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If you pass information that you know to be classified to a foreign Embassy, that should be considered espionage, shouldn’t it? If an elected official agrees to interfere in a trial in exchange for help in seeking a more important government position that should be obstruction of justice and influence peddling, shouldn’t it? If an experienced candidate withdraws his name from consideration for a senior government position because he has been slandered by supporters of a foreign government that the candidate has criticized it should raise questions about who controls foreign policy, shouldn’t it?

The right answer is “No it doesn’t, none of the above.” The two AIPAC staffers who gave the information to the Israeli Embassy have had charges dismissed, Congresswoman Jane Harman has not been rebuked by any of her peers and is making jokes about the tapping of her phone, and the mainstream media killed the Chas Freeman story within three days of his withdrawl from consideration for office.

Starting on Sunday, AIPAC will be holding its annual convention and it will be interesting to see how many of Washington’s high and mighty will make sure that they are seen to be present and making all the right noises. Senators Joe Lieberman and John Kyl have introduced an AIPAC supported bill called the “Iran Diplomatic Enhancement Act” which is anything but and will instead cut off gas supplies to Iran, an act of war. It will also explicitly punish the Swiss because the Swiss President recently had the temerity to speak to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Is there something wrong here? Yes, something terribly wrong, though for the life of me I don’t know how we will ever take our government back. Nothing changes. AIPAC always wins. Depressing.

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  1. jay says:

    it is an uphill battle but it has always been hard to do the right thing and stand up for the truth and shed some light on what is going on for so long.
    please do not get tired or disinterested, because that above anything else is what they like us to do.
    keep saying and writing it and bring the facts to lights , lets educate the public and inform the if at rate of one a day and takes 100 years , we will win because we are on side truth and justice.

  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Since the indictments, a number of positive developments have occurred:

    1: The Internet has surpassed mainstream corporate media as the destination of choice for Americans seeking relevant, comparative information. Newsweek may twitter to twits, but Antiwar, Mondoweiss and TAC are rockin’.

    2. AIPAC has been scrutinized as never before, by a whole new generation. It’s history, previous brushes with the law, and way of doing business have been put under a microscope, and this is an organization that strives to achieve its objectives without being noticed.

    3. The US has not been herded into war with Iran, which is AIPAC’s overarching objective, beyond unwarranted access to US tax dollars. The FBI stopped a war, temporarily, even if the prosecutors didn’t get a conviction.

    4. A huge number of activists have just been served a toxic steaming platter of injustice. And they don’t like it.

    In a few years, the events listed may be seen as the catalysts for a long overdue confrontation over AIPAC and the rest of the Israel lobby.

  3. Unbelievable.

    I wonder how many angry folks there are in the Federal government right now who worked hard on this case?

    I hope that they (and those like them) don’t give up hope, and that they know some of us ordinary folks appreciate their efforts.

  4. TomB says:

    The Israel Lobby Archive wrote:

    “Since the indictments, a number of positive developments have occurred:…”

    Well, the consequences of the Dreyfus case in France took some time to play out so maybe it’ll be the same with what is now our own, eerily reverse Dreyfus affair.

    So who will write our “J’accuse”? (Or, perhaps, given the views of many, our “Treason Lobby And Its Abettors”?)

    Good way to start … “As with the Harman story and the sublime governmental disinterest in the possible espionage suggested there, who believes with the AIPAC matter that if the nationalities and ethnicities were different, and Rosen and Weissman were Iranian Americans and had passed American secrets to the Iranian Embassy that their prosecutions would have been dropped?….”

    As regards any number of maybe the important issues this country addresses it seems to me that the situation with our government can strongly resemble the situation with the Soviet government at the end of its days. E.g., nobody but nobody believing anymore in even the most basic, fundamental integrity or morality of that government as regards those issues, including most damningly the very governmental employees who work on those issues and are consequently in the know. And now in this case even the government’s basic patriotism can seem to be in question.

    Not that we’re in any danger of having some American Yeltsin up on some tank soon, but the depth and breadth of the cynicism today is just striking, and yet who’s to say it’s misplaced? After all even our vaunted Justice Department has now seemingly covered itself in excrement too. Our last-defense-against-political-corruption Justice Department under the Marc Rich-pardoning Attorney General Holder. The same Justice Department whose determination to prosecute, say, Jose Padilla or Sami al Arian could seem absolutely fanatical.

    What does it say today and, more importantly, who in the world really believes it?

  5. The US federal courts vindicate the two former AIPAC staffers and deny the former death camp guard John Demjanjuk a stay of his deportation to Germany on the same day. Whoever said May Day wasn’t a great holiday?

  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) people dictate Mid-East policy to Congress. AIPAC and the ADL are now embarking on railroading S 909 the “Hate Crimes” bill through the senate. Senator Jon Kyle is on the Senate Judiciary Committee. and he will no doubt be doing everything to rush and hush the bill to passing. The passage of the hate crimes bill will kill the First Amendment and certainly end free speech from Christian pulpits, as it already has in Canada and other countries.

    Please melt down the phone and fax lines to all US senators starting Monday, May 4. Go to Press on “Take Action.” All you need to be part of this counterattack will be found there.

    Please stand up for the Constitutional republic of the U.S.A. 247 or our U.S. Congressmembers set us up and sold us out on the House version of the Hate Crimes bill last week. I must expose the names of the betrayors who voted for the Hate Crimes bill in the House against the Creators endowed First Amendment.

    H. R. 1913
    Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009
    To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.
    current 111st session of congress

    18 Republicans Voting ‘Aye’
    Rep. Judy Biggert [R, IL-13]
    Rep. Mary Bono Mack [R, CA-45]
    Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2]
    Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6]
    Rep. Michael Castle [R, DE-0]
    Rep. Mike Coffman [R, CO-6]
    Rep. Charles Dent [R, PA-15]
    Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R, FL-25]
    Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart [R, FL-21]
    Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R, NJ-11]
    Rep. Jim Gerlach [R, PA-6]
    Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10]
    Rep. Leonard Lance [R, NJ-7]
    Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2]
    Rep. Todd Platts [R, PA-19]
    Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8]
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-18]
    Rep. Greg Walden [R, OR-2]

