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How Israel helps eavesdrop on US citizens  3 November 2008

After the 11 September 2001 attacks, discount cephalexin online the United States government launched a massive program to spy on millions of its own citizens. Discount cephalexin online

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

Web-page histories, discount cephalexin online faxes, discount cephalexin online and computer hard drives."

In his new book, discount cephalexin online The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America author James Bamford casts light on this effort, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online

The known uses to which information obtained this way has been put include building the government's massive secret "watch lists, discount cephalexin online" and "no-fly lists" and even, discount cephalexin online Bamford suggests, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online

Verint and Narus, discount cephalexin online as they are called, discount cephalexin online are "superintrusive -- conducting mass surveillance on both international and domestic communications 24/7, discount cephalexin online" 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, discount cephalexin online which Bamford describes as "the eavesdropping capital of the world."

Although there is no way to prove cooperation, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online

The relationship is particularly close between the firms and Israel's own version of the NSA, discount cephalexin online called "Unit 8200."

After the 11 September attacks, discount cephalexin online Israeli companies seeking a share of massively expanded US intelligence budgets formed similarly incestuous relationships with some in the American intelligence establishment: Ken Minihan, discount cephalexin online a former director of the NSA, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online

At the same time that the tappers and the agents have grown uncomfortably close, discount cephalexin online the previous checks and balances, discount cephalexin online such as the need for a FISA warrant, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online

In 2005, discount cephalexin online it was revealed that the Bush administration had been flagrantly violating this law. Discount cephalexin online

Last July, discount cephalexin online 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, discount cephalexin online American lawmakers and officials are not always so relaxed when it comes to foreign intrusion in the "national security" sphere. Discount cephalexin online In early 2006, discount cephalexin online there was a national uproar when Dubai Ports World, discount cephalexin online a global company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), discount cephalexin online 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, discount cephalexin online claiming it would harm national security. Discount cephalexin online Senator Barack Obama echoed many in both parties when he said at the time, discount cephalexin online "Over four years after the worst terrorist attack in our history, discount cephalexin online not only are we failing to inspect 95 percent of the cargo that arrives at US ports, discount cephalexin online 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, discount cephalexin online although there was never an allegation that the country's government or Dubai Ports World were involved in that. Discount cephalexin online

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

Unlike the UAE, discount cephalexin online however, discount cephalexin online Israel has a well-established record of compromising American national security. Discount cephalexin online

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

Most recently, discount cephalexin online Ben-Ami Kadish, discount cephalexin online a retired US army engineer, discount cephalexin online was indicted in April for allegedly passing classified documents about US nuclear weapons to Israel from 1979 to 1985. Discount cephalexin online

Two former officials of AIPAC, discount cephalexin online the pro-Israel lobbying group, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, discount cephalexin online the former Israeli intelligence officer who founded Verint, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online

Alexander eventually adopted a fake identity and hid in the southern African country of Namibia where he is now fighting extradition. Discount cephalexin online 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, discount cephalexin online of course. Discount cephalexin online Another Israeli firm, discount cephalexin online Natural Speech Communication (NSC), discount cephalexin online among whose directors is former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, discount cephalexin online makes software that the US uses to electronically analyze and key-word search recorded conversations in "Levantine Arabic, discount cephalexin online" the dialects "spoken by Israeli Arabs, discount cephalexin online Jordanians, discount cephalexin online Lebanese and Palestinians." Mexico and Australia are among other countries known to use Israeli technologies and firms to eavesdrop on their citizens.

Not surprisingly, discount cephalexin online some of Bamford's claims have been criticized by pro-Israel activists for lacking evidence. Discount cephalexin online Writing about a subject shrouded in secrecy is inherently difficult. Discount cephalexin online

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. Discount cephalexin online

In his 2001 book Body of Secrets, discount cephalexin online 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. Discount cephalexin online Thirty-four sailors were killed in the attack on the ship off the Sinai coast. Discount cephalexin online Despite decades of demands by USS Liberty survivors, discount cephalexin online the US has never reopened the investigation.

So far Bamford's latest revelations involving Israel have had scarcely more impact. Discount cephalexin online

Former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey gave The Shadow Factorya mostly glowing review in The Washington Post. Discount cephalexin online But Kerrey, discount cephalexin online who was a member of the 9/11 Commission and is president of The New School University in New York, discount cephalexin online 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, discount cephalexin online "Big Brother's Big Failure, discount cephalexin online" 12 October 2008).

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

Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, discount cephalexin online Ali Abunimah is author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli- Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books, discount cephalexin online 2006). Discount cephalexin online