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American Israel Public Affairs Committee
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is a Jewish special interest group that controls and directs American foreign police in the Middle East.
AIPAC was formed during the Eisenhower administration which at the time was seen by some as being too pro-Arab. Since then AIPAC has pressured Congresses and Presidential administrations of both parties to send American aid and support to Israel.
AIPAC is only one part of the larger Israel lobby in the United States (but an important part).
Founded in 1953 by Isaiah L. "Si" Kenen, AIPAC's original name was the American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs. According to UCLA political science professor and author, Steven Spiegel, "the tension between the Eisenhower administration and Israeli supporters was so acute that there were rumors (unfounded as it turned out) that the administration would investigate the American Zionist Council. Therefore, an independent lobbying committee was formed, which years later was renamed [AIPAC]." [Spiegel, p. 52].
AIPAC is not a political action committee, and does not directly donate to political campaigns. However, according to The Washington Post, "money is an important part of the equation.". AIPAC watches the voting records of U.S. Representatives and Senators with regard to how they voted on legislation related to Israel. The Washington Post states that AIPAC's "web site, which details how members of Congress voted on AIPAC's key issues, and the AIPAC Insider, a glossy periodical that handicaps close political races, are scrutinized by thousands of potential donors. Pro-Israel interests have contributed $56.8 million in individual, group and soft money donations to federal candidates and party committees since 1990, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. ... Between the 2000 and the 2004 elections, the 50 members of AIPAC's board donated an average of $72,000 each to campaigns and political action committees."
The New York Times described AIPAC on July 6, 1987 as "a major force in shaping United States policy in the Middle East." The article also stated that: "The organization has gained power to influence a presidential candidate's choice of staff, to block practically any arms sale to an Arab country, and to serve as a catalyst for intimate military relations between The Pentagon and the Israeli army. Its leading officials are consulted by State Department and White House policy makers, by senators and generals."
5 Dirty Tricks AIPAC Uses Against Congress:
- AIPAC Fixes Elections & Illegally Coordinates Donations to Beat Opponents
- AIPAC Falsely Claims Charitable Religious Status & Ignores IRS Disclosure Regulations
- AIPAC Steals & Uses Opponents' Secrets Against Them in the Media
- AIPAC Places U.S. National Defense Secrets into Israel's Service
- AIPAC Quashes Prosecutions Gaining an Aura of Criminal Immunity
Arrogance of power
In 1992, AIPAC president David Steiner had to resign when he was tape recorded boasting about his political influence in obtaining aid for Israel. Steiner claimed that he had "met with (then Bush U.S. Secretary of State) Jim Baker and I cut a deal with him. I got, besides the $3 billion, you know they're looking for the Jewish votes, and I'll tell him whatever he wants to hear... Besides the $10 billion in loan guarantees which was a fabulous thing, $3 billion in foreign, in military aid, and I got almost a billion dollars in other goodies that people don't even know about." Steiner also claimed to be "negotiating" with the incoming Clinton administration over who Clinton would appoint as Secretary of State and Secretary of the National Security Agency. Steiner stated that AIPAC had "a dozen people in [the Clinton] campaign, in the headquarters ... in Little Rock, and they're all going to get big jobs."
A Zogby poll conducted in 2004 found that 61% of respondents "strongly or somewhat agree" that AIPAC should be asked to register as a foreign agent and lose its tax exempt status, while only 12% strongly or somewhat disagree that it should.
Main article: Lawrence Franklin espionage scandal
In May 2005, the Justice Department announced that Lawrence Anthony Franklin, a U.S. Air Force Reserves colonel working as a Department of Defense analyst at the Pentagon in the office of Douglas Feith, had been arrested and charged by the FBI with providing classified national defense information to Israel. The six-count criminal complaint did not identify AIPAC by name, but described a luncheon meeting in which Franklin disclosed top-secret information to two AIPAC officials. In April 2005, AIPAC policy director Steven Rosen and AIPAC senior Iran analyst Keith Weissman were fired by AIPAC amid an FBI investigation into whether they passed classified U.S. information received from Franklin on to the government of Israel. They were later indicted for illegally conspiring to gather and disclose classified national security information to Israel. In May, 2007 AIPAC agreed to pay the legal fees for Weissman's defense through appeal if necessary. Lawrence Anthony Franklin pleaded guilty to passing government secrets to Rosen and Weissman and revealed for the first time that he also gave classified information directly to an Israeli government official in Washington. On January 20, 2006, he was sentenced to 151 months (almost 13 years) in prison and fined $10,000. As part of the plea agreement, Franklin agreed to cooperate in the larger federal investigation. Rosen and Weissman are still awaiting trial. Trial had been scheduled for June 4, 2007, but was postponed until January 14, 2008. Several high ranking Bush administration figures who have been subpoenaed about the matter include Condoleezza Rice, Richard Armitage, and William Burns amongst others.
- Where Did AIPAC Come From? on Western Voices World News
- AIPAC Promotes War on Iran at Global Research
- Election power of the Israel lobby at Al Jazerra
- AIPAC Is A Grave Threat To World Peace