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How Israel helps eavesdrop on US citizens  3 November 2008

After the 11 September 2001 attacks, avalide overnight delivery the United States government launched a massive program to spy on millions of its own citizens. Avalide overnight delivery

Through the top secret National Security Agency (NSA), avalide overnight delivery it has pursued "access to billions of private hard-line, avalide overnight delivery cell, avalide overnight delivery and wireless telephone conversations; text, avalide overnight delivery e-mail and instant Internet messages;

Web-page histories, avalide overnight delivery faxes, avalide overnight delivery and computer hard drives."

In his new book, avalide overnight delivery The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America author James Bamford casts light on this effort, avalide overnight delivery including a detailed account of how spying on American citizens has been outsourced to several companies closely linked to Israel's intelligence services.

It is well-known that the two largest American telecom companies AT&T and Verizon collaborated with the US government to allow illegal eavesdropping on their customers. Avalide overnight delivery

The known uses to which information obtained this way has been put include building the government's massive secret "watch lists, avalide overnight delivery" and "no-fly lists" and even, avalide overnight delivery Bamford suggests, avalide overnight delivery to deny Small Business Administration loans to citizens or reject their children's applications to military colleges.

What is less well-known is that AT&T and Verizon handed "the bugging of their entire networks -- carrying billions of American communications every day" to two companies founded in Israel. Avalide overnight delivery

Verint and Narus, avalide overnight delivery as they are called, avalide overnight delivery are "superintrusive -- conducting mass surveillance on both international and domestic communications 24/7, avalide overnight delivery" and sifting traffic at "key Internet gateways" around the US.

Virtually all US voice and data communications and much from the rest of the world can be remotely accessed by these companies in Israel, avalide overnight delivery which Bamford describes as "the eavesdropping capital of the world."

Although there is no way to prove cooperation, avalide overnight delivery Bamford writes that "the greatest potential beneficiaries of this marriage between the Israeli eavesdroppers and America's increasingly centralized telecom grid are Israel's intelligence agencies."

Israel's spy agencies have long had a revolving-door relationship with Verint and Narus and other Israeli military-security firms. Avalide overnight delivery

The relationship is particularly close between the firms and Israel's own version of the NSA, avalide overnight delivery called "Unit 8200."

After the 11 September attacks, avalide overnight delivery Israeli companies seeking a share of massively expanded US intelligence budgets formed similarly incestuous relationships with some in the American intelligence establishment: Ken Minihan, avalide overnight delivery a former director of the NSA, avalide overnight delivery served on Verint's "security committee" and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official responsible for liaison with the telecom industry became head of the Verint unit that sold eavesdropping equipment to the FBI and NSA.

Bamford writes that "concern over the cozy relationship between the [FBI] and Verint greatly increased following disclosure of the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping operations. Avalide overnight delivery

At the same time that the tappers and the agents have grown uncomfortably close, avalide overnight delivery the previous checks and balances, avalide overnight delivery such as the need for a FISA warrant, avalide overnight delivery have been eliminated."

FISA -- the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 -- required the government to seek court warrants for wiretaps where at least one target was in the US. Avalide overnight delivery

In 2005, avalide overnight delivery it was revealed that the Bush administration had been flagrantly violating this law. Avalide overnight delivery

Last July, avalide overnight delivery Congress passed a bill legalizing this activity and giving retroactive immunity to the telecom companies that had assisted.

Although there has never been any congressional oversight of the Israeli intelligence-linked firms operating in the heart of the US security establishment, avalide overnight delivery American lawmakers and officials are not always so relaxed when it comes to foreign intrusion in the "national security" sphere. Avalide overnight delivery In early 2006, avalide overnight delivery there was a national uproar when Dubai Ports World, avalide overnight delivery a global company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), avalide overnight delivery attempted to buy the business that manages six major American seaports.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers united against the Bush administration's approval of the sale, avalide overnight delivery claiming it would harm national security. Avalide overnight delivery Senator Barack Obama echoed many in both parties when he said at the time, avalide overnight delivery "Over four years after the worst terrorist attack in our history, avalide overnight delivery not only are we failing to inspect 95 percent of the cargo that arrives at US ports, avalide overnight delivery but now we're allowing our port security to be outsourced to foreign governments."

