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All NSA intel goes directly to Israel: Analyst
The US National Security Agency (NSA) directly sends all of the intelligence that it gathers to the Israeli regime, a political analyst tells Press TV.
“We now know that all of the NSA’s spying is going directly to Israel,” James H. Fetzer, a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, said in a Saturday interview.
“I believe that all of our allies should discontinue sharing their intelligence with the Unites States unless they are willing that it should go directly to Tel Aviv,” the analyst said.
“It would be advisable for the Unites Nations to undertake an exploration of this because it appears to be a violation of national sovereignty for one nation to be spying on the communications of its highest executive officials,” Fetzer added.
He said even if the UN passed a resolution against spying, there would be no guarantee that the two countries would stop their illegal acts of espionage.
“That would be a very appropriate thing for the United Nations to do. But I must admit that Israel and the United States have regularly violated international law and its constraints with impunity,” Fetzer noted, adding, “So, there is no guarantee that even if the United Nations were to pass a resolution against it, that they would discontinue their massive spying efforts especially on the leaders of foreign nations.”
The remarks come against the backdrop of revelations by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, a former employee of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who leaked two top secret US government spying programs against American and foreign nationals.
The NSA scandal took even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed information about US espionage targeting friendly countries.
Last October, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a visit to Washington after it was revealed that her cellphone was monitored by the US surveillance program, as were the state oil company Petrobras and Brazilian citizens.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/04 ... to-israel/
New Snowden Document Implies NSA May Be Putting Israel’s Security Ahead of America’s
Posted on May 14, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog
NSA Routinely Shares Raw Intelligence Data With Israel WITHOUT First Sifting It To Remove Information About US Citizens
The following leaked slide from Edward Snowden was released today by Glenn Greenwald in his new book, No Place to Hide:
If you can’t read the slide, it says:
Balancing the SIGINT exchange equally between US and Israeli needs has been a constant challenge in the last decade, it arguably tilted heavily in favor of Israeli security concerns. 9/11 came, and went, with NSA’s only true Third Party CT relationship being driven almost totally by the needs of the partner.
That is a stunning statement. It implies that the signals intelligence exchange between the American and Israeli governments has been driven almost entirely by the NSA giving information to the Israelis, instead of Israel giving information to the U.S. … even though we were the ones attacked on 9/11.
Remember, the raw data on American citizens collected by the NSA is shared with Israel. As the Guardian reported in September:
The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.
According to the agreement, the intelligence being shared would not be filtered in advance by NSA analysts to remove US communications. “NSA routinely sends ISNU [the Israeli Sigint National Unit] minimized and unminimized raw collection”, it says.
A much stricter rule was set for US government communications found in the raw intelligence. The Israelis were required to “destroy upon recognition” any communication “that is either to or from an official of the US government“. Such communications included those of “officials of the executive branch (including the White House, cabinet departments, and independent agencies), the US House of Representatives and Senate (member and staff) and the US federal court system (including, but not limited to, the supreme court)”.
This not only raises major privacy concerns for American citizens, but it might mean that Israel is spying on the American Congress and other high-level politicians.
We have nothing against Israel, but – as American citizens – we want our intelligence agencies to put the American people and American security first.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/ ... ricas.html
Trying to keep tabs on our politicians to make sure they toe the line and do not cross AIPAC and the Zionist lobby, huh? Also, I am sure it is a great way to keep track of us and see who is criticizing and speaking out against Israeli policy and its treatment of the Palestinians.
Israel spied on Bill Clinton phone conversations: Report
The Israeli spy agency Mossad eavesdropped on diplomatic phone conversations of former US President Bill Clinton with Arab leaders, a report says.
British-Israeli political scientist Ahron Bregman said he has evidence that Mossad spied on Clinton’s conversations, most importantly with former Syrian President Hafez Assad, in 1999.
According to a Friday report by Newsweek magazine, Bregman plans to make these claims public in his forthcoming book entitled, Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Bregman says his accusations are backed by secret transcripts of the telephone calls.
Bregman also alleges that the Israeli regime tapped calls between Clinton and Ehud Barak, former Israeli minister for military affairs.
The allegations are the latest in a series of reports regarding Israeli spying on US targets.
