had foreknowledge of 9/11 – that was Carl Cameron's explosive
contention, made last year in a
blockbuster series of reports on Fox News exposing an
Israeli spy ring in the U.S. New evidence confirms his story
– and points to a rather ominous conclusion….
the round-up and deportation of scores of Israeli agents masquerading
as "art students" Cameron noted last December that
several were "active Israeli military" and the rest
had skills that one normally associates with spies: electronic
interception, explosives, and special operations. Several
failed polygraph tests when asked if they were engaged in
"surveillance activities against and in the United States."
Aside from trying to penetrate U.S. government facilities,
this network, which went into high gear in the months prior
to 9/11, was also watching the Al Qaeda terrorists, according
is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11
attacks, but investigators suspect that the Israelis may have
gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not
shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are – quote
– 'tie-ins.' But when asked for details, he flatly refused
to describe them, saying, – quote – 'evidence linking these
Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence
that has been gathered. It's classified information.'"
was denied up and down by the U.S. and Israeli governments,
and the story was derided as an "urban
myth," denounced as an "anti-Semitic" canard,
and subsequently banished from the pages of the "mainstream"
media. But evidence began to pile up: reports of hundreds
of Israelis descending on U.S. government facilities, and
a massive round-up of these operatives claiming to be "art
to leak out.
story refused to die. A
secret government report (originating with the Drug Enforcement
Agency) detailing the highly suspicious activities of these
aspiring Israeli "artists" was subsequently uncovered,
and a series of stories appeared in the international media:
the British media, and then leaping across the Atlantic. An
article in Salon, by Christopher Ketcham, and wire stories
detailing the leaked contents of the DEA report raised awareness
of a possible Israeli connection to the events surrounding
been covering this since
November of last year, when I noticed a
story in the Washington Post reporting the detention
of some 60 Israelis under the same legal rubric as the Arabs
being held on suspicion of terrorist connections. These guys,
said the Justice Department lawyers, were of "special
interest" to the government; and, as their role in the
events leading up to 9/11 begins to come into clearer focus,
I can see why…..
in Die Zeit, a German newspaper, outlining the glitches
and outright obstructionism that led to the greatest intelligence
failure in our history reveals a stunning bit of information.
paper has uncovered details of a major Israeli spy ring involving
some a 120 agents for the intelligence service Mossad operating
across America and some masquerading as arts students."
Israeli "art student" story has come a long way
since the days when it could be airily dismissed: the
whitewashers have been forced back to their second line
of defense, which is admitting that, yes, there was
an Israeli spy ring in the U.S., but they had no foreknowledge
of 9/11. That was the conclusion reached by a
recent article in the Forward, as well as an ABC
News report, "The
White Van." But the latest revelation goes further:
ring was reportedly hard on the heels of at least four members
of the hijack gang, including its leader Mohammed Atta."
whitewashers, it seems, have retreated to their third
line of defense, as iterated by the BBC:
the Israeli agents were detected by their American counterparts
and thrown out of the country, it says. The US authorities
said then that they were students whose visas had expired.
a month before the deadly attacks, the paper said, Mossad
handed over to the Americans a detailed report naming several
suspects they believe were preparing an attack on the United
the Mossad has an alibi, after all. Or maybe not. For, according
to these same reports, including one in Der
entire troop of Israeli terror investigators disguised as
students took to the tracks of Arabic terrorists and their
cells in the USA between December 2000 and April 2001. During
their undercover investigations, the Israelis came very close
to the later perpetrators of September 11. In Hollywood, Florida
they located both of the former Hamburg students and later
terrorist pilots Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi as potential
terrorists. Agents settled down in immediate proximity of
their apartment and observed the seemingly normal flight school
students around the clock."
they were living next door to the terrorists, including
the leader of the 9/11 hijackers, watching their every move
– but didn't tell us what they were up to until August, 2001.
list turned over to the FBI by the Israelis apparently contained
the names of at least four of the nineteen hijackers, but
the warning was non-specific: only that these were potential
terrorists. It stretches the bounds of credulity to believe
that, after observing them up close for an extended period
of time – and perhaps monitoring them in other ways – the
Israelis knew no more than this.
DEA report names South Florida, and specifically Hollywood,
a small city near Ft. Lauderdale, as the nexus of the Israeli
"art student" spy ring: "The Hollywood, Florida
area seems to be a central point for these individuals with
several having addresses in this area." The DEA investigators
also noted that a whole platoon of these characters, including
the leaders, were apprehended in the South Florida area from
March to May, 2001. Prior to 9/11, the authorities had detained
140 of them nationwide: and they were still rounding
them up, some
60 more, after the event.
if the Israelis had decided, in August, to come clean with
the information they had, then why were federal agents still
arresting and detaining our "partners" in the "war
on terrorism" in late November and early December? The
DEA report also shows that the South Florida operation was
active since at least January, perhaps earlier: plenty of
time and opportunity to gather more than vague inferences
as to the terrorists' intentions.
