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USTR Decides $6.64 Billion Israel Complaint, AIPAC Espionage Appeal

 IRmep, July 18, 2011


Today (July 8, 2011) US Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk decides whether to allow an investigation into Israel's theft and use of classified US industry data stolen in 1984.  On May 25, the Section 301 Committee of the US Trade Representative received a petition filed on behalf of nearly 80 US industries.    

(Filing summary, date stamped by USTR)
In 1984 US exporters were urged to submit business confidential data about their prices, market share, internal costs and market strategy to the International Trade Commission. The USTR guaranteed confidentiality and compiled the data into a classified report for use in negotiating the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
The Israeli government obtained the classified USTR report and passed it to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to use in lobbying and public relations. Declassified FBI investigation files in the petition reveal AIPAC's legislative director made illicit duplications before returning the report by order of the USTR. The FBI interviewed Israeli Minister of Economics Dan Halpern who admitted obtaining the classified document and giving it to AIPAC.
The petition recommends the $6.64 billion be proportionally divided between nearly 80 US organizations according to their trailing 10 year revenues. If the Israeli government will not pay damages directly, the petition recommends the US implement a five year import duty over all Israeli exports to the United States to generate the compensation.

Today the Israel Lobby Archive releases a filing obtained from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  On March 23, 2011 Steve J. Rosen notified the Appeals Coordinator's Office that he will appeal the court order dated October 30, 2009 dismissing claims against AIPAC's board of directors and the February 23, 2011 summary judgment dismissing Rosen's 2009 $20 million defamation lawsuit.

On July 3, 2011 Antiwar Radio host Scott Horton podcast an interview with IRmep director Grant F. Smith about his essay, "AIPAC Pushes Hard for War with Iran...But Doesn't Want the Blame." They discuss Keith Weissman's breaking of his media silence to (badly) defend AIPAC, claiming there is no official program for regime change in Iran, how the US forgoes a necessary waiver when sending aid to Israel -- required for all foreign countries with clandestine nuclear programs, how AIPAC uses leverage on domestic US issues (like National Guard base upgrades) to get their way on foreign policy issues, and the difference between Rosen/Weissman/Franklin espionage and Bradley Manning/WikiLeaks whistleblowing.      Page with stream     Audio File

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