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How Israel helps eavesdrop on US citizens  3 November 2008

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Last July, viagra cialis levitra in us Congress passed a bill legalizing this activity and giving retroactive immunity to the telecom companies that had assisted.

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

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Alexander eventually adopted a fake identity and hid in the southern African country of Namibia where he is now fighting extradition. Viagra cialis levitra 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, viagra cialis levitra in us of course. Viagra cialis levitra in us Another Israeli firm, viagra cialis levitra in us Natural Speech Communication (NSC), viagra cialis levitra in us among whose directors is former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, viagra cialis levitra in us makes software that the US uses to electronically analyze and key-word search recorded conversations in "Levantine Arabic, viagra cialis levitra in us" the dialects "spoken by Israeli Arabs, viagra cialis levitra in us Jordanians, viagra cialis levitra in us 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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Former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey gave The Shadow Factorya mostly glowing review in The Washington Post. Viagra cialis levitra in us But Kerrey, viagra cialis levitra in us who was a member of the 9/11 Commission and is president of The New School University in New York, viagra cialis levitra 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, viagra cialis levitra in us "Big Brother's Big Failure, viagra cialis levitra in us" 12 October 2008).

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

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