(Israeli spy Netanyahu addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress in 2010)
I delivered this letter today to the local offices for Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Mark Begich:
July 6, 2012
Hon. Lisa Murkowski
Hon. Mark Begich
United States Senate
Dear Senators Murkowski and Begich,
A number of sourceshave been reportingsince the 4th of July that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been implicated in participation in a ring which stole nuclear technology from the United States over a period of years, dating from 1972, with the formation of front companies in Israel and the United States designed to illegally obtain and receive items for the former country’s nuclear armament programs.
Aspects of these illegal and controversial espionage activities have been known for years, and were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 1985 and 2002. Documents that are part of that investigation came to light on June 27th, 2012. Even with many redactions, they clearly implicate the current Prime Minister of Israel with participation in an extensive criminal conspiracy that did serious damage to American interests worldwide.
The first American story on this was written on July 4, by Grant F. Smith, Director of the Institute for Research, Middle Eastern Policy in Washington DC. In part, Mr. Smith writes:
On June 27, 2012, the FBI partially declassified and released seven additional pages [.pdf] from a 1985–2002 investigation into how a network of front companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S.* The newly released FBI files detail how Richard Kelly Smyth — who was convicted of running a U.S. front company — met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node of the smuggling network, Heli Trading Company. Netanyahu, who currently serves as Israel’s prime minister, recently issued a gag order that the smuggling network’s unindicted ringleader refrain from discussing “Project Pinto.”
The FBI information release states in part, in reference to Prime Minister Netanyahu:
FBI agents interviewed Smyth on April 16-17, 2002, at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. The secret interview report details how during a trip to Israel Smyth was “spotted” by Milchan, who claimed he worked as an exclusive purchasing agent for the Ministry of Defense. Smyth was introduced around to high military officials including then-general Ariel Sharon. Smyth was also put in contact with Benjamin Netanyahu, who worked at Heli Trading Company. According to the FBI report, “Smyth and [Netanyahu] would meet in restaurants in Tel Aviv and in [Netanyahu's] home and/or business. It was not uncommon for [Netanyahu] to ask Smyth for unclassified material.”
I have attached the relevant part of the FBI report below:
My concern regarding this serious matter is as follows:
1. Sen. Begich, as a member of Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; and Sen. Murkowski, as a member of the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; you both have direct responsibilities of oversight on issues concerning national security. As part of those duties I request you find out more about what damage Mr. Netanyahu may have done to our national interests in his capacity as a member of an immensely damaging foreign espionage ring.
2. Should information you find reflect actual damage to our interests, I would like to request that you seek an indictment against Mr. Netanyahu through the U.S. Department of Justice, to be activated the day he leaves office.
3. Until an investigation has been made and concluded, I would like to request that you investigate the possibility that Prime Minister Netanyahu be declared a Persona non Grata within the borders of the United States and its possessions, and that no information of strategic value to our national interests be shared with him or with any member of his cabinet.
From Thursday’s successful effort by Dan Fagan, Steve Aufrecht and others to get a lot of people to consider, or to actually sign up as write-in candidates in the November 2nd Alaska U.S. Senate election, through Halloween night, one strange aspect of Joe Miller and his campaign, or another, has dominated the major national web-based news aggregators:
1. Right wing talk jock Dan Fagan urges on his KFQD-AM Anchorage radio program, that people go down to the Alaska Division of Elections offices to file as write-in candidates for U.S. Senate, before Thursday’s end-of-day filing deadline. As complaints gather at KFQD‘s parent company, Dan is told to take Friday off. The Miller campaign then tries to pump this into an example of the heavy-handed Lisa Murkowski once again suppressing dissent. 160 people sign up, ,making it so that the Division of Elections will not have an easy task explaining to voters how to write in Murkoski’s name Monday and Tuesday, without also exlaining how to write in each name on the list for that office.
2. Anchorage TV station KTVA‘s planning for coverage of Thursday evening’s Joe Miller rally at the Denai’ina Center, and for an interview with Miller gets recorded accidentally by a message machine at the Miller campaign. The rally itself, hijacked by Sarah Palin and turned into a self-promotion tool, is another Tea Party rehearsal for Christo-Fascism. . . . Read the rest of this entry →
The Scott McAdams campaign decided Wednesday evening to initially feed the results of the Hays Research poll, the first to show Joe Miller in dead last place, to the blogosphere. Influential Alaska media outlets have openly declared for Lisa Murkowski, and the campaign felt it would be better to give initial spin to new media than to outlets who might spin the poll results adversely to McAdams’ campaign, which gained new wind in its sails Thursday as a result of the fresh breeze.
