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With Richard Grenell now overseeing all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, Israel’s influence over the U.S. intelligence community has reached new and troubling heights.

Last week’s appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to the post of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) received criticism from both sides of the political divide, mainly for his lack of experience and history of outspoken and partisan political statements. Much more overlooked, however, are Grenell’s ties to the powerful American pro-Israel lobby and Israeli politicians alike, including organizations and individuals with a history of espionage and blackmail against the United States.

Grenell is merely the latest example in a series of appointments over the past few years that have seen individuals with deep ties to the pro-Israel lobby rise to top positions in the U.S. intelligence community, including the NSA’s current director of Cybersecurity Anne Neuberger as well as the leaders of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB).

With many of these posts directly involved in overseeing the security of the upcoming 2020 election, ostensibly to combat “foreign interference,” these connections are even more significant. Some of the Israel lobby groups in question have not only engaged in illegal espionage against the U.S. government, but are also openly meddling in the current Democratic party primary.

Beyond the potential effects on the upcoming election, these troubling ties between top U.S. intelligence officials and a foreign government do not bode well for American national security and will only advance the long-standing practice of American neoconservatives conflating Israeli national security interests with those of the United States.

Grenell’s many conflicts of interest

Richard Grenell’s appointment last Wednesday to the post of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) raised a number of eyebrows on the Beltway and drew sharp condemnation from former and current intelligence officials alike. Most of the concern was due to the fact that Grenell, who has been serving as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, has virtually no intelligence experience or background. Yet, he will now oversee and coordinate all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA, and will be responsible for briefing President Trump on intelligence matters of both domestic and international concern.

Grenell’s new position is not required to be confirmed by the Senate unless Trump decides to nominate him as a permanent candidate at the end of the temporary three-month period during which he can serve as acting DNI. There has not been a permanent DNI since Dan Coats resigned last August.

Grenell’s appointment was also criticized due to his brazen political approach towards his diplomatic post as U.S. ambassador to Germany, which he will maintain while coordinating and overseeing U.S. intelligence activities. In his two years as ambassador, Grenell has alienated numerous German politicians to the extent that prominent officials have refused to meet with him. Some German officials began calling for his resignation during his first month as ambassador.

One very valid criticism of Grenell’s appointment, however, has been glossed over, namely his ties to controversial lobbyists, political operatives and foreign politicians. For instance, Grenell used to work on behalf of Arthur Finkelstein and Associates, a firm of the late Republican political operative of the same name.

Finkelstein was one of the main architects of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first campaign in 1996. Finkelstein was placed in contact with the Netanyahu campaign by prominent Jewish American businessman and billionaire, Ronald Lauder — a close associate of Trump, then-top backer of Netanyahu (they have since had a falling out) and a member of the controversial “Mega Group.”

Finkelstein worked on numerous successive campaigns for far-right politicians in Israel, including former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. He has been described as being “deeply committed” to and a “staunch supporter” of Israel and the hawkish Likud Party. He also spent numerous years on Likud’s payroll.

Grenell’s financial disclosures reveal that his consulting firm, Capitol Media Partners, received more than \$5,000 from Finkelstein but does not specify the exact amount. ProPublica recently reported that Grenell, who has ties to Fox News and Newsmax, worked for Finkelstein as a “media consultant” in Eastern Europe, where Ronald Lauder has long held significant media interests. In that capacity, Grenell was paid to work on Finkelstein’s behalf for the now-disgraced Moldovan politician, Vladimir Plahotniuc, work that Grenell did not disclose, but should have according to experts.

Concerns over Grenell’s susceptibility to foreign influence are particularly troubling given his especially close relationship with Israel, despite nominally having served as U.S. ambassador to Germany, a position which ostensibly would require close ties to Germany (which Grenell lacks) as opposed to Israel. Soon after Grenell became ambassador to Germany, he requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet him at the Berlin airport. After that meeting, Netanyahu told reporters that Grenell is a “big fan of Israel.” Grenell himself has stated that he views his support for Israeli “peace” (i.e. security) policy as a “biblical mandate” and has visited the country “more times than he can count.”

