John Kiriakou: The ex-CIA officer turned whistle-blower

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Former CIA officer John Kiriakou speaks to Al Jazeera about the US’s use of torture and his time in prison.

John Kiriakou worked as an analyst and case officer for the CIA for 14 years. He was later sentenced to 30 months in prison [Photo courtesy of John Kiriakou]

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For 14 years, John Kiriakou worked as an analyst and case officer for the CIA, leading the team that captured senior al-Qaeda member Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in 2002. Then, in a television interview in 2007, three years after he had resigned from the US intelligence agency, he became the first current or former member of it to publicly acknowledge that the CIA used torture, and that its use was official policy under the administration of President George W Bush.

In 2012, the Barack Obama administration filed espionage charges against him.

Those charges were eventually dropped in October of that year, but Kiriakou did plead guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by confirming the name of an officer involved in the then-secret CIA rendition programme that transferred CIA detainees to secret prison facilities around the world.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and released in 2015 after serving almost two years.

Kiriakou, who has written the soon-to-be-released book, Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison, talks to Al Jazeera about the US’s use of torture and his time in prison.

You were a CIA officer charged with protecting the US and its interests from global threats. How did you end up being imprisoned by the US government?

I decided to blow the whistle on the CIA’s torture programme, which I believed was immoral, unethical and illegal. I gave a nationally televised interview in December 2007 in which I said that the CIA was torturing its prisoners, that torture was official US government policy and that the policy had been personally approved by the president [George W Bush].

It seems that classified information is regularly leaked by government officials, so what was different about your case?

Classified information is leaked every single day in Washington. The White House, the Pentagon and the CIA leak constantly. But I was prosecuted because I made the CIA look bad. I was prosecuted because I aired the CIA’s dirty laundry.

There appears to have been an avalanche of leaks from the current White House but we haven’t seen any legal action over them. How is the administration of Donald Trump different from that of his predecessor Barack Obama?

President Obama was obsessed with leaks more than any other president in history except, maybe, Richard Nixon. The CIA knew they had a friend in Obama. In the past, the CIA would either ignore leaks or work behind the scenes to plug them. But they wanted to make an example of me because I called them criminals.

In this book, you say that torture does not work and describe it as “un-American”. Can you elaborate on your views on the use of torture?

I believe that torture is morally, ethically and legally wrong. We have laws in this country that specifically ban the kind of torture techniques that the CIA used against al-Qaeda prisoners. We just pretended that they were legal. At the same time, the CIA actually killed prisoners in custody using these techniques. Where is the justice for those people? I have come to the personal conclusion that we are supposed to be a country of laws. We are supposed to be a country governed by a constitution. We must follow all the laws, not just the ones that fit our own personal ideologies.

The Republicans who were the Senate minority in 2014 claimed that torture worked and had led to actionable intelligence, particularly from captured al-Qaeda leaders Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. How do you respond to this?

This is, simply, a lie. Yes, Abu Zubaydah provided that information. But he provided it to FBI agent Ali Soufan before the CIA started torturing him. None of that information was collected through the use of torture. Also, CIA leaders feel that they must justify their support for torture. It is their legacy.

Can you tell us about some of your own experiences of using torture and how these shaped your views on it? Did your opinions change over time?

The only personal experience that I had was in training when we took turns waterboarding each other. It was most definitely torture and it has no place in US policy. My personal opinion on torture has not changed. I tried to draw a distinction in that first interview [the 2007 TV interview]. I said there were two questions: Was torture moral, ethical and legal? Did torture work? The CIA has said for years that it worked. That was a lie. It was never moral, ethical or legal.

Do you think the American public is supportive of the use of torture and do you think they are fully informed about the ways in which it has been used?

I think, frankly, that most Americans are not well-informed. They believe whatever the government tells them. As a result, a majority of Americans support torture. But almost no Americans understand what torture is.

Trump has said that he supports the use of torture as an interrogation method, while spy chief Mike Pompeo is open to the idea of bringing back waterboarding. How do you feel about this?

This is a sickening position. It’s a terrible thing that people as important as Trump and Pompeo would publicly advocate committing a crime. The positive thing is that with the passage of the McCain-Feinstein Amendment, the techniques that the CIA used are clearly illegal. They won’t happen again.

[Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein introduced a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. The amendment was designed to prohibit the use of torture and restricts interrogation techniques to those authorised in the Army Field Manual. It also required access for the International Committee of the Red Cross to detainees in US government custody, which is current US policy.]

