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3 Accused ‘Israeli Spies’ Caught in Lebanon

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Three people arrested in Lebanon on Sunday have been accused of spying for Israel.

A Syrian national, his Lebanese wife and a second man, also a Lebanese citizen, allegedly confessed to recording “sensitive” locations in southern Lebanon and sending the footage to their “employers to be used in later attacks,” according to the charges. They also allegedly admitted to gathering information on military and government targets for Israeli intelligence, AFP reported.

“In the framework of pursuing operations to combat terrorism and espionage… the directorate of General Security arrested a spy network working for the Israeli enemy in the south [of Lebanon],” said the Lebanese security service in a statement released to media on Sunday.

It is not clear exactly where the alleged “spies” were arrested or what their ethnic and/or religious affiliations are.

There is a massive internecine conflict taking place in Lebanon — and elsewhere in the Middle East — centered largely but not entirely on the civil war that is raging in Syria. It involves the deep rift between the Sunni and Shi’ite streams of Islam as well as the political divide that has been created by the horrific human rights abuses originally carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Those in the Syrian opposition forces have also become equally abusive in their battle to overcome their enemies; and the opposition itself has since divided many times over, fragmenting into radical Islamist forces and those which are less extremist but which are still perfectly willing to exert unbelievable cruelty in order to win their greater battle.

In Lebanon itself, there is also a separate battle taking place between those who are for and against the Syrian regime, and those who support and oppose Da’esh (ISIS), which also has begun to encroach upon what until now has been primarily territory ruled by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Among those fighting for the Syrian regime are fighters from Russia and Iran, as well as the Hezbollah guerrilla forces which today also comprise a large part of Lebanon’s military strength. Lebanon and Syria never made peace with Israel, and Hezbollah has broken its own “ceasefire” agreement with the Israeli armed forces countless times since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Over the past six years, more than 100 people have been accused of spying for the Jewish State in Lebanon. There has been no response from the Israeli government, which does not comment on such matters.

US Won’t Let Pollard Out of Country for Five Years

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Jonathan Pollard will be a free man in November, but not totally free.

His supporters were happy to hear this week that parole will be granted in November, but hopes that he would move to Israel were squelched by the Obama administration.

The White House said that Pollard had committed “very serious crimes” and Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council added:

The president has no intention of altering the terms of Mr. Pollard’s parole.

Parolees are not allowed to leave the United States for five years without permission

Pollard was convicted for providing Israel with sensitive classified information. but spy charges were dropped. Nevertheless, prosecutors equated his crime with those of some of America’s most notorious spies.

Obama administration officials deny that Pollard’s pending release is tied to the nuclear deal with Iran, which Israel vociferously tried to prevent. The American government previously has tried to use Pollard as a wild card to tempt Israel into serious concessions to the Palestinian Authority.

In November, Pollard will have served 30 years in jail, making him automatically eligible for parole and switching the burden of proof from those appealing for an early release to prosecutors to provide evidence why he should not be freed.

Movie Based on Pollard Case to be Produced by Jackal Group

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group is developing a feature film based on the case of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, Deadline Hollywood reported.

The announcement came following the news that Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison for passing top-secret information to the Israelis, will be paroled in November.

The film will be based on Martin Blank’s play “The Law Of Return,” about Pollard’s work for the US Navy, and the process of his becoming a spy. Blank will write the script, Berman and SVP Film Development’s Rory Koslow are producing for Jackal Group.

Martin Blank is the author of 10 plays.”The Law of Return” was produced at Center Stage Theater, Jerusalem, and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.

His one-act comedy, Avenue of the Americas, was produced Off Broadway at the Tank Theater. He has received new play commissions from the American Jewish Theater, Theatre Ariel, and the Georgetown Theatre Company.

Blank has served as Artistic Associate for the American Jewish Theatre.

Gail Berman used to be President of Paramount Pictures. Before joining Paramount, she was President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Paroled in November

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Jonathan Pollard is expected to be freed November 20, according to a decision by the U.S. Parole Commission, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked confirmed Tuesday.

U.S. media, however, are reporting that Pollard is to be released on November 21. He is the only American citizen ever sentenced to life in prison for spying on behalf of a U.S. ally.

Regardless of which date it is, the White House said in a statement there was “no link” between the decision and the Iranian nuclear deal with the U.S.-led delegation of world powers, or “any other ongoing foreign policy matter,” according to The Hill.

There has been much speculation in media circles as to whether the Pollard “ace in the hole” was pulled in order to sweeten the bitter Iranian nuclear pill that President Barack Obama shoved down Israel’s throat. If so, it’s not likely to win the game: an ace in the hole cannot match an existential threat.

Pollard, 60, received a sentence of life in prison that lasted 30 years on a single count of passing classified information to an ally. He was arrested in 1985 and convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel.

In accordance with parole board regulations, Pollard must remain in the United States for the next five years, his attorney said. President Barack Obama could allow him to move to Israel sooner if he so chooses, however.

