Friday, August 03, 2007

Israeli Expert's New
Terrorist Warnings
By Joel Skousen
Editor - World Affairs Brief

The latest terror warning to sweep through the internet comes from Israeli-American counter-terrorism expert Juval Aviv. "What they're going to do," he claims "is hit six, seven or eight cities simultaneously to show sophistication and really hit the public. This time it will not only be big cities. They're going to try to hit rural America. They want to send a message to rural America: 'You're not protected. If you figured out that if you just move out of New York and move to Montana or to Pittsburgh, you're not immune. We're going [to] get you wherever we can and it's easier there than in New York."

Aviv claims the next attack will come in the next 90 days and hit the small normal type targets I have been warning are the standard way in which normal terrorism acts. He is either predicting these events based upon an accurate knowledge of how terror should act (but hasn't been in the US, which only experiences high profile attacks) or he is privy, through Israel, to the next level of government engineered attacks that are coming. Let's look at his background for some clues:

Juval Aviv claims to be a former bodyguard of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. He says he was tasked by her to search out the identity of the attackers on the Jewish Olympic team in Munich in 1972. He claims to be the source of the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas, on which Steven Spielberg's film Munich was based-a movie containing a fair amount of disinformation. Aviv claims to have worked with Israeli Intelligence (Mossad) and had other contracts and dealings with US intelligence agencies.

Though one should always be suspicious of anyone connected to Israeli intelligence, which has a seamless relationship with the CIA, one thing stands out in Aviv's background that indicates he isn't fronting for government directly. He was the private investigator who uncovered the initial information (again, through his Israeli contacts) that the US was involved in drug smuggling in the Middle East and was using PanAm airlines to smuggle these drugs back to the US. The government has been trying to discredit Aviv ever since.

In the public radio documentary Shadow Over Lockerbie, a surprising amount of information comes out about the government's campaign to get Aviv. The two Libyan "terrorists" that were prosecuted for the Lockerbie crime were scapegoats set up by the US to take the fall for a US black operation. One was exonerated at trial, and the conviction of the other is being challenged since the Scottish Prosecutor admitted that the CIA guided and manipulated the trial--especially the testimony of the key Libyan "defector" who was coached by American Intelligence agents during the trial. He claims the US was determined to pin the blame on Libya.

"Pre-trial hearings have made it clear that lawyers for the Libyan defendants are prepared not only to assert their clients' innocence, but to suggest an alternate version of events: that the Iranian government and the Syria-based terrorists, the PFLP-GC, conspired and carried out the bombing [under US direction]. There are also signs that an even more provocative claim will get resurrected in the courtroom: that covert US government drug operationsmay have provided the bombers an opening to blow up Pan Am 103.

"In the early 1990's, Time magazine and TV networks on both sides of the Atlantic produced major stories exploring that claim. Their most important source: a private investigator who'd been hired by Pan Am to find out who blew up Flight 103 and how they did it. The investigator, Juval Aviv, emerged from his probe with a remarkable claim: that members of the PFLP-GC took advantage of a controlled drug-smuggling route involving US agents to slip the bomb on the Pan Am jet. Government officials vehemently denied the assertion, and still do.

"In response to Aviv's report, Pan Am filed subpoenas with several US intelligence and law enforcement agencies, seeking documents to confirm or refute the private investigator's findings. The government refused to release the documents on grounds of national security [typical when they've got wrongdoing to hide].

"I was a consultant to the FBI for over ten years on anti-terrorism matters," Aviv says. "Once I...pointed the finger at the government, I became persona non grata, my arrangements with the FBI were canceled. I just became a government enemy." Some government officials attacked Aviv's credibility, calling him a fabricator who had lied about his background...

"... it appears defense lawyers at the Lockerbie trial may try to prove ... that the DEA was running a covert drug operation on Pan Am flights through the Frankfurt airport in late December, 1988. Two men who were high-ranking security managers with Pan Am at the time told us they've given statements to the defense team claiming that they were told of a US government drug operation on their airline, through Frankfurt, at the time Pan Am 103 was destroyed.

"Jim Berwick was the London-based Manager of Corporate Security for Pan Am in 1988. He says at a quarterly meeting a couple of months before the bombing of Pan Am 103, Phillip Connolly approached him during a break. Connolly was one of the highest-ranking investigators in British Customs and a 20-year acquaintance of Berwick's.

