzing data that’s generated every time someone in the U.S. makes a call.”
In Part III, Cameron revealed that “according to another briefing, the U.S. relies too much on foreign companies like Israeli Amdocs for high-tech equipment and software. Many factors have led to increased dependence on code developed overseas.”
Explaining the strength of U.S. espionage penetration by Amdocs, Cameron added that “we buy rather than train or develop solutions. Fox News has documents [not subpoenaed or publicly probed by Congress or the Justice Department] of a 1997 drug trafficking case in Los Angeles, in which telephone information, the type that Israeli Amdocs collects, was used to ‘completely compromise the communications of the FBI, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Los Angeles Police Department.’ ”
One U.S. law enforcement official told AFP, “The higher-ups don’t want to deal with this and neither does the FBI because it involves Israel,” while also revealing that the DEA report mentioned earlier found that “several military bases also had experienced unauthorized entries by Israelis, including two bases from which Stealth aircraft and other secret military units operate.”
“Unauthorized photographing of military sites and civilian industrial complexes such as petroleum-storage facilities was also reported,” according to the DEA report accessed by Fox News, French Intelligence Online and American Free Press.
According to all three, the DEA document “contains, in great detail, ‘scores of encounters’ between federal agents and Israeli agents posing as art students.”
According to AFP reporter Christopher Bollyn—who was beaten by government agents in front of his own home in Chicago while his wife and child watched helplessly, and who has since fled the U.S. to Europe for his family’s safety—the “seemingly innocuous [art student] cover was used to gain access to sensitive U.S. offices and military installations such as MacDill AFB in March 2001 and Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City one month later, where a ‘special alert’ was issued because of the aggressive Israeli agents.”
Horrified Americans must wonder where the people’s Representatives are; but it gets worse.
“Tinker houses AWACS surveillance planes and repairs B-1 bombers,” said Bollyn, adding, “The Oklahoman, prompted by the French revelations, recently reported that around May, 2001, four Israeli agents carrying military IDs were detained at Tinker AFB,” raising more questions about congressional espionage compliance.
"The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation," said Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, an uncompromising, constitutionalist Jewish-American and the only senator who voted against the Patriot Act in 2001—but who has a difficult FISA week ahead.
"The House and Senate should not be taking up this (FISA) bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law abiding Americans at home," said Feingold, a patriot who places his country ahead of his heritage.
PLACING FOREIGN INTERESTS AHEAD OF U.S. CITIZENS
The Department of Homeland Security surveillance activities included more than the previously admitted “Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP),” which President Bush conceded was an ongoing program targeting Americans to intercept their international phone calls and emails without acquiring court approval according to December, 2005 news reports.
The House failure thus far to hold telephone company officials, Mr. Bush and his operatives liable for criminal prosecution for violating constitutional protections against spying could partially explain why Barack Obama is not leading John McCain by 25% in the polls instead of single digits—given current harsh economic conditions and Israeli threats to attack Iran, both favorable to Democrat chances—raising the possibility that Americans will consider an alternative to Obama or McCain in November with four announced candidates so far.
105 House Democrats joined 188 GOP members--all but one House Republican—in a 293-129 vote (13 members including GOP constitutionalist Ron Paul declined to take a stand by not voting!) to obstruct meritorious evidence of Israeli spying on American citizens which would likely be exposed except for amnesty from courtroom prosecution. [click here to view the roll call vote of House Republicans and Democrats who supported obstruction of evidence of Israeli telecom espionage linked to President Bush’s unconstitutional spy program. Does your legislator support concealment loopholes]
Carl Cameron told Fox News host Brit Hume about Israeli Amdocs “widespread data mining techniques and algorithms…combining both the properties of the customer (e.g., credit rating) and properties of the specific ‘behavior,’ specific behavior such as who the customers (U.S. citizens) are calling.”
Curiously however, the House bill authorizes an oversight provision, referring to the “President’s Surveillance Program,” also revealing that the TSP is just one part, confirming that much more unilateral surveillance of citizens occurred than Mr. Bush or his lawyers have ever admitted—something many reporters have written about and many Americans have suspected.
House legislators can potentially be subjected to Israeli surveillance-acquired blackmail “control files” tied to off-shore financial or real estate bribery, adultery, pedophilia and/or Israeli-American activist retaliation charging hate crimes or anti-Semitist racism toward legislators to acquire prosecution amnesty for prior Bush telecom spying activities linked to Israel and the 9/11 attacks.
293 House members voted not to commit “career suicide,” voting to support President Bush’s illegal wiretapping of Americans, holding Mr. Bush and telecommunication companies safe and harmless from criminal prosecution for as yet publicly undisclosed Israeli-abetted surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Former Florida Democrat Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, said during a 12/2/2002 PBS NewsHour interview, “I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the (September 11) terrorists were assisted not just in financing—although that was part of it—by a sovereign foreign government…It will become public at some point when it’s turned over to the archives, but that’s 20 or 30 years from now.”
FOX NEWS EXPLAINS HOW ISRAEL SPIES ON AMERICANS
According to Fox’s Carl Cameron and Brit Hume, “U.S. counterintelligence analysts say (Israeli Amdocs) could be used to spy through the phone system. Fox News has learned that the NSA has held numerous classified conferences to warn the FBI and CIA how Amdocs records could be used.”
“Another (NSA) briefing document said, ‘It has become increasingly apparent that systems and networks are vulnerable. Such crimes always involve unauthorized persons, or persons who exceed their authorization…citing on exploitable vulnerabilities,’ ” said Cameron in part II of his series.
“Comverse Infosys (now Verint), a subsidiary of an Israeli-run private telecom firm…provides wiretapping equipment for law enforcement,” said Cameron in Part III, adding, “Every time you make a call, it passes through the nation’s elaborate network of switchers and routers run by the phone companies.”
