The derailment of Charles W. Freeman's appointment to chair of the National Intelligence Council must have set off a round of partying among the AIPAC crowd and other Jewish American dual citizens who demand adherence of the administration and Congress to their policies.
Chief among those pushing for Freeman's head was none other than indicted spy for Israel, Steve Rosen.
From the Washington Post on March 12:
The earliest cry of alarm about Freeman's appointment -- a week before it was announced -- came from a former AIPAC lobbyist. Steve Rosen wrote Feb. 19 on his blog that Freeman was a "strident critic of Israel" and described the potential appointment as "a textbook case of the old-line Arabism" whose "views of the region are what you would expect in the Saudi foreign ministry."
Rosen said yesterday that he had been "quite positive" about President Obama's previous appointments for Middle East positions but that he was "surprised" about Freeman. The appointee's "most extreme point of view," he said, was not what he had expected for the head of the NIC.
Rosen has a unique position in Washington. A former chief foreign policy lobbyist for AIPAC, he and a colleague were indicted by the Bush administration in 2005 on suspicion of violating the Espionage Act, the first nongovernment employees ever so charged. AIPAC cut him loose, and a trial date has been set for May.
Meanwhile, Rosen is limited in what he can do. He said he cannot talk to AIPAC employees, nor can he lobby Congress. He has talked to "a number of journalists" who called him about Freeman, but not members of Congress. He did not answer when asked yesterday whether he has talked to Hill staff members.
Rosen's initial posting was the first of 17 he would write about Freeman over a 19-day period. Some of those added more original reporting, while some pointed to other blogs' finds about Freeman's record. In the process, Rosen traced increasing interest in the appointment elsewhere in the blogosphere, including coverage by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard, and Chait and Martin Peretz of the New Republic. read the rest
An editorial on March 11 in the Post calls on Eric Holder to pull the plug on Rosen's prosecution.
The matter involves Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former officials for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. The two were indicted in 2005 during the Bush administration and charged with conspiracy to disclose national security secrets to unauthorized individuals under the archaic Espionage Act. Those said to have received such information include Israeli officials, other AIPAC personnel and a reporter for The Post.
The government has the right to demand strict confidentiality from government officials and others who swear to protect its secrets. The Justice Department errs egregiously and risks profound damage to the First Amendment, however, when it insists that private citizens -- academics, journalists, think tank analysts, lobbyists and the like -- also are legally bound to keep the nation's secrets. The prosecution in effect criminalizes the exchange of information.
If principle alone is not enough to convince Mr. Holder of the need to drop this case, he should also consider the difficulty his prosecutors face in making the charges stick. Recent rulings have strengthened the hand of the defendants by allowing them to rely on classified documents and to call former Bush officials, including former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, as witnesses. The trial court has also determined that in order to prevail, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendants passed along information they knew to be closely held by the government, that they did so knowing it could damage national security and that they acted in bad faith. These are exceedingly high hurdles to clear.
Rosen no longer works for AIPAC and is in fact is suing them for defamation and wants $21 million. You wouldn't notice it from his recent actions lobbying everyone he could against Freeman.
From Ron KampeasShould it come to trial, the civil case promises revelations of how AIPAC works its sensitive relations with the executive branch and allegedly capitulated to government pressure to fire Rosen and Keith Weissman, its then-Iran analyst.
In sworn affidavits filed with the motion, lawyers for Rosen and Weissman quoted lawyers for AIPAC as saying that the decision to fire the two came under government pressure.
Obama is being pressured to drop the case.
The spy trail is unlikey to happen. Obama and Holder won't stir up the hornet's nest that is AIPAC and Israel.
Rosen's civil case against AIPAC will most likely be settled out of court with a muffle on the outcome.
The whole Freeman appointment and the flap surrounding it has got to be suspect anyway.
Since when has Obama appointed anyone who is America first and not a lackey for bankers, corporations and foreign interests?
One thing is for certain, the zionist dual citizens who pull so many strings will never put this country first before Israeli interests.
I'm updating this post with some words from xymphora via The Peoples Voice.
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