'And it was at that time that [Connolly] gave me the indication that he had been the British Customs representative at a meeting in Germany, where there were representatives of German Customs and also DEA, and where it became known to Phil that Pan Am in actual fact was being used as a conduit or a route on which drug shipments were being allowed from Europe to the U-S' ...

"Aviv's controversial role in the Lockerbie case began in 1989. Relatives of those killed on Pan Am 103 sued the airline for negligence in allowing the bomb onto the plane. Pan Am and its insurance company hired Aviv to investigate who bombed Flight 103 and how the bombers got their lethal baggage past security. Aviv says he tapped sources in the intelligence services of several countries and in terrorist groups themselves [he couldn't have done that without the Israeli Mossad, who has infiltrated almost all terror organs in the Middle East. A German employee of the Frankfurt airport has also come forth and told how he and others were aware that the baggage storage area had be broken into the night prior to the flight.]

"His 27-page report for Pan Am makes remarkable claims. In 1987, Aviv writes, US agents discovered and began monitoring a heroin-smuggling route from the Middle East to the United States, via Frankfurt, run by a Syrian drug- and arms-dealer named Monzer al-Kassar. Al-Kassar had ties to Hizbollah terrorists who held Western hostages in Beirut. US agents agreed to let al-Kassar's heroin operation run - through Frankfurt and London's Heathrow airports - in return for al-Kassar's promise to help free hostages.

"Ahmed Jibril, of the Syria-based PFLP-GC, after considering other US carriers, ultimately decided to blow up Pan Am 103 by, in effect, horning in on al-Kassar's government-controlled smuggling operation. The PFLP-GC used Turkish members of extremist groups who worked as baggage handlers at the Frankfurt airport to replace Jaafar's heroin bag with a bomb-laden suitcase, according to Aviv's scenario."

Aviv is mistaken here. Jabril didn't have to decide which aircraft to target. The CIA wanted 103 taken down and the bag switch was done at the direction of the CIA. Aviv was in all likelihood misled by his Israeli sources who are shielding the US component of this plot. As I reported previously in the WAB, one source has said that a CIA team in the Middle East uncovered this CIA-sponsored terrorist and drug connection and tried to get it stopped. The team was getting stonewalled by their superiors so they decided to fly back to the US and blow the whistle on these illegal CIA activities. That team was on PanAm flight 103 and died when the plane was blown apart. That is the real reason why the CIA took control of the crash site from the Scottish authorities and hauled off all the luggage pertaining to this CIA team. The Shadow Over Lockerbie report continues:

"In response to Aviv's report, and investigative news stories based on them, government officials launched an attack on Aviv that went well beyond simple denials. In letters to newspaper editors and on network TV, diplomatic and intelligence officials called Aviv a 'fabricator' who had lied about his entire background.

"Asked recently to back up that characterization, Hurley, formerly of the DEA, faxed us a letter dated May, 1990. The letter, signed by Yigal Carmon, 'Israeli Prime Minister's Advisor for Countering Terrorism,' says Juval Aviv never worked for Israeli intelligence and was fired from a low-level job with El-Al airlines for 'dishonesty.'

"[However,] The letter is on plain white paper, not Israeli government letterhead. We faxed it to the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. A spokeswoman said the letter did not have the look of a letter sent from the Office of the Prime Minister. When reached at an office in Tel Aviv, Yigal Carmon said he 'did not know of anyone called Juval Aviv' and refused to discuss the contents of any letter with us [This indicates that the CIA forged the Carmon letter and spread it around other dark-side agencies like the DEA]. A spokesperson for El-Al Airlines in Tel Aviv said he was unaware of any such incident of 'dishonesty' by Juval Aviv, or of any firing of Aviv.

"Aviv, for his part, produces several documents that he's entered into court refuting the accusation that he lied about his background. The documents include an FBI memo about Aviv from 1982, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and a contract between Aviv and the US Justice Department, dated 1984. Both refer to Aviv's past association with Israeli intelligence. As late as 1993, an FBI agent wrote to Aviv asking for assistance in a tax-recovery investigation, even as other government officials were publicly calling Aviv a fabricator.

"In public attacks against Aviv in the mid-1990's, government officials also pointed out that he'd been arrested for alleged mail and wire fraud. The fraud charge was filed in 1994 after an investigation by the FBI. The charge: that Aviv had defrauded a corporate client, General Electric Capital, in a small contract a few years earlier - that he'd claimed to interview people on a fact-finding trip in the Caribbean whom he'd never really interviewed. But at the trial in 1995 in the Southern District of New York, Aviv produced records showing that he had in fact conducted all the interviews for which he'd billed GE. The jury deliberated for just 90 minutes before acquitting Aviv.

"After the verdict, the presiding district judge, Louis Stanton, wondered aloud in the courtroom why the FBI had gone out of its way to prosecute Aviv given that the alleged victim, GE Capital, had filed no complaint. In fact, GE representatives testified that they'd been entirely satisfied with Aviv's work. Stanton also pointed out that the fraud charges resulted from an investigation by two agents who were working on aspects of the Lockerbie case. The judge said those circumstances led him to infer that the fraud charge against Aviv 'was generated from some other source, and the only source in the record so far for which any such purpose could be ascribed is the report in the other case, in the Lockerbie case.'" Clearly the government was trying to discredit Aviv.

Given this background, I'm inclined to believe that Aviv does have Israeli connections, but I'm still not convinced that he has a bona fide terrorist warning. I don't think he is fronting for US agent provocateurs planning the next terrorist attack, but his Israeli contacts may have got wind of such a coming attack. Or it may simply be convenience self-promotion on his part. Aviv's latest book tries to prepare Americans for normal, random small acts of terror. His warning could be related to promoting his book. Certainly, I applaud his effort to get American's to prepare. The government makes no effort to push for a prepared citizenry. They want America dependent upon FEMA and the government control agenda that inevitably follows a terrorist act or disaster like hurricane Katrina.

Let's contrast Aviv's warning with John Patrick Quirk's latest predictions [International Research Group] on terror-all related to Iran as the boogey man, as per the bush administration official line: "Over the last five years the Iranians have also created the following defensive attack strategy:

1) "Accelerate the development of several, maybe up to 5 nuclear bombs, coupled with a deployment strategy of missile technology gained from Pakistan, China and North Korea. These missiles are now capable of being equipped with nuclear weapons could hit Israel, London and most of the 7th Fleet targets (American ships and bases in the Persian Gulf). [While I'm convinced this is Iran's intent there is no evidence that they are even close to a working nuclear weapon].

2) "Iran has fully-trained and equipped terrorists established in the USA, Venezuela, Mexico and probably Canada [This is pretty far-fetched. There is no way Quirk could know this on his own, unless he is simply parroting information from government sources. If such cells do exist, I believe they are known to the US and will be allowed to carry out attacks so as to justify a US air attack on Iran]. These operatives may have weapons of mass destruction [pure speculation or disinformation. I don't believe the US or Russia has lost control of any suitcase nukes, nor do they intend to let terrorists under their control use them, lest the US public start to prepare against nuclear effects (something our own government does not want)] and also have plans to bomb American shopping centers and/or symbolic targets to create fear and mass panic that will hopefully damage the American economy [this would be true only if we have normal terrorism].

3) "Strike at targets within Europe. The French government under Chirac in 2003 made the mistake of issuing over 5,000 visas for Iranian 'students' to come to France. France was trying to placate its own Islamic community and ingratiate itself with oil rich Iran. Many of these Iranian students obtained French passports and then migrated to Canada, Venezuela and some to the USA [Again Quirk is falling into the trap of promoting Iran as the primary link to terror. Where is his tracking data on where these Iranian migrated, and how would he have access to this?].

Further, Quirk says, "Iran is also not interested in using oil as a weapon. They know the U.S. has many new sources of oil, huge reserves, and that the U.S. believes a one week attack against Iranian nuclear targets would not significantly impact the world economy. American diplomats have assured the European Union, China, Japan and its other closest allies any attack on Iran would be over in a week or less [Another tidbit of intel Quirk could not possess without insider access--which makes him a potential source of government disinformation]. The Iranians also know this and know oil can't be used as a weapon." [This is very naive. Any destabilization due to war in the oil producing regions will trigger a massive hike in oil prices, which won't settle down, if ever, due to collusion on price from the major oil companies.]

If Aviv's predictions of numerous small acts of terror come true, it will not be because the government isn't steering terrorism for its own conflict-creation purposes. It will be because more and more people are questioning why we don't have small normal acts of terror with our open borders problem. Nevertheless, I doubt the government will agree to these kinds of terrorist acts, because such attacks would surely bolster the public outcry for closing the borders-which conflicts with the Globalist's multi-cultural agenda to flood America with illegal aliens.

World Affairs Brief, August 3, 2007. Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

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