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“Evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.”

— U.S. official
quoted in Carl Cameron’s Fox News report
on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

Massive Israeli Spy Ring
Linked to September 11

“Some people thought they had buried the story of Israeli foreknowledge of the impending 9-11 terrorist attacks, but now that story is taking on a new life of its own.”

Exclusive To American Free Press

By Michael Collins Piper
March 10, 2002

There is strong evidence Israeli intelligence operatives engaged in clandestine dealings on American soil and almost certainly had advance knowledge of the impending terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Israel, however, did not report this information to the American authorities. A sudden spate of news stories in the mainstream media over a three-day period cast new light on this story that first reached a national audience in the Dec. 17 issue of American Free Press which actually went to press on Dec. 7, 2001.

At that time, AFP noted that buried within a story in The Washington Post on Nov. 23 was the little-known fact that a number of Israeli nationals taken into custody by federal authorities after the Sept. 11 tragedy were suspected of having material knowledge relative to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Then, on Dec. 12, five days after the AFP story was published, Carl Cameron of Brit Hume’s Special Report on Fox News, broke his report on a wide-ranging Israeli espionage ring uncovered on U.S. soil.

Cameron reported that there was evidence that those Israeli agents were watching the 9-11 terrorists prior to the Sept. 11 tragedy. On Dec. 24, AFP summarized Cameron’s report in which he stated in part:

“There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that they may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance and not shared it. A highly-placed investigator told Fox News there are ‘tie-ins,’ but when asked for details flatly refused to describe them, saying:

‘Evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It is classified information.’”

During the segment, host Brit Hume asked Cameron:

“What about this question of advanced knowledge of what was going to happen on 9-11? How clear are investigators that some Israeli agents may have known something?”

Cameron responded:

“It’s very explosive information, obviously, and there’s a great deal of evidence that they say they have collected. None of it necessarily conclusive. It’s more when they put it all together. A bigger question, they say, is “How could they not have known?” [That is] almost a direct quote [from the investigators].”

The FOX report indicated that even prior to Sept. 11 as many as 140 other Israelis had been detained or arrested in what was described by reporter Cameron as “a secretive and sprawling investigation into suspected espionage by Israelis in the United States.” According to Cameron:

“Investigators are focusing part of their efforts on Israelis who said they are art students from the University of Jerusalem or Bezalel Academy and repeatedly made contact with U.S. government personnel by saying they wanted to sell cheap art or handiwork.”

Documents say they “targeted” and penetrated military bases, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, dozens of government facilities and even secret offices and unlisted private homes of law enforcement and intelligence personnel.

After FOX made this amazing report, there was an angry response from the Israeli lobby in America. The Dec. 21 issue of the New York-based Forward reported that FOX and Cameron were “under fire.”

Whatever the case, Fox News pulled the transcriptions of Cameron’s broadcast reports off its Internet web site, saying that “this story no longer exists,” even though, at the time, Cameron had told Forward that he continued to stand behind his story. It appeared as though Cameron’s story was destined for the Memory Hole, but for reports about it that had appeared in AFP and on the Internet.

However, on March 4 [2002], the story first pioneered by AFP and Fox News came back to life thanks to the famous French daily, Le Monde, which hit the streets with a story charging that “a vast Israeli espionage network operating on American territory has been broken up,” describing the network of “Israeli art students” that FOX had first reported.

Le Monde’s story relied largely on reporting an independent investigation conducted by the Paris-based Intelligence Online (an Internet-based newsletter), which, in turn, had obviously been directed by the FOX report and the sources made available to FOX.

The story developed by Intelligence Online, according to Le Monde, charged quite specifically that Israel had withheld information that it had developed, through its spying operations in the United States, about the impending Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

LeMonde cited transcriptions of the previous work by Carl Cameron on FOX and pointed out how FOX itself refused to cooperate with Le Monde, saying that it was “a problem,” but that FOX refused to be specific.

According to Intelligence Online, the suspects in the Israeli spying operation were all between 22 and 30 and had recently completed their Israeli military service. Six of the suspected spies had used portable telephones bought by a former Israeli vice consul in the United States. Many of the suspects were also linked to Israeli information technology companies.

Le Monde also noted that Intelligence Online had received a copy of a 61-page report prepared by an officer of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and others from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. (A spokesman for the DEA, Will Glaspy, confirmed to Le Monde that the DEA “holds a copy” of that report.)

The report cited by Le Monde specifically pointed out that one-third of the suspected Israeli spies had been based in Florida, and at least five of them were on site in Hollywood, Fla., where accused Sept. 11 hijacker ringleader Muhammad Atta and four of his purported accomplices also lived.

