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23 April 2009

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MRW.

To think that indicted Steve Rosen had the temerity to crow six weeks ago that he brought down Chas Freeman's nomination as chair of the National Intelligence Council. Truly outrageous.

Harper: commenters on another Web site said that Franklin isn't serving jail time because his name doesn't come up in the Federal Bureau of Prisons database. Do you know anything about this? Was he hauled off to jail the day you were there for sentencing? Is he in a military jail?

Another question: what precisely did Franklin get 12 years for? I thought it was for passing classified documents. Wasn't it established that Israel asked for them via Rosen and Weissman?

Sidney O. Smith III

Incisive analysis. Thanks.

McNulty is probably the one that let AIPAC off the hook. One look at Wiki, and it is clear that McNulty fails to inspire. Key quote: "[McNulty] was appointed the U.S. attorney in Alexandria three days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. McNulty, who had no trial experience…"

No trial experience? Odds are high he was a neoconservative political appointee and nothing more -- hardly enough to motivate those in the office who work day and night investigating and prosecuting cases. Contra. Patrick Fitzgerald who would annihilate Addington.

Re: Aipac trial. The administration of justice demands that prosecutors sometimes try a case, even it is not a slam dunk. As the metaphorical saying goes in the courthouse, you just fall on your sword, ego be damned. And in some ways, when the odds are stacked against you, trying the case is that much more interesting because you can take greater chances.

I haven’t look closely at the underlying facts of the aipac case nor the legal proceedings, but, off hand, it looks triable to me. If I recall, the judge previously denied a motion to dismiss, so obviously a foundation to try to the case exists. Franklin’s testimony, plus carefully crafted jury charges, can overcome the judge’s prior ruling that was adverse to the prosecutors. The key, I suppose, is introducing evidence that the defendants actually knew that passing on the info was against US interests. Seems doable to me, at least to the point, where you can escape a directed verdict type motion. Can’t help but believe you’d see some fascinating pre-trial hearings that would determine the scope of Franklin’s testimony, and I can’t help but wonder what the honorable judge thinks about declarations against interest.

The fact the case has taken so long to go to trial isn’t the end of the world. If things were to fall into place, a successful appeal becomes more difficult because the judge has protected the record. I know nothing about the judge but right now, my presumption is that he is tops. Then again, I still believe in the system and often find myself an apologist, generally speaking, for the federal judiciary.

curious

I am trying to find out when harmon was in Israel... haven't find it yet.

http://www.house.gov/harman/jane/photos.shtml
(May 31, 2005) Trip to Israel (meet and greet, can't find detail.)

anyway, more dates

http://gawker.com/5219681/congresswoman-waddles-into-israeli-spy-storm

On Dec. 21, 2005, in the midst of a firestorm of criticism about the wiretaps, Harman issued a statement defending the operation and slamming the Times, saying, "I believe it essential to U.S. national security, and that its disclosure has damaged critical intelligence capabilities."

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And thanks to grateful Bush administration officials, the investigation of Harman was effectively dead.


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http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/04/20/alberto-gonzales-blackmail-notes-and-jane-harmans-support/

So here's what this looks like. In 2004, Gonzales makes notes of the March 10 meeting after it became clear Comey and friends might make legal trouble after Bush continued the program without DOJ authorization. He did so specifically to record the reactions of the Gang of Eight. Later that year, Jane Harman encourages the NYT to drop its story about Bush's law-breaking.

The following year, Gonzales' DOJ has Jane Harman caught in what it considers "a completed crime." Yet Gonzales declines further investigation and prosecution of that alleged crime, because he needs Harman to give cover to the Administration for its own "completed crime," and he's got a briefcase full of notes to ensure she will give that cover.


http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Jane_Harman

In October 2006, it was reported that Harman was under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly (with the help of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee enlisting wealthy donors to lobby House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to retain Harman as the head Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. The investigation into the alleged campaign to support Harman for the leadership post began in mid-2005 after media reports said that Pelosi might name Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) to succeed Harman. In addition to investigating alleged calls made at Harman’s behest by wealthy Democratic Party contributors to Pelosi, the probe is also looking into whether, in exchange for help from AIPAC, Harman agreed to try to persuade the Bush Administration to go easy on AIPAC officials involved in a broader investigation. [1]

William R. Cumming

An interesting book could be written on the close linkages and communications between the Eastern District of Virginia and its various US Attorneys and Assistants and so-called "Main Justice" and its politicals. Really in many ways just one organization when it comes to National Security issues and policies and cooperation and collaboration. Probably makes the US
Attorney for the Easter District one of the most significant Presidential appointments (subject to Senate confirmation of course like all US attorneys.)

