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AIPAC Opposes IRmep Brief Alleging Secrets
Trafficking and Foreign Agency
By Grant F Smith
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire --
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is attempting to
block a brief filed by Director of the Institute for Research: Middle
Eastern Policy (IRmep) Grant F. Smith in the DC Court of Appeals on February
3, 2012. The 78-page IRmep filing asserts "AIPAC has never abandoned its
original role as an arm of the Israeli government in the United States."
Citing declassified criminal investigations, IRmep underscores the
public's interest in the outcome of the case. "AIPAC's observable standard
for employees is 'solicit, obtain and leverage classified information
without being criminally indicted.' AIPAC is never held publicly accountable
for these types of activities which harm governance and public perception of
rule of law."
Exhibits include State Department files declassified
on January 20, 2012 revealing in detail how former AIPAC Director Morris
Amitay endangered US national security when he obtained Department of
Defense secrets in 1974. The IRmep brief also analyzes ongoing financial
damages from a 1984-1987 incident. The FBI investigated how AIPAC acquired
an International Trade Commission report full of still-classified
confidential business information.
AIPAC characterized the IRmep
brief as "completely inaccurate portrayals of events that occurred decades
ago" but seeks dismissal on procedural grounds. IRmep argues for its
acceptance even though oral arguments begin February 14, because "AIPAC is
an organization that has long 'had it both ways' in functioning as an agent
of the Israeli government without registering, influencing funding flows to
political candidates while claiming charitable tax-exempt status, and
rewarding employees who obtained classified information--until they are
Former employee Steven J. Rosen sued AIPAC and
its board of directors for defamation in 2009. AIPAC fired Rosen after FBI
wiretaps alleged Rosen had received classified national defense information.
Rosen was indicted for espionage in 2005 though charges were later dropped.
AIPAC claimed Rosen's behavior "did not comport with standards that AIPAC
expects of its employees." Rosen immediately appealed after the defamation
suit was dismissed in 2011.
IRmep has previously filed formal
complaints seeking the revocation of AIPAC's tax exempt status and
registration under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act. In filing the
appellate court brief, IRmep's director seeks to protect and advance growing
popular demands that AIPAC be properly regulated. Major briefs filed in the
Rosen v AIPAC et. al. court case may be viewed online at:
SOURCE Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy
Full AIPAC Filing:
http://tinyurl.com/IRmep-brief Releted Court Filings: