How Israel is sponsoring terrorism and betraying its American allies

In an exclusive report for Foreign Policy magazine, Mark Perry reveals that Mossad agents have been posing as CIA officers and recruiting members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight Israel’s covert war against Iran.

Buried deep in the archives of America’s intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush’s administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives — what is commonly referred to as a “false flag” operation.

The memos, as described by the sources, one of whom has read them and another who is intimately familiar with the case, investigated and debunked reports from 2007 and 2008 accusing the CIA, at the direction of the White House, of covertly supporting Jundallah — a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization. Jundallah, according to the U.S. government and published reports, is responsible for assassinating Iranian government officials and killing Iranian women and children.

But while the memos show that the United States had barred even the most incidental contact with Jundallah, according to both intelligence officers, the same was not true for Israel’s Mossad. The memos also detail CIA field reports saying that Israel’s recruiting activities occurred under the nose of U.S. intelligence officers, most notably in London, the capital of one of Israel’s ostensible allies, where Mossad officers posing as CIA operatives met with Jundallah officials.

The officials did not know whether the Israeli program to recruit and use Jundallah is ongoing. Nevertheless, they were stunned by the brazenness of the Mossad’s efforts.

“It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,” the intelligence officer said. “Their recruitment activities were nearly in the open. They apparently didn’t give a damn what we thought.”

Interviews with six currently serving or recently retired intelligence officers over the last 18 months have helped to fill in the blanks of the Israeli false-flag operation. In addition to the two currently serving U.S. intelligence officers, the existence of the Israeli false-flag operation was confirmed to me by four retired intelligence officers who have served in the CIA or have monitored Israeli intelligence operations from senior positions inside the U.S. government.

The CIA and the White House were both asked for comment on this story. By the time this story went to press, they had not responded. The Israeli intelligence services — the Mossad — were also contacted, in writing and by telephone, but failed to respond. As a policy, Israel does not confirm or deny its involvement in intelligence operations.

There is no denying that there is a covert, bloody, and ongoing campaign aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear program, though no evidence has emerged connecting recent acts of sabotage and killings inside Iran to Jundallah. Many reports have cited Israel as the architect of this covert campaign, which claimed its latest victim on Jan. 11 when a motorcyclist in Tehran slipped a magnetic explosive device under the car of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a young Iranian nuclear scientist. The explosion killed Roshan, making him the fourth scientist assassinated in the past two years. The United States adamantly denies it is behind these killings.

According to one retired CIA officer, information about the false-flag operation was reported up the U.S. intelligence chain of command. It reached CIA Director of Operations Stephen Kappes, his deputy Michael Sulick, and the head of the Counterintelligence Center. All three of these officials are now retired. The Counterintelligence Center, according to its website, is tasked with investigating “threats posed by foreign intelligence services.”

The report then made its way to the White House, according to the currently serving U.S. intelligence officer. The officer said that Bush “went absolutely ballistic” when briefed on its contents.

“The report sparked White House concerns that Israel’s program was putting Americans at risk,” the intelligence officer told me. “There’s no question that the U.S. has cooperated with Israel in intelligence-gathering operations against the Iranians, but this was different. No matter what anyone thinks, we’re not in the business of assassinating Iranian officials or killing Iranian civilians.”

Israel’s relationship with Jundallah continued to roil the Bush administration until the day it left office, this same intelligence officer noted. Israel’s activities jeopardized the administration’s fragile relationship with Pakistan, which was coming under intense pressure from Iran to crack down on Jundallah. It also undermined U.S. claims that it would never fight terror with terror, and invited attacks in kind on U.S. personnel. [Continue reading…]

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6 thoughts on “How Israel is sponsoring terrorism and betraying its American allies

  1. Norman

    With friends like this, who needs enemies? When the real shooting starts, American military personnel lose their lives, will the U.S. then cut the strings? By that time, the Israelis will have sold every secret that they have stolen from the U.S. Now, it would really be interesting if those 1,000s of American military personnel that are streaming into Israel, put the fix in the codes that prevented the Israelis from defending from any missal attack. Further, that they didn’t receive any assistance from the U.S. to refuel their aircraft, if they go off to bomb Iran. Sort of even the odds, one might say. After all, payback for treasonous acts, is just.

  2. Renfro

    I like to think this is the last red line for our despicable, treasonous US congress but I know it’s not.
    The only thing that satisifies me is the firm belief that psychopathic Israel will be eventually be turned to dust….and there will be no come back, sympathy or rising from the ashes for the zionistas.

  3. Ian Arbuckle

    Talk about conspiracy theory? The next thing some one will write about is to suggest that 9-11 was a Mossad false flag op. Now how ridiculous would that be to suggest that all those aircraft sent in the wrong direction, or the convenient prior changes in NORAD protocols, or the thousands of pages of the patriot act which were already written and ready to go prior to the event… were all just coincidences. How silly would it be to suggest that the Israelis by themselves could have got all that quantity of super-thermite and explosives into those “3” buildings in NY by themselves with no help locally??? I guess he might even suggest that the apparent government or even “real government of America” the power behind the power new nothing about what was happening, who could have imagined, as Condi said???….. Dancing Israelis, armies of art sellers shadowing alleged terror suspects around the country and monitoring their communications.

    What is true is that people think that the analytic capability of the average reader is so low that they cannot discern truth from fiction for themselves and must be aided by propaganda and so the masses will believe whatever they are fed.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” ……… Joseph Goebbels

    There is not a sliver of difference between the powers that run America or Israel. It is the modern day expression of Fascism with all the ramifications that that implies, and further the officers and supporters of Zionists today are just a recalled reflection of those that built and supported National Socialism then. The Arab is now the Jew, and the camps and gas chambers have been replaced by economic divide and concur, intrigue, and finally mechanized and robotic war on grander scale. The effects are much of a muchness. For all that humanity has learned in 75 years, we may as well be today in 1937 instead of 2012.

  4. breid

    “It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,” the intelligence officer said. “Their recruitment activities were nearly in the open. ………….thought…. thought.

  5. F. Wynn Kaplan

    You’re either boxing in the dark, “Ian Arbuckle,” or just another hasbara drone, blithely mouthing what you’ve been instructed to mouth.

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