The FBI now believes that Israel intelligence, working closely with rogue U.S. and other foreign intelligence units, may be responsible for or otherwise deeply involved in the World Trade Center implosions and other acts of terrorism against the United States.
Newsman Jim Galloway, in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reprinted in The Austin American Statesman, November 25, 2001, pg. A-11), reported that of the 1,100 foreigners arrested by the FBI for suspicion of involvement in the September 11 incidents, 100 are Israeli Jews.
Five of the Israelis, say Galloway, were arrested after “Angry witnesses had seen the five at a waterfront park in New Jersey apparently laughing and clowning, and photographing themselves in front of the burning towers.” An FBI surveillance team had been monitoring the five and took photographs of their activities.
One of the five Israelis had assumed a first name of Omer, which is close to the Arabic name Omar. Another had a German passport in addition to his Israeli passport. A third had an international flight booked to Thailand for September 13-two days after the hijackings. Yet another of the five Israelis was discovered by the FBI to be a former paratrooper, assigned to an elite Israeli defense forces unit.
Two more Israeli Jews were arrested in a truck on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, near the site of the crash of American Airlines flight 93.
A box cutter like the ones used in the airliner hijackings was found in their truck along with other incriminating evidence.
Dummy Moving Company
FBI investigators believe that most of the 100 men detained are part of an Israeli intelligence unit operating out of New Jersey, near where the Anthrax letters were mailed. What appears to be a dummy, front company, Urban Moving Systems, of Weehawken, N.J., had been set up and claimed to be “employer” for all of the detained Israelis. Themen, most with bogus or expired travel documents, were able to travel freely by truck throughout the U.S.A.
According to the news report, after the arrests an FBI SWAT team raided the New Jersey warehouse of the Urban Moving Systems operation and seized and carried away a dozen computer hard drives and files.
Behind the scenes, the Israeli government is reported as jumping through hoops trying to get the men released and the FBI investigation shut down. Members of the Israeli parliament called on “friends” in the U.S. Congress. The Mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Ohmert, personally called New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and asked him to intervene.
Meanwhile, Israeli officials are desperately trying to paint the incident as a “mere mistake”-just some silly young men clowning around, unconnected to an official intelligence group. “That’s why the five laughed at the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings,” says Mayor Ehud Ohmert. “They were just being immature and irresponsible.”
A War Brewing
I am hearing that a war is brewing inside the FBI between the FBI agents conducting the investigation and their higher-up, politically-connected superiors. The higher-ups warn that the Israeli thing is “too hot”-an “explosive political volcano.” But the lower-level agents aren’t buying it. They maintain that the arrested Israeli Jews might just hold the key to the whole September 11th debacle.
“These Israeli guys knew what was coming down,” says one embittered FBI veteran. “We would be fools if we let them just fade away into the sunset and pretend they weren’t involved.”
U.S. Intelligence analysts point out how much the nation of Israel has benefited from the September 11th attacks. For over a year, Israel had been widely criticized in the U.S. and in the Western world for its brutal suppression of the Palestinians. Israeli uniformed soldiers, tanks and helicopter gunships were regularly shown on the international TV news in heated exchanges with Palestinian youths armed with nothing more than stones and sticks. Israeli tanks bulldozed Palestinian farms and homes, and humanitarian groups complained that captured Palestinians were being tortured and abused in Israeli prison cells. A recent U.N. conference focused on Jewish racism and discrimination.
But after September 11, sentiment changed dramatically. Sympathy for the Palestinian cause evaporated. The Arabs were universally portrayed as the evil-doers, the “bad guys.” Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stated, “Now we and the Americans are in the same fight.”
The blaming of radical Islamic terrorists for the horrible crimes was the best thing that’s happened for Israel in years.
Now the American people are, once again, solidly in the pro-Israel camp, and “Palestinians be damned!”