08-23-16 -- Chris Waid, Luke Leighton - Grant Smith - Michael Belfiore - Davi Barker (Files LOADED)
Chris Waid (Founder) and Luke Leighton (Engineer) at ThinkPenguin provide an update on the Linux-Based Computer/Operation - Grant Smith (Director - Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy) on the Israel lobby - Michael Belfiore (Author, Writer)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Grant F. Smith is the author of Big Israel: How Israel's Lobby Moves America, his eighth book about the Israel lobby.
Smith is the director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep), a nonprofit organization that studies U.S. Middle East policy formulation. In 2014, Smith sued the Department of Defense in federal court and won release of a detailed report, contracted in 1987, on the advanced state of Israel's nuclear weapons program. In 2015, Smith sued the Central Intelligence Agency and won release of 131 pages of formally classified information revealing its overseas agents obtained compelling evidence that Israel stole U.S. government-owned weapons-grade uranium in the 1960s to build its first atom bombs. The CIA's refusal to share this information thwarted two FBI investigations into the diversion. This is the subject of ongoing IRmep litigation.
In his 30 year professional career as a researcher, Smith has investigated public sector lobbying, financial services and global telecommunications industries, worked in 22countries assessing the impact of regulatory and trade regime changes, and managed multinational research teams.
A lawsuit filed August 8, 2016 in the D.C. federal district court challenges U.S. foreign aid to Israel. IRmep's Center for Policy and Law is held a conference call briefing about the lawsuit August 11 at 10AM EST. This video introduces the call, begins the slide presentation at #9, and presents additional slides as Grant F. Smith responded to conference call participant questions.
The U.S. is finalizing a ten-year memorandum of understanding which will reportedly boost aid to $4-5 billion per year. The director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) in the suit challenges the authority of the president and U.S. federal agencies to deliver such foreign aid to Israel. Such aid violates longstanding bans on aid to non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) with nuclear weapons programs. Since the bans went into effect U.S. foreign aid to Israel is estimated to be $234 billion.
The lawsuit reveals how in the mid-1970s during investigations into the illegal diversion of weapons-grade uranium from U.S. contractor NUMEC to Israel, Senators Stuart Symington and John Glenn amended the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act to ban any aid to clandestine nuclear powers that were not NPT signatories. Symington clarified the legislative intent of the amendments: "...if you wish to take the dangerous and costly steps necessary to achieve a nuclear weapons option, you cannot expect the United States to help underwrite that effort indirectly or directly."
The Obama administration follows precedents established since the Ford administration by ignoring internal agency and public domain information that should trigger Symington & Glenn cutoffs and waiver provisions governing foreign aid. The administration has gone further in criminalizing the flow of such information from the federal government to the public.
In 2012 the Department of Energy under U.S. State Department authority passed a secret gag law called "Guidance on Release of Information relating to the Potential for an Israeli Nuclear Capability." The gag law and related measures promote a "nuclear ambiguity" policy toward Israel. The primary purpose of the gag law is to unlawfully subvert Symington & Glenn arms export controls, the suit alleges.
IRmep won unprecedented release of a Pentagon report about Israel's nuclear weapons program through a 2014 lawsuit. A 2015 IRmep lawsuit dislodged CIA files about the NUMEC diversion.
IRmep is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit researching U.S. Middle East policy formulation.
Big Israel: How Israel's Lobby Moves America
America's Defense Line: The Justice Department's Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government
Visa Denied: How Anti-Arab Visa Policies Destroy Us Exports, Jobs and Higher Education
Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal
Divert!: Numec, Zalman Shapiro and the Diversion of Us Weapons Grade Uranium Into the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program
Deadly Dogma: How Neoconservatives Broke the Law to Deceive America
Michael Belfiore is an author and journalist reporting on the innovations shaping our world. He has written about game-changing technologies for the New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian, Air & Space, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and many other outlets. He is an International Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award finalist and a recipient of the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace Award for outstanding journalism.