The United States has deported 120 young Israelis posing as “art students” for visa violations. However, some officials do suspect them of spying.

On March 5, Reuters, the sometimes quite independent press service, carried a report describing Le Monde’s article (even including the allegation of Israeli foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks). Reuters, however, cited an un-named FBI spokesman who called it a “bogus story,” saying — despite all the evidence to the contrary — that “there wasn’t a spy ring.”

On March 6, the Associated Press ran its own version (which appeared in some newspapers across the country) and reported that there had been allegations that so-called Israeli “art students” deported from the United States were “suspected” of spying.

AP’s report, however, did not mention the implication that this spy ring had advance knowledge relating to the activities of the 9-11 terrorists.

On March 6 Washington Post staff writers John Mintz and Dan Eggen also wrote a story about the affair, but their version had a notably different spin. The Post story was headlined “Reports of Israeli spy ring dismissed” and claimed that “a wide array of U.S. officials” had dismissed the reports that the U.S. government had broken up “an Israeli espionage ring that consisted of young Israelis attempting to penetrate U.S. agencies by selling artwork in federal buildings.”

Mintz and Eggen reported that Attorney General Ashcroft’s spokeswoman at the Justice Department, Susan Dryden, described the story as “an urban myth that has been circulating for months.” She added: “The department has no information at this time to substantiate these widespread reports about Israeli art students involved in espionage.”

The two Post writers suggest that the allegations appear to have been circulated in a memo written (and leaked) by a single “disgruntled” employee of the DEA who, Mintz and Eggen say, is “angry” that FBI and CIA sources have rejected what the Post duo dismissively calls his “theories.” The memo is presumably the same one that Intelligence Online used in as partial basis for its report.

So while the Post admits that the DEA memo does exist, the Post is trying to dismiss its reliability by charging that “a single employee” who is “disgruntled” and “angry” is its source.

However, even as it is trying to suggest that a DEA loner was behind the charges, the Post article does acknowledge in its closing paragraph:

DEA spokesman Thomas Hinojosa said that multiple reports of suspicious activity on the part of young Israelis had come into the agency’s Washington headquarters from agents in the fields. The reports were summarized in a draft memo last year, but Hinojosa said he did not have a copy and could not vouch for the accuracy of media reports describing its contents.

What is perhaps the most intriguing twist about the Post story is that co-author Mintz is the Post staffer who wrote in the Post on Nov. 23 [2001] that among a total of some 60 young Israeli Jews picked up by the FBI in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, there was at least a handful being held on suspicion of having material knowledge about the attacks themselves.

At that time Mintz pointed out that while most of the Israelis arrested and detained since Sept. 11 were held on immigration charges and not suspected of any involvement in terrorism, there were exceptions. According to Mintz’s previous Postarticle (published on Nov. 23):

In several cases, such as those in Cleveland and St. Louis, INS officials testified in court hearings that they were “of special interest to the government,” a term that federal agents have used in many of the hundreds of cases involving mostly Muslim Arab men who have been detained around the country since the terrorist attacks.

An INS official who requested anonymity said the agency will not comment on the Israelis. He said the use of the term “special interest” means the case in question is “related to the investigation of Sept. 11.”

What Mintz did not say in his more recent Postarticle of March 6 was that some of these same Israelis that he was writing about on Nov. 23 have been implicated in the spy ring that his most recent article suggests is “an urban myth.”

Now, Mintz’s co-author, Dan Eggen, has revealed a new detail about yet another Israeli official to the events of 9-11. It turns out that another “former” Israeli operative was actually traveling on one of the ill-fated Sept. 11 flights alongside the Arab hijackers.

United Press International has yet to cover the developments in the Israeli spy ring story, which might be explained by the fact that its chief international correspondent, Eli Lake, is a devotee of Israel who previously worked for Forward, the Jewish community newspaper which bragged on Dec. 21 [2001] how the FOX story had been buried by other media.

Related pages


Fox News Special Report: Israeli Spying on the U.S.

The Israeli Connection To 9-11

9-11, Mossad, the CIA and “False Flag Operations”

9-11 Was a Mossad “False Flag Operation”

The United States Government Committed the September 11 Attacks

America: the Ultimate Terrorist

The CIA, Insider Trading and the World Trade Center Terror Attack

Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency (about Operation Northwoods)

Fake Terror: the Road to Dictatorship

Operation 911: NO SUICIDE PILOTS

Israeli state terrorism:

Ariel Sharon: The Jewish Hitler

Return of the Terrorist: The Crimes of Ariel Sharon

Zionism is Jewish Naziism: A Photo Essay on Israeli State Terrorism

American-Israeli Terrorism of the Palestinian People

A description of the sadistic nature and scope of Israeli state terrorism, with related sites for more information.

