AIPAC peddled "intelligence" to CIA in 1984
publication date: Sep 1, 2010
WMR has discovered a letter from the General Service Administration (GSA) administrator Gerald P. Carmen to CIA director William Casey, dated February 27, 1984, in which Carmen, who founded a top Washington lobbying firm, attempted to interest Casey in policy pamphlet prepared by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Carmen explains that he is passing the AIPAC information to Casey at the behest of Guil [Guilford] Gazer of Los Angeles. Carmen, who is a well-known supporter of Israel as is Gazer, writes to Casey, "I am neither agreeing nor disagreeing with its [the pamphlet] contents, but merely forwarding the information on to you as requested."
After leaving GSA, Carmen, who now heads up the very influential Carmen Group lobbying firm in Washington, became the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Carmen also served as chairman of Ronald Reagan's PAC, Citizens for America. Carmen was also on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. The savings and loan collapse of the late 1980s saw the ultimate dissolution of the Federal Home Loan Bank system. Today, the Carmen Group lobbies for a wide array of clients, including defense contractors and foreign governments, including those of Nigeria and Turkmenistan. Carmen Group also represented the General Contractors Association of New York in the cleanup of the Ground Zero site after the 9/11 attacks. Carmen's managing associate, David Keene, is also the chairman of the American Conservative Union, one of the backers of the "Tea Party" movement.
Glazer is a retired Los Angeles real estate developer and shopping mall owner who remains active in supporting Israeli causes. In 2009, Glazer bankrolled the founding of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University.
Some of the authors of the AIPAC policy papers would later become infamously known for their involvement on behalf of the powerful Israel Lobby in Washington in plunging the United States into the war in Iraq.
One of the papers in the pamphlet, part of a series called"AIPAC Papers on U.S.-Israeli Relations" and "completed under the sponsorship of Guilford Glazer," is titled, "The Strategic Value of Israel," written by Steven J. Rosen. Rosen would latger be indicted for his involvement in accepting highly-classified documents from a Pentagon official and making them available to a senior Mossad agent at the Israeli embassy in Washington.
The August 4, 2005, indictment read: "Paul McNulty, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced that Lawrence Anthony Franklin, age 58, of Kearneysville, WV; Steven J. Rosen, age 63, of Silver Spring, MD; and Keith Weissman, age 53, of Bethesda, MD, were indicted today by a federal grand jury sitting in Alexandria with Conspiracy to Communicate National Defense Information to Persons Not Entitled to Receive It. The indictment alleges that beginning in April of 1999, Rosen, the Director of Foreign Policy Issues for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C., and Weissman, the Senior Middle East Analyst in the Foreign Policy Issues Department at AIPAC, in an effort to influence persons within and outside the United States government, would use their contacts within the United States government, including Franklin, with whom they first met in February 2003, to gather sensitive United States government information, including classified information relating to the national defense, for subsequent unlawful communication, delivery and transmission to persons not entitled to receive it, including members of the media and foreign government officials. Franklin was also charged with three counts of Communication of National Defense Information to Persons Not Entitled to Receive It. In one of those counts, Rosen was charged with aiding and abetting him in the unlawful disclosure. Finally, Franklin was charged with conspiring with persons known and unknown to the grand jury to communicate classified information to an agent or representative of a foreign government. It is alleged that Franklin would use his position as a desk officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense to gather information, classified as affecting the security of the United States, for subsequent unlawful communication to a foreign official."
Eventually, after intense pressure on the Justice Department by the Israel Lobby, including senior Jewish members of Congress, including Representative Jane Harman of California, the government's case against Rosen and Weissman collapsed and charges were dropped. The Mossad agent who received the classified information is Naor Gilon, who was permitted to return to the United States after fleeing to take up his official cover duties as Minister Counselor at the Israeli embassy for political affairs. Franklin, who pleaded guilty, was originally sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison. However, prosecutors later asked that the sentence be reduced to ten months of house arrest and 100 hours of community service. The case against AIPAC collapsed because investigators were getting close to exposing Jewish agents for Israel at the highest levels of the Bush administration, including Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and Scooter Libby. The Obama administration, which has its own plague of Israeli agents at the highest levels, dropped the charges against the former AIPAC officers in 2009 and ordered the sentence imposed on Franklin be reduced.
Another paper in the AIPAC pamphlet provided to Casey from Carmen is titled, "Israel and the U.S. Air Force," written by Martin Indyk, Charles Kupchan, and Steven J. Rosen. Today, Kupchan is the Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and served as the director for European affairs at the National Security Council during the Clinton administration and prior to that worked on the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State.
Indyk, who became the U.S. ambassador to Israel under Clinton, was also enmeshed in a suspected espionage scandal. On September 21, 2000, Indyk, while serving as US ambassador in Tel Aviv, had his security clearance suspended by the State Department. Indyk was investigated for violating State Department security regulations. At a September 25, State Department press conference, Richard Boucher, the Department spokesman, said, "We have not suspended security clearances for an Ambassador previously, prior to this. This is the first time this has happened to an Ambassador."
Another AIPAC paper passed by Carmen to Casey is titled, "Israel and the U.S. Navy," written by W. Seth Carus, the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the National Defense University and a former research fellow at the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). Ironically, while Carmen was urging Casey to read an AIPAC paper calling for greater cooperation between the U.S. Navy and Israel, Naval Investigative Service employee Jonathan Pollard was passing highly-classified Navy and National Security Agency documents to Israeli intelligence. It is believed that Pollard had at least one high-level Israeli intelligence controller within the Reagan administration, code-named "Mega."