Given that the Feinstein-McCain Act prohibits the use of torture, do you think the administration could potentially outsource torture to some of its allies as it has done in the past, particularly in the Middle East?

I would not be surprised if the White House ordered the CIA to send prisoners or terrorist suspects to third countries to undergo torture. As a policy, the CIA asks its foreign partners specifically to not torture suspects. But torture allegedly takes place with a wink and a nod. I would not be at all surprised if the Trump administration asks the CIA to do exactly that.

Can you tell us about some of the people you encountered in prison, what you learned from that experience and how it has helped shape you?

I met some truly good people in prison. Our government likes to put people into categories – Aryans, Italians, gang members, Muslims, etc. I made friends among all of them.

What did your time in prison teach you about the American prison system?

My experience led me to the conclusion that the American prison system is broken. It is racist and it is anti-poor. It must be torn down and rebuilt. The US is home to five percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prison population. We are over-criminalised, over-legislated and over-regulated. This only weakens us as a country.

One of the most interesting things you mention in your book is that many of the prisoners at Loretto Federal prison chose to convert to Judaism. Can you tell us more about that?

Yes. Jews get much better food than anybody else because it has to be kosher. The average meal for regular prisoners costs something like 95 cents. But the kosher meal costs something like $2.35. The food is better, it’s cleaner, and there’s more of it. Also, Jews are allowed to buy extra treats around the Jewish holy days, like chocolate, soups, and other foods. Nobody else is allowed to have these foods. I once asked a Muslim friend why he didn’t get halal meals. He said there were none. I said, “We have pork two or three times a week. What do you eat?” He said he throws the pork away and eats whatever is left. The Muslims did not get the same kind of treatment as the Jews.

Did your CIA training help you while in prison and, if so, how?

That’s the whole point of the book. The CIA taught me 20 life rules that I used in prison. These rules kept me safe and healthy and kept me at the top of the social heap.

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Source: Al Jazeera News


OPINIONERITREA3 MAY 2017

How to solve impunity when journalists are targeted

Those beyond the reach of attacking governments or groups must stand up for persecuted journalists and exert pressure.

Vanessa Berhe, centre, calls on the government to reveal the fate of dissidents who were detained 15 years ago and have been held incommunicado without trial [AFP]
Vanessa Berhe, centre, calls on the government to reveal the fate of dissidents who were detained 15 years ago and have been held incommunicado without trial [AFP]

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Vanessa Berhe is the president of One Day Seyoum, a human rights group, and studies law at SOAS University of London.

I learned the true power of words when I was six years old. I had just started my first year of school in Sweden when my mother explained that my uncle was imprisoned in Eritrea, simply for speaking his mind.

The next day, I told my friends what I had learned and when our parents came to pick us up, they found us collecting money in plastic cups on the schoolyard. When one of the parents asked what we were doing, my friend explained my uncle’s situation and said that we were telling people his story and collecting money to buy his release and a plane ticket.

My uncle’s story had taught me that, if words alone were powerful enough to bring fear to the most powerful institution in a country, then they must be used actively, loudly, and fearlessly in order to bring about positive change in the world.

Any government which wants to unjustifiably and cruelly control their citizens is right to fear a free media.

Our right to express ourselves freely is quite understandably considered one of the most sacred principles of democracy.

When combined with an independent and responsible media platform, this freedom of expression is an essential part of a system of checks and balances that scrutinises people in power and holds them accountable.

It informs the public, changes perceptions and initiates dialogues. It safeguards democracy and prevents tyranny. Any government which wants to unjustifiably and cruelly control their citizens is right to fear a free media.

The consequences of impunity are deadly. Not only are innocent people being killed for performing their civic duty and doing their job, but the stories that journalists are trying to tell are not being heard.

My uncle Seyoum Tsehaye was imprisoned is a journalist in 2001. Over 15 years later, he has still not been released. His imprisonment was a part of a wider campaign by the government to increase control in the country.

READ MORE: Tales of an Eritrean fighter-photographer

In the span of a week, the private media was shut down and all critical members of the government and outspoken journalists were imprisoned. I see the consequences of impunity in Eritrea every day, in the mass exodus from the country and the severe human rights violations they are fleeing.

Impunity is not restricted to Eritrea, which according to Reporters Without Borders is last on the global press freedom index, below China, Syria and North Korea.

Instead, it tends to exist in countries without democratic institutions to hold the government accountable for their unlawful actions.

