Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Author: Grant F. Smith

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Institute for Research (September 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0976443775
ISBN-13: 978-0976443773

Book Description

FOREIGN AGENTS analyzes the history and activities of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. FOREIGN AGENTS begins with testimony and subpoenaed documents from the 1963 Senate investigation into the activities of the agents of foreign principals. Senator J.W. Fulbright's discovery of "conduit" money-laundering operations in the US financed by Israeli principals touched off deep and important questions about US lobbying on behalf of the fledgling nation and the applicability of laws such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Logan Act. The book then uncovers AIPAC election law skirmishes in the 1980s-1990s, analyzing the lobby's role in establishing and coordinating political action committees and AIPAC's role in alleged election law violations. FOREIGN AGENTS then turns to the question of espionage. In 2005, two AIPAC executives, Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, were criminally indicted for violating the 1917 Espionage Act. FOREIGN AGENTS reviews behind-the-scenes defense team motions and judicial decisions affecting First Amendment freedom of speech issues and questions about "inside the Beltway" trafficking in classified US defense information by lobbies. FOREIGN AGENTS evaluates Rosen and Weissman's assertions that the conduct alleged in the indictment was within the scope of their employment with AIPAC and was undertaken for AIPAC's benefit. FOREIGN AGENTS then makes comprehensive recommendations for legal oversight in the context of AIPAC's history as a powerful and secretive foreign agent for Israel.

Editorial Reviews

"In this book, Grant Smith renders a vital public service by providing chapter-and-verse evidence that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee--Israel's U.S. lobby--is the agent of a foreign government and has violated public law for years in ways that seriously harm U.S. national interests. No matter what its ultimate destiny, the recent indictment of AIPAC operatives for alleged espionage against the United States is a law enforcement watershed and a call to action. At long last, the American people must recognize and remedy the most harmful foreign interest ever assembled on U.S. soil, the phenomenal influence of the State of Israel in almost every aspect of American life." - Paul Findley, Member of Congress 1961-83, author of three books on the U.S.-Israeli relationship, including the Washington Post bestseller, "They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby."

"For those who want to understand how AIPAC and the Israel lobby have hijacked the American political process, Grant Smith's "Foreign Agents," is required reading. His detailed history of AIPAC's operations, long suppressed, should remove any doubts that what the American people are up against is a dangerous Fifth Column that must be challenged and defeated. Thanks to Grant Smith, we have a powerful tool to do that." - Jeffrey Blankfort is the former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin and hosts the international affairs program "Takes on the World" on KZYX Pacifica Radio in Mendocino, California.

"Lobbies, citizens advancing shared interests, are an essential element of the democratic process. When those interests are clearly another country's, however, especially if they have had pervasive, costly, negative impact on America's, a lobby - such as AIPAC and it's many co-conspirators - is not only highly undesirable, it is very dangerous. Wealthy, powerful, almost covert, with the proven capability of strongly influencing the media as well as both parties in Congress and the White House, AIPAC's omnipresent, little-known activities demand the public scrutiny that Foreign Agents initiates." - Ambassador Edward L. Peck, former Chief of Mission in Iraq and Former Deputy Director, Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism, Reagan White House

"This is an important book that should be read by everyone, especially those who are in policy making positions. AIPAC has proved itself to be a danger to our democracy by using money and political power to benefit a foreign government, all at the expense of the American taxpayer. Grant Smith has done a great deal of powerful research to bring facts that will benefit us all when making decisions as to who we vote for." - Senator James G. Abourezk served as a Democratic United States Representative from 1971 to 1973 and represented South Dakota in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 1979.

"Grant Smith has produced a momentous scholarly work that reveals an eye-opening picture of the carefully guarded operations of the Israeli lobby and its unparalleled influence over US policy in the Middle East. What makes this daringly debunking research work convincing and its arguments irrefutable is the fact that it steers past the dangers of the conspiracy theories surrounding the Israeli lobby by drawing exclusively on official government and/or public sources of information. Foreign Agents is a must read primer for anyone interested in making sense of our government's policy in the Middle East and its implications for our domestic politics and priorities." - Ismael Hossein-Zadeh Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at Drake University and Author of the book "The Political Economy of US Militarism"

"In Foreign Agents, Grant Smith has drawn together the historical threads of a foreign lobby group that has managed to slip between the cracks despite its connection to numerous illegal activities in the United States. Foreign Agents reveals what every American citizen should know about AIPAC, the Israeli lobby which holds sway over many US politicians, and hence US politics, often to the detriment of US interests. A must read book." - Kim Petersen is the co-editor of the Dissident Voice newsletter

"Grant F. Smith's book provides a superb review of the efforts that have been made to expose the Israel lobby from 1963 to 2005. Smith's work is extremely well researched. He gathers together documents, testimony from closed-door hearings, and news articles that most Americans have totally forgotten... His work is monumental." - Richard Curtiss executive editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

About the Author

Grant F. Smith is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington DC. He is author of the books Spy Trade, America's Defense Line, Foreign Agents, Deadly Dogma, and Neocon Middle East Policy. Jeff Stein of the Washington Post calls Smith "a Washington, D.C. author who has made a career out of writing critical books on Israeli spying and lobbying." blogger Philip Weiss says "the best investigative work is being done by Grant Smith at IRmep..."

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