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

The infamous quote by Yitzhak Shamir, at the top of this page, is given in Western State Terrorism, chapter 2: International Terrorism: Image and Reality, by Noam Chomsky, section 6, and note 36. See chapter sections 4 through 8 for heavily-censored (in America) information on the historical realities of Israeli state terrorism.

Racist Zionism: Israeli Apartheid

The Jenin Massacre:

The Jenin Massacre

Massacre at Jenin: “I now know the smell of death...”

Immortal Heroes of Jenin

Eyewitness Jenin: Evidence of a Massacre

The Israelis are Guilty of Mass Murder in Jenin

Israeli War Crimes at Jenin

Human Rights Watch report excerpts

“Sanity was buried alive...” at Jenin

Related sites

Israel Files: Info on the Israeli Spy Conspiracy

“The ‘Israeli Art Student’ Files: Media coverage of Israel’s underground in the US — and the 9/11 connection.” This is an index page for a collection of articles.

Israel US Spying

This page has a long list of links to articles dealing with Israeli spying on the U.S., and Mossad involvement in the 9-11 terror attacks.

Suspicious Activities Involving Israeli Art Students at DEA Facilities

“In January, 2001, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Security Programs (IS), began to receive reports of Israeli art students attempting to penetrate several DEA Field Offices in the continental United States. Additionally, there have been reports of Israeli art students visiting the homes of numerous DEA employees. These incidents have occurred since at least the beginning of 2000, and have continued to the present.” ...

“The activities of these Israeli art students raised the suspicion of IS and other field offices when attempts were made to circumvent the access control systems at DEA offices, and when these individuals began to solicit their paintings at the homes of DEA employees. The nature of the individuals’ conduct, combined with intelligence information and historical information regarding past incidents involving Israeli Organized Crime, leads IS to believe the incidents may well be an organized intelligence gathering activity.”

U.S. Police and Intelligence Hit by Spy Network

“In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the FBI has stumbled on the largest espionage ring ever discovered inside the United States. The U.S. Justice Department is now holding nearly 100 Israeli citizens with direct ties to foreign military, criminal and intelligence services.

“The spy ring reportedly includes employees of two Israeli-owned companies that currently perform almost all the official wiretaps for U.S. local, state and federal law enforcement.

“The U.S. law enforcement wiretaps, authorized by the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), appear to have been breached by organized crime units working inside Israel and the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad.”

Despite Coverup, Israel Caught Spying in Washington Again

June 2000, Special Report:
“Israel has been caught spying in Washington again, this time on the White House and other sensitive telephone systems. But Americans have to look and listen very hard to learn the details.

“The damage could be as great as that sustained during spy-for-pay Jonathan Jay Pollard’s blatant military codes, plans and secret-stealing rampage of the 1980s. And probably greater than Israel’s stealing not only of U.S. nuclear secrets in the 1960s, but even of American enriched uranium via an Israel-controlled contracting firm in Apollo, Pennsylvania.”

The following information is reported on Cryptome.org:

The June 2000 Washington Report story above was first broken on May 5, 2000, in Insight magazine (a weekly supplement to the daily Washington Times), and then on Fox News. The Insight authors researched it for a year, and their article appears to be the first major coverage of Israeli telecommunications spying on the U.S., as described later in the Fox News reports of December 2001.

Due to post 9-11 political censorship, however, the Dec. 2001 Fox News reports have been pulled from their website, and the May 2000 story has also disappeared from both Insight and Fox News. The following URLs are given in the Washington Report article above, but the articles are now gone:


The July 2000 Washington Report discusses the press coverage (or lack thereof) of the Insight article:

Report of Israeli Eavesdropping on White House Telephones Gets Varying Media Treatment


“This web site is dedicated to the memory of thirty-four fine young men who gave their lives on June 8, 1967, defending the USS Liberty against a sustained air and sea attack by the armed forces of the State of Israel.”


“Andrews Air Force Base is a huge military installation just 10 miles from the Pentagon.

“On 11 September there were two entire squadrons of combat-ready fighter jets at Andrews. Their job was to protect the skies over Washington D.C. They failed to do their job. Despite over one hour’s advance warning of a terrorist attack in progress, not a single Andrews fighter tried to protect the city.”