Consequences of impunity

Governments all around the world silence people whose words they fear can challenge their power. Last year, UNESCO reported that on average, a journalist was killed every four days.

With critics out of the way, governments can use media platforms, with their carefully chosen words, as a means to control the people and set the narrative.

Just as easily as our words have the power to make positive change, they also have the power to corrupt.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) wrote in a 2014 report: “Targeted attacks on the media have kept the world from understanding the full dimension of the violence taking place in Syria. Unchecked impunity has suppressed critical reporting on drug trafficking in Mexico, militant violence in Pakistan, and corruption in Russia.”

The targeted attacks and unchecked impunity play a key role to why all of the problems mentioned above still persist, three years after the report was written. The consequences of impunity are, indeed, dangerous and deadly.

But to argue that freedom of expression only is being under attack in authoritarian states would be a misstatement.

Media cannot simply exist on its own, it also needs to be independent and responsible. If not, it can easily be used as a tool to deceive, manipulate and control, and affect innocent people’s lives.

The ‘lying’ American president

Our current political climate has shown just how vulnerable media is to becoming corrupt, regardless of where in the world it is.

In the United States, a country that prides itself in their democracy, the current president has declared a war on media. But it is not a war on the entire media, only the ones he does not agree with. The ones he does agree with, he uses as sources for his speeches, sometimes without checking the accuracy.

Seyoum Tsehaye was imprisoned in 2001 [Vanessa Berhe/Al Jazeera]

Like most Swedes, I was confused when the current US president implied that there had been some kind of terrorist attack by refugees in Sweden the night before.

My social media feeds instantly filled up with sources refuting such an attack and it was quickly confirmed that no attack of any kind had happened in Sweden. The president had based his statement on a segment he had seen on Fox News, a right-wing news channel often criticised for its bias.

The danger here is not only that the US has a president who actively and unapologetically lies about marginalised groups and pressing issues, but that there is a large group of people whose perception of reality is largely based on speeches from their leader and segments of biased and irresponsible news channels.

As far as they were concerned, a terrorist attack had been committed by refugees and anything stating the contrary could easily be brushed off as “fake news”, just as the current US president labels news reports he simply does not agree with.

READ MORE: Double standards – Do all journalist lives matter?

A former US ambassador to the United Nations once said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

Today, those words are more important than ever. The media decides which stories they tell and how they do so.

When they attack, we need to shout even louder … with our words alone we can do wonders. Let us not let that power go to waste.

Demonising a group of people while camouflaging bigotry as fact can have dangerous implications – we do not need to look far back in history to find proof of that.

How do we then ensure that the validity of truth is not jeopardised, impunity is ended and freedom of expression can flourish?

We can only do that by protecting this democratic principle – actively, loudly, and fearlessly.

OPINION: The media should resist far-right populist tendencies

We need to constantly stay critical and challenge the narrative we have been presented, regardless of whether it’s propaganda from a dictatorship, a news report from a supposedly independent source, or a speech from a democratically elected president. The failure to do so will undoubtedly lead to terrible injustice.

We need to hold governments who silence journalists and citizens accountable and speak up for those who cannot themselves. Governments might be able to silence their own citizens, but they cannot possibly silence the outside world.

It is only when impunity itself is challenged by those beyond the reach of the attacking government that it can be ended.

Foreign governments, international institutions, corporations, activists, journalists and world citizens all play a role in holding abusive governments accountable. Even the most isolated dictatorships are not immune from external pressure.

Seyoum Tsehaye’s family lives in Sweden [Vanessa Berhe/Al Jazeera]

We need to be persistent.

A very long time has passed since I found out my uncle was imprisoned and I am still campaigning for his release. They wanted to silence him, so I decided to become his voice. They wanted him to be forgotten, so I decided to tell the whole world his story.

Challenging governments is not easy and it will take time.

When they try to block us, we need to find new routes. When they attack, we need to shout even louder. My then six-year-old friends understood it quickly; with our words alone we can do wonders. Let us not allow that power go to waste.

Vanessa Berhe is the president of One Day Seyoum, a human rights organisation working for the release of unjustly imprisoned people in Eritrea. She is studying law at SOAS University of London.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

Source: Al Jazeera


Til Forsiden
Jewish involvement in the promotion of ‘hate speech’ laws, multiculturalism, mass immigration, denationalization, subversion of traditional values, and related items. Balder Blog
USA Similar documentation for Canada | Britain | France | Holland | Ireland
It was the American Jewish Committee (AJC) which first vigorously advocated for open immigration in America beginning in 1914 until the great watershed in 1965.

