Tarring specific so-called neoconservatives, a September 4 Post story with no other clear purpose identified by name five other Pentagon officials about whom ?investigators have asked questions.? All five individuals are Jewish, and according to the piece, ?have strong ties to Israel.?
Driving home the smear, the story informs readers that three of them ?were co-authors of a 1996 policy paper for then-Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.? The paper in question, however, was neither commissioned nor funded by Netanyahu or the Israeli government. It was unsolicited advice, no different than the papers and op-eds written by thousands of Washington policy wonks attempting to persuade various individuals or entities, including foreign leaders or governments.
The reported track record of the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, FBI assistant director of counterintelligence David Szady, is also troubling. Szady has for years ?led investigations into Jewish American CIA employees believed to be spying for Israel that have also failed to persuade the Justice Department even to investigate the cases,? reports Eli Lake of the New York Sun.
That?s not all. Stephen Green, who reportedly was interviewed by the FBI for four hours relating to this case (the FBI refused comment), is a free-lance writer on a two-decade long quest to prove that Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, and other Jews are actually embedded Israeli spies. Some twenty years of futility later, Green is suddenly all the rage with leftist blogs and ?news? sites, as well as (frighteningly) some mainstream news outlets.
Until his newfound popularity on the left and in the Arab press, Green?s staunchest support had come from Institute of Historical Review (IHR), which is perhaps best known for its denial of the Holocaust. Green?s two books that purport to document Israel?s vast network of Jewish spies working in the U.S. government have received rave reviews from the Holocaust deniers.
And now Green is being utilized by the FBI.
For those curious about the origins of this seemingly sprawling investigation, a quote in the September 4 Post story seems particularly revealing: ?The initial interest was: Do you believe certain people would spy for Israel and pass secret information?? which was attributed to ?one source interviewed by the FBI about the defense officials.?
Two days earlier, the Post reported that this investigation is ?more than two years old.? Yet in those two years, the Post reported on September 4, all investigators have on the five named Jews in the Pentagon are ?suspicions,? which the Post also noted may not even be ?specific.?
What those five officials have (courtesy of the Post), however, is a taint that will not soon disappear, regardless of their actual innocence.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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