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Grant Smith

 

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According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, find cheap arimidex Steven J. Find cheap arimidex Rosen will be allowed to move ahead with his civil defamation lawsuit against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  Rosen and fellow AIPAC employee Keith Weissman were indicted under the 1917 Espionage Act in 2005 along with Department of Defense Employee Col. Find cheap arimidex Lawrence Franklin for passing classified national defense information.  Franklin pled guilty, find cheap arimidex but Rosen and Weissman’s case never went to trial — US attorneys gave up (PDF) after the presiding judge made a successful prosecution unlikely.  Rosen’s 2009 civil lawsuit contends that AIPAC defamed him when its spokesperson claimed that he "did not comport with standards that AIPAC expects of its employees." Rosen’s many filings in court reveal that his fundamental case is that AIPAC commonly circulates and distributes classified US government information when it suits the organization’s purpose in lobbying for Israel.  AIPAC defamed him, find cheap arimidex he alleges, find cheap arimidex by claiming he was somehow unique.  An FBI file declassified and released on July 31, find cheap arimidex 2009 (PDF) backs up Rosen’s assertions.  In 1984 AIPAC obtained a classified report compiled from the business secrets of US industries and associations opposed to signing a bilateral trade agreement with Israel.  The FBI found that AIPAC had "attempted to influence members of Congress with the use of a purloined copy of the ITC report and had usurped their authority." The Washington Field Office of the FBI went on to assert that "AIPAC is a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group staffed by U.S. Find cheap arimidex citizens.  WFO files contain an unsubstantiated allegation that a member of the Israeli Intelligence Service was a staff member of AIPAC." Rosen is well on his way to claiming $20 million in damages for AIPAC’s "defamation" propelled by the court’s new ruling.  But for Americans much larger concerns linger.  Why isn’t AIPAC registering as an agent of a foreign principal if it is collaborating so closely with foreign intelligence services?  Why are these matters being litigated in civil court as a family squabble between members of the Israel lobby?  If espionage is a recurring, find cheap arimidex institutionalized feature of AIPAC, find cheap arimidex doesn’t that mitigate against its claims to be an American non-profit, find cheap arimidex working for American interests?  From the NRA to the AARP, find cheap arimidex no legitimate American nonprofit lobby has ever been found to be trafficking in so much intelligence information, find cheap arimidex or so frequently channeling it to foreign government parties and friends in the establishment media. Find cheap arimidex Newly emerging declassified facts are reminders to concerned Americans that AIPAC is not at all what it claims to be. Find cheap arimidex Rosen’s lawsuit will not likely make good on his and former lobbyist Douglas Bloomfield’s implicit threats to reveal AIPAC as a stealth, find cheap arimidex unregistered foreign agent of the Israeli government. Fortunately for Americans, find cheap arimidex that uncomfortable fact is now emerging in myriad ways, find cheap arimidex even in the midst of AIPAC’s new attempts to engineer policies that could accelerate the downfall of the US economy. Grant F. Find cheap arimidex Smith is the author of the new book Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy. Find cheap arimidex He is currently director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, find cheap arimidex D.C.