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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.

Despite Democrats’ Claims, Mossad Chief Favors Additional Iran Sanctions

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Two respected American journalists ran a story in Bloomberg News on Wednesday, Jan. 21, citing claims that Israeli Mossad officials were opposed to increasing sanctions on Iran.

The story claimed that the Israeli spy officials’ position was that if the U.S. Congress were to pass additional sanctions legislation against the Islamic Republic, even if such sanctions were only triggered if the current negotiations between Iran and the U.S. and its allies, the P5+1, that would “tank” the negotiations. This claim was used to show that the Mossad is in alignment with the U.S. administration’s view, and is contrary to the public position of the Israeli prime minister.

However, today, Jan. 22, something extremely unusual happened. The head of the Mossad issued a public statement in which he denied that he is against additional sanctions.

Israel Radio reporter Chico Menashe reported that the following is an accurate account of what happened, as translated at IsraelMatzav:

On 19 January 2015, Mossad Chairman Tamir Pardo met with a delegation of American Senators. The meeting took place at the Senators’ request, and with the Prime Minister’s approval.

Contrary to the report, the Mossad Chairman did not say that he opposes additional sanctions against Iran. In the meeting, the Mossad Chairman emphasized the unusual effectiveness of the sanctions imposed on Iran a number of years ago in bringing Iran to the negotiating table.

The Mossad Chairman pointed out that the negotiations with Iran must be conducted using ‘carrots and sticks,’ and the ‘sticks’ are currently missing. The Mossad Chairman pointed out that without strong pressure, it will not be possible to bring about significant compromises on the Iranian side.

The Mossad Chairman did not relate to the use of the term ‘hand grenade’ with respect to the imposition of sanctions, because in his eyes, these are the ‘sticks’ that will help to obtain a good agreement. He used this term to describe the possibility of creating a temporary breakdown in the talks, at the end of which the negotiations will be restarted under better conditions.

The Mossad Chairman explicitly pointed out that the agreement that is being reached with Iran is bad, and may lead to a regional arms race.

In other words, it is at best a misunderstanding, at worst a complete fabrication, to say that the Israeli spy agency is opposed to the imposition of additional sanctions to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weaponry. It may be true that the head of the Mossad said that any additional sanctions efforts made now would tank the negotiations, but Pardo does not believe the current deal is a good one and so does not see the breakdown in negotiations as a bad thing.

While it does appear that various U.S. delegations met with various Israeli officials, and that there was some overlap as well as some gaps in messaging which would allow differing interpretations of who believes what would happen, two statements can be clearly made:

One, the head of the Mossad does not believe the current U.S. and allies’ deal with Iran is a good one, and Two, the Mossad chairman believes there needs to be additional sanctions imposed on Iran to stop it from reaching nuclear weapons capability.

Hezbollah Infiltrated by Israeli Mossad Spy Agency

Friday, January 16th, 2015

It’s taken weeks but Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has been forced to acknowledge that Israel has penetrated his terror organization.

Lebanese media reported a number of weeks ago that an operative in charge of Hezbollah’s ‘foreign operations’ was discovered to be a spy for the Mossad, Israel’s international intelligence agency.

Former IDF general Yaakov Amidror, an official with Israeli military intelligence, told Reuters the arrest shows Hezbollah’s air of “impenetrability is not founded in fact.”

Sources close to the group identified the alleged spy as a man named Mohammad Shawraba, said to have joined the terror organization in his youth when the group first was getting started. Shawraba participated in attacks against the IDF in southern Lebanon before its withdrawal in 2000.

A Lebanese official said Shawraba is a wealthy businessman who travels between Spain and Italy. “He worked for the Mossad for several years and played a role in foiling attempts to get revenge for [the death of second-in-command Imad] Mughniyeh. He exposed several people who were planning to avenge his death.”

The man was actually detained five months ago, according to an interview with Nasrallah on Al Mayadeen television in Lebanon.

“For me, this is a breach and should not happen,” Nasrallah said, “but if it happens then it is part of the battle. It is part of the war between us and Israel.”  The name of the infiltrator was not revealed in the interview, and Nasrallah made an effort to minimize his importance within the organization.  “He confessed about all the information he has given and the extent of his cooperation,” he told the interviewer.

Nasrallah added that the arrest shows Hezbollah has remained vigilant throughout the 32 years of its struggle against Israel.

It is clear that others are not taking the matter so lightly, particularly in Lebanon. A senior government official told Reuters, “This is considered one of the most dangerous breaches in the ranks of Hezbollah, which operates in a secretive manner. But it will not pose any threat to the group,” he said.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group has been fighting alongside the Syrian Army to defend President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the civil war in Syria, together with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. The group, which is banned by the United States as well, is represented by a considerable segment of the national government cabinet as well as a faction in the Lebanese parliament.