    229 Democrats Voting ‘Aye
    Rep. Neil Abercrombie [D, HI-1]
    Rep. Gary Ackerman [D, NY-5]
    Rep. John Adler [D, NJ-3]
    Rep. Jason Altmire [D, PA-4]
    Rep. Robert Andrews [D, NJ-1]
    Rep. Michael Arcuri [D, NY-24]
    Rep. Joe Baca [D, CA-43]
    Rep. Brian Baird [D, WA-3]
    Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2]
    Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12]
    Rep. Melissa Bean [D, IL-8]
    Rep. Xavier Becerra [D, CA-31]
    Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1]
    Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28]
    Rep. Sanford Bishop [D, GA-2]
    Rep. Timothy Bishop [D, NY-1]
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3]
    Rep. John Boccieri [D, OH-16]
    Rep. Leonard Boswell [D, IA-3]
    Rep. Frederick Boucher [D, VA-9]
    Rep. Allen Boyd [D, FL-2]
    Rep. Robert Brady [D, PA-1]
    Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1]
    Rep. Corrine Brown [D, FL-3]
    Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23]
    Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8]
    Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D, CA-18]
    Rep. Russ Carnahan [D, MO-3]
    Rep. André Carson [D, IN-7]
    Rep. Kathy Castor [D, FL-11]
    Rep. Ben Chandler [D, KY-6]
    Rep. Yvette Clarke [D, NY-11]
    Rep. William Clay [D, MO-1]
    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-5]
    Rep. James Clyburn [D, SC-6]
    Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9]
    Rep. Gerald Connolly [D, VA-11]
    Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14]
    Rep. Jim Cooper [D, TN-5]
    Rep. Jim Costa [D, CA-20]
    Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12]
    Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2]
    Rep. Joseph Crowley [D, NY-7]
    Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28]
    Rep. Elijah Cummings [D, MD-7]
    Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper [D, PA-3]
    Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7]
    Rep. Susan Davis [D, CA-53]
    Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4]
    Rep. Diana DeGette [D, CO-1]
    Rep. William Delahunt [D, MA-10]
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3]Rep. Norman Dicks [D, WA-6]
    Rep. John Dingell [D, MI-15]
    Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D, TX-25]
    Rep. Michael Doyle [D, PA-14]
    Rep. Steve Driehaus [D, OH-1]
    Rep. Donna Edwards [D, MD-4]
    Rep. Thomas Edwards [D, TX-17]
    Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5]
    Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17]
    Rep. Anna Eshoo [D, CA-14]
    Rep. Bob Etheridge [D, NC-2]
    Rep. Sam Farr [D, CA-17]
    Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2]
    Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51]
    Rep. Bill Foster [D, IL-14]
    Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4]
    Rep. Marcia Fudge [D, OH-11]
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8]
    Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20]
    Rep. Alan Grayson [D, FL-8]
    Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9]
    Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29]
    Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]
    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D, IL-4]
    Rep. John Hall [D, NY-19]
    Rep. Deborah Halvorson [D, IL-11]
    Rep. Phil Hare [D, IL-17]
    Rep. Jane Harman [D, CA-36]
    Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23]
    Rep. Martin Heinrich [D, NM-1]
    Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin [D, SD-0]
    Rep. Brian Higgins [D, NY-27]
    Rep. Baron Hill [D, IN-9]
    Rep. James Himes [D, CT-4]
    Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22]
    Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D, TX-15]
    Rep. Mazie Hirono [D, HI-2]
    Rep. Paul Hodes [D, NH-2]
    Rep. Tim Holden [D, PA-17]
    Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12]
    Rep. Michael Honda [D, CA-15]
    Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5]
    Rep. Jay Inslee [D, WA-1]
    Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-2]
    Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2]
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18]
    Rep. Eddie Johnson [D, TX-30]
    Rep. Henry Johnson [D, GA-4]
    Rep. Steve Kagen [D, WI-8]
    Rep. Paul Kanjorski [D, PA-11]
    Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9]
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy [D, RI-1]
    Rep. Dale Kildee [D, MI-5]
    Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick [D, MI-13]
    Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy [D, OH-15]
    Rep. Ronald Kind [D, WI-3]
    Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D, AZ-1]
    Rep. Larry Kissell [D, NC-8]
    Rep. Ron Klein [D, FL-22]
    Rep. Suzanne Kosmas [D, FL-24]
    Rep. Frank Kratovil [D, MD-1]
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10]
    Rep. James Langevin [D, RI-2]
    Rep. Rick Larsen [D, WA-2]
    Rep. John Larson [D, CT-1]
    Rep. Barbara Lee [D, CA-9]
    Rep. Sander Levin [D, MI-12]
    Rep. John Lewis [D, GA-5]
    Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3]
    Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2]
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D, CA-16]
    Rep. Nita Lowey [D, NY-18]
    Rep. Ben Luján [D, NM-3]
    Rep. Stephen Lynch [D, MA-9]
    Rep. Daniel Maffei [D, NY-25]
    Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D, NY-14]
    Rep. Betsy Markey [D, CO-4]
    Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7]
    Rep. James Marshall [D, GA-8]
    Rep. Eric Massa [D, NY-29]
    Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2]
    Rep. Doris Matsui [D, CA-5]
    Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D, NY-4]
    Rep. Betty McCollum [D, MN-4]
    Rep. James McDermott [D, WA-7]
    Rep. James McGovern [D, MA-3]
    Rep. Michael McMahon [D, NY-13]
    Rep. Jerry McNerney [D, CA-11]
    Rep. Kendrick Meek [D, FL-17]
    Rep. Gregory Meeks [D, NY-6]

    Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2]
    Rep. R. Miller [D, NC-13]
    Rep. Walter Minnick [D, ID-1]
    Rep. Harry Mitchell [D, AZ-5]
    Rep. Alan Mollohan [D, WV-1]
    Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4]
    Rep. Dennis Moore [D, KS-3]
    Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8]
    Rep. Patrick Murphy [D, PA-8]
    Rep. Christopher Murphy [D, CT-5]
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY-8]
    Rep. Grace Napolitano [D, CA-38]
    Rep. Richard Neal [D, MA-2]
    Rep. Glenn Nye [D, VA-2]
    Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8]
    Rep. David Obey [D, WI-7]
    Rep. John Olver [D, MA-1]
    Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D, TX-27]
    Rep. Frank Pallone [D, NJ-6]
    Rep. William Pascrell [D, NJ-8]
    Rep. Edward Pastor [D, AZ-4]
    Rep. Donald Payne [D, NJ-10]
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8]
    Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D, CO-7]
    Rep. Gary Peters [D, MI-9]
    Rep. Chellie Pingree [D, ME-1]
    Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO-2]
    Rep. Earl Pomeroy [D, ND-0]
    Rep. David Price [D, NC-4]
    Rep. Nick Rahall [D, WV-3]
    Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15]
    Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D, TX-16]
    Rep. Laura Richardson [D, CA-37]
    Rep. Ciro Rodriguez [D, TX-23]
    Rep. Steven Rothman [D, NJ-9]
    Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D, CA-34]
    Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1]
    Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17]
    Rep. John Salazar [D, CO-3]
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D, CA-47]
    Rep. Linda Sánchez [D, CA-39]
    Rep. John Sarbanes [D, MD-3]
    Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D, IL-9]
    Rep. Mark Schauer [D, MI-7]
    Rep. Adam Schiff [D, CA-29]
    Rep. Kurt Schrader [D, OR-5]
    Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D, PA-13]
    Rep. Robert Scott [D, VA-3]
    Rep. David Scott [D, GA-13]
    Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-16]
    Rep. Joe Sestak [D, PA-7]
    Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D, NH-1]
    Rep. Brad Sherman [D, CA-27]
    Rep. Albio Sires [D, NJ-13]
    Rep. Ike Skelton [D, MO-4]
    Rep. Louise Slaughter [D, NY-28]
    Rep. Adam Smith [D, WA-9]
    Rep. Victor Snyder [D, AR-2]
    Rep. Zachary Space [D, OH-18]
    Rep. Jackie Speier [D, CA-12]
    Rep. John Spratt [D, SC-5]
    Rep. Bart Stupak [D, MI-1]
    Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13]
    Rep. Ellen Tauscher [D, CA-10]
    Rep. Bennie Thompson [D, MS-2]
    Rep. C. Thompson [D, CA-1]
    Rep. John Tierney [D, MA-6]
    Rep. Dina Titus [D, NV-3]
    Rep. Paul Tonko [D, NY-21]
    Rep. Edolphus Towns [D, NY-10]
    Rep. Niki Tsongas [D, MA-5]
    Rep. Christopher Van Hollen [D, MD-8]
    Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D, NY-12]
    Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1]
    Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1]
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D, FL-20]
    Rep. Maxine Waters [D, CA-35]
    Rep. Diane Watson [D, CA-33]
    Rep. Melvin Watt [D, NC-12]
    Rep. Henry Waxman [D, CA-30]
    Rep. Anthony Weiner [D, NY-9]
    Rep. Peter Welch [D, VT-0]
    Rep. Robert Wexler [D, FL-19]
    Rep. Charles Wilson [D, OH-6]
    Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6]
    Rep. David Wu [D, OR-1]
    Rep. John Yarmuth [D, KY-3]

  7. Re TomB’s contribution:

    I believe that you intended to use ” i. e.” rather than ” e. g. ” in your comment. “i. e. ” is an abbreviation of the Latin ” id est “, or ” that is “, and indicates a clarification or fuller statement of the immediately preceding idea. “e. g. ” is an abbreviation of the Latin ” exempli gratia “, or ” for example “, and indicates a specific instance of the immediately preceding idea. I have tried to be helpful without being critical, i. e., I have refrained from attacking your weak and maudlin argumentation. However, I do have my limits, e. g., where the English language is abused, even if ignorantly rather than maliciously.

