This is simply too outrageous.
This makes me mad.
Lets start with this tidbit:
A former Pentagon analyst who pleaded guilty to passing secret information to two former AIPAC staffers had his sentence drastically reduced.
Larry Franklin was sentenced to probation and 10 months of "community confinement," or a halfway house, along with 100 hours of community service. In 2005 he had received a sentence of 12 1/2 years in prison but was free pending his cooperation with prosecutors in the case against the two formers AIPAC staffers, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman.
Federal prosecutors dropped the charges last month against Rosen and Weissman for passing classified information, saying that restrictions the judge had placed on the case made the government unlikely to prevail.
In a Thursday afternoon hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., prosecutors asked Judge T.S. Ellis to reduce Franklin's sentence to eight years, saying he played an important role in the case but was "not what you'd call an ideal
cooperator." Franklin attorney, Plato Cacheris, said Franklin had "paid his penalty and suffered greatly," and should not have to serve any time in prison.
So not only do the two spies for Israel, who were caught red handed, by a team of FBI agents, passing classified Pentagon documents to Israeli citizens, free - nay, they are writing op/ed pieces about Iran ("we need to bomb them"), still shaping American foreign policy, still leading the (stupid, pathetic, pitiful) Americans by the nose.
The Pentagon analyst, the only one who was charged and given a penalty for treason, will now not be paying any penalty.
Franklin has said he leaked information to the former AIPAC staffers, as well as an Israeli diplomat, because of "frustration with policy" on Iran at the Pentagon. He believed that they would be able to relay that information on Iran to friends on the U.S. National Security Council.
You see, this guy was A-OK!
All he wanted to do was to give some info to the American National Security Council - and to do that, he gave top secret Pentagon documents to AIPAC officials and an Israeli citizen (a foreign spy, if you are too dense to understand) in the US.
Makes perfect sense to me - clearly this guy is innocent.
Lets tie this spy scandal with an even bigger scandal - the one I described here.
What was it all about?
Ms. Harman [an American senator -AG] was recorded on a wiretapped call offering to intercede with the Justice Department on behalf of operatives for Aipac, the pro-Israel group, who were under investigation for espionage, in exchange for help in pressuring Ms. Pelosi to award her the chairmanship of the House intelligence committee.
No big deal - in return for interceding on behalf of the two traitors to America, Rosen and Weissman, an (Jewish) American politician was promised a position as the boss of the House intelligence committee.
You know, the committee that handles sensitive, top secret data and documents.
The kind of documents that Rosen and Weissman were in trouble for handing over to Israeli spies.
So the plan here is obvious - Israeli intelligence wanted to do two things here at once.
They wanted Rosen and Weissman off the hook, and, more importantly, get an American (Jewish) politician as the boss of the House intelligence committee.
Which would allow Israeli intelligence to then blackmail Ms. Harman, and force her to do Israel's bidding.
She would be on the hook.
What happened then (and this is my speculation) is that someone in the American intelligence community, a mysterious patriot, released the wiretaps which proved that a US Representative, a very powerful political figure (after all, she aspired to be the boss of the, possibly, most important committe in the House - the intelligence committee).
What that patriot expected is for the media to pick this story up, for the Americans to become outraged, for the ordinary Americans to start asking questions, say, who really pushed us into the Iraq War?
Or, who are the neocons, really (and why are they all Jewish)?
Or, why is Israel spying on us?
But what happened next probably made the American patriot who released the incriminating evidence about AIPAC and Ms. Harman do a double take.
Or a fifty take, if there is such a thing.
The media did pick up the story...
If by media you mean blogs, some mainstream internet sites, and the Daily Show on Comedy Central.
This was an Orwellian non-story, in other words.
A foreign intelligence operative, in technical parlance an agent, was recruiting an American politician, as a future spy (when the blackmail would be used against her), and promising her the key position on a committee that deals with spying.
Not a big deal, say the US media.
Par for the course.
Oh, this is normal, oy vey, what's the big deal?
Frankly, I expect a massive manhunt in the FBI and indeed throughout the whole American intelligence community - can you imagine, an American patriot in American intelligence? Not serving Israeli interests?
We can't have that!
I wonder what would happen if it was another country which pulled something like this.
Say, Iran. Or China. Or, heck, France.
Do you figure the mainstream media TV pundits would scream at the top of their voices on FOX, CBS, NBC: "Foreign power spies on America - tries to get their spies off the hook!"
"American politician promised the top spymaster job in the nation's House of Representatives - in return for helping foreign spies get off the hook. Oh, the irony! What outrage!".
But this is America.
And this is Israel.
And there was no mainstream media pundits' shouting.
Not even a whimper.
Not a mewling, pathetic attempt to inject this into the talking heads on TV.
So, to sum up - the two (Jewish)Americans get off scot free; more, they are comfortable enough to go on TV, radio, write articles about American foreign policy (which all boil down to one thing - "lets bomb Iran!").
The (non Jewish) American, as the goy, was the fall guy in this case, and now even he will not have to spend a day in jail.
He has "paid his penalty and suffered greatly," says the lawyer.
You can expect the judge in this case, the esteemed Judge T.S. Ellis, to, in the near future, have his professional career take off.
Serving the masters has its rewards.
Judge T.S. Ellis, who imposed the first 12-year prison term several years ago, re-sentenced Franklin to probation and 10 months home confinement. (The Pentagon official never started his original sentence; he had been free pending Rosen and Weissman's trial.)