The complete story was confirmed via information gleaned from the 2002 DEA “Report on Israeli Spies in the US,” posted in several news reports: “At the same time, American intelligence services were increasingly worried by the dominance of many highly sensitive areas of telecommunications by Israeli companies.”
“Comverse Infosys (now called Verint) provides U.S. lawmen with computer equipment for wiretapping. Speculation is that ‘catch gates’ in the system allowed listeners to be listened to. Software made by another Israeli outfit, Amdocs, provided extensive records of virtually all calls placed by the 25 largest U.S. telephone companies. The relationship of those companies to the detained Israelis is detailed in the 60-page document.”
“The DEA’s intense interest in the case stems from its 1997 purchase of $25 million in interception equipment from Israeli companies, according to a March 14, 2002 report by Intelligence Online, a website based in Paris that first revealed the existence of the 60-page document,” according to John Sugg, an Atlanta online journalist.
“Custom computers and software made by companies like Comverse are tied into that network to intercept, record and store the wiretapped calls, and at the same time transmit them to investigators (spying on American citizens),” said Cameron, also reporting, “manufacturers have continuing access to the computers so they can service them and keep them free of glitches—all authorized by the 1994 Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).”
House members on both sides of the aisle are reportedly so intimidated that they have not sought prosecution of those known to be listening in on phone calls and monitoring faxes and email according to reports quoting law enforcement personnel.
Cameron revealed that officials were warned after 9/11, reporting that “Fox News has learned that then Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller were both warned on 10/18/2001 in a hand-delivered letter from 15 local, state and national law enforcement officials, who complained that ‘law enforcement’s current electronic surveillance capabilities are less effective today than they were at the time CALEA was enacted.”
Importantly, Cameron added that “the complaint about this (CALEA) system is that the wiretap computer programs made by (Israel’s) Comverse have, in effect, a back door through which wiretaps themselves can be intercepted by unauthorized parties.”
Cameron also told Brit Hume that “adding to the suspicions is the fact that in Israel, Comverse works closely with the Israeli government, and under special programs, gets reimbursed for up to 50% of its research and development costs by the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade.”
Cameron also indicated that officials are intimidated, reporting that “investigators within the DEA, INS and FBI have all told Fox News that to pursue or even suggest Israeli spying through Comverse/Verint is considered career suicide,” another failure by House members intimidated themselves—so much so that Israeli interests are more important to their careers than U.S. voters. [click here to view the roll-call vote of House Republicans and Democrats who supported obstruction of evidence of Israelitelecom espionage linked to President Bush’s unconstitutional spy program. Does your legislator support concealment loopholes?]
FBI TURF WAR OVER EVIDENCE IMPLIED TREASON ON SEPTEMBER 11
Tragically, Fox reported uninvestigated obstruction of justice in that “sources said while various FBI inquiries into Comverse/Verint have been conducted over the years, they’ve been halted before the actual equipment has ever been thoroughly tested for leaks,” indicating that successful espionage probes prior to September 11 may have prevented the attacks—revelations which could still lead to potential presidential and congressional accountability.
According to Cameron, “A 1999 Federal Communications Commission document indicates several government agencies expressed deep concerns that too many unauthorized non-law enforcement personnel can access the wiretap system; and that the FBI’s own nondescript office in Chantilly, VA that actually oversees the CALEA wiretapping program, is among the most agitated about the threat.”
It is not known whether citizen plaintiffs have included government officials in their lawsuits, given evidence of seemingly intentional actions implying obstruction of justice or worse.
Fox News added, “There is a bitter turf war internally at FBI. The FBI’s office in Quantico, VA has jurisdiction over awarding contracts and buying intercept equipment. For years, they’ve thrown much of the business to Israel/Comverse. A handful of former U.S. law enforcement officials involved in awarding Comverse/Verint government contracts over the years now work for the company.”
Incredibly, Cameron reported in Part IV of his Fox series that “numerous sources say some of those individuals were asked to leave government service under what knowledgeable sources call [secret] ‘troublesome circumstances’ that remain [for how long?] under ‘administrative review’ [career suicide?] within the Justice Department.”
Fox News added that “what troubles investigators most, particularly in New York, in the counter-terrorism investigation of the World Trade Center attacks, is that on a number of cases, suspects that they had sought to wiretap and survey [officials within the Bush administration or Israeli operatives?] immediately changed their telecommunications processes. They started acting much differently as soon as those supposedly secret wiretaps went into place.”
Cameron actually confirmed that Mr. Bush and Congress knew about Israeli spying: “Beyond the 60 apprehended or detained, and many deported since 9/11/2001, another group of 140 Israeli individuals have been arrested and detained in this year  in what government documents describe as ‘an organized intelligence gathering operation,’ designed to ‘penetrate government facilities.’ ”
Recently, America’s pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, cited an increase of U.S. aid to Israel from $2.38 billion to $2.55 billion dollars in fiscal year 2009 while American levees break, bridges tumble down, homes foreclose, gas nears $5.00, and war with recession plague a U.S. dollar that’s not worth the paper it’s printed on, compliments of legalized Federal Reserve currency counterfeiting and debasement. [Adding “liquidity” to the banking system]
So the House and Senate reward a foreign nation able to listen in on U.S. phone calls using undetectable wire-tapping devices built into the phone system software technology while using the information gleaned from American calls to blackmail or compromise legislators and U.S. citizens into any action it desires.
This, while foreign and domestic spying is tolerated, condoned, covered up and rewarded by U.S. legislators sworn to protect and defend the Constitution from enemies, foreign and domestic, the American people none the wiser.
Mary Schneider contributed additional research for this report.