“The time has come to stop using the flag as a blindfold, to stop waving our guns and our gods at each other, to take a close look at the facts which have emerged from the attacks on the World Trade Towers and to recognize the very real possibility, indeed probability, that We The People are the victims of a gigantic and deadly hoax.”

Stan Goff: The So-Called Evidence Is A Farce

“I’m a retired Special Forces Master Sergeant. ... I studied and taught military science and doctrine. I was a tactics instructor at the Jungle Operations Training Center in Panama, and I taught Military Science at West Point. ...

“Based on that experience, and operations in eight designated conflict areas from Vietnam to Haiti, I have to say that the story we hear on the news and read in the newspapers is simply not believable. The most cursory glance at the verifiable facts, before, during, and after September 11th, does not support the official line or conform to the current actions of the United States government.”

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

“The United States ruling elite has been contemplating war in Central Asia for at least a decade. ... American oil companies have acquired rights to as much as 75 percent of the output of these new [Caspian Sea oil] fields, and US government officials have hailed the Caspian and Central Asia as a potential alternative to dependence on oil from the unstable Persian Gulf region.

“The major problem in exploiting the energy riches of Central Asia is how to get the oil and gas from the landlocked region to the world market. ...US oil companies and government officials have explored...pipeline routes...south from Turkmenistan across western Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Indian Ocean.”

Homeland Insecurity:
Phoenix, Chaos, The Enterprise, and the Politics of Terror in America
by Douglas Valentine

“This ability to commit the most horrific acts of terror, and successfully blame them on its enemies through black propaganda, is what makes the CIA’s inclusion in the OHS [Office of Homeland Security] so dangerous.

“This one-two punch, in conjunction with the CIA’s expertise at ‘provoked responses’ and ‘false flag recruitments,’ also makes the CIA itself a prime suspect in the terror attacks of 11 September, and the current propaganda campaign being waged in America now, as a pretext to threaten terror against the Bush Administration’s domestic political opponents, as well as to win support from the terrified middle class for the illegitimate Bush regime.”


Body of Secrets:
Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
by James Bamford

In 1962, U.S. military leaders had a top-secret plan for committing terrorist attacks on Americans in Miami and Washington D.C., while blaming Cuba. Codenamed “Operation Northwoods”, the plan was intended to provide the propaganda necessary to create popular support for an invasion of Cuba.

Bin Laden, the Forbidden Truth
by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie
published originally in France as Bin Laden, la Verite Interdite

This book reveals that FBI deputy director John O’Neill resigned in July 2001 to protest official U.S. government obstruction of his investigation of terrorism.

The authors report that O’Neill told them: “The main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it.”

Osama bin Laden is a Saudi who has worked with the CIA since the 1980s, when they supplied him with U.S.-made Stinger missiles so his forces could shoot down Russian helicopters in Afghanistan.

Pirates and Emperors, Old and New:
International Terrorism in the Real World
by Noam Chomsky

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

Rogue State:
A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
by William Blum

The Real Terror Network:
Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
by Edward S. Herman

The Fire This Time:
U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf
by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter:
The Imperialist War Against Iraq
by the Workers League

The Culture of Terrorism
by Noam Chomsky

Terrorizing the Neighborhood:
American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
by Noam Chomsky
Pressure Drop Press, 1991

Killing Hope:
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
by William Blum

The Phoenix Program
by Douglas Valentine

Against Empire
by Michael Parenti

The Sword and the Dollar:
Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race
by Michael Parenti

What Uncle Sam Really Wants
by Noam Chomsky

Deadly Deceits:
My 25 years in the CIA
by Ralph W. McGehee

A People’s History of the United States:
1492 — Present
by Howard Zinn

Bloody Hell:
The Price Soldiers Pay
by Daniel Hallock

Corporate Predators:
The Hunt for Mega-Profits and the Attack on Democracy
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman

Derailing Democracy:
The America the Media Don’t Want You to See
by David McGowan

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
by Gore Vidal

Apocalypse 1945:
The Destruction of Dresden
by David Irving

Saving Private Power:
The Hidden History of “The Good War”
by Michael Zezima

The Continuing Terror Against Libya
by Fan Yew Teng

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
by Gar Alperovitz

The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media:
Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
by Norman Solomon

Inventing Reality:
The Politics of News Media
by Michael Parenti

Toxic Sludge is Good for You!:
Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton

The Hidden Persuaders:
What makes us buy, believe – and even vote – the way we do?
by Vance Packard

War, Lies & Videotape:
How media monopoly stifles truth
edited by Lenora Foerstel; multiple authors

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