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How Israel helps eavesdrop on US citizens  3 November 2008

After the 11 September 2001 attacks, infusium topical in us the United States government launched a massive program to spy on millions of its own citizens. Infusium topical in us

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

Web-page histories, infusium topical in us faxes, infusium topical in us and computer hard drives."

In his new book, infusium topical in us The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America author James Bamford casts light on this effort, infusium topical in us 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. Infusium topical in us

The known uses to which information obtained this way has been put include building the government's massive secret "watch lists, infusium topical in us" and "no-fly lists" and even, infusium topical in us Bamford suggests, infusium topical in us 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. Infusium topical in us

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

Although there is no way to prove cooperation, infusium topical in us 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. Infusium topical in us

The relationship is particularly close between the firms and Israel's own version of the NSA, infusium topical in us called "Unit 8200."

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

At the same time that the tappers and the agents have grown uncomfortably close, infusium topical in us the previous checks and balances, infusium topical in us such as the need for a FISA warrant, infusium topical in us 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. Infusium topical in us

In 2005, infusium topical in us it was revealed that the Bush administration had been flagrantly violating this law. Infusium topical in us

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

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

Unlike the UAE, infusium topical in us however, infusium topical in us Israel has a well-established record of compromising American national security. Infusium topical in us

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

Most recently, infusium topical in us Ben-Ami Kadish, infusium topical in us a retired US army engineer, infusium topical in us was indicted in April for allegedly passing classified documents about US nuclear weapons to Israel from 1979 to 1985. Infusium topical in us

Two former officials of AIPAC, infusium topical in us the pro-Israel lobbying group, infusium topical in us 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. Infusium topical in us Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, infusium topical in us the former Israeli intelligence officer who founded Verint, infusium topical in us 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. Infusium topical in us

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

Not surprisingly, infusium topical in us some of Bamford's claims have been criticized by pro-Israel activists for lacking evidence. Infusium topical in us Writing about a subject shrouded in secrecy is inherently difficult. Infusium topical in us

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. Infusium topical in us

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

So far Bamford's latest revelations involving Israel have had scarcely more impact. Infusium topical in us

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

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

Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, infusium topical in us Ali Abunimah is author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli- Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books, infusium topical in us 2006). Infusium topical in us