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Ten Explosive U.S. Government Secrets about Israel.doc

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Ten Explosive U.S. GovernmentSecrets about Israel
Absent greater transparency, Americans should assume the worst
By Grant F. Smith
October 24, 2013 "Information Clearing House- "IRmep" - - In 1968 Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms wrote urgently to AttorneyGeneral Ramsey Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson that some highlyenriched uranium fueling Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor was stolen fromAmerica. LBJ reportedly uttered, "Don't tell anyone else, even [Secretary of State] Dean Rusk and [Defense Secretary] Robert McNamara." The FBIimmediately launched adeep investigationinto the inexplicably heavy lossesat the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation  NUMEC in Pennsylvania and the highly suspicious activities and Israeli connections of the Americans running it. The CIA was tasked to find out what was going onin Israel, and compiledthousands of documents about the incident. (PDF)Although CIA officials in a position to know unofficially went on recordclaiming a diversion had occurred, for decades the CIA has thwarteddeclassification and release of the LBJ memos. On October 18, 2013 theonly appeals panel with the power to overrule the CIA—the InteragencySecurity Classification Appeals Panel ISCAP—sent notification thatAmericans are not yet ready to know the contents of the memos (ISCAPdecisionPDF). This denial of public release of decades-old secretsconcerning U.S.-Israel relations is far from unique. Although the Obamaadministration promisedunprecedented transparency, it has emasculated the public's ability to give informed consent on a wide range of key foreign policy issues. A review of ten particularly toxic U.S. secrets about Israelsuggests stakeholders should start assuming the worst but most logicalexplanation.
In 2006 former Secretary of DefenseDonald Rumsfeld famously toldreporters at an Iraq war briefing"There are known knowns. Theseare things we know that we know.There are known unknowns. That isto say, there are things that we knowwe don't know. But there are alsounknown unknowns. There arethings we don't know we don'tknow." Bush administration secrecyand Rumsfeld's pithy quotes failed toquell gradual public awareness thatthe ill-fated invasion was launchedon purposely fabricated pretexts.And yet the Iraq debacle could have been avoided if Americans had been better informed over time how government truly functions through greater access to the fourth category left unmentioned by Rumsfeld: "unknownknowns.""Unknown knowns" are the paradigm-shifting bits of information knownonly by a select few in government but kept from their fellow Americancitizens because they would reveal indefensible, secret policies andinstitution-level corruption that favor a special interest. By locking"unknown knowns" under heavy guard in document archives, covering themin secrecy classification stamps and making an example out of whistleblowers who release them without authorization, busy bureaucratswith the highest security clearances maintain a vast and growing trove of "unknown knowns." Historians and watchdog organizations are continuallythwarted in their mandate to contextualize and educate the public aboutrelevant past events that could deeply inform the governed—and ultimatelyimprove governance. Senator Carl Schurz said, "My country right or wrong,if right, to be kept right, and if wrong, to be set right." "Unknown knowns"obliterate the public's ability to execute the latter two-thirds of that sageadvice.Even the passage of time does not guarantee "unknown knowns" ever  become "known knowns." Under current government records preservationguidelines—particularly for information that researchers are not activelyseeking to declassify—some "unknown knowns" quietly become "unknown
unknowns" as they decay, are physically destroyed, erased or "lost." Manyknowledgeable former officials take their secrets to the grave. As a productof theill-gotten power and influence of the Israel lobby, the pile of "unknown knowns" about U.S.-Israel policy is particularly large. CuriousAmericans who rightfully question official narratives about the U.S.-Israel"special relationship" have often requested "unknown knowns" under theFreedom of Information Act. Former government insiders who knowfirsthand about explosive secrets often seek their public release to alert othersusing the Mandatory Declassification Review, even requesting documents byname, subject, location, author and date. After such "unknown knowns" (likethe LBJ memos) are unsuccessfully sought for decades by multipleresearchers, well-warranted suspicions arise about the reasons behind theimpermeable government wall of refusal. The following ten US-Israel policy"unknown knowns" suggest the Israel lobby's ongoing corrupt power is theonly possible explanation for why they are still secret.
1. Henry MorgenthauJr's Israel policy
is thestuff of legend inaccounts about the birth of Israel. Someresearchers claim thatFDR's former TreasurySecretary
was presentat the original 1945meeting of AmericanZionists with JewishAgency executivedirector David Ben-Gurion to set up the massive Haganah smugglingnetwork to steal, illegally buy and smuggle surplus WWII arms from the U.S.to Jewish fighters in Palestine. (reportPDF) This was the first major  broadly organized Israel lobby challenge to U.S. sovereignty. It successfullyoverrode American policy enshr ined inneutrality and arms export laws.Others claim Morgenthau was alsoinstrumentalin the illicit financingIsrael's clandestine nuclear weapons program in direct opposition to policyset by American presidents.The FBI's dusty 10,000 page file on Morgenthau, numbered 105-HQ-188123(the105 codesignifies "foreign counterintelligence") including intercepts toMorgenthau from Israel, could finally clear up many of these allegations,

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