Wednesday, October 25, 2006

FBI Witch Hunt Against Jews?

Apparently, the FBI believes Jews are a huge threat. Why else do they keep investigating Jews and their ties to AIPAC? Their latest target is Congresswoman Jane Harmon. And I’m disgusted. This story doesn’t even make sense! How in the world would AIPAC’s support get her a chairwomanship? Smells like a witch hunt to me, and I find that very scary (I must be freaked out to actually do two posts in one day):

Probe of Harman's AIPAC Ties Confirmed
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 25, 2006; Page A06

Federal law enforcement sources confirmed yesterday that the FBI opened an investigation in 2005 into whether Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) improperly enlisted the aid of a pro-Israel lobbying group, but they cautioned that no evidence of wrongdoing was found.

The inquiry focused on whether Harman had made promises to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in exchange for its support of her desire to become chairman of the House intelligence committee if Democrats take control of the House, several law enforcement sources said.

Although the case is still considered open, officials said, the allegations have not been substantiated, and there has been no significant investigative activity on the issue in recent months. The inquiry was first reported by Time magazine.

Harman -- who has hired prominent GOP lawyer Theodore B. Olson, a former solicitor general -- told Time that the allegations were "irresponsible, laughable and scurrilous."

Sources said the Harman inquiry was an outgrowth of the ongoing criminal prosecution of two former AIPAC lobbyists who are charged with violating the Espionage Act in connection with receiving national defense information and transmitting it to journalists and employees of the Israeli Embassy who were not entitled to receive it. Lawrence Franklin, a former Pentagon analyst who pleaded guilty to passing government secrets to the two lobbyists, was sentenced this year to more than 12 years in prison.

Time reported that investigators were looking at whether Harman -- who is involved in an intraparty dispute over who might head the intelligence panel -- promised to try to persuade the Justice Department to "go lighter" on the former AIPAC officials.

AIPAC spokesman Patrick Dorton said yesterday that the group "would never engage in a quid pro quo in relation to a federal investigation or other federal matter."


At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is one thing i can't stand in Washington it is Lobbyist groups, they are the breed of corruption. I'm not sure that this is about them being Jew, as much as it is about cracking down on lobbyist groups, and definitely if illegal activity has been going on, they should be investigated.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Actually Robert, AIPAC is the best friend Israel has. They fight to help with funding, they help with legislation, they keep the Jewish community informed about things. You should check them out; I have a link on the right nav to them. I personally invite you to policy conference in March in DC... you'll get to meet with your Congressperson on Capitol Hill on Israel's behalf. :) It's an amazing experience. I'm going for my third time and can't wait!

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about them, so i wont say they are doing anything wrong, or anything like that, but if there is nothing illegal going on, than a investigation will turn up nothing, right?

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Exactly. That's what the article says. They haven't turned up anything. I'm angry they bothered. Who's the next Jew they'll suspect of doing something shifty for AIPAC or Israel? How about going after people funding Hezbollah and Hamas instead?? Lord knows that's who's trying to kill us, not Israelis.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent point, but the government being efficent is only in our dreams.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Oh I hardly expect efficent at this point. But must I have threatening? :(

At 6:23 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Esther there is a huge problem with anti-semitism in the government. My security clearance was held up for two years due to the gift of Isreali bonds 25 years earlier.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I saw this story last week in the WaPo. If the investigation is still open and if the allegations are still unsubstantiated, why did the WaPo even run the story?

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Rachy said...

I wish I could think of something intelligent to say, but really... WTF?


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