“According to the petition Israel unfairly leveraged the business confidential data stolen from US corporations and industry groups to create new export oriented industries to penetrate the American market.”
Few people realize the extent to which Israel cheats, lies to, and steals from the United States.
Grant F. Smith’s excellent book “Spy Trade – How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy” is a must-read for anyone wishing to inform themselves on this and other related matters.
In his ‘foreward’ to the book, former CIA analyst Michael F. Scheuer has this to say:
“(This) excellent, deeply disturbing book… is a welcome addition to a growing scholarly literature documenting beyond reasonable doubt that the Israel lobby’s elite are above U.S. law. The lobby’s illegal and sometimes treasonous behaviour is empowered by critical support from the rank and file. Further, Smith’s work shows that America’s problem is not only Israel and its lobby, but perhaps more dangerously, blanket immunity from prosecution. The harmful activities in which Israel lobby leaders engage are only possible because of their ability to corrupt U.S. politics at every level of government.”
He continues: “Israel’s intelligence services have created…a domestic espionage network in the United States whose operatives do the following…
(a) Steal secret business data that benefits Israel’s economy…
(b) Shield the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from having to register as an agent of a foreign power…
(c) Purloin highly classified military technology that Israel then sells to the highest bidders…
(d) Run covert operations…stealing and passing information to Israel that compromises U.S. foreign, economic and defense policies.
(e) Gain preferential and corrupting access – via illegally coordinated campaign contributions, influence, and intimidation – (to) serving presidents, congressmen, senior law enforcement officials, journalists, judges, bureaucrats, even intelligence officers.
(f) Buy pardons from from presidents…”
And this is the country that Prime Minister Stephen Harper keeps sucking up to? How incredibly dangerous and irresponsible.
I have read this book from cover to cover, and highly recommend it as a source of information. It is rarely that such subversive activities become public knowledge, and thus the average person has little reason to suspect that Israel is anything other than America’s ‘best friend’.
That is definitely not the case!
This book is available through Amazon, see link below.
$6.64 Billion Damages Sought over Israeli Government and AIPAC Use of Stolen Classified US Trade Data
BusinessWire: May 24th, 20110524006801
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today the Section 301 Committee of the US Trade Representative formally received a petition demanding $6.64 billion in compensation for US exporters. In 1984 US exporters were urged to submit business confidential data about their prices, market share, internal costs and market strategy to the International Trade Commission. The USTR guaranteed confidentiality and compiled the data into a classified report for use in negotiating the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
The Israeli government obtained the classified USTR report and passed it to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to use in lobbying and public relations. Declassified FBI investigation files in the petition reveal AIPAC’s legislative director made illicit duplications before returning the report by order of the USTR. The FBI interviewed Israeli Minister of Economics Dan Halpern who admitted obtaining the classified document and giving it to AIPAC.
According to the petition Israel unfairly leveraged the business confidential data stolen from US corporations and industry groups to create new export oriented industries to penetrate the American market. Israel thereby gained an unwarranted systemic advantage. The US-Israel FTA is an anomaly among all bilateral FTAs in that it principally benefits the foreign party, providing a destination for 40% of Israel’s exports. The petition claims it is now a private industry funded foreign aid program. In 2010 the US Israel FTA produced an $11.2 billion US deficit in goods trade. Over a decade the US deficit has averaged $7.09 billion per year. The cumulative US-Israel deficit in current dollars since 1985 is $80.9 billion.
Analysis of all other US-bilateral FTAs reveals that they do not deliver a systemic advantage to either partner. In 2010, the US had a $31.43 billion total surplus with its other bilateral FTA partners, though in 2006 and 2007 these same agreements produced a narrow US deficit.
The petition recommends the $6.64 billion be proportionally divided between nearly 80 US organizations according to their trailing 10 year revenues. If the Israeli government will not pay damages directly, the petition recommends the US implement a five year import duty over all Israeli exports to the United States to generate the compensation.
For information about the petition and compensation formula, contact Grant F. Smith at the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, DC at 202-342-7325 or by email at info@IRmep.org.
Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy
Grant F. Smith, 202-342-7325
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Order “Spy Trade” from Amazon books here.
(There are other books with the same title, be sure to purchase the one by Grant Smith -JG.)
See also “Israel: Kleptomania versus entrepreneurial innovation” here.