Highlander

Colonel,

What is with the harp? Like the Scottish Chiefs, do you have your own personal harpist? Are is the harp one of Congress person Harman's interest?

The beaver

In this timeline:
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/the_harman-aipac_story_a_timeline.php?ref=fp1?ref=m1

* May 2005 - Larry Franklin, a former employee of the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, is indicted for passing to lobbyists for AIPAC information about US policy on Iran.

* Oct 2005 - Franklin pleads guilty to unauthorized disclosure of classified information, and is later sentenced to almost 13 years in prison.

Cloned Poster

Message for fnord from earlier thread:

Harman is Jewish, that said, according to US News, she is one rich bitch.

JerseyJeffersonian

Highlander,

I think that the image of the harp is an acknowledgment of the poster, pseudonymously known as "Harper".

But then again, perhaps this is merely in keeping with Col. Lang's practice of making ironic commentary through his choice of the images that accompany his posts, and could be construed as an oblique reference to the skill with which AIPAC plays the members of our political/pundit/media class. You know, like a harp...

J

Cloned Poster,

How much of Ms. Harman's wealth is perhaps 're-funneled' (Israeli government laundering of U.S. tax dollars into special bank accounts and Congressional campaign donations through their special quislings 'big donors' to reward 'their bought-n-paid-for' Members of Congress under-the-table) U.S. economic loan dollars Congress authorizes each year to Israel? Just a question for thought.

charlottemom

As rich as they are the Harmons would be richer if Harmon Industries LBO by KKR and Goldman hadn't collapsed with credit crisis

fnord

"Franklin was, remember, a gopher for Feith, Wurmser, Luti, Rhode, Shulsky, Wolfowitz, Perle, Ledeen etal. "

I think the correct term is fluffer, sir. If you excuse my guttertalk.

Given this, and the JSF hack, and the Estonian & Georgian episodes "we" have to sit down and realize that we are lagging in cyber-conflict models. Its so easy to infiltrate systems these days using sleeperbots etc. that its like the old defensive/offensive-stationary/mobile matrice, if yknow what I mean. "We" really need to sit down and take that part seriously as well as the problems of the whole COIN model.

fnord

Cloned poster: just drop the Jew word, because it is inprecise, its like saying "muslim". In Europe, it has a lot of connotations, it makes us react. Say what branch of Judaism she comes from. Be precise. Im old anti-fa.

curious

The F35 leak

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Reports-of-Cyberthefts-From-F-35-Program-05392/#more-5392

In October 2008, the DoD Inspector General removed its report about BAE, on the grounds that they lacked “sufficient appropriate evidence” that advanced technology and classified information may have been compromised. Now, a Wall Street Journal report maintains that:

“Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon’s $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project…. intruders were able to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to design and electronics systems…. Six current and former officials familiar with the matter confirmed that the fighter program had been repeatedly broken into. The Air Force has launched an investigation.

....The intruders compromised the system responsible for diagnosing a plane’s maintenance problems during flight…. [the] plane’s most vital systems—such as flight controls and sensors—are physically isolated from the publicly accessible Internet…. intruders entered through vulnerabilities in the networks of two or three contractors…”

BAE Systems is one of the 3 biggest contractors in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, alongside Northrop Grumman and below program lead Lockheed Martin. Within the information accessible from the Internet, the Wall Street Journal adds that the crackers:

curious

btw, georgia is heating up again. This after russia say no on nato exercise, and asking why the MD is still on.

http://informationdissemination.blogspot.com/2009/04/russia-deploys-black-sea-fleet.html

This afternoon, the Eurasia Daily Monitor also noted the chatter in the region, and weighed in on the unfolding events.

