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Tag: Israel

Former Israeli Ambassador: FBI Never Scolded Foreign Diplomats for Widespread Spying Since 9/11

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Trying to combat published reports that the FBI has scolded Israeli diplomats dozens of times for spying on American intelligence since 9/11, the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. said the allegations were baseless.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the former ambassador, Michael Oren, insisted the relationship between the two countries has been solid and was never compromised by unfounded claims of rampant Israeli spying.

Newsweek magazine published reports last week that Israeli officials were frequently spying on the U.S. and were summoned by the FBI dozens of times to knock it off.

“Beginning in the mid-1990s, well after Israel promised to stop spying in the US in the wake of the Pollard affair, the FBI regularly felt compelled to summon Israeli diplomats in DC for a scolding, two former top counterintelligence officials told ‘Newsweek.’ During the decade following 9/11, one said, the Israelis were summoned ‘dozens’ of times and told to ‘cut the shit,’ as one, a former top FBI official, put it. But as an ‘ally,’ the Israelis almost always got off with only a warning.”

U.S. Law Enforcement Officials in Israel Learning About Counterterrorism

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Assistant Director Mike Prout of the U.S. Marshals Service was among a group of U.S. law enforcement officials who are currently in Israel attending seminars on terrorism.

A delegation of executives are participating in an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) from March 8-16, and meeting with security experts, intelligence analysts and commanders in the Israel National Police. There are also some law enforcement officials from other countries attending.

As part of the program, the ADL says the group will attend high-level briefings on the operational response to terrorism, border and airport security, maintaining safety and access to holy sites, the role of advanced technology in policing, and use of media during a crisis. 

“The purpose and goals of the seminar are to share best practices and lessons learned in fighting terrorism and to increase cooperation between American law enforcement and their Israeli counterparts in order to better protect the citizens of these two democratic nations, ” David Friedman, Director of National Law Enforcement Initiatives for ADL, said in a statement to ticklethewire.com.

Those participating include: the President of the  International Association of Chiefs of Police, First Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police, First Deputy Superintendent, Chicago Police Department; Inspector, New York City Police; ,Deputy Assistant Director, Naval Criminal Investigative Service; Director, National Operations Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;  Executive Associate Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations;  Colonel, Austrian National Police; Lieutenant Colonel, Italian National Policel Chief of Police for the Baton Rouge Police Department; Kansas City Police Chief;  Arlington, Tex., Police Chief; and Deputy Denver Police Chief.

Israeli Law Enforcement Officials Met with ADL Days After Boston Bombing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was interesting time for a senior delegation of Israel Police commanders to visit the Anti-Defamation headquarters in New York.

The delegation, headed by Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino visited the headquarters on April 19, just days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The meeting had been planned already before the bombing.

The ADL, in a press release, said the meeting “helped deepen the Israel Police’s understanding of the breadth and scope of ADL’s work with American law enforcement on such issues as countering extremism, domestic terrorism and hate crimes. ”

ADL has been known to work closely with law enforcement agencies like the FBI and ATF.

The Israeli delegation met with Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Directo, and various ADL experts on law enforcement.

“The Israel Police continue to play an important role in working closely with counterterrorism experts to share their insights with American police commanders,” Foxman said in a statement. “As we were reminded by the Boston Marathon attack, terrorism knows no borders, and we are fortunate that Israel Police officials are willing to work alongside us and share best practices in counterterrorism with their American counterparts.”

 

Pres. Obama’s Visit to Israel Stirs Up Old Sensitive Issue About Spy Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s visit to Israel is stirring up a longstanding, sensitive issue involving Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel while working for U.S. Naval intelligence.

Seymour D. Reich, a lawyer and former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, writes this week in a letter to the editor of the New York Times that “the treatment of Jonathan Jay Pollard has smacked of vindictiveness.”

He writes that President Obama should set Pollard free on humanitarian grounds when he returns from Israel.

He notes that the “usual prison sentence for spying for friendly countries is four to five years.”

He writes:

“Mr. Pollard was initially incarcerated in a hospital for the criminally insane, though he was not insane. It was only when former Representative Lee Hamilton intervened that Mr. Pollard was moved out — to a maximum-security prison in Illinois, where he was held in solitary confinement for almost seven years. When Elie Wiesel and I visited him there, he expressed remorse for his deeds and has done so publicly since.

As you report, he has served for 28 years, and “a growing number” of former American officials “have called for clemency.”

 

Justice Department Takes Over Rep. Michael Grimm Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department is leading an investigation to determine if Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., a former FBI agent, violated the law when he solicited campaign cash from foreign nationals in exchange for helping an Israeli obtain a green card, USA Today reports.

The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously to hand the probe over to the Justice Department to investigate.

Grimm, of Staten Island, referred questions to his attorney, William McGinley.

“We appreciate the committee’s decision to defer consideration of this matter while we continue to work with the Department of Justice to favorably resolve the false allegations against Congressman Grimm,” McGinley said in a statement. “Any fair and objective review of all of the facts in this matter will conclude that Congressman Grimm engaged in no wrongdoing. We are confident that the Department of Justice and the Ethics Committee will reach that result.”

GOP Lawmakers Accused of Drunken Swim on Sea of Galilee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 It’s said that Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee.

Now the FBI is investigating reports that Republican lawmakers took an inebriated, late-night dip – one of the them in the nude – in the holy waters, the New York Daily News reports.

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., admitted to diving into the sea in the buff Aug 18 while on a fact-finding mission to Israel.

The swim followed an alcohol-fueled dinner, the Daily News reported. Sources told Politico that the FBI has yet to uncover anything that would warrant criminal charges.

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U.S. and Israel Developed Virus called “Flame” to Slow Iran’s Nuclear Program

By Allan Lengel
tickletheiwre.com

More info is leaking out about the virus aimed at Iran’s nuclear program.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the U.S. and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slowdown the nuclear program.

To read more click here.

 

U.S. Law Enforcement Officials Continue to Trek to Israel to Learn About Terrorism

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. law enforcement officials continue to trek to Israel to learn a thing or two about dealing with terrorism and homeland security.

The latest group included Assistant D.C. police chief Diane Groomes and U.S. Park Police Deputy Chief Robert MacLean of the U.S. Park Police, the Associated Press reported.

The week-long trip, completed last month, was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League as part of of an ongoing program to show American authorities how Israel deals with the ongoing threats.

AP reported that D.C. cop Groomes was impressed show the Israeli national police force responds to a disaster and how accepting Israelis are of the security precautions taken in that country.

“I was just struck by how they can handle a scene, process and clear it and plant within it” in hours, Groomes told AP. “If we had a bomb on a bus, it would take us maybe a day or to handle. They said they just want life to go back to normal as soon as possible.”