the spin put on this by Die Zeit and Der Spiegel
is that if only those stupid Americans had listened to their
friends, the Mossad, 9/11 would never have happened. The latter
avers that no sooner had the Mossad located Atta and his crew,
then the ungrateful Americans acted in their typically pig-headed
and even vindictive manner:
soon after, the agents were unmasked by US authorities and
deported to Israel. As usual in such cases, the exposure was
not made public and only led to disgruntlement between the
traditionally competitive intelligence agencies Mossad and
CIA. This case proves once again that even in concretely dangerous
situations, the US agents were not obliged to cooperate, instead
opting to antagonize each other."
case proves nothing of the sort. What it does prove is 1)
that those of us who identified the Israeli "art students"
as part of a spy operation in the U.S. were absolutely correct,
2) that the Israelis were not only conducting covert operations
against U.S. government facilities but were also watching
the hijackers very closely, and 3) that some people will go
to any lengths to avoid considering some very unpleasant and
politically explosive possibilities.
is possible that the Israelis were doing more than merely
watching the hijackers. As Mohammed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi
went back and forth between Huffman Aviation, a flight school
in nearby Venice, and their Hollywood apartment, what were
the Mossad agents next door doing – and why did they wait
until August, after their operation had been discovered
and busted up, to share this vital information?
Der Spiegel knows better than to implicate the Israelis
in anything untoward, and instead mournfully reports that
"observation of the … terrorists also ceased" when
the "art students" were apprehended. But if the
information had been shared then and there – in March, when
the authorities first became aware of the Hollywood-centered
South Florida operation – then what prevented the FBI from
taking up where the Mossad had left off? Der Spiegel
is vague about this:
Israelis' list with at least four of the 19 assassins from
September 11 was apparently not handled by the CIA with the
necessary urgency, nor was it forwarded to the FBI. Fact is
that the US authorities did not efficiently follow up on the
Israeli agents' leads. Information on the Israeli tips has
also been made known in the USA during the [Senate intelligence
committee 9/11 hearings], which [have] been ongoing for weeks."
the FBI is scapegoated for its alleged inefficiency, the Israelis
were not exactly forthcoming. On March 3, 2001, alerted to
the Israeli "art student" invasion, the Orlando
office of the DEA took one Peer Segalovitz into custody, and
interrogated him for four hours. According to the DEA report:
was untruthful about his reasoning to be in the United States
for approximately the first 3 hours. Segalovitz finally admitted
that he was one of approximately 30 Israeli art students who
are currently in Florida. Segalovitz would not admit what
their purpose was in Florida, but did state that they were
not here for legitimate means."
27-year-old officer of the Israeli special military forces,
attached to the 650th battalion stationed in the
Golan Heights, Segalovitz gave his rank (Lieutenant) and serial
number (5087989) and said that he "specialized in demolition."
After recounting his familiarity with military operations,
and stating "that the only thing he was not trained to
operate was military aircraft," he "asked agents
not to divulge this information to Israel because it would
lead to his immediate arrest in Israel."
it's true, as Der Spiegel avers, that the distinguished
members of the Senate Committee investigating 9/11 are pinning
the blame on our own intelligence agencies and exonerating
the role of the Mossad, one can only wonder why they don't
call Mr. Segalovitz as an expert witness?
while they're at it, they might also call for the extradition
from Israel of two people named
on the FBI's terrorist suspect list: Dominik
Suter and Ornit Levinson Suter, who fled when their Urban
Moving Systems office and warehouse was raided
by the police. Four employees of this New Jersey-based
firm had been arrested on 9/11, hours after the attacks, when
they were seen
cheering as the World Trade Towers burned. They were held
for months, and then deported. Even Barbara Walters' whitewash
of this incident admitted that Urban Moving Systems was undoubtedly
a Mossad front.
deal with this subject at length in my forthcoming book, The
Terror Enigma, to be published by Verso Books sometime
next year. Suffice to say here that the Israeli role in the
events leading up to 9/11 is, at best, highly suspicious.
Certainly the news that their agents were close neighbors
of Mohammed Atta and an accomplice leads to some disturbing
the "art students" stand behind the terrorists in
line at the local supermarket? Did they bump into each other
in the street and what, pray tell, did these dedicated Al
Qaeda cadre think of a group of Israelis living in such close
considering the mystery of how the Mossad and Al Qaeda came
to be next door neighbors, I am reminded of this little exchange
between Brit Hume and Carl Cameron at the end of their December
"Carl, what about this question of advanced knowledge
of what was going to happen on 9-11? How clear are investigators
that some Israeli agents may have known something?"
"It's very explosive information, obviously, and there's
a great deal of evidence that they say they have collected
– none of it necessarily conclusive. It's more when they put
it all together. A bigger question, they say, is how could
they not have known?"
minds want to know….
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