Richard Grenell, left, poses with Morton Klein, head of the Zionist Organization of America. Photo | ZOA
Richard Grenell, left, poses with Morton Klein, head of the Zionist Organization of America. Photo | ZOA

Though many intelligence community veterans and politicians in both major parties opposed Grenell’s appointment, the American Israel lobby was thrilled. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) “strongly praised” Grenell’s appointment as acting DNI, with ZOA president Morton Klein, stating:

I am proud to say that during my long personal friendship with Ambassador Grenell, it became powerfully clear to me that Grenell is a very talented and knowledgeable man whose commitment to America and its security is second to none. He is also a man who understands the importance of our country’s great alliance with Israel in promoting U.S. security interests. There has never been a better friend of a strong U.S-Israel relationship than Ambassador Grenell. (emphasis added)”

Klein previously announced his displeasure that Grenell had not been appointed to serve as U.S. ambassador to NATO after he had been given private “assurances” by the Trump administration that Grenell would be nominated to that post.

Grenell’s ties to political operatives like Finkelstein, his close friendships to Israel lobbyists Morton Klein and Israeli PM Netanyahu as well as his failure to disclose paid work done on behalf of foreign politicians make him susceptible to foreign influence or blackmail according to the official policy of the office of the DNI, which Grenell now leads.

That policy holds that “conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying” include “connections to a foreign person, group, government or country that create a potential conflict of interest between the individual’s obligation to protect classified or sensitive information or technology and the individual’s desire to help a foreign person, group or country by providing that information or technology.”

Given that Israeli politicians and officials, including Netanyahu, have actively used blackmail to influence sitting U.S. presidents and that the pro-Israel lobby has a history of espionage targeting the United States, it is telling that Grenell’s appointment to a sensitive intelligence post has not been criticized in the media over his close ties to the pro-Israel lobby, Arthur Finkelstein and Israel’s government.

Israel’s foothold grows

While Grenell’s appointment is troubling over his ties to the pro-Israel lobby, it is merely the latest such appointment made by the Trump administration as several top intelligence figures with deep ties to the pro-Israel lobby have recently risen to prominence.

For example, current NSA director of Cybersecurity Anne Neuberger is married to Yehuda Neuberger, who serves as chair of AIPAC’s executive council in Baltimore. Neuberger’s parents were rescued via the IDF’s “Operation Entebbe,” an operation led by Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother, Yonathan Netanyahu. Neuberger was less than a year old at the time, but was not with her parents during the incident.

As Cybersecurity director for the NSA, Neuberger oversees a division of that agency that “unifies NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyberdefense missions” and works “to prevent and eradicate threats to national security systems and critical infrastructure,” including the country’s election infrastructure. Her family ties to AIPAC are therefore concerning given the powerful lobby groups’ propensity to meddle in this election’s Democratic primary. This is belied by the fact that AIPAC has, in the past, committed espionage against the U.S. government on Israel’s behalf on more than one occasion.

In addition to Neuberger, both the head and deputy chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) have close ties to foreign lobbies and intelligence services. According to the U.S. government, PIAB “exists exclusively to assist the President by providing him with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness with which the Intelligence Community is meeting the Nation’s intelligence needs, and the vigor and insight with which the community plans for the future. The Board has access to all information needed to perform its functions and has direct access to the President.” The government’s official description of the body’s role also states that PIAB has “immense and long-lasting impacts on the structure, management, and operations of U.S. intelligence.”

PIAB is chaired by Stephen Feinberg, the billionaire owner of Cerberus capital management, which owns scandal-ridden U.S. military and intelligence contractor DynCorp. Court documents cited by the New York Times accused Cerberus of “orchestrating secretive deals that transgressed legal and ethical boundaries,” making his role at PIAB at overseeing the often ethically-challenged U.S. intelligence community troubling. In addition, Cerberus was previously the owner of or majority stakeholder of a string of now-bankrupt companies that defrauded U.S. intelligence and the U.S. military on a massive scale during the George W. Bush administration, with much of that occurring while then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was invested in Cerberus.

Feinberg’s close relationships also raise some red flags. He is a close friend of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law whose family has a close friendship with Netanyahu, as well as Steve Bannon, who has close ties to the U.S. Israel lobby, particularly the ZOA. Feinberg is also a close associate of hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt, a “Mega Group” member whose father worked for the National Crime Syndicate. Steinhardt was instrumental in the controversial Clinton-era pardon of Mossad asset Marc Rich and is a major funder of pro-Israel organizations.

Feinberg was also one of the main shareholders in Israel’s then-largest bank, Bank Leumi, until he was pressured to sell his stake following the revelation that his partner in that investment, Ezra Merkin, played a key role in the Bernie Madoff scandal. Cerberus’ acquisition of those shares had originally been closely tied to a Likud party initiative to privatize Israel’s entire banking sector.

