Stephen Walt on Freeman's Withdrawal
Stephen M. Walt
As you might expect, I have a few thoughts on Charles Freeman's decision to withdraw from consideration as chair of the National Intelligence Committee. First, for all of you out there who may have questioned whether there was a powerful "Israel lobby," or who admitted that it existed but didn't think it had much influence, or who thought that the real problem was some supposedly all-powerful "Saudi lobby," think again. ... This incident reinforces my suspicion that the Democratic Party is in fact a party of wimps. I'm not talking about Congress, which has been in thrall to the lobby for decades, but about the new team in the Executive Branch.
Intelligence Candidate Withdraws Nomination Over Israel Lobby
The candidate for a leading US intelligence post has withdrawn his nomination after accusing the country's Israel lobby of plumbing "the depths of dishonour and indecency" to assassinate his character. Charles "Chas" Freeman, a former US ambassador who is now president of the Middle East Policy Council think-tank, had initially agreed to chair the US National Intelligence Council that produces assessments of security issues. But on Tuesday he withdrew his nomination following what he called a "barrage of libellous distortions" of his record by the Israel lobby in the US.
Freeman's Angry Statement on the Israel Lobby
Charles W. Freeman
.... The libels on me and their easily traceable email trails show conclusively that there is a powerful lobby determined to prevent any view other than its own from being aired, still less to factor in American understanding of trends and events in the Middle East. The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth.
Freeman's Unpardonable 'Sin'
Arnaud de Borchgrave -- The Washington Times
A rarity in Washington, the secret was well kept until the announcement by Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair. His deputy as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) is Charles "Chas" Freeman, a Chinese-speaking iconoclast with a brilliant analytical mind that is anathema to the Israel lobby and the neocons ... Another conclusion, guaranteed to raise Israeli hackles, is Mr. Freeman's long-held belief that the terrorism the United States confronts is due largely to "the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by an Israeli occupation that has lasted over 40 years and shows no signs of ending."
America's Leaders are Beholden to the Israel Lobby
Ray McGovern -- Video
Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer turned political activist, speaks about the danger of Israel getting the US into war with Iran, Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty, and the hold of the Israel lobby on US foreign policy. McGovern served as a federal employee for 27 years under seven US presidents. His duties included presenting White House intelligence briefings. Here he addresses a meeting in St. Paul, Minn., on Sept. 1, 2008. Runtime: 9:40 mins.
A Straight Look at the Jewish Lobby
.... Jews wield immense power and influence in the United States. The "Jewish lobby" is a decisive factor in US support for Israel. Jewish-Zionist interests are not identical to American interests. In fact, they often conflict. As long as the "very powerful" Jewish lobby remains entrenched, there will be no end to the systematic Jewish distortion of current affairs and history, the Jewish-Zionist domination of the U.S. political system, Zionist oppression of Palestinians, the bloody conflict between Jews and non-Jews in the Middle East, and the Israeli threat to peace.
German Authorities Bring Charges Against `Nazi Guard' Demjanjuk
German prosecutors have filed charges against an alleged Nazi death camp guard who lives in the United States, and have applied for his extradition. John Demjanjuk, 88, is accused of involvement in the deaths of 29,000 Jews at a camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Mr Demjanjuk was sentenced to death in Israel in the 1980s, but was then acquitted and returned to the US. He denies any involvement in the crimes, saying he was a prisoner of war of the Nazis, rather than a guard.
Holocaust `Deniers' Cannot Be Considered Catholic, Says Vatican Envoy
The Vatican's envoy to Israel asserted on Monday that Holocaust deniers could not be considered Catholic, in an apparent bid to temper tensions ahead of a papal visit in May. Papal Nuncio Antonio Franco was seemingly referring to Pope Benedict XVI's reinstatement of bishop Bishop Williamson, who has denied the full extent of the Holocaust and says there were no gas chambers. The move sparked an outcry among Israelis and Jews across the world.
Most Foreclosures Pack Into a Few Counties
More than half of the nation's foreclosures last year took place in 35 counties, a sign that the financial crisis devastating the national economy may have begun with collapsing home loans in only a few corners of the country. Those counties, spread over a dozen states, accounted for more than 1.5 million foreclosure actions last year ... Most are clustered in places such as Southern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix, South Florida and Washington ...
Dinner with the Fuehrer
The New York Times
More than 60 years after Adolf Hitler died, the details of his private life still grip the public imagination. Some additional glimpses emerged from a British intelligence report sold last week by the English auction house Mullock's. Written by an unnamed British agent and dated May 3, 1945 -- three days after Hitler's death -- it summarizes the interrogation of a German lieutenant colonel who was a staff member at Hitler's headquarters in Berlin during World War II .... " ... The conversation seems to have the effect that music has on others: it stimulates his thoughts and relaxes him. He talks in a mellow baritone, without that raucous, unpleasant stridency of his public speeches."
The Skeleton in Alan Dershowitz's Closet: His First Wife
Jessie L. Leon
According to an article written on March 25, 2007, by internet author Myles O. Morales, the controversial lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz has a big skeleton in his closet. It is the story of his first wife Sue Barlach ... Other independent, anonymous sources have now come forth to corroborate the story of how the ambitious, controversial lawyer, known for defending wife-beaters, wife-killers, the use of torture, and the apartheid militant Jewish state of Israel, was responsible for beating his first wife Sue Barlach so badly that she had to be hospitalized.