Jewish politicians Behind The Open Immigraton Law of 1965:

Jacob Javits Emanuel Celler
Jacob Javits Emanuel Celler
Charles Schumer Elizabeth Holtzman
Charles Schumer Elizabeth Holtzman
Top of B’nai B’rith building in Seattle
This ADL office in Seattle is one of 30 offices in the US, gives some impression of the financial power behind this Jewish Mason Lodge. The main office is in New York.
B’nai B’rith in Seattle
B’nai B’rith funds violent ARA thugs | YouT
  • Senator Jacob Javits (NY)
  • Congressman Emanuel Celler (NY)
  • Leo Pfeffer (Former President of American Jewish Congress (AJC)
  • Norman Podhoretz (Writer and Member of The Council on Foreign Relations – former leftist, now a Jewish neo-con)

* Senator Jacob Javits played a prominent role in the Senate hearings on the 1965 bill. Javits authored an article entitled ‘Let’s open the gates’ that proposed immigration levels of 500,000 per year for 20 years with no restrictions on national origin.

* Congressman Emanuel Celler, who fought for unrestricted immigration for over 40 years in the House of Representatives, introduced similar legislation resulting in the “Cellar-Hart Immigration Bill,” the precursor to the fatal bill of 1965.

* Leo Pfeffer, a so-called, “Jewish Intellect,” (translate, “Christ-Hater”), wrote many treatises and books that propagandized for open immigration.

* Norman Podhoretz, a former leftist, now a Jewish “neo-con,” (he’s still a leftist), also wrote many articles promoting open immigration.

* Jewish organizations such as the American Jewish Congress, The Jewish Federation, the ACLU, and the B’nai B’rith, (there is no end to their organizations), filed briefs in support of open immigration before the Senate Subcommittee in the early sixties leading up to the passing of the 1965 law.

The main author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was Jewish assistant attorney general Norbert A. Schlei | II (1929-2003). (Schlei also wrote the Voting Rights Act of 1965).

Jewish Arnold Aronson (1911-1998) was founder and leader of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). The LCCR, a powerful coalition of political and religious groups, organized major, countrywide lobbying efforts to aid passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

More details

Cellar and Javits were fanatical Zionists as well:

When it was unclear that President Harry Truman would support Zionism, Cellar and a committee of Zionists told him that they had persuaded Dewey to support the Zionist policy and demanded that Truman also take this stand. Cellar reportedly pounded on Truman‘s table and said that if Truman did not do so, “We’ll run you out of town. When he and a colleague opposed a Zionist resolution in Congress, Emanuel Celler, a New York Democrat who was to serve in Congress for almost 50 years, told them: “They ought to take you b…s out and shoot you.” Jacob Javits, another well-known senator, this time Republican, told a Zionist women’s group: “We’ll fight to death and make a Jewish State in Palestine if it’s the last thing that we do.” From: Alison Weir on the Early Days of the Israel Lobby

Double standards from the start

It was always the American Jewish Committee which filed amicus curiae, “friend of the court” briefs, with the judiciary to overturn so-called “racially discriminatory” statutes. During this same time period the Jewish National Fund in Israel was pursuing its purely discriminatory policy of leasing land to Jews on the specific condition that the Jew holding the lease would never sublease the land to any Arab.

Anti Defamation League of B’nai B’rith – ADL

An international Jewish and Zionist organization with offices in many countries. Commonly known as the ADL. B’nai B’rith is Hebrew for ‘Sons of the Covenant‘ the organization was founded about 165 years ago in New York.

Problably one of the most influential organizations in the US. The ADL is constantly lobbying for ‘hate crime laws’, internet censorship, laws against Christian symbols in public places, actively promoting race mixing and homosexuality (though not for Jews/ Israel).

The ADL mixes in the smallest affairs, when their brethren call for assistance, as in the case of the Danish Social Democrat Torben Lund who called Ariel Sharon a war criminal, and accused Jews of sticking together and using the antisemitism weapon on every occasion. The ADL’s Kenneth Jacobson was on the spot.

Thou shalt only have one Holocaust
The ADL came in the news because its president Abraham Foxman campaigned against recognizing the Armenian Christian Holocaust by the Turks as a genocide by the US.

Forbidden to criticize homosexuality

In California, the ADL, is the mainspring, along with the homosexual lobby, of inspiring California’s pro-homosexuality and same-sex marriage initiatives.