Very early Thursday, the results were announced first by the Alaska blog, The Mudflats, then a few hours later, in a front-page post at Daily Kos by Kos.
The poll, as related here earlier, shows Miller now in third place, with Sen. Murkowski in the lead, and Scott McAdams within margin of error: Murkowski – 34%, McAdams – 29%. Miller – 23%.
The Hays poll was commissioned by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who are supporting McAdams. A few hours later, a poll funded by the Murkowski supporting PAC, Alaskans Standing Together, came out with markedly different results: Murkowski – 43.5%, Miller – 29.1%, McAdams – 22.5%.
Both of these polls were taken just before the most damning information yet to emerge on Miller had been digested.
A lawsuit filed in mid-October by The Alaska Dispatch (Murkowski), The Anchorage Daily News (Murkowski) and The Fairbanks News-Miner (uncommitted), seeking disclosure of the parts of Miller’s personnel file at the Fairbanks North Star Borough as an attorney, ended with publication of voluminous information on Miller’s duplicity while working there. The facts that came out also contradict many recent Miller statements about what such a disclosure might reveal about his job performance.
The plain, bare truth of what Miller did, attempting to influence an election for the chair of the Alaska Republican Party, in early 2008, is this:
He checked before he came in that day, to make sure everyone in the office would be gone. Then he hacked four borough computers, used by his colleagues in their work as attorneys. After he was done trying to influence the scenario in which he hoped to take control of the Alaska Republican Party by creating fictitious input sources, her realized that he had to cover his tracks. So he tried to delete the record of his hacking. doing this screwed up caches involving ongoing legal work by his colleagues on cases he wasn’t part of. When he was caught, this is what happened . . . Read the rest of this entry →
Democratic Party nominee Scott McAdams announced today that his campaign has raised over a million dollars so far, in his quest to pull off a surprising victory against two opposing candidates who are entering stages of terminal infighting.
Joe Miller, who has had a succession of "worst week yet" weeks, is in the middle of the worst one yet. Not only did his Sunday evening arrest on of an award-winning news editor at a public event by unlicensed goons working for a company that itself is unlicensed go viral nationally, it has since gotten worse.
Yesterday, the blog Palingates detailed the extensive links between the illegal company’s owner and a sordid array of militia characters only two steps removed from Timothy McVeigh. Multiple contacts between the company’s owner and Miller himself are now starting to trickle out. As Palingates put it in their post on Monday:
Joe Miller chose a security firm for his campaign event which is not only unlicensed, but also right at the heart of an extreme militia group, with the owner of the security firm being a local commander of the militia and also the main supplier. This Alaskan militia is headed by the notorious Norm Olson, who played a major role in the radical militia movement in the 1990′s in Michigan, a movement which is at least partly to blame for the Oklahoma bombing.
According to Hopfinger, Miller’s security team pushed him and he pushed back because he felt his personal space was being invaded. He says guards detained him and accused him of trespassing, although the town hall was a public event held at a public building.
Miller security guard William Fulton said in a statement Sunday that he was responding to Hopfinger’s actions.
“The Dispatch reporter repeatedly pushed a camera into the face of Mr. Miller,” Fulton said. “He continued to aggressively pursue him. I told the reporter several times that he needed to stop and that he was trespassing, he ignored me. He then proceeded to stalk Mr. Miller and even shoved an individual into a locker. Based upon this trespass and his assault, we detained him and escorted him from the premises.”
Hopfinger says he waited for about half an hour in handcuffs for police to show up. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
Last Monday, under increasing pressure from the Alaska press to release more details of why his employment as an attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) ended in controversy, Miller scheduled, canceled, then rescheduled a press conference(2). At that event, Miller closed, stating:
We’ve drawn a line in the sand. You can ask me about background, you can ask about personal issues — I’m not going to answer. I’m not.
During this past week, press hostility toward Miller understandably grew. As a result of Miller’s refusal to sign a release allowing the FNSB to release his employment records, the former mayor of Fairbanks, Republican Jim Whitaker made a public statement(3) on Miller’s job performance there:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller was nearly fired from his job as a borough attorney in 2008 after using borough computers in an attempt to oust the chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska, former borough Mayor Jim Whitaker said Wednesday.
Whitaker said Miller’s actions violated the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s ethics policy but did not result in a termination because the borough needed Miller to continue working on its lawsuit about how much to tax the trans-Alaska pipeline system.