A New York Times editorial justified such alarmism on grounds that "money to finance the 9/11 attacks flowed through" the UAE, avalide overnight delivery although there was never an allegation that the country's government or Dubai Ports World were involved in that. Avalide overnight delivery

The newspaper also cited claims that "Abdul Qadeer Khan, avalide overnight delivery the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist, avalide overnight delivery sent equipment to Libya and Iran through Dubai, avalide overnight delivery" even though it also acknowledged that "port managers have little if anything to do with inspecting cargo or checking manifests" ("Reaping What You Sow, avalide overnight delivery" Editorial, avalide overnight delivery 24 February 2006).

Unlike the UAE, avalide overnight delivery however, avalide overnight delivery Israel has a well-established record of compromising American national security. Avalide overnight delivery

The most notorious case was that of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Avalide overnight delivery Although the full details of his crimes are still secret, avalide overnight delivery he is thought to have passed critical information about US intelligence-gathering methods to Israel, avalide overnight delivery which then traded those secrets to US adversaries. Avalide overnight delivery In 2005, avalide overnight delivery Larry Franklin, avalide overnight delivery a Defense Department analyst, avalide overnight delivery pleaded guilty to spying for Israel. Avalide overnight delivery

Most recently, avalide overnight delivery Ben-Ami Kadish, avalide overnight delivery a retired US army engineer, avalide overnight delivery was indicted in April for allegedly passing classified documents about US nuclear weapons to Israel from 1979 to 1985. Avalide overnight delivery

Two former officials of AIPAC, avalide overnight delivery the pro-Israel lobbying group, avalide overnight delivery are still awaiting trial on charges that they passed classified information between Franklin and the Israeli government.

Nor have particular Israeli firms established a record of trustworthiness that would justify such complacency. Avalide overnight delivery Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, avalide overnight delivery the former Israeli intelligence officer who founded Verint, avalide overnight delivery fled the US to Israel in 2006 just before he and other top executives of a subsidiary were indicted for fraud that allegedly cost US taxpayers and company shareholders $138 million. Avalide overnight delivery

Alexander eventually adopted a fake identity and hid in the southern African country of Namibia where he is now fighting extradition. Avalide overnight delivery In only once case did US officials block an Israeli high-tech firm from taking over an American company for security concerns.

Israeli companies do not assist the US only to spy on its own citizens, avalide overnight delivery of course. Avalide overnight delivery Another Israeli firm, avalide overnight delivery Natural Speech Communication (NSC), avalide overnight delivery among whose directors is former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, avalide overnight delivery makes software that the US uses to electronically analyze and key-word search recorded conversations in "Levantine Arabic, avalide overnight delivery" the dialects "spoken by Israeli Arabs, avalide overnight delivery Jordanians, avalide overnight delivery Lebanese and Palestinians." Mexico and Australia are among other countries known to use Israeli technologies and firms to eavesdrop on their citizens.

Not surprisingly, avalide overnight delivery some of Bamford's claims have been criticized by pro-Israel activists for lacking evidence. Avalide overnight delivery Writing about a subject shrouded in secrecy is inherently difficult. Avalide overnight delivery

But even what is solidly known ought to make Americans demand that Israeli intelligence activities (not less than their own government's) be sharply curtailed. Avalide overnight delivery

In his 2001 book Body of Secrets, avalide overnight delivery Bamford contended that Israel's attack on the US Navy signals ship USS Liberty during the June 1967 war was deliberately intended to prevent the Americans from learning about Israeli massacres of Egyptian prisoners of war. Avalide overnight delivery Thirty-four sailors were killed in the attack on the ship off the Sinai coast. Avalide overnight delivery Despite decades of demands by USS Liberty survivors, avalide overnight delivery the US has never reopened the investigation.

So far Bamford's latest revelations involving Israel have had scarcely more impact. Avalide overnight delivery

Former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey gave The Shadow Factorya mostly glowing review in The Washington Post. Avalide overnight delivery But Kerrey, avalide overnight delivery who was a member of the 9/11 Commission and is president of The New School University in New York, avalide overnight delivery anxiously discounts Bamford's contentions that the 11 September hijackers in any way "were motivated by anger over an Israeli bombing of Lebanese civilians in 1996" and reassures us their only motive was "radical Islamic fervor."

Kerrey concludes that Bamford's "apparent negativity toward Israel is a significant distraction from the content of his book" (Bob Kerrey, avalide overnight delivery "Big Brother's Big Failure, avalide overnight delivery" 12 October 2008).

When any material that raises legitimate questions about Israeli actions is automatically discounted by US elites, avalide overnight delivery and the motives of critics immediately cast under suspicion, avalide overnight delivery it is no wonder Israel gets away with so much.

Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, avalide overnight delivery Ali Abunimah is author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli- Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books, avalide overnight delivery 2006). Avalide overnight delivery