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Former FBI Director Freeh, Alan Dershowitz Lobby for Sanctioned Israeli Billionaire

Former FBI Directors Louis Freeh (center) with ex-Attorney General Mike Mukasey and William H. Webster in 2008, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has teamed up with controversial defense attorney Alan Dershowitz to register to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of an Israeli billionaire with a sketchy past, according to a registration form reviewed by CNBC.

The Trump administration sanctioned the international businessman, Dan Gertler, for making “hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corruption mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the Treasury Department said in December 2017.

Dershowitz, an outspoken supporter of Trump, said he’s an attorney for Gertler.

“I am acting as a defense lawyer, not a lobbyist. But the rules require registration if you present a defense to a non-judicial agency,” he told CNBC.

Dershowitz and Freeh are lobbying the Treasury Department, which froze Gertler’s assets two years ago.

Freeh’s security team was hired by Dershowitz to investigate claims that he sexually assaulted a woman who later alleged she was abused by Jeffrey Epstein. In 2016, Freeh said his independent investigation “found no evidence to support the accusations of sexual misconduct.”

Civilian Engineer at Michigan Military Facility Falsely Accused of Being Israeli Spy; Subjected to Anti-Semitism At Work


David Tenenbaum (Facebook photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — For the past 33 years, David Tenenbaum has worked as a civilian engineer at the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, known as TACOM, near 11 Mile and Mound roads in Warren, a suburb of Detroit.

And for a good part of that time, he tells the Detroit Jewish News, he was subjected to vile anti-Semitism from co-workers and from the Army itself. At one point, he was falsely accused by co-workers of being a spy for Israel, something that eventually triggered a painful FBI probe.

Tenenbaum, a Southfield, Mich.,  resident, was eventually cleared. And in 2008, the Inspector General found that Tenenbaum was “subjected to unusual and unwelcome scrutiny  because of his faith and ethnic background, a practice that would undoubtedly fit a definition of discrimination.”

Still, til this day, he says he has been purposely underutilized, subjected to isolation and remains a pariah at work.

Now, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Michigan Democrat Sen. Gary Peters, a committee member, have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis asking that he provide closure and relief for the 60-year-old Tenenbaum. They want the Army to stop any workplace retaliation, and stop limiting his opportunities.

One of the reason he was hired at TACOM was his familiarity with Israel and his ability to speak Hebrew with Israeli counterparts.

The Jewish News reports:

Everything fell apart, however, when some of Tenenbaum’s local co-workers secretly and falsely accused him of spying for Israel in 1996. Tenenbaum later discovered they had been secretly accusing him of such spying as early as 1992. He found out they would observe him, an Orthodox Jew, carrying his kosher lunch to work every day in a backpack and they would fantasize that the backpack could be used to smuggle classified documents out of the building.

Some co-workers didn’t like him, he said, because he was a diligent employee who didn’t goof off on the job or join co-workers at restaurants for lunch or at bars after office hours. Some co-workers made anti-Semitic remarks behind his back, and a bag of pork rinds was once placed on his desk.

He recounts that one reason people said they suspected him of spying for Israel was that he spoke Hebrew with the Israelis — ironically one of his major qualifications for being hired at TACOM in the first place.

The letter by the two senators says:

“DOD’s lack of a remedy in accordance with the Inspector General’s findings sends a message that DOD is not concerned with even the most egregious cases of discrimination and employee retaliation,

Special Counsel Turns Up Heat on Kushner Over Actions During Trump Transition

Jared Kushner

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special Counsel Robert Muller is investigating contacts between foreign leaders and Jared Kushner, who is President Trump’s son-in-law and a White House senior adviser.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller’s investigators are turning up the heat on Kushner’s interactions with foreign leaders during the presidential transition. 

The investigators have questioned witnesses about their involvement with Kushner.

Among the questions is what role Kushner played in the controversy surrounding a U.N. resolution in December 2016 that criticized Israeli settlement construction.

At the time, President-Elect Trump called for the U.S. to veto the resolution, calling it “extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

Several days later, the resolution passed, but the U.S. abstained from voting.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Israeli officials contacted Trump’s transition team, including Kushner and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

Special Counsel investigators also are scrutinizing whether Kushner set up meetings and communications with foreign leaders during Trump’s transition.

FBI Helps Locate, Arrest Suspect in Israel for Allegedly Threatening Jewish Organizations

israeli flagBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI helped locate and arrest the suspect accused of threatening Jewish organizations across the U.S. and other parts of the world.

The suspect was in Israel.

The Israeli National Police worked with the FBI to help locate the suspect, whose identity has not been revealed.

“Investigating hate crimes is a top priority for the FBI, and we will continue to work to make sure all races and religions feel safe in their communities and in their places of worship,” the FBI said in a statement.

The bureau declined to provide more information at this time.

Since Donald Trump was elected president, reported hate crimes have soared, including threats against Jewish people.

Weekend Series on Crime History: Munich Massacre of Israelis at 1972 Olympics


Hackers Unload Information on 20,000 FBI Employees After Doing Same for Homeland Security

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 8.02.48 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hackers unveiled the contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday evening, a day after releasing similar data on nearly 10,000 Homeland Security employees.

The information was released on Twitter, via @DotGovs, indicating the hacks are in retaliation for the U.S. government’s ties to Israel.

“When will the US government realize we won’t stop until they cut relations with Israel..” the tweet reads.

The hackers broke into a Justice Department database.

The information on FBI and Homeland Security officials contained their names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The Justice Department, which is investigating, said private information, such as Social Security numbers, didn’t appear to be breached, CNN reports. 

“The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a system operated by one of its components containing employee contact information,” said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. “This unauthorized access is still under investigation; however, there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive personally identifiable information. The department takes this very seriously and is continuing to deploy protection and defensive measures to safeguard information. Any activity that is determined to be criminal in nature will be referred to law enforcement for investigation.”

FBI Investigates Kent State Professor for Alleged Ties to ISIS As He Continues to Teach

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A tenured Kent State professor continues to teach as the FBI investigates suspicions that he has ties to ISIS terrorists, Newsnet5.com reports.

The FBI has investigated Julio Pino, an associate professor of history, for about a year and a half.

Because he is a tenured professor, Pino is still teaching.

In 2011, Pino shouted “Death to Israel” while a former Israeli diplomat was delivering a speech.

Kent State officials said the university is cooperating with the FBI, which declined to discuss the case because of the ongoing investigation.

Former Israeli Ambassador: FBI Never Scolded Foreign Diplomats for Widespread Spying Since 9/11

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Trying to combat published reports that the FBI has scolded Israeli diplomats dozens of times for spying on American intelligence since 9/11, the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. said the allegations were baseless.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the former ambassador, Michael Oren, insisted the relationship between the two countries has been solid and was never compromised by unfounded claims of rampant Israeli spying.

Newsweek magazine published reports last week that Israeli officials were frequently spying on the U.S. and were summoned by the FBI dozens of times to knock it off.

“Beginning in the mid-1990s, well after Israel promised to stop spying in the US in the wake of the Pollard affair, the FBI regularly felt compelled to summon Israeli diplomats in DC for a scolding, two former top counterintelligence officials told ‘Newsweek.’ During the decade following 9/11, one said, the Israelis were summoned ‘dozens’ of times and told to ‘cut the shit,’ as one, a former top FBI official, put it. But as an ‘ally,’ the Israelis almost always got off with only a warning.”