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How Israel helps eavesdrop on US citizens  3 November 2008

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

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

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

Although there is no way to prove cooperation, find cheap atrovent 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. Find cheap atrovent online

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

After the 11 September attacks, find cheap atrovent 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, find cheap atrovent online a former director of the NSA, find cheap atrovent 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.

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Last July, find cheap atrovent 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, find cheap atrovent online American lawmakers and officials are not always so relaxed when it comes to foreign intrusion in the "national security" sphere. Find cheap atrovent online In early 2006, find cheap atrovent online there was a national uproar when Dubai Ports World, find cheap atrovent online a global company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), find cheap atrovent 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, find cheap atrovent online claiming it would harm national security. Find cheap atrovent online Senator Barack Obama echoed many in both parties when he said at the time, find cheap atrovent online "Over four years after the worst terrorist attack in our history, find cheap atrovent online not only are we failing to inspect 95 percent of the cargo that arrives at US ports, find cheap atrovent online but now we're allowing our port security to be outsourced to foreign governments."

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The newspaper also cited claims that "Abdul Qadeer Khan, find cheap atrovent online the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist, find cheap atrovent online sent equipment to Libya and Iran through Dubai, find cheap atrovent 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, find cheap atrovent online" Editorial, find cheap atrovent online 24 February 2006).

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

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Two former officials of AIPAC, find cheap atrovent online the pro-Israel lobbying group, find cheap atrovent 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. Find cheap atrovent online Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, find cheap atrovent online the former Israeli intelligence officer who founded Verint, find cheap atrovent 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. Find cheap atrovent online

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

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

So far Bamford's latest revelations involving Israel have had scarcely more impact. Find cheap atrovent online

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

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

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