It is important that the Russian military acknowledges its mobilization and forward deployment of troops and ships. At present, it is impossible to know precisely how many additional army units have been moved within striking distance of Georgian territory. However, the composition of the naval force that disembarked from Sevastopol is not secret, since the Ukrainian authorities must be informed. It seems to be larger than the force that was deployed against Georgia last August. Four large amphibious landing craft left Sevastopol last week, while in August 2008 only two were reportedly deployed to insert a regiment of marines into Abkhazia in the small port of Ochamchira, close to the border with Georgia (Vlast, August 18). The marines were later deployed in the invasion of Western Georgia.

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Iran and middle east might come into play. and oil price.

Tom Griffin

I've done some background research on Uzi Arad as part of the Neocon Europe project I mentioned on a thread a while back. The resulting profile is still a bit of a mess, but there might be some interesting points in there:
http://www.neoconeurope.eu/index.php/Uzi_Arad

Clifford Kiracofe

The ethnic press says:

"Washington — Leaks of wiretap transcripts involving a member of Congress and a “suspected Israeli agent” have shone a rare light on the scope of suspicion the American intelligence establishment harbors toward Israel and its supporters..."
http://forward.com/articles/105045/

One should conclude that counterintelligence pressure on Israel and its operations in and against the US must be increased.

Bill Wade, NH, USA

Justin Raimondo's take on Harmon's shamelessness:

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2009/04/23/the-shamelessness-of-jane-harman/

William R. Cumming

Fuuly agree with PL that AIPAC trial should continue to its bitter end! Reason is simple! It may be PL's sought after thread but leading to unwinding of a large number of sweaters not just the influence of Israel on Executive Branch and Congress.

zed

About time this stays on the front page of the IHT politics page. AG Gonzo shold be strung up as well for keeping national interests exposed to hostile foreign entities knowingly.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/us/politics/24harman.html?ref=middleeast

Cloned Poster

Posted by: fnord | 23 April 2009 at 06:37 PM

With all due respects fnord, I will not, there is a muslim extremists bullshit media msm hyper-play etc.

so spare me your diplomatic language.

curious

But Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales told the director of the agency, Porter J. Goss, to hold off on briefing lawmakers about the conversation, between Ms. Harman and an Israeli intelligence operative, despite a longstanding government policy to inform Congressional leaders quickly whenever a member of Congress could be a target of a national security investigation.

One reason Mr. Gonzales intervened, the former officials said, was to protect Ms. Harman because they saw her as a valuable administration ally in urging The New York Times not to publish an article about the National Security Agency’s program of wiretapping without warrants.

The accounts provided new details about tension between senior C.I.A. officials and the attorney general over what to make of the wiretapped conversations involving Ms. Harman, which the former government officials said first occurred in spring 2005. The involvement of both Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Goss in the case involving Ms. Harman was first reported by Congressional Quarterly, but the former officials provided new details.

A person who is familiar with Mr. Gonzales’s account of the events said that the former attorney general had acknowledged having raised with Mr. Goss the idea that Ms. Harman was playing a helpful role in dealing with The Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/us/politics/24harman.html?_r=1&ref=fp9

Babak Makkinejad

curious:

Here is the Shah of Iran speaking - 1974

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQgZ3oLp_WY

charlottemom

Any future discussion on torture and Harmon scandal will be sidelined by the latest global swine flu epidemic. This story will suck the oxygen out of all geo-political stories into the near future. Would love to see Col. Lang initiate a discussion on this new threat.

G Hazeltine

Philip Giraldi on Harmon. Devastating.

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2009/04/26/some-might-call-it-treason/

Norman Birnbaum

The credibility of all would be greatly increased by attention to not quite minor details like spelling of names (Harman, Saban, are correct)----and it is surprising that Harman's misadventures evoke so much indignation after the cases of figures like Abrams, Indyk,m Ross.
Some of this rests on fraud in which excessively gullible political customers believe the claims of the American Jewish Committee, AIPAC, Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, to represent a large majority of American Jewry. The membership numbers are nowhere near that and the sentiments and ideas are divided. The fault lies in the reluctance of members of the Congress and the Senate (across all ethnic and religious affiliations)and the media to scrutinize these groups with a minimum of critical distance .....Norman Birnbaum

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