Earlier this month, US media also published documents of National Security Agency (NSA), stating that the Israeli regime conducts espionage activities against the United States to learn its positions on the Middle East issues.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/31 ... ersations/
Israel spies on US to make ‘preemptive moves’
Sat May 31, 2014 4:18PM GMT
The Israeli intelligence agencies spy on the United States so that Israel can make a “preemptive move” to thwart any US-brokered plan in the Middle East that the regime deems against its interests, an analyst says.
“They want to get the jump on any surprises that might be put their way by the United States whose assistance they totally rely on,” Bill Jones of the Executive Intelligence Review told Press TV on Saturday.
Jones made the remarks as Newsweek reports that Israeli spy services eavesdropped on phone calls between former US president Bill Clinton and late Syrian leader Hafez Assad during critical stages of Middle East talks in 1999. At the time, the US was brokering talks that would have led to a “peace agreement” between Israel and Syria.
The analyst added that Israel is probably targeting US officials today as Secretary of State John Kerry has been leading efforts to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
The spying certainly gives the Israelis an “advantage” in the talks, Jones said, because they can always make a “preemptive move” to undermine any agreement they are not pleased with.
US intelligence officials have recently expressed concerns about the scope of Israeli espionage against the United States.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/31 ... by-spying/
NSA has close partnership with Israel
Mon Aug 4, 2014 10:5AM
New documents show a “far-reaching” collaboration between the US National Security Agency and Israeli intelligence services most of which was directed against Palestine.
The NSA "maintains a far-reaching technical and analytic relationship with the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU) sharing information on access, intercept, targeting, language, analysis and reporting," according to an NSA document dated April 13, 2013, which is among other documents revealed by The Intercept on Monday.
The documents show the US has provided Israel with cash, raw data and analysis under agreements reached between the NSA and Israeli SIGINT National Unit also known as Unit 8200, the secretive signals intelligence organization.
The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald wrote that the documents "underscore the indispensable, direct involvement of the US government and its key allies in Israeli aggression against its neighbors. That covert support is squarely at odds with the posture of helpless detachment typically adopted by Obama officials and their supporters."
The documents also show Unit 8200 along with the US, Britain and Canada attempt to collect signals from throughout the Middle East.
In 2003 and 2004, the US explored a "massively expanded intelligence-sharing relationship called 'Gladiator.'" But the Israelis demanded hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for the project, which "appears never to have been consummated," one document shows.
The documents, however, revealed receipts for cash payments to Israel worth $500,000; though it is not clear if the receipts represent one or multiple payments, and that their precise purpose is undocumented.
The report comes at the time that the US strongly condemned a deadly Israeli airstrike on a United Nations school sheltering about 3,000 displaced Palestinians in southern Gaza, saying it is “appalled” by the “disgraceful” attack.
On Sunday, Israel launched another attack on a UN-run school in the town of Rafah, leaving at least 10 people dead and about 30 others injured. This was the third time in 10 days that a UN school has been targeted by the Zionist forces in their nearly month-long offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip.
Israeli warplanes and tanks have been pounding numerous sites inside the Gaza Strip since July 8. The air, sea and land strikes have so far killed over 1,820 Palestinians and injured about 9,400 others.
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/08/0 ... th-israel/
Israel identified as top spying threat to US in NSA document
Wed Aug 6, 2014 9:13PM GMT
A newly published US national security document shows that the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2007 singled out Israel as a top spying threat to the United States.
The NSA document, obtained by US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden, also identified Israel, along with North Korea, Cuba and India, as a “leading threat” to the infrastructure of American financial and banking institutions, The Intercept reported on Monday.
The Intercept, an online magazine, has been launched by American journalist Glenn Greenwald, who also published Snowden's leaks.
The threats were pointed out in the NSA’s 2007 Strategic Mission List, according to the document.
The NSA identified Israel and its intelligence agencies as a security threat to the United States in several areas.
It also emphasized on the threat from Israel’s “development of weapons of mass destruction” and “delivery methods (particularly ballistic and nuclear-capable cruise missiles).”
The NSA document also mentioned Israel’s “WMD and missile proliferation activities” and “cruise missiles” as threats.
