This week, IRmep's Center for Policy and Law Enforcement filed a formal petition with each field division Special-Agent-in-Charge requesting they maintain a visible professional distance from the ADL, especially since past liaisons appear to have severely compromised legitimate law enforcement investigations into unlawful activities of the ADL.
FBI special-agents-in-charge (SACs) have traditionally had discretion over whether or not to liaise with regional Anti-Defamation League offices. In 1968 and 1985, FBI headquarters recommended such liaisons, probably without a thorough review of the ADL's questionable activities contained in its own 10,000 page file. CFP brings this complimentary (and overdue) review to SACs with the blanket recommendation they "opt-out" of joint ADL programs while paying more attention to the group's role in facilitating espionage against the U.S.
Center for Policy and Law Enforcement Filing to 54 Field Divisions template is available at: http://www.IRmep.org/cfp/08052013sac.pdf
The complaint specifically identifies the following reasons for nation-wide disengagement:
1) ADL ties thwart warranted criminal investigations. In 1944, Senator Rufus Holman complained to the FBI that the ADL was organizing an illegal boycott of his business and re-election campaign, a possible violation of the Sherman Act. The FBI refused to investigate, possibly because David Robinson, the head of the local ADL office organizing the activities, was FBI confidential informant #7 of the Portland division office. In 1946, the ADL obtained the confidential bank records of a rival organization, the Institute of Arab-American Affairs. Though aware of the incident, the FBI did not investigate. In 1969, ADL agents infiltrated a national meeting of the Organization of Arab Students. Although the FBI considered a Foreign Agents Registration Act investigation of the ADL which routinely passes such information to the Israeli government, no action was taken. In the 1990s, ADL operatives infiltrated and illegally collected vast amounts of private information from Bay-area peace and anti-Apartheid groups. The FBI played a minimal role in the investigation. The ADL subsequently paid damages after civil court actions, but was never criminally prosecuted. (See Criminal investigation and successful civil lawsuits against the ADL over privacy right violations 1992-1993: http://www.IRmep.org/ila/adl-ca )
2) ADL ties thwart warranted counterespionage investigations. Retired Mossad case officer and author Victor Ostrovsky claims that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad actively recruits helpers from organizations like the ADL. Ostrovsky claims Mossad has asked ADL to smear Americans the Israeli government wanted to undermine. Mossad asked ADL to smear as an anti-Semite "one stain you can't wash" Congressman Peter McCloskey (see Ovstrovsky making this claim at Ex-Mossad Agent Revealing Mossad's lethal weapon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_79Xc8klc4). By cooperating with the ADL, the FBI may be undermining its own ongoing counter-espionage investigations against a country the FBI has continually documented in reports to be one of the most active in targeting the U.S. for national defense and economic secrets.
3) ADL calls for leniency over crimes committed for Israel are at odds with FBI's mandate. In 1957, the FBI noticed that ADL was raising funds and lobbying for special treatment of atomic spy Morton Sobell who was sentenced to 30 years in 1950 and admitted to espionage for the Soviet Union in 2008. The ADL has long requested the release of Israel's most notorious spy Jonathan Pollard. In 2009 the ADL pressured the Justice Department to drop prosecutions of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials indicted for passing secrets to Israel (documented by an FBI investigation which amassed credible evidence of espionage that formed the basis of the indictments). The FBI director and agents involved in the case were reported in news accounts as being very disappointed that the ADL and other lobbying to thwart due process paid off and the case never went to trial for a fair and open consideration of facts. Many Americans who have observed AIPAC and the ADL over the years felt the same way.
4) ADL-FBI ties embolden ADL to disrupt legitimate civil society petitions for redress of grievances. ADL operatives had no right to use illegal means (stolen press credentials, documented by the FBI) to disrupt peaceful antiwar protesters gathered in Madison Square Garden in the 1940s'or Arab student engagement activists in the 1960s, or anti-Apartheid and peace activists in the 1980s and 1990s. ADL has long sought to stand alongside the FBI in order to thwart closer scrutiny of its unlawful activities and foreign agent activity. Some undercover ADL operatives claimed to be "civilian auxiliaries of the Justice Department" according to one complaint released under FOIA. Allowing this gradual ADL penetration of the FBI to continue unchallenged stands to undermine public confidence in the FBI and Justice Department.
SACs were further referred to read the following articles:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/12/adl-spies/ "ADL Spies" by Jeffrey Blankfort
http://electronicintifada.net/content/fbi-files-reveal-anti-defamation-league-spied-arab-students/12453 "ADL Spied on Arab Students" by Grant Smith http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/secret-files-reveal-anti-defamation-league-spied-noam-chomsky "Secret Files Reveal ADL Spied on Noam Chomsky" Asa Winstanley
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