Companies owned by Cerberus have also been found to be closely tied to Saudi intelligence. The Washington Post reported last year that a U.S.-backed plan to “modernize” Saudi intelligence had been created by Culpeper National Security Solutions, a unit of Cerberus-owned DynCorp, along “with help from some prominent former CIA officials.” Another Cerberus-owned company called Tier 1 has also helped train Saudi Special Forces, some of whom were reportedly involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Though Feinberg says he divested his personal stake from these companies prior to chairing PIAB, they remain owned by his firm Cerberus and arguably still present a conflict of interest.

In addition to Feinberg, the PIAB’s current deputy chair — Samantha Ravich — formerly worked for the pro-Israel lobby group Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), a spin-off of AIPAC that was created to shield the lobby organization from scrutiny when it was investigated in 1984 for espionage against the U.S. government on Israel’s behalf.

Samantha Ravich speaks at Israel Bonds luncheon in Clevland in 2016. CJN | Screenshot
Samantha Ravich speaks at Israel Bonds luncheon in Clevland in 2016. CJN | Screenshot

Ravich, who joined PIAB in 2018, is also a senior advisor to the group the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), which was revealed to work directly with Israel’s government in a since-censored Al Jazeera documentary on the Israel lobby. Ravich also worked for the consulting firm of Michael Chertoff, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security whose mother worked with Israel’s Mossad.

Ravich has specifically promoted a “cyber project” to the U.S. Senate that would protect member countries from cyber threats but exclude nations that endorse or fail to condemn the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that supports Palestinian rights and Israeli compliance with international law. Ravich also praised the Trump administration’s decision to partner with Israel’s government on “cybersecurity” in 2017, saying that “the U.S. cannot go it alone in its endeavor to safeguard the networks and systems upon which our economy depends.” As MintPress reported last month, several highly classified networks of the U.S. intelligence community and the military, including networks of the CIA, NSA, and DISA, now use cybersecurity software deeply tied to Israeli military intelligence, thanks in part to this U.S.-Israel partnership.

Now, with Richard Grenell overseeing all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, Israel’s influence in the U.S. intelligence community has reached new and troubling heights. Yet, his appointment is only the latest move by the Trump administration that places pro-Israel partisans in highly sensitive positions, suggesting that similar appointments are likely in the future, especially if Trump is reelected in November.

(Republished from MintPress News by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: CIA, Donald Trump, Israel Lobby, Neocons, NSA 
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  1. Lot says:

    Thanks for the good news!

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @BDS Always
  2. melpol says:

    Jews worldwide fear terrorist attacks and need to get advance warnings. Informants are placed in terrorist organizations and warn the Jews of Danger. American intelligence agency help is also needed. That’s why the new agency director will blow the whistle before a missile hits a Jew. In return the Jews will provide positive imagery for US politicians which includes financial support.

    • Replies: @BDS Always
    , @El Dato
    , @Ty
  3. @melpol

    What a load of Bollocks.
    The sharing of false Israeli “Intel” including WMDs in Iraq, Bin Laden masterminded 911, Iran making Nukes, ISIS (Israeli Secret Services) taking credit for false flag attacks etc wil continue to benefit the Zionist agenda.

  4. El Dato says:

    Informants are placed in terrorist organizations and warn the Jews of Danger.

    Yes, there could be converted US intelligence ship steaming around the coast of Egypt at any moment.

    That’s why the new agency director will blow the whistle before a missile hits a Jew.

    Even it costs a few thousand Goyims.

    I wonder what will be ordered up?

    9/11 part two, this time for Iran?
    Robberies gone wrong for critics?
    Renderings for antisemitism “Red Flag” indicators?
    Blackmailing of congresscritters who don’t toe the line hard enough?
    All of the above?

  5. Madoff Money.Cerberus Stephen Feinberg.Leumi Bank Israel, Bawag Bank Austria’s Real Terrorist Is Jewish NOT Palestinian

    Madoff’s partner in crime Jacob Ezra Merkin (right) bought Israel’s ….



    Cerberus,IAP Worldwide,Bawag Austria,Israel’s Bank Leumi,Holocaust Survivors,Bancafe Guatemala… ”The full story behind the scandal involves a misguided ..

