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Has The Israel Lobby Destroyed Americans' First Amendment Rights?

• http://www.paulcraigroberts.org, Paul Craig Robert

he Israel Lobby has shown its power over Americans' perceptions and ability to exercise free speech via its influence in media, entertainment and ability to block university tenure appointments, such as those of Norman Finkelstein and Steven Salaita. Indeed, the power of the Israel Lobby is today so widely recognized and feared that editors, producers, and tenure committees anticipate the lobby's objections in advance and avoid writers, subjects, and professors judged unacceptable to the lobby.

The latest example is The American Conservative's firing of former CIA officer Philip Giraldi. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47942.htm Giraldi wrote an article for the Unz Review about Israel's influence over American foreign policy in the Middle East. http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/americas-jews-are-driving-americas-wars/ The article didn't say anything that the Israeli newspaper Haaretz hadn't said already.

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