Two recent links to articles in the mainstream media shedding light on the recesses of the usually opaque US and Israeli intelligence communities and their actions and omissions.
Inquiry In Case Of Arms Dealer
Justice to Probe Conduct of Prosecution
By Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 1, 2003; Page A12
The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility has opened an investigation of alleged misconduct by about two dozen current and former government lawyers involved in the 1983 prosecution of former CIA officer Edwin P. Wilson.
A federal judge in Houston this week overturned Wilson's conviction for illegally selling explosives to Libya in the years after he left the agency, writing that the government "knowingly used false evidence" in Wilson's trial and his appeal. Justice Department and CIA lawyers concealed the fact that Wilson did work for the agency after he left its official employ, said U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes.
"The government could have produced records supporting Wilson's claim that the CIA knew -- even authorized -- the shipment of explosives to Libya," Hughes wrote in an opinion that lambasted Reagan-era CIA and Justice Department officials.
FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE.. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49368-2003Oct31.html
Five Israelis were seen filming as jet liners ploughed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 ...
Were they part of a massive spy ring which shadowed the 9/11 hijackers and knew that al-Qaeda planned a devastating terrorist attack on the USA? Neil Mackay investigates
THERE was ruin and terror in Manhattan, but, over the Hudson River in New Jersey, a handful of men were dancing. As the World Trade Centre burned and crumpled, the five men celebrated and filmed the worst atrocity ever committed on American soil as it played out before their eyes.
Who do you think they were? Palestinians? Saudis? Iraqis, even? Al-Qaeda, surely? Wrong on all counts. They were Israelis – and at least two of them were Israeli intelligence agents, working for Mossad, the equivalent of MI6 or the CIA.
Their discovery and arrest that morning is a matter of indisputable fact. To those who have investigated just what the Israelis were up to that day, the case raises one dreadful possibility: that Israeli intelligence had been shadowing the al-Qaeda hijackers as they moved from the Middle East through Europe and into America where they trained as pilots and prepared to suicide-bomb the symbolic heart of the United States. And the motive? To bind America in blood and mutual suffering to the Israeli cause.
After the attacks on New York and Washington, the former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was asked what the terrorist strikes would mean for US-Israeli relations. He said: “It’s very good.” Then he corrected himself, adding: “Well, it’s not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy [for Israel from Americans].”
If Israel’s closest ally felt the collective pain of mass civilian deaths at the hands of terrorists, then Israel would have an unbreakable bond with the world’s only hyperpower and an effective free hand in dealing with the Palestinian terrorists who had been murdering its innocent civilians as the second intifada dragged on throughout 2001.
FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE SEE.. http://ww1.sundayherald.com/37707