    In truth Cerberus’ banks,Bawag and Leumi, both owe debts that all potential purchasers of those banks wish to avoid paying.
    Leumi Bank of Israel owes money to Holocaust victims that they have conveniently lost track of….Cerberus in my opinion owes Guatemala investors in Bancafe at least \$200 million that the war criminals of Cerberus and IAP Worldwide wish to sweep under the rug,with the help of Price Waterhouse Coopers who are doing nothing but covering up for them and deceiving Guatemalan investors in Bancafe International Bank or BIB by not educating them about the Bawag Bank of Austria and Refco penny stock connections that is how the Guatemalans were defrauded in the first place…..



    J. Ezra Merkin –

    Jacob Ezra Merkin (born April 19, 1953) is an American investor, hedge fund manager and … The fallout from his investment with Madoff has been extensive. … and for Stephen A. Feinberg, a manager whose private-equity firm Cerberus Capital … In 2006, Cerberus appointed Merkin as nonexecutive Chairman of GMAC, …


    A closer look at Madoff’s Wall Street network – Dec. 19, 2008

    Dec 19, 2008 – Although Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has ricocheted from New York to Boston to … at 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan to support the Israel Museum. … long been friends with Cerberus founder Stephen Feinberg, who Merkin helped …

    Madoff: The Man Who Stole \$65 Billion – Google Books › books

    Erin Arvedlund – 2009 – ‎True Crime
    Steven Feinberg was another idea man whom Merkin mined for brilliant investments. As he did with Teicher, Merkin farmed out money to Feinberg’s Cerberus fund … to buy a 9.99 percent stake in Bank Leumi from the government of Israel.,

  6. renfro says:

    NSA director of Cybersecurity Anne Neuberger is married to Yehuda Neuberger,
    Jared in the WH
    Friedman as Amb to Israel
    Gawd !….it would weeks to list all the Israel Fifth Columnist in our government, they are in every agency..

    They are like a herd of locust stripping the US bare.

    I always ask…..WHO IS GOING TO STOP THEM?

  7. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Looks like to me our USG has been completely hijacked by traitorous American Jews and their Israeli counterparts, with plenty of help from Shabbos Goy Americans who are helping this treasonous act either for shekels of because the MEGA group has some vids showing these scum doing unspeakable things to boys and girls.

    With all those Zionists and Jews placed at the highest level of our IC, the next 9/11 type false flag that Israel sets off will be easier to do and not cost the Saudis that much to finance.
    My guess is this time, they’ll frame Iran and off we’ll go to another war for Apartheid Israel.

    There’s only one way out of this horrible mess, and that means a repeat of 1776. Either we stand up and take back what is ours, or forever condemn ourselves and our offspring to a lifetime of tyranny, repression, fear mongering and endless horrors.

    Wanna see Jew American operatives bragging about how they own and control Congress? This video does that, but I’m shocked it wasn’t on CNN!

  8. Congrats, you’re the poster child for Jonathan Cook’s article today, ! Cook reminds us not to get distracted by the rotating cast of repellent doughy faces, and to keep your eye on the assemblage – to use the current sociological term of art. It doesn’t matter which worm sits at the desk.

    The problem is not this or that crosshumping cocksucker hoping to float up to buttplay heaven past the mushroom clouds. The problem is that over 70 years CIA has methodically constructed a system that is “inherently arbitrary, to the point of making any legal remedies a pointless formality devoid of prospect.” That quote is the UN special procedures explaining to you that CIA’s domestic “national intelligence” community doesn’t just break the law. They shit on the law, piss on the law, hork on the law, barf on the law, and spooge on the law. CIA imposes that inherently anti-legal destructive capacity on their satellite states. This is what it looks like in action, with bribed and blackmailed judges kissing CIA ass.

    …reverse Nuremberg, Julian Assange in the glass booth with the Nazis outside.

    You don’t want Jews pushing you around? Maybe you should have thought of that before you gave life-and-death power with impunity to government assholes.

    • Thanks: Hong Kong Hibernian
  9. anon[178] • Disclaimer says:

    If you want to know how Grennell really got his job, look into him lying like a rug I mean negotiating with Ecuador to get Assange illegally expelled from the embassy. Cassandra Fairbanks just broke the story. This business of Zionazi Grennell is classic CIA chaff. It wasn’t Likud he blew to get this job, it was CIA.

  10. The only sure way to deal with this is by quotas and restrictive decrees.

    Social and political stability requires Jews be collectively firewalled from positions of influence in government, media, academia, and justice. No Jew should ever sit on the Supreme Court or rise above a certain ceiling in the intelligence community.

    Israel protects its ethno-state by ensuring Jews are in charge top to bottom. China uses the same playbook. Its simple and effective. Ethnic loyalty will have to be the first order of priority of the Second American Republic.