  8. The level of betrayal and duplicity here is so vast that it’s difficult not to shrink from the proper response. But let’s understand, a government in the service of another polity, is not a legitimate government, and deserves no allegiance.

    It seems that the lobby controls both parties and all three branches of government. My feeling is that most Americans understand the principle of single loyalty. They also hate lobbyists of all kinds. One expedient would be to start a movement to make lobbying for ANY foreign country illegal. On that basis, the charge of anti-antisemitism would be too far fetched to carry weight. But if it is leveled, the true motives of the lobby would be so obvious as to defeat their purpose. Hell, Kenny Hastert is now a lobbyist for the Turks!

  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Yes, Mr. Rosenberg, there is no doubt that the Israel lobby in this country is above the law. Your gloating is a little unseemly though, don’t you think? That sort of arrogance, if too flagrant, can eventually lead to a backlash.

  10. TomB says:

    David Rosenberg wrote:

    “I believe that you intended to use ‘i.e.’ rather than ‘e.g.’ in your comment.”

    No, read it again. I meant “for example.”

    I.e., you’re wrong.

    E.g., as in, being in error.

    Viz., mistaken.

    (Which, damnit, still isn’t as bad as being maudlin, but anyways….)


  11. AIPAC was on CSPAN tonight featuring none other than Jane Harmon at a round table discussion that included and Israeli Air Force general, Dan Senor, James Wollsey and some tame middle East “Expert.” It was apparent that all were following the same script.

    You have to hand these people credit for nerve. It’s all about us and we don’t care how apparent it is, because we own you.

  12. From canada.
    First in any story i ever saw in history or fiction the bad guys get away and go some way before they defeated.
    if AIPAC is the bad guy in deeds or plain existence, (I believe it greatly) then they will be defeated by patriotic and steady -at-the-aim Americans.
    Its a honour for true Americans to have a foe to demonstrate to their fellow citizens is engaged in subverting American values, interests, wealth, prestige, and blessing from God.
    if there is a great case to be made then their is a great opportunity for aggresive patriots to stand out and above the crowd.

    Its an absurdity to have citizens organizing for a foreign country by way of a great advocating mechanism.
    One might have basic interests in hurting peoples in the world but never for foreign countries to get any gain possible.
    AIPAC is about profound identification from its supporters.

    The first thing to remember is that AIPAC is just partaking of a great passion for Israel by the American establishment, Jewish Citizens and the special positions in high places, and some solid percentage of the American population.
    VP Biden said he had a passion for israel. Many do.
    This must be understood before aiming at AIPAC.
    AIPAC is running things but just another oar in the passion for Israel’s gain.
    Its greater by far then little AIPAC.

  13. Is 2% and declining, a “Solid Percentage?”
    There once was a real passion for the Israeli cause here. Thirty plus years of bullying and backstabbing have changed that feeling. Israel’s “allies” have done her much harm. The American Establishment, to the degree that we can still speak of such a thing, is under no illusion about how valuable our subservience to Israeli interest is. My guess is that they would gladly throw it off.

    This is the danger of Obama to the Israeli interest. The left is not nearly so cowed by charges of antisemitism as is center and right. Obama comes from an ideological place where Jewish interests are no more special than any other. Indeed from the academic left’s perspective, much less from a Black ward healer’s perspective, they are deeply suspect.

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