ADL helped create S.B. 1977, California’s ‘anti-hate’ statute, which forbids criticism of homosexuality in the public schools. It was written by liberal Jewish activist and ADL lackey Rep. Sheila Kuehl.

Ban Prayer in Public Schools: Greatest Accomplishment
The ADL is a $50 million a year fund raising hustle that promotes extreme far-left politics under the guise of “fighting antisemitism.” On their website, the ADL boasts that their involvement in getting the Supreme Court to ban prayer in public schools is their “greatest accomplishment.” CofCC

Let the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians: ADL  

A lot more information on the actvities of the ADL at the National Prayer Network

ADL’s criminal history and Mafia connections, & the Media

Jødekartoteket – Om ADLs kriminelle historie og praksis

New more succes for the worlds biggest censorship lobby:

Haaretz 16 december 2008 – YouTube offers ‘Anti-Defamation League’ censorship role

B’nai B’rith helped fund Communist thugs

The video to the right shows footage of members of the Anti Racist Action (ARA), violent red fascists, demolishing a political opponent’s home while the Toronto police looks on. After that clip you see a meeting where B’nai B’rith personel is instructing ARA thugs.

Abe Foxman confesses that his organisation took huge bribe to influence US President to pardon billionaire Jewish fraudster Marc Rich | Chicago Tribune

David Irvings dossier on the ADL

 


Simon Wiesenthal
Simon Wiesenthal
‘Humanitarian’
Abraham Foxman ADL
Abraham Foxman
ADL
Norman Podhoretz CFR
Norman Podhoretz
Council of Foreign Relations
Kiwi Kaplan - NAACP president
Kiwi Kaplan
NAACP president
Southern Poverty Lawcenter
Morris Dees - SPLC Joe Levin - SPLC
Morris Dees – SPLC
Alleged child molester
Joe Levin – SPLC
Founder
Heidi Beirich - SPLC Mark Potok - SPLC
Heidi Beirich – SPLC
Mark Potok – SPLC
Intelligence
Mary C. Bauer - SPLC
Mary C. Bauer
Legal Director
Marsha Levick
Board – SPLC
Allan B. Howard - SPLC Daniel Werner - SPLC
Allan B. Howard
Director
Daniel Werner
Dept. Legal Director
Thomas Ronk - SPLC David Utter - SPLC
Thomas Ronk
Curriculum Designer
David Utter
Director Florida
Julian Bond - SPLC
Julian Bond
Director
Pamela S. Horowitz
J. Bond’s Jewish wife
James L. Rucker - SPLC
James L. Rucker
Director
Heidi C. Hess
Rucker’s Jewish wife
All SPLC personel pictured here are Jews except pervert Morris Dees, Bond & Rucker
In his 1985 book ‘ A Certain People: American Jews and Their Lives Today’, Charles Silberman writes that: American Jews are committed to cultural tolerance because of their belief, one firmly rooted in history, that Jews are safe only in a society acceptant of a wide range of attitudes and behaviors, as well as a diversity of religious and ethnic groups. It is this belief, for example, not approval of homosexuality, that leads an overwhelming majority of American Jews to endorse “gay rights” and to take a liberal stance on most other so-called “social issues.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre also takes good care of Zionist interests, and mixed in Danish affairs recently. (Index of related articles)

This organization presents itself as ‘humanitarian’ but its current president Efraim Zuroff recently had the guts to openly defend Israeli hate laws against Christian missionary activity in Israel.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre was criticized by the Irish President Mary Mcaleese for using crazy nazi allegations against the Limerick museum and the Irish Hunt family in order to raise funds. Danish article

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre & Nazi War Criminals

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre says it tracks down Nazi war criminals. To give an impression what that is about; nr. 5 on the organizations priority list is the Danish Nazi (German WWII collaborator) Soeren Kam (86) who now lives in Germany.

Soeren Kam has been accessory to the murder of a Danish citizen Carl Henrik Clemmensen (Gentile), during the German occupation. The man who fired the shots has already been executed for the crime, but Jewish pressure (assisted by the Zionist friendly anti-immigration Danish People’s Party) forced the Danish Justice department to ask for his extradiction, even though the circumstances of the murder are known, and Kam has admitted his part.

The Wiesenthal Centre fantasizes about Kam’s involvement in the persecution of Jews. (By the way the German commander Werner Best allowed all Jews to escape to Sweden during WWII, when the word came from Berlin in 1943 that the Jews must be arrested.) Also Danish Jews never had to wear the Star of David as in some other countries.