Miller eventually resigned from borough employment on Sept. 1, 2009. “I’m speaking now because this occurred on my watch as mayor, because I know the truth, and because I have an obligation to tell the truth,” Whitaker said in an interview with the Daily News-Miner.
He said that, as a former mayor, he would prefer not to be involved in “the political melee.” “I also felt it was appropriate to give Mr. Miller enough time to come forward himself,” Whitaker said. “It’s clear with his statements of the other day, he’s not going to do that.
That was Wednesday. Alaska legal blogger, Wickersham’s Conscience made a case that Whitaker’s information indicates Miller engaged in criminal activity in his abuse of co-workers’ computers:
So Miller was allegedly was using other folks’ computers, without their permission or knowledge, so he could pretend to be sending votes by someone else in the contest for Republican Party State Chair. He is alleged to have been stuffing the electronic ballot box, using Borough computers. Alaska’s criminal laws have something to say about this.
WC goes on to list the felony statutes Miller appeared to have violated. The Miller campaign was quick to deny that Miller had done anything wrong. On Late Thursday, Miller’s dad, Rex, sent out an email that leaked out through the Tea Party Express grapevine by Friday. In it, Rex Miller asserted that what his son told him he had done with the computers was different from what former mayor Whitaker had described:
One noon hour, on his own time at the borough, Joe participated in an online poll voting against Randy,” Rostad wrote in the e-mail, recounting the Thursday morning conversation he said he had with Rex Miller. “He used four office computers in the office to do it, thinking this was his chance to boost numbers to get rid of Randy. He emptied the cache files on the computers so the users wouldn’t know what he had done.
Here’s WC‘s response to Rex:
WC is glad that Miller committed his felonies on his lunch hour and not on the Borough clock. However, it’s irrelevant to the real issue. Note that Joe Miller wiped the computers’ cache files afterwards. That’s the one of the places where a computer user leaves “digital fingerprints” of what he or she has done. (Not the only one, Joe.) And that’s very good evidence that Miller knew what he was doing was wrong. He was attempting to conceal the fact a crime had taken place. He was trying to wipe the fingerprints off of the crime scene. That’s certainly evidence he knew he’d done something criminal. Oh,and that’s a separate crime, by the way. Tampering with Evidence, AS 11.56.610, and possibly Tampering with a Public Record, AS 11.56.820.
Polls are being taken over the weekend. I was polled yesterday, and two friends relate that they were polled yesterday and today by firms that asked different questions from those I was asked. The late week Rasmussen Poll, showing Miller at 35%, Lisa Murkowski at 34% and Democrat Scott McAdams at 27% (plus or minus 4.5%) shows a very close race, with McAdams making his biggest jump since the race has been polled.
This race will continue to tighten. Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Ethan Berkowitz, in a statement issued as I’m writing, has asked Gov. Sean Parnell to look more closely at Miller:
Ethan Berkowitz had a strong reaction upon hearing the news that Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger was detained and handcuffed by a private security force hired by Senate candidate Joe Miller.
Berkowitz said, "In this country, journalists have a job to do, which includes exercising their rights and responsibilities under the First Amendment. A free press means that journalists must work without fear of muscle or muzzle.
"The fact that this was a private security guard hired by a U.S. Senate candidate in the heat of a political campaign makes this story even more outrageous. The actions of Mr. Miller’s agents against Mr. Hopfinger must be investigated and prosecuted by the State for violation of criminal statutes."
Berkowitz continued, "Even though Sean Parnell continues to stand behind Joe Miller, I call on him to follow my lead and condemn the Miller campaign for its chilling attack on a free press. That behavior has no place in Alaska, or in any free, representative democracy."
Berkowitz has been pounding Parnell on many issues and that race is tightening up quickly too. Late Friday, Republican Republican Bill Walker, who lost to Parnell in the GOP primary endorsed Berkowitz. Walker has many fierce advocates from the center and from the faction of the GOP that never liked Sarah Palin. Sean Parnell is derisively called "SP version two point zero" by many Republicans, mimicking GOP Rep. Don Young’s categorization of Parnell, for his blandness, as "Captain Zero." In the primary, here’s the way the votes broke down:
Sean Parnell (R) ————– 54,125
Bill Walker (R) ————— 35,734
Ethan Berkowitz (D) ——— 22,607
Hollis French (D) ————- 18,018
Both Walker and French have endorsed Berkowitz, and only polling conducted this coming week will reflect whether Walker’s embrace of Berkowitz will help significantly.
