Get ready for a wave of these type of prosecutions.
The administration wants to portray Israel as hostile to the US so that they have a reason to take the side of the arabs in any negotiations on Jerusalem and Israeli borders. It is a way of applying domestic pressure and swinging the masses to the idea that Israel is an enemy and not a friend.
What is that you say? Did you suggest that Israel had nothing to do with this--that it was all made up by the FBI?
Well, that doesn't matter does it? The US public sees a man, Stewart David Nozette--who may or may not be Jewish-- as a "Jew" who wants to sell "American" secrets to "Israelis."
It doesn't matter whether the man is Jewish, or whether Israel is involved. What matters is that the US government gets to smear Israel (and Jews) without Israel actually doing anything. It's a win-win for team Obama!
Also, with the Obama administration coming down on the side of the arabs so much, there are probably a lot of Americans (Jewish or not) who want to help Israel in her time of need. Manufacturing a false "Mosad agent" who needs "information to help Israel" would, undoubtedly, snag a lot of people who have their hearts in the right place, but forget to engage their brain (especially a scientist involved in such important work that he might think he would be too valuable to prosecute).
So, be extra careful--I will be.
The next time a "Mosad Agent" telephones my house asking for classified information (Hey, I do know the secret ingredient to my mother's potato salad--and that has NEVER been revealed outside the family), then I will NOT meet him in a clandestine location to transfer the recipe card because, if I do, the Obama administration will send thugs to grab me off the street--whether they get the secret ingredient or not, whether I had any information that was up to date (hey, I haven't made that salad with my mother for over five years), whether the information was really classified (doesn't my sister's husband also know the secret?), or whether or I am such an important blogger that my mother would immediately notice my absence.
The point is, they would be able to liable the Israelis, the Jews and me--without much effort on their part. I wouldn't even need to be prosecuted. Just the hint that I might not be trustworthy would omit me from my mother's confidence and prevent me from being involved at all in any further development of recipes--or even cooking with her casually.
In other words (if you are too dense to get it the first time), the FBI doesn't even need to prove a case against this guy. Just the hint that he is willing to sell secrets, whether it is true or not, is enough to destroy his life, his career, and put everything he has ever done under the dome of "suspicious."
For example, let's say an FBI agent called Nozette to say, "We think there is a Mosad Agent trying to get classified information from our people. We are going to give him your name, and we want you to play along so that we can nab him, OK? We want you to tell they guy that you don't have any access to documents, but that you remember a lot. Then, when he sends you some questions, you can answer them with completely fake answers. We will be right there, taping the whole thing so we can prosecute the guy, OK? There won't be any danger to you, because you aren't supplying any real information."
Then, the FBI could turn around and arrest Nozette instead. It doesn't matter if Nozette is innocent because he wouldn't have a chance in hell of proving his innocence. Why? Because the answers that Nozette provided would be too classified to put before a jury--even if they are false!
This is how Pollard got put away, folks. It doesn't matter what he did, how he did it, or even if he was guilty. It only matters that the US Government wanted to use him at a particularly important historical moment in order to smear Israel.
Watch out! You might be next!
I'm thinking there's a hunt out there, and the friends of Israel might be the prey d'jour.
Oct 20, 2009 0:17 | Updated Oct 20, 2009 9:32
FBI nabs scientist on espionage charges
By ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON
Prosecutors say a scientist who worked on the cutting edge of moon exploration has been caught trying to sell classified secrets to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence agent.
Stewart David Nozette, who is credited with helping discover evidence of water on the moon and has been a leader in recent lunar exploration work, was arrested Monday and charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information, the Justice Department said.
Nozette, 52, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Washington on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials said Nozette did not immediately have a lawyer.
Nozette worked in various jobs for the Energy Department and NASA. In 1989 and 1990, he worked for the White House's National Space Council.
He developed the Clementine bi-static radar experiment that is credited with discovering water on the south pole of the moon. He also worked at the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he designed highly advanced technology, from approximately 1990 to 1999.
At Energy, Nozette held a special security clearance equivalent to the Defense Department's top secret and "critical nuclear weapon design information" clearances. DOE clearances apply to access to information specifically relating to atomic or nuclear-related materials.
Nozette also held top offices at the Alliance for Competitive Technology, a nonprofit corporation that he organized. Between January 2000 and February 2006, Nozette, through his company, had several agreements to develop advanced technology for the US government.
To build a case against Nozette, FBI agents posed as officers of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, and the criminal complaint suggests why they thought their suspect would take the bait.
From 1998 to 2008, the complaint alleges, Nozette was a technical adviser for a consultant company that was wholly owned by the Israeli government. Nozette was paid about $225,000 over that period, the court papers say.
Then, in January of this year, Nozette allegedly traveled to another foreign country with two computer thumb drives and apparently did not return with them. Prosecutors also quote an unnamed colleague of Nozette who said the scientist said that if the US government ever tried to put him in jail for an unrelated criminal offense, he would go to Israel or another foreign country and "tell them everything" he knows.
The complaint does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf violated US law. In Jerusalem, Israeli government officials had no immediate comment.
The affidavit by FBI agent Leslie Martell said that on Sept. 3, Nozette received a telephone call from an individual purporting to be an Israeli intelligence officer, but who was actually an undercover FBI agent.
Nozette agreed to meet with the agent later that day at a hotel in Washington and in the subsequent meeting the two discussed Nozette's willingness to work for Israeli intelligence, the affidavit said.
Nozette allegedly informed the agent that he had, in the past, held top security clearances and had access to US satellite information, the affidavit said.
The scientist also allegedly said that he would be willing to answer questions about this information in exchange for money. The agent explained that the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, would arrange for a communication system so Nozette could pass on information in a post office box.
Nozette agreed to provide regular, continuing information and asked for an Israeli passport, the affidavit alleged.
According to the court papers, Nozette and the undercover agent met soon afterward in the same hotel, where the scientist allegedly said that while he no longer had legal access to any classified information at a US government facility, he could, nonetheless, recall classified information from memory.
Nozette allegedly told the agent, "Well, I should tell you my first need is that they should figure out how to pay me ... they don't expect me to do this for free."
About a week later, FBI agents left a letter in the designated post office box, asking Nozette to answer a list of questions about US satellite information. The agents provided a $2,000 cash payment.
Nozette was later captured on videotape leaving a manila envelope in the post office box. The next day, agents retrieved the sealed envelope and found, among other things, a one-page document containing answers to the questions and an encrypted computer thumb drive.
One answer contained information classified as secret, which concerned capabilities of a prototype overhead collection system. Nozette allegedly offered to reveal additional classified information that directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, and other major weapons systems.
Agents then asked for more information, and again he allegedly provided it, in exchange for a cash payment of $9,000.
Over the course of his career, Nozette performed some of his research at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Virginia, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.