by Phil Giraldi
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Israeli government claims that it does not spy on the United States
are intended for the media and popular consumption. The reality
is that Israels intelligence agencies target the United States
intensively, particularly in pursuit of military and dual-use civilian
technology. Among nations considered to be friendly to Washington,
Israel leads all others in its active espionage directed against
American companies and the Defense Department. It also dominates
two commercial sectors that enable it to extend its reach inside
Americas domestic infrastructure: airline and telecommunications
security. Israel is believed to have the ability to monitor nearly
all phone records originating in the United States, while numerous
Israeli air-travel security companies are known to act as the local
As tensions with Iran increase, sources in the counterintelligence
community report that Israeli agents have become more aggressive
in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating
against critics. There have been a number of cases reported to the
FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American
communities and have falsely represented themselves as U.S.
intelligence. Because few Muslims would assist an Israeli,
this is done to increase the likelihood that the target will cooperate.
Its referred to as a false flag operation.
Mossad officers sought to recruit Arab-Americans as sources willing
to inform on their associates and neighbors. The approaches, which
took place in New York and New Jersey, were reportedly handled clumsily,
making the targets of the operation suspicious. These Arab-Americans
turned down the requests for cooperation, and some of the contacts
were eventually reported to the FBI, which has determined that at
least two of the Mossad officers are, ironically, Israeli Arabs
operating out of Israels mission to the United Nations in
New York under cover as consular assistants.
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Philip M. Giraldi,
Ph.D. is a contributing editor to The
American Conservative and executive director of the Council
for the National Interest He is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist
and military intelligence officer who served 18 years overseas in
Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain.
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