Update: The first video has emerged. It doesn’t show much, but Miller’s assertion that Hopfinger was violent doesn’t appear to hold any water:
(1) See also "Miller town hall in Anchorage Sunday," http://community.adn.com/node/153735
(2) See also "Miller Refuses to Answer Any More Personal Questions," http://aprn.org/2010/10/11/alaska-news-nightly-october-11-2010/
(3) See also "Former mayor: Miller ‘not truthful’ about borough employment," http://www.ktva.com/topalaskanews/ci_16330640
In what may be the first solid signs of a U.S. Senatorial campaign about to go off the rails, Tea Bag Express star, Sarah Palin favorite, and GOP primary nominee Joe Miller, went through a bizarre set of moves in Anchorage early Monday. Miller scheduled an 11:00 a.m. press conference. Then he cancelled it. Then he participated in an 11:45 a.m. senatorial campaign forum, held by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Then, he did this:
Update, 1:55 p.m.: Republican nominee Joe Miller just told reporters that he will not be answering any more questions about his personal background for the remainder of the campaign.
He made the statement at an impromptu news conference after today’s debate at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. He took no questions and immediately walked out of the room.
Early Monday morning, the Alaska Dispatch announced it has filed suit against the Fairbanks-North Star Borough, to gain access to Miller’s complete personnel file for the period when he worked as an attorney for the borough:
Alaska Dispatch sued the Fairbanks North Star Borough on Monday for the release of U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s employment records. The suit comes after accusations that Miller was politicking on borough time.
Miller worked as a part-time attorney for the borough for seven years until his resignation in fall 2009. In the months since announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, questions have been raised about whether Miller resigned to avoid being fired, and more recently, about whether he once used borough computers for his own political activities.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told Alaska Dispatch that Miller was caught using borough equipment in an attempt to unseat Alaska GOP party chair Randy Ruedrich. The Miller campaign has neither denied nor confirmed the claim. A press conference was reportedly set for 11 a.m. Monday to address Miller’s past employment with the borough; however, a spokesman for Miller said the campaign had decided not to hold a conference before Monday’s noon Anchorage Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum but might speak with reporters afterward.
The activity Miller is accused of is similar to what got Ruedrich in trouble in 2003 when it was brought to light that he was using state computers and e-mail to conduct Republican party business while working for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. His then-co-worker Sarah Palin blew the whistle on Ruedrich’s activities, and he ended up paying a $12,000 state ethics fine. Palin is a strong Miller supporter, as is the Tea Party Express.
There is a lot of speculation about other reasons Miller might be uncomfortable with materials in his personnel jacket. As reported this morning by The Immoral Minority:
Well I certainly hope "other issues will be covered as well" because the voters of this state have a lot of questions.
"Why did you only serve three years of active duty after leaving West Point when the requirement is five years of service?"
"You told Phil Munger that you were a seriously disabled veteran. What is the nature of your disability and do you collect disability compensation from the military?"
"You have advocated cutting federal spending which includes having Alaska refuse federal dollars. Since one third of our economy is based on those federal dollars how would you replace them? And are you considering reinstituting state income taxes, which we currently do not pay, to cover that loss?"
"And finally how do you get your beard length to say halfway between pre-adolescent teenage boy and a real Alaskan man’s facial hair? Do you suffer from a hormonal imbalance perhaps? Or is THAT the ‘serious disability’ that you told Phil about?"
Snark aside, and teasing aside, Miller’s refusal to even answer questions on why he won’t be answering questions is very reminiscent of gubernatorial candidate John Lindauer’s last appearance in front of the Alaska press in September 1998, just as his campaign began to quickly unravel.
This morning, the Tea Party Express announced it is holding off on starting its big ad campaign up here on Miller’s behalf. There may or may not be significance in that announcement.
There will be more stories on this throughout Monday – and beyond. I’ll post updates in the comments section. I’ve got a busy day and evening, helping deal with aspects of two coal mining projects, one in the Mat-Su Valley, the other across Cook Inlet from Anchorage.
Meanwhile, feel free to learn more about Scott McAdams, the Democratic Party candidate in this race:
I posted this diary by my friend Mel Green this morning, on Scott’s speech Saturday at an LBGTQ conference.
Alaska State representative David Guttenberg (D- 8th District) beat teabagger Joe Miller in 2004. Here’s a bit of his advice to Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, who is tightening the race against Miller:
I beat this fool when he ran against me in 2004. Miller speaks drivel.