Although Nasrallah speaks about avenging Mughniyeh’s death and waging war against Israel, he has remained in a secret hiding place since the end of the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel out of fear of assassination by Israeli agents.

WikiLeaks: CIA Prepares Agents to Avoid Ben Gurion Airport Screenings

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The Central Intelligence Agency offers guidelines for its operatives using false identities to get through a “secondary screening” at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, according to a secret CIA document uploaded to WikiLeaks.

The document, which is titled “CIA Assessment on Surviving Secondary Screening at Airports While Maintaining Cover” and dated September 2011, was uploaded to WikiLeaks this week, Haaretz reported.

It says Ben Gurion Airport is very thorough at screening international travelers. The guidelines on the secondary screening — what the document calls “a potentially lengthy and detailed look by airport officials at passengers not passing initial scrutiny” — helps the CIA operatives maintain their alias.

The report reveals several details about the security procedures at the airport.

“Security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, commonly refer military-aged males traveling alone with backpacks to secondary screening, regardless of their nationality or skin color,” the document reads.

It continues, “At Ben Gurion airport in Israel, the secondary screening room contains trace-detection equipment for explosive residue; tools for dismantling passengers’ personal items for inspection, particularly items unfamiliar to security officers; and a disrobing area, divided by privacy curtains, to conduct strip searches of individuals, if necessary.”

The document also singles out Ben Gurion Airport for its particularly stringent background checks.

“With the exception of Israel’s Ben Gurion airport and a few others, immigration inspectors conducting primary screenings generally lack the time and tools to conduct in-depth examination of travelers’ bona fides.”

 

Hezbollah Tries ‘Mossad Spy’ in Top Ranks

Friday, December 19th, 2014

An alleged Israeli spy reached the top ranks of Hezbollah, and allegedly used his power within the group to thwart attacks on Israel.

Hezbollah has put the alleged spy, Mohammed Shorbah, on trial. Shorbah was in Hezbollah’s “910” unit, which plans terrorist operations overseas. At one point he was in charge of security for Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah.

Suspicions were raised following Hezbollah’s attack on Israelis in Burgas, Bulgaria. Bulgarian authorities quickly blamed the Lebanon-based terrorist group for the deadly attack, leading the group to suspect that an insider had leaked information.

Hezbollah leaders now say Shorbah leaked information on the attack. Shorbah apparently used his role not to attack Israelis overseas, but rather, to defend them, thwarting multiple attacks between 2008 and 2012.

He is also accused of having helped Israel to assassinate Hezbollah leaders.

According to Arab media, Shorbah hails from southern Lebanon and grew up in a pro-Hezbollah family. He allegedly received over $1 million for working for the Mossad.

Pollard Turned Down Escape Plan, Says His Mossad Contact

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

An escape plan was put in place for Jonathan Pollard after he was convicted for turning over secret Pentagon documents to Israel, but he circumvented it and sought asylum at Israel’s embassy in Washington, his former Mossad handler said.

“I got the call that he is waiting at the entrance of the embassy … and I immediately said ‘throw him out.’ I don’t regret it,” former Mossad handler Rafi Eitan said. “The minute the man decided to come to the embassy …. he decided for himself that he is going to prison.”

Eitan, 88, for the first time gave details of his work with Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in 1987, during an interview on the Israel Channel 2 news magazine “Uvda,” which means Fact.

It seems that the longer Pollard stays in jail, too many people are telling too many tales to get off the hook, and it is questionable if we ever will know all the truth.

Eitan said he believed that if Israel had given Pollard asylum, it would have even more severely damaged its relations with the United States.

Eitan said during the interview that he was not a rogue agent, as he has frequently been depicted, but that both prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were aware of his work with Pollard. He said he took responsibility for the Pollard debacle in order to allow the Israel-U.S. relationship to move forward.

It was recently reported that Pollard was turned down in August for his first parole request. Though he has been eligible to apply for parole for the last 19 years he reportedly has refrained from doing so because he is seeking a presidential commutation, which would release him unconditionally.

The parole commission said it would review Pollard’s case again next year.

Facelift for Mossad Intelligence Agency Website

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Israel’s Mossad international intelligence agency) has launched a new website to recruit new candidates.

The agency is looking for potentially qualified people to fill positions it does not usually publicize, including intelligence, cyber technology and other spots within the agency.

Both men and women are encouraged to apply for various roles. Mossad director Tamir Pardo said following the launch of the site, “We must continue to recruit the highest quality people so that the Mossad might continue to lead, defend and allow for the continued existence of the State of Israel. The Mossad’s qualitative human capital is the secret of our success. The Mossad will continue to operate wherever and whenever necessary in order to defend the security of the State of Israel.”

 

 

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