Whatever the truth about Soeren Kam; this is at the utmost small time business in regards with Nazi war crimes, which tells a whole lot about the Wiesenthal Revenge Centre. New book by Erik Haaest about Iron Cross rewarded Søren Kam.

Even the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), has acknowledged that the Wiesenthal Center makes ‘inaccurate’ and ‘exaggerated claims’ about anti-Semitism to raise money. In an internal memorandum, ADL official Justin Finger cited a Center fund-raising letter that is ‘replete with factual misstatements and exaggerations’ about anti-Jewish sentiment in the United States and Europe. Source

New book about Simon Wiesenthal and his many lies by Guy Walters:Times Online July 18, 2009 – Hunting Evil – The head Nazi-hunter’s trail of lies | Danish translation Older book about the same subject by Gerd Honsik: Fiend and Felon – Power, Perjury and Murder in Simon Wiesenthal’s Footsteps

 

The Southern Poverty Lawcenter – SPLC

A millitant organization concerned with immigrant rights, anti-racism, monitoring ‘right wing organizations’ the usual lot.

Founded in 1971 by Jewish lawyer Joe Levin and Morris Seligman Dees (not Jewish but born into a philosemitic family who gave him his Jewish first name after Joseph Seligman; president Lincoln’s Jewish banker), currently headed by Julian Bond (black, communist sympathiser. Bond’s father’s first experience with racism in 1916 was with a Jew.. )

Two of the center’s most well known activists are Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich. (both Jewish) Alexander Zaitchik is a former SPLC operative who now continues doing the SPLC’s work in another context.

The SPLC has a long-standing reputation for manipulating statistics and exaggerating the extent of “racism” or “hate” in America. The group earns millions a year by making false claims about ‘hate groups’ and the dangers they pose to America.

Supposedly as of January 2010: Of the twenty-one members of the Southern Poverty Law Center senior program staff, twelve (12) are Jews. This is a numerical representation of 57%. Of the eleven (11) members of the Southern Poverty Law Center board of directors, six (6) are Jews or have Jewish spouses.

This is a numerical representation of 55%. Jews are approximately 2% of the U.S. population.* This means that Jews are over-represented on the Southern Poverty Law Center senior program staff by a factor of 28.5 times, or 2,850 [two thousand eight hundred and fifty percent] percent, and over-represented on the Southern Poverty Law Center board of directors by a factor of 27.5 times, or 2.750 %.

This extreme numerical over-representation of Jews on the Southern Poverty Law Center senior program staff and board of directors cannot be explained away as a coincidence or as the result of mere random chance.

You must ask yourself how such an incredibly small and extremely unrepresentative minority ethnic group that only represents 2% of the United States population could so dominate America’s leading “civil rights” organization.

Source: Who Controls the Southern Poverty Law Center?

* Jewish Population of the United States by State


Hard Realities of U.S. Aid to Israel Outlined in Michigan Speech

• Alison Weir’s speech lifts the veil off America’s ‘greatest ally.’

By Mark Anderson —

DEARBORN, Mich.—Author and researcher Alison Weir’s latest book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel, outlines the hard financial, political and moral realities of United States foreign aid to Israel.

To highlight the important information in the book, she spoke on July 1 in Dearborn, Michigan to a crowd of some 200 attendees. She spoke the prior evening in Ann Arbor, Michigan at a public library.

AlisonWeir

In this video taken at a park in busy downtown Dearborn, which captured most of her speech, Ms. Weir covers the essential disturbing facts that far too many Americans don’t know about the U.S. relationship with Israel.

AlisonWeirAttendees

This is why Ms. Weir named her research organization “If Americans Knew.” Under the umbrella of that outfit, she wrote the above-noted book and has published numerous studies that provide shocking financial data—which mainstream media refuse to report.

AlisonWeirLiberty

Notably, If Americans Knew describes itself as “a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, independent research and information-dissemination institute, with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East, and media coverage of this issue. Specifically, the organization’s objective is to provide information that is to a large degree missing from American press coverage of this critical region.”

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Softcover, 260 pages

 

Ms. Weir was well-received in Dearborn, a heavily Muslim community just outside of Detroit where many people of Palestinian origin reside. AMERICAN FREE PRESS was the only media of any kind to attend.

No matter what your “take” is on this subject, watch the video and decide for yourself if U.S. foreign aid to Israel is justified. Her message applies to those already “in the know” about this matter as well as to those who aren’t informed about it.

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