“Hate Crime Survey Reports” (unz.com, posted on 7/21/2019) seeks to explain the significant up-tick in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the first quarter of 2017, following President’s Trump’s election. The key feature of this increase was hundreds of bomb threat phone calls made to U.S. Jewish Community Centers. On April 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a criminal complaint against Michael Ron David Kadar accusing him of making hate calls using on-line “Spoofing” services https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/usisraeli-man-charged-connection-threats-jewish-community-centers-conveying-false-information .
On June 8, 2017, this author’s Seattle-based attorney emailed a letter (copy here) to half-a-dozen DOJ attorneys that questioned whether the proper person had been charged for these crimes. The letter made a testable hypothesis — if “Michael R. Kadar” of Illinois flew from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Tel Aviv a day or two prior to Kadar’s arrest in Ashkelon, then DOJ had indicted the wrong person. Further, if the wrong person had been indicted, the letter suggested a more likely culprit — Kadar’s Israeli mother, Dr. Tamar Kadar, who is a chemical weapons researcher at the Mossad-operated Israeli Institute for Biological Research.
Within minutes, the Seattle attorney received a phone call from DOJ’s Ryan Dickey, who works in the Computer Crime division, and was one of the email’s recipients:
“I got a call from Ryan Dickey. He was involved in the investigation leading to the Criminal Complaints. He wanted to know what this was about before he opened the pdf. I explained. He seemed genuinely interested in the suggestive information and he told me that he would open and read the letter and would insure that the information is shared with the appropriate folks.”
DOJ lawyers do not investigate crimes; that’s the FBI’s job. The FBI has ready access to overseas TSA flight information for travelers. If Michael Kadar did not fly from Chicago to Tel Aviv in the narrow timeframe predicted, the hypothesis could be rejected and I would expect to hear no more from the government.
On July 25, 2017, my Seattle lawyer reported the following:
“I got a call from Greg Leiman, an FBI agent who wanted to interview me regarding Michael Kadar. I told him I had no knowledge beyond the contents of the letter but that my clients may have more information. I told him I would check to see if you are willing to be interviewed. He understands that you desired anonymity given the possible publicity/blowback, but I told him you might be willing to talk now that you know the FBI is investigating. Let me know what you would like to do in response to this request.”
During the course of that day, this back-and-forth ensued (read from the bottom up):
Ending with . . .
Thereafter, the FBI went silent; there’s been no interview nor any further communication from the FBI. Why?
Perhaps other actors associated with the JCC bomb threats might explain the FBI’s passivity. The clues to those other actors are found in the FBI’s criminal complaint against Michael Kadar. In his affidavit, Tampa-based FBI special agent Gregory Tarbert explains that Kadar “utilized user accounts created at a company which provided online call ‘spoofing’ services.” Setting up a Spoofing user account requires a phone number, as explained by the popular SpoofCard.com:
The FBI reports four U.S.-based phone numbers associated with the spoofing accounts used to make the JCC threat calls. How Michael Kadar, who Israeli media describe as a brain-tumored, homeschooled teen living with his parents in Ashkelon, acquired use of U.S.-registered telephones remains unexplained by U.S. or Israeli officials.
For those who have tried to trace the owner of an unknown cell phone number, you know that internet search engines are not worth your credit card charge. However, before its fall from grace, one public search engine was pretty good at discovering the self-identified owner of a phone number — Facebook. If a FB account owner entered into their profile a phone number, a FB reverse search on that number would pull up the account owner’s profile. Here’s what a mid-2017 (since deleted) FB search pulled up for one of the FBI-identified spoofing account phone numbers:
Google reports that a “Linda Hamel” lives in California (510 is a California area code) where she directs the Church of Scientology’s counter-intelligence functions. WTF? Haaretz reports that “The Church of Scientology has apparently found one place where its presence doesn’t set off alarms, protests and demonstrations, and that place is one of the world’s most religiously fraught countries: Israel.” We’ll leave readers to explore the internet’s various conspiracy theories linking Scientology to Israel and the Mossad.
Using the same Facebook search tactic, on the same 2017 date, the author identified another of the spoofing phone numbers associated with a Philadelphia-area Chabad leader (also since deleted from FB). Chabad is a fast-growing orthodox Jewish sect that believes all Jews must return to Israel before the messiah can reappear to save humanity; a view consistent with Zionism’s political objectives. Meanwhile, the FBI has remained silent on the possibility of co-conspirators to Kadar’s hate crimes.
In sum, here’s what this author thinks went down. In early January, 2017, the first bomb threats included two Chabad community centers. These threats were not reported to the police nor did they receive publicity. These first calls may have been testing the system. By March or earlier, U.S. authorities knew the calls were being made by a person overseas, i.e., they were not a sign of rising domestic anti-Semitism. The FBI pinned the source to Israel and notified its Israeli law enforcement counterparts. It appears Israel was slow to react, so the FBI sent a team to Israel to catalyze action. The FBI was not involved in the Ashkelon arrest itself, which was left to Israel’s domestic police. Everything the FBI received thereafter from the Israeli end of the investigation passed through Israeli law enforcement/intelligence hands before being given to the FBI. The FBI gained its non-Israeli-sourced intelligence through the spoofing company subpoenas, on which the DOJ Florida indictment is based.
When the FBI told Israel it knew the geographic source of the calls, Israel needed a scapegoat and a cover story. Michael R. Kadar was well-suited to the task. Tamar Kadar, his mom, made the calls from her Ashkelon apartment. For what it’s worth, in 1990 Dr. Tamar Kadar spent a sabbatical year in the U.S. at a Maryland Army chemical weapons research facility, which could account for 27-year-old MRK’s dual citizenship reported by DOJ in 2017. Immediately upon his release from jail, MRK was flown to Tel Aviv (“we’re going to visit mom”), taken to the apartment and arrested. The FBI could declare victory (for which FBI director Comey received an award from the Jewish Federations of North America). Israel could blame a brain-addled teenager motivated by crass profit. Meanwhile, President Trump, whose pro-Israel credentials were suspect initially, has now allied himself tightly to Israel’s agenda.
Franklin Stahl, Ph.D., a member of the National Academy of Science, is a geneticist living in Eugene, Oregon. Lacking a lab, he finds puzzles to solve on the internet.