In one section of the document, Tel Aviv was ranked as a top perpetrator of “espionage/intelligence collection operations and manipulation/influence operations…against U.S. government, military, science & technology and Intelligence Community” organs.
In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, US activist and commentator Mark Glenn said that Israel is America’s “most dangerous enemy” that spies on US officials to “control” and blackmail them, forcing American politicians to “bow” before the regime in Tel Aviv.
“Israel spies on our elected officials and uses that information against them, particularly information that is embarrassing or possibly even incriminating,” said Glenn, a writer and co-founder of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement.
He went on to say that the US is not a free country that many Americans would like to believe “because at the end of the day, we have politicians who would bow before Israel because they fear the information that Israel’s intelligence services have gathered on them.”
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/06 ... ng-threat/
Hear the interview here:
http://presstv.com/detail/2014/08/03/37 ... ous-enemy/
Israel is America’s “most dangerous enemy” that spies on US officials in order to “control” and blackmail them, forcing American politicians to “bow before Israel,” a US activist and commentator says.
Mark Glenn, a writer and co-founder of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement, an interfaith forum dedicated to uniting Muslims and Christians against Zionists, made these remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday.
A recent report shows Israel spied on US Secretary of State John Kerry last year during failed talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Glenn said that this is “something Israel has always done.”
According to German weekly Der Spiegel, Israelis and at least one other secret service eavesdropped on Kerry’s phone conversations as he tried to resume the so-called peace talks last year.
“This is how Israel controls American politicians... [and] maneuvers American foreign policy in directions that are favorable to her,” Glenn said.
“Israel spies on our elected officials and uses that information against them, particularly information that is embarrassing or possibly even incriminating,” he noted. Israel is the “most dangerous enemy” that the US and the whole world has ever faced, Glenn added.
He stated the United States is not the superpower or free country that many Americans would like to believe “because at the end of the day, we have politicians who would bow before Israel because they fear the information that Israel’s intelligence services have gathered on them.”
Here is the article from The Intercept:
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014 ... veillance/
This sharing includes information on Palestinians.
The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza.
Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and ISNU work cooperatively with the British and Canadian spy agencies, the GCHQ and CSEC.
The new Snowden documents illustrate a crucial fact: Israeli aggression would be impossible without the constant, lavish support and protection of the U.S. government, which is anything but a neutral, peace-brokering party in these attacks. And the relationship between the NSA and its partners on the one hand, and the Israeli spying agency on the other, is at the center of that enabling.
Under this expanded cooperation, the Americans and Israelis work together to gain access to “geographic targets [that] include the countries of North Africa, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, South Asia, and the Islamic republics of the former Soviet Union.” It also includes “a dedicated communications line between NSA and ISNU [that] supports the exchange of raw material, as well as daily analytic and technical correspondence.”
The relationship has provided Israel with ample support for both intelligence and surveillance: “The Israeli side enjoys the benefits of expanded geographic access to world-class NSA cryptanalytic and SIGINT engineering expertise, and also gains controlled access to advanced U.S. technology and equipment via accommodation buys and foreign military sales.” Among Israel’s priorities for the cooperation are what the NSA calls “Palestinian terrorism.”
Ironic that they do this even as they consider Israel to be a serious threat to them.
But even as the NSA and its partners are directed by political branches to feed the Israelis surveillance data and technology, they constantly characterize Israel as a threat – both to their own national security and more generally to regional peace. In stark contrast to the public statements about Israel made by American and British officials, the Snowden archive is replete with discussions of the Israelis as a menace rather than an ally.
NSA documents previously published by the Guardian stated that “one of NSA’s biggest threats is actually from friendly intelligence services, like Israel.” Another notes that the National Intelligence Estimate ranked Israel as “the third most aggressive intelligence service against the U.S.”
British officials have a similar view of the Israelis, describing them as a “very real threat to regional stability.” One top secret GCHQ planning document from 2008 notes that “policy makers remain deeply concerned over the potential threat that Israel poses to a peaceful resolution of the Iran problem, and to some of Israel’s less desirable activities in the region.” Moreover, “Israel’s thinking on the long-term threat offered by Iran to its fundamental foreign policy strategy of armed deterrence may create very real threats to regional stability in 2009.”
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