  11. Anon[263] • Disclaimer says:

    We appreciate the lack-of-loyalty confirmation. As if we needed another, but its appreciated nevertheless and as the only purpose your post serves. Cheers.

    Now if only the Israelis could recruit some higher IQ sayanim.

  12. Ty says:

    Israel on Monday filed a massive laundry list of criminal charges against an Israeli-American Jewish teenager charged for making over 2000 bomb threat calls and other violent threats to Jewish institutions, schools, hospitals, and airlines all over the world. His threats caused fighter jets to scramble, planes to dump fuel and make emergency landings, large numbers of schools to evacuate, and numerous other chaotic consequences. In some cases, he threatened to execute children he claimed to be holding hostage, harassed former Pentagon official, then-assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs George Little, including threatening to kidnap and kill his children.

    In April, police said the defendant manged to make dozens of more bomb threats against over 100 schools in Israel during the year he was incarcerated at the Nitzan Prison in Ramle, Israel. Times of Israel: Jewish Community Center bomber indicted for additional threats phoned from prison

    • Replies: @melpol
  13. BDJUSA says:

    I live in the United States of Israel.

  14. Vault 10 says:

    Now then. Wily Jew Grenell turns out to be an imperfect buttchristian working on CIA’s Number One priority, concealing their ICCPR-illegal domestic surveillance. So here comes another wily Jew telling Cassandra Fairbanks that Grenell arranged to kidnap Assange on the President’s orders. But shh, it’s classified poop from some DoS puke.

    This is how stupid they think you are.

    DoS is stuffed to the gills with CIA focal points. There are no dips there anymore, just CIA ratfuckers, illegal domestic agents on the ground at Foggy Bottom.

    Lewis has introduced this CIA Big Lie in court, panicking CIA’s limey ventriloquist dummies into repudiating the political crimes exception in jus cogens. In a less abject appeals court, Lewis can pivot to his big gun, non-refoulement. CIA impunity for torture prohibits extradition. If Britain blows that off too, their bad-faith contempt for the ECHR gives the EU the excuse they need to work Britain over in the Brexit negotiations. Brexit will make the job they did on Greece look like patty-cake. It’s gonna be like Savile fucking that corpse.

  15. melpol says:

    In an age of the Internet. An evil Israeli teenager was able to cause hundreds of disruptions. Tips to the police of imminent dangers have to be ignored. One in a thousand are true. No tragedy was ever avoided by a tip to the police. Good police work could find the rare bomber after the rare evil work was done.

    • Replies: @Ty
  16. Ty says:

    Not a single Jew has ever been bombed in Canada, or the U.S, or Great Britain. Here is a great solution: stop faking bomb threats, stop destroying your own grave yards, stop spraying swastikas on your own homes. All the “bombers” live in Tel-Aviv like this teenager and must be exterminated. David Ben-Gurion bombed the King David hotel, killing dozens of Jews, he later became your Prime Minister. Jews responsible for the bombing openly brag to the BBC about murdering 80 people in the terrorist attacks here: Netanyahu was one of the masterminds behind the terrorist attacks on 911. Here is a solution, stop raping and murdering kids. End the longest ongoing holocaust in the history of mankind against the Palestinian, Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian, Egyptian people. Pro Zionist Jews deserve all the real, legitimate violence and animosity that comes to them.

    “For you, my brothers, have modelled yourselves on the church of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea, in that you have suffered the same treatment from your own countrymen as they have had from the Jews, who put the Lord Jesus to death, and the prophets too, and persecuted us also. Their conduct does not please God, and makes them enemies of the whole human race. The result is those Jews always commit as many sins as possible, so at last they are receiving [God’s] anger. ~ Apostle Paul, New Testament 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

    • Replies: @melpol
  17. melpol says:

    Swastikas painted on Synagogue doors or tombstones should not be reported. But acts of Jews being murdered, raped, or bullied should make headlines. Most Jews have no street fighting abilities which makes them vulnerable. Those who take advantage of a Jews weakness is committing a hate crime. Bigots who abuse Jews should be jailed as well as any schoolyard bully. SWAT teams should be alerted for any assault against Jews, and they must move quickly to punish the violators.

  18. @Lot

    Here is a quote fron one of your fellow Hasbara Trolls.

    “Jews are your friends. They want you to be happy and healthy.”

    This is the same mentality as a Peadophile trying to convince their victim that they are only abusing them for their own good and that that they should be happy about it!

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