The former Israeli agent is not in good health; he underwent surgery in March 2014 for problems with his gall bladder, kidneys and intestines. In December 2014, Pollard lost consciousness and was again hospitalized. His current health status is reportedly stable.

FBI: ‘Stop Tying Our Hands in Fight Against ISIS’

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is getting fed up with trying to fight a war against terror with its hands tied behind its back.

FBI Chief James Comey told a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday that denying the agency access to encryption codes makes it easier for terrorist groups to carry out attacks – and makes it harder for law enforcement to prevent them.

“The tools we are asked to use are increasingly ineffective,” Comey said. “ISIL (another acronym for ISIS, or Da’esh) says, ‘Go kill, go kill.’ We are stopping these things so far… but it is incredibly difficult. I cannot see me stopping these indefinitely,” he said.

ISIS and other terrorist organizations are particularly adept at using social media and other electronic methods of communication in order to broadcast their intentions to their followers.

They communication further instructions via secure mobile devices that cannot be tapped by law enforcement without the use of encryption codes and other assistance from the companies who manufacture the devices.

But the companies have resisted requests to provide that assistance, claiming that allowing that access would weaken the systems and make it easier for computer hackers and other criminals to penetrate the networks.

CIA, Mossad Collaborated on Killing Hezbollah No. 2 Leader in Damascus

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

For years, Hezbollah terrorists have believed the Israel was behind the murder of its Number 2 leader, Imad Mughniyeh — but a front page article Friday in The Washington Post has revealed the United States was equally involved in his demise on a Damascus street. The CIA collaborated with Israel’s international Mossad intelligence agency to assassinate the next-in-line to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

Former U.S. officials told The Washington Post the assassination carried out in the Syrian capital on February 12, 2008, was a complex joint operation. CIA spotters were tracking Hezbollah’s international operations chief that night. But as he approached the parked SUV, it was agents from the Mossad in Tel Aviv who detonated the American-made car bomb that exploded.

According to an intelligence source quoted by The Washington Post, “The way it was set up, the U.S. could object and call it off, but it could not execute.” The source added that the bomb was tested repeatedly, “maybe 25 times” to ensure there would be no collateral damage, that the blast would be contained.

Five former U.S. intelligence officials confirmed American involvement in the assassination, according to the paper.

It is interesting that this highly classified information is being leaked now, seven years later, on the eve of Israel’s national elections and during one of the lowest point ever in U.S.-Israeli diplomatic relations.

Mughniyeh was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List” with a reward of $5 million for his capture. On behalf of Hezbollah and Iran he had plotted attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, a U.S. Marine barracks, CIA Lebanon station chief William F. Buckley, USAF Colonel William Higgins, a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the Israeli Embassy in Argentina and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia where 19 U.S. service personnel died. In absentia he was indicted in U.S. federal court in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 shortly after it departed from Athens, and the murder of U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem, one of the passengers on the plane.

With Hezbollah he also was arming and training fighters in Iraq that were carrying out suicide bombings and using IEDs (improvised explosive devices) to attack U.S. troops.

But CIA officials still had to prove the killing would be in “self-defense” of the American people – that Mughniyeh was a “continuing threat to Americans” – in order to obtain permission to carry out the assassination. Signatures for the operation required from President George W. Bush, the attorney general, the director of national intelligence, the national security adviser and the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department, the source said.

The Bush administration understood, however, what kind of threat it was dealing with: Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a reporter in 2008 that Hezbollah was a threat to national security. “To be honest, they make Al Qaeda look like a minor league team,” he was quoted as saying.

Pollard Out of Danger

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Jonathan Pollard has returned to his jail cell after his brief hospitalization on Friday when he lost consciousness.

He may have to undergo surgery, but for the time being is back where has been for 30 years, sentenced to life for the crime of turning over Pentagon secrets for Israel, an offense that usually carries a sentence of 2-4 years in jail.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, while speaking with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday night, asked that President Barack Obama release Pollard. He said in a statement, “Jonathan is sick, his health in in danger, and after 30 years in prison it’s time he is released. We’ll continue to fight until his release.”

No one really knows how much Israeli officials have been honest in their demands that the United States free Pollard.

Rafi Eitan, his Mossad “handler,” said this past week that Pollard ignored an ”escape plan” that Israel had suggested and instead opted for trying to claim asylum in the Israeli Embassy, to which Eitan vehemently objected.

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, former Executive Vice President National Council of Young Israel and involved in the Pollard case for more than 20 years, wrote on the Hamodeia website Thursday, “He [Pollard] told me the only escape plan he ever received from his Israeli handler, Rafi Eitan, should the operation be compromised, was an emergency phone number to call. He received no special training for emergency evacuation and no instructions for such an event.”

Pollard is in poor health. Unless the United States frees him, we will never know the truth, and that may be why no American president has taken the humanitarian step to release him.

Everyone may be afraid of the truth.



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