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06 March 2009

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William P. Fitzgerald III

The "Lobby" never sleeps, has resources and influence, and will always "Vet" those who are critical of Israel policy.

Congrats on being vetted.

WPFIII

Leanderthal

Dennis Ross should be singled out as one who should register. Who in an Arab state would take him seriously as an objective advisor, negotiator or moderator?

I don't understand Obama sometimes, when it comes to his appointments.

Julio Sueco

I find it curious that FARA in Swedish means danger.

Jose

Is Martin Indyk also registered as a foreign agent, who is also foreign born?

I am amused that he would challenge your credentials while omitting his.

Sad that your views which are usually right are not aired while the Neocons Nemesis which are usually wrong are everywhere.

Amusing.

JohnH

Yes, it would be nice if the Justice Department would require that Elliot Abrams be registered, not just as a foreign agent, but also as a convicted felon.

chris

here's a useful link for those concerned:

http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fara/links/contact.html

Sidney O. Smith III

Surely, any high falutin’ lawyer adept at the Black Arts (again, according to the commentator “RHH”) will have the wherewithal to create a credible legal strategy against the USDOJ re: FARA.

par4

what leanderthal said

William R. Cumming

Another statute essential to protection of our democracy (Republic) that somehow DOJ does not have the ability to staff or fund at the level needed. DOJ should be returned to a litigation only agency and divested of all other responsibilities. The rest can in most cases go to DHS for administration, probably including the FBI and DEA and even Bureau of Prisons. No serious oversight of DOJ has occurred in years allowing what I would term lawyers with freakish views of the Constitution and law to reach the upper most ranks without proper vetting. Eric Holder better be working night and day because as DOJ goes so goes our democracy. If you want a starter course read "Kennedy Justice" about DOJ in Kennedy years. Amazing how the public administration types and political scientists somehow overlook an organization that has had its budget increased by significant percentages since 1981 with little to show for it. E.G. the Bureau of Prisons has been running the largest public works project in US history for the last 30 years.

J

JohnH,

unfortunately ghw bush presidential 'pardoned' elliot abrams for his iran-contra crimes/conviction right before leaving the presidency.

MRW.

Colonel,

Gee, gotta recommend your even-handedness describing how some Brit comes over here, wags his finger at you, a decorated soldier and American public servant, gets the US government to jump through hoops according to his desire, then nabs an ambassadorship representing the US overseas.

Well, since I can't swear...time for a drinky-poo, as the Brits say.

J

Indyk was an Aussie with Aussie Intel before he became a U.S. citizen.

Babak Makkinejad

J:

Mr. Abrams actually is making some sensible statement here:

http://www.cfr.org/publication/18698/us_diplomatic_overture_to_syria_unlikely_to_narrow_gulf_of_differences.html?breadcrumb=%2Fpublication%2Fby_type%2Finterview

He is not a fool.

patrick

Col, Do you think Larry Franklin regrets his plea deal? It appears that his alleged co-conspirators are going to walk on their charges and he is facing 15 years in prison.

Milton Arbogast

In parallel, after 9/11 there was a movement to force Americans with dual nationality to declare themselves a citizen of only one country. This initiative got quite far in Congress and then hit a wall. It died without a sound.

How many people in our government are dual-national Israel/United States?

fanto

MRW,
I thought this was an Aussie and not a Brit wagging his finger; besides his name means some kind of bird (?turtle?)in one of the Eastern European languages

jamzo

what is the purpose of FARA?

what benefit does it provide?

it seems like a political trap

a catch-22

a damned if you do and damned if you don't sitation

a "foreign agent" is a bad guy in our movies and novels

the law essentially says
all you "foreign agents" must register even though we know only a few of you are "bad guys"

maybe the problems the law creates are determined by the title "Foreign Agent Registration Act" (FARA)"

maybe foreign agents and former foreign agents should "lobby" to have the act renamed

maybe as the government policy consultant registration act

registered policy consultants in active status, inactive status, resigned

MRW

All,

Indyk said on a TV panel that he was born in Britain. Just did a google search. Said the same thing. He was Britain-born but Australia-raised.

Clifford Kiracofe

AIPAC and the "Christian" Zionist Lobby organizations, such as Hagee's "Christians United for Israel" (CUFI-for which Google) should be required to register under FARA.

This would then trigger a requirement to similarly register on Capitol Hill with Congress.

harper

Col. Lang, I wish to call your readers' attention to the ample documentation that the Jewish Agency is an official, powerful branch of the Israeli government. Therefore, Dennis Ross' role as chairman of one of their subsidiary organizations should have forced him to register as a foreign agent, under the FARA. He did not do this, and therefore, as Grant Smith, of the Institute for Research on Middle East Policy correctly points out, this should disqualify Ross for any official post in the U.S. government. If your readers wish to look further into the case of the Jewish Agency, and Ross' affiliation, I refer them to Smith's website, irmep.org, which has a collection of U.S. government documents, pertaining to the Jewish Agency. Indeed, an earlier affiliate of the Jewish Agency, the American Zionist council, was forced to register as an agent of the Israeli government by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. As the result, the group was disbanded, and replaced a short time later, by AIPAC, which does not have to logo affiliation with the Jewish Agency that Dennis Ross' organization does. Your posting on Ross and the Jewish Agency front got me going on this, and Grant Smith provided an easy access to all the relevant documentation, which makes for fascinating reading. For example, did you know that the Jewish Agency has preview and veto power over all legislation, before it is presented to the Knesset for a vote? That comes right out of the Jewish Agency charter, which was disclosed to the U.S. Department of Justice through yet another FARA proceeding in the late 1960s. Let us recall the lessons of history, so we don't repeat the mistakes.

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