He clearly cares nothing about the lives of Alaskans just about this constitutional double talk. If I was a Tea Party supporter, I would worry about this guy being my champion. I believe he is a career wanna-be big high mucky muck, who wants to be in charge of your life.
That precious advice is from Guttenberg’s facebook page, quoted at the Alaska blog, The Mudflats, with Guttenberg’s permission.
Miller, who spent about $600,000.00 of Koch Industries-linked funds in his barely successful run against incumbent GOP U.S. senator Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary, is poised to take in more money from powerful, behind-the-scene out-of-state interests who could give a rat’s ass about the average Alaskan or about anything other than ripping us off up here. As if all the free publicity Miller is getting from FOX News and Newscorp isn’t enough already, some of us are closely scrutinizing the Alaska media for evidence of shilling for Joe the Teabagger.
Meanwhile, progressive moderate Scott McAdams has been spending a lot of time reaching out to individual Alaskans, and raising a lot of money from individual donors, at his campaign site, campaign HQ and on the web, at Act Blue.
Wednesday, McAdams probably set a record for the most money raised in small amounts on the web in a single day for an Alaskan running for statewide office. Yesterday morning, Scott’s Act Blue page had taken in about $55,000 since it was created in late June. Right now, less than 24 hours later, it is at $97,865, with 1,010 supporters. Over $40,000.00 in less than a day!
The announcement yesterday by the Rasmussen polling group that they had changed this race from "Solid Republican to Leans Republican" may have been the impetus for some of this surge. Just as important, though, is the growing perception that Miller, to re-quote David Guttenberg, "is a career wanna-be big high mucky muck, who wants to be in charge of your life."
Folks, the Scott McAdams campaign is where we turn back the shadily-funded Tea Bag Express. McAdams is aiming very accurately at the very large majority of Alaska voters who are not affiliated with a political party, and to whom sanity still means something. In the same poll referenced above, Rasmussen notes that, even with few Alaskans yet knowing much about Scott, they are favoring him over the Joe the Teabagger by 22%. If that remains and the non-affiliated are motivated to vote on November 2nd, McAdams is the next U.S. senator from Alaska, and is the biggest upset of the 2010 election.
Not sure I can convince Sen. Lincoln to vote no – but will do everything in my pwr to convince my friends in Arkansas to vote against her.
Delusional is too mild a word to describe the province in the state of nuttiness from which the CW’s tweets generally emanate. The only thing certain about her tweets, from my Alaska blogger’s point of view is that they are the only written words attributed to her that are genuinely hers.
What Jane Hamsher achieved in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s vote, in helping enforce what might normally have been considered to be the job of the U.S. Senate whip, should be considered historic.
What Palin shows in her short tweet is the shallowness of her understanding of what may or may not have been going through Sen. Lincoln’s calculating mind these past few days.
Her open threat of "do[ing] everything in my pwr to convince my friends in Arkansas to vote against her" is just the latest example of Palin driving her magical mystery tour bus over every fucking body that she imagines to be getting in her way.
Getting in her way toward "what?" is the question.
Alaska’s newly elected Senator, Mark Begich, has been flirting with the Blue Dogs. He’s made it official:
WASHINGTON – A diverse group of 15 Senate Democrats today announced the formation of a new moderate coalition that will meet regularly to shape public policy. The group’s goal is to work with the Senate leadership and the new administration to craft common-sense solutions to urgent national problems.
The Moderate Dems Working Group will meet every other Tuesday before the Democratic Caucus lunch to discuss legislative strategies and ideas. The Moderate Dems held their second meeting Tuesday to focus on the upcoming budget negotiations and the importance of passing a fiscally responsible spending plan in the Senate.
Leading the new group are Democratic Senators Evan Bayh of Indiana, Tom Carper of Delaware and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.
“This group can be an effective advocate for compromise within a Senate that is often divided along party lines,” Sen. Mark Begich said. “We are about getting things done and finding common ground on issues of controlling federal spending and providing accountability to taxpayers. When it comes to those issues and areas such as energy and health care, our coalition can be a voice of moderation.”
On Thursday the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a nomination hearing for Dr. Jane Lubchenco, one of the most prestigious climate scientists active today. President Obama has nominated her to head the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
This morning, I spoke to Julie Hrdlick, administrative assistant for the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee about the nomination schedule and coverage.
The Lubchenco nomination hearing is scheduled for sometime after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. The full committee has an executive session scheduled for 10:00 a.m. that day. They will probably settle the final subcommittee assignments for the 111th congress during the executive session.
Also scheduled for the Thursday nomination event is Dr. John Holdren, nominated to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
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