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THAT DAY, This 9/11, FOX and Bob Dylan

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In December 2001, FOX News began a four part series [that has since been removed from their website] regarding Israel's spying on America. However, Information Clearing House preserved those insights.

In Part One, Part I, host Brit Hume stated,

"It has been more than 16 years since a civilian working for the Navy was charged with passing secrets to Israel. Jonathan Pollard pled guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage and is serving a life sentence. At first, Israeli leaders claimed Pollard was part of a rogue operation, but later took responsibility for his work. Now Fox News has learned some U.S. investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the U.S., who may have known things they didn't tell us before September 11. Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron has details in the first of a four-part series." [3]

Carl Cameron reported, "Since September 11, more than 60 Israelis have been arrested or detained, either under the new patriot anti-terrorism law, or for immigration violations. A handful of active Israeli military were among those detained, according to investigators, who say some of the detainees also failed polygraph questions when asked about alleged surveillance activities against and in the United States. There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that they Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are "tie-ins." But when asked for details, he flatly refused to describe them, saying, "evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information." [Ibid]

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Numerous classified documents obtained by Fox News indicated that even prior to September 11; as many as 140 other Israelis had been detained or arrested in a secretive and sprawling investigation into suspected espionage by Israelis in the United States. Investigators from numerous government agencies are part of a working group that's been compiling evidence since the mid '90s. These documents detail hundreds of incidents in cities and towns across the country that investigators say, "May well be an organized intelligence gathering activity." [Ibid]

"Why would Israelis spy in and on the U.S.? A general accounting office investigation referred to Israel as country A and said, 'According to a U.S. intelligence agency, the government of country A conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the U.S. of any U.S. ally.' [Ibid]

"A defense intelligence report said Israel has a voracious appetite for information and said, 'the Israelis are motivated by strong survival instincts which dictate every possible facet of their political and economical policies. It aggressively collects military and industrial technology and the U.S. is a high priority target"Israel possesses the resources and technical capability to achieve its collection objectives.' "[Ibid]

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After the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, Israel's economy was devastated, but then came 9/11, and "suddenly new profit vistas opened up for any company that claimed it could spot terrorists in crowds, seal borders from attack and extract confessions from closed-mouthed prisoners"Many of the country's most successful entrepreneurs are using Israel's status as a fortressed state, surrounded by furious enemies, as a kind of twenty-four-hour-a-day showroom--a living example of how to enjoy relative safety amid constant war"Israel now sends $1.2 billion in "defense" products to the United States--up dramatically from $270 million in 1999"That makes Israel the fourth-largest arms dealer in the world"Much of this growth has been in the so-called "homeland security" sector. Before 9/11 homeland security barely existed as an industry. By the end of this year, Israeli exports in the sector will reach $1.2 billion--an increase of 20 percent. The key products and services are "precisely the tools and technologies Israel has used to lock in the occupied territories. Israel has learned to turn endless war into a brand asset, pitching its uprooting, occupation and containment of the Palestinian people as a half-century head start in the "global war on terror." [4]

"The only person you have to think twice about lying to is either yourself or to God."-Bob Dylan

All governments lie and politicians get addicted to gaining and keeping power and religion has been misused for eons to divide people.

On THAT DAY we call 9/11, the last thing I wanted to do was shop, but it was also the day that Dylan's "Love and Theft" came out. I was the only customer in the record shop when I arrived to purchase it, shortly after I learned at 12:45 PM that the Twin Towers had fallen and the Pentagon was tattered.

I had spent three hours that morning on my circular drive rollerblading and upon emerging from the shower, my daughter phoned me from her high school. She told me to put the TV on and wanted to know if it was the end of the world.

I wondered the same too, and I cringed at all the politicians and pundits calling for revenge. As I viewed the images of smoke and despair, while hearing Bob singing in my inner ear about The Groom still waiting at the altar, my heart then welled up with a verse from II Chronicles 6:1:

"The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness."

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I also wondered about how Abraham Lincoln had always reflected upon if he were on Gods side and I prayed that NOW that we all knew that our nuclear arsenal is no protection against the rage of a few mad men; would this president lead in the way of the NONVIOLENT Jesus?

But hawks were already circling and FEAR ran through the heartland blinding eyes and hardening hearts.

On this eve of the eighth anniversary of that day we call 9/11, I wonder what our founding fathers would say to this president and Tom Paine's words of wisdom are ripe for these modern times:

"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."

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Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 

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