So not even the (non Jewish) goy fall guy will serve a single minute in prison.
The funny thing is, the only guy who was supposed to go to jail and actually pay for his treason was the only guy who was cooperating with the prosecution.
In a normal country, both (Jewish) gentlemen from AIPAC, Rosen and Weissman, would be in jail by now.
In a normal country, Ms. Harman would be forced to resign from the House of Representatives.
Following a Congressional investigation, she would be stripped of any immunity whatsoever, and also would be, by now, in jail.
And of course so would Mr. Franklin.
But this is America.
So what happened is that, (again), Rosen and Weissman are able to give speeches, are invited to TV shows, write op/ed editorials in newspapers, Ms. Harman is going to win a (laughable, no money) challenge from a naive high school teacher, Marcy Winograd (story here - notice that the mainstream media does not write about this Winograd character - she is a non-person).
What - do you expect an Israel first (and America last) candidate to lose to a no name, no money, challenger?
No one is punished, no one is even criticized for spying on America.
Par for the course.
Entirely normal in America.
Life goes on.
But wait, there is more.
Going back to the politico.com article:
Two people asked a Pentagon official cooperating with prosecutors in an investigation into the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to fake his own death to avoid testifying against two pro-Israel lobbyists charged in the case, according to the Justice Department.
"Just prior to the entry of his guilty plea, Franklin was approached by two individuals who made a pitch to Franklin about faking his death by suicide and disappearing, thus thwarting any cooperation in the case against Rosen and Weissman," prosecutors wrote in a brief filed in connection with a motion to reduce the 12-year prison term Franklin was originally sentenced to.
My opinion - the two individuals, katzas from Israel, big and burly, sun tanned guys just off a training camp in the Negev, told Mr. Franklin that if he continued to cooperate with the American government, he would be "suicided".
That's the story I am reading between the lines here.
The prosecution claimed that Franklin was asked to fake his own suicide.
Lets play a scenario.
Lets say you are a witness in a mob case - you have witnessed some mafia hanky-panky.
One day two burly, pretty scary looking individuals show up at your door and ask you, nicely, to please stop cooperating with the prosecution, and, you know, to, please, fake your own suicide and disappear.
Would you be afraid for your life at that point?
Would you seriously think that you were asked to stage a suicide and disappear?
Or would you think that the two gentlemen, if you continued to cooperate with the government's case against the mob, would "suicide" and disappear you.
Important nuance there, no?
The great Phillip Weiss sees through this, saying
Interesting that Franklin was approached by one of his own targets, which suggests that the individual was part of the Israel lobby; that the individual was not indicted; and yet the person's suggestion--fake your own death--has the sound of a threat.
Are we the only people seeing this, Phil?
This AIPAC case is the second biggest spy scandal in American history, the biggest being, in my opinion, the Soviet spy ring which stole atomic bomb secrets for Stalin.
The fact that no one, absolutely no one took any punishment, that there was no consequence for any player in this drama - nothing happened to Rosen and Weissman, Franklin, Harman - tells me that this country no longer exists.
And, just to add icing on the Israeli cake here:
Phil's blog again:
Last week we passed along a report from Joshua Ruebner about his efforts to attend the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs “mark-up” session on the FY2010 budget. He was interested because they were supposed to discuss the United States sending Israel $2.775 billion in weapons for FY2010. Unfortunately, he wasn't even allowed in to the session.
Well, yesterday Ruebner tried again. The budget is now in front of the full House Appropriations committee, but Ruebner, and other US citizens wanting to see how their tax money is being spent, were not allowed in again.
In the end, the House Appropriations Committee voted to recommend $2.775 billion in military aid for Israel without any debate.
This America - it is no longer a sovereign country.
A foreign power is dictating American policy, a foreign power is in control, through its agents in country, through its lobby which pays politicians to do its bidding, through its attack dogs in the media.
I see America for what it has become - a patsy.
And Americans for what they truly are - a pathetic, ignorant mass of idiots too busy, too hassled to pay attention to anything other than American Idol and baseball scores.
After the Iraq war, after millions of Iraqi dead, after Abu Ghraib torture (the media concentrated on asking whether waterboarding is torture, bait-and-switch'ing the public from rapes, electrocutions, dogs being sicced and sodomization which was ALSO in the (unreleased by US government) photos....
After our endless support for the racist, apartheid regime of Israel, which is the only so called "Western" nation with an openly racist system ("here's another $3 billion, Israel; enjoy!" - paid by American taxpayers)...
This AIPAC spy case - with Rosen and Weissman and Franklin and Harman - broke me.
I am now ashamed to be called an American.
Perhaps if we ever get our country back from a foreign power which so clearly calls the shots, I will become proud again.
But now, I will no longer display the stars and stripes.
I do not know how to react to American Iraq war veterans - it will be hard to not laugh hysterically as they strut and puff their chests and proclaim themselves heroes, serving their country.
What can one say to a war veteran who lost his (or her) legs in Iraq?
That Israel thanks them for their sacrifice?
That the people who send them to die there were not serving American interests?
I am broken.
Might as well raise the Israeli star of David flag in the yard, and sing the Israeli national anthem when the American anthem is sung, getting dirty or, perhaps more probably, quizzical looks from the fat, obese, sloppy sheep standing around me.
This is it.
We lost the country.