1. Two Israel-firsters and members of the tribe just sent this letter to the Israeli Vice President for American Affairs (IVPFAA), Baruch Obama. The letter downplays the seriousness of engaging in espionage against the United States on behalf of US allies which makes me wonder what these two are up to in their spare time. Of course Israel is an enemy of the United States, but that concept is well beyond the grasp of the two cretins who signed the letter below.
March 6, 2012
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President,
We are writing you again to urge you to use your constitutional power to commute the sentence of Jonathan Pollard. Such an action would not in any way imply doubt about his guilt. Mr. Pollard committed serious crimes, and he has admitted this and expressed remorse. The fact remains, however, that there is a great disparity between the amount of time that Mr. Pollard has served and the time that has been served by many others who were found guilty of similar activity on behalf of nations that, like Israel, are our allies. Mr. Pollard has been incarcerated now for over twenty six years, and from our perspective this stands as a sufficient time from the standpoint of either punishment or deterrence. We further believe that at a time when Israel, our democratic ally, is being faced with a range of difficult decisions, a decision by you to commute Mr. Pollard’s sentence would not only be a humane act, but would also be taken in Israel as a further affirmation of the strong commitment the U.S. has to the ties between us, and we believe that such an affirmation could be especially useful at a time when those decisions are being made.
Gary L. Ackerman
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
The Yeshiva World link on which I found this letter tells us the following about Ackerman:
Congressman Ackerman is the most recent Democrat to serve as Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is a member of the House Financial Services Committee. Ackerman is also the Ranking Member and the most recent Democrat to Chair the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. The subcommittee, which is a key panel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has jurisdiction over U.S. policy towards countries in the Middle East and South Asia, including Israel and Iran.
That should raise some alarms, but it won’t. It’s just business as usual in the District of AIPAC.
Selections from Ackerman ‘s wiki page:
Other highlights include the Congressman authoring legislation that required President George W. Bush to impose sanctions against the Palestinian Authority for not complying with peace agreements it signed with the U.S. and Israel.
On October 10, 2002, Gary Ackerman was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.
Ackerman is also well known for his many missions to feed the starving people of Ethiopia and the Sudan and for playing a leading role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews and aiding their emigration to Israel. Active in the Middle East peace process, Ackerman has met with the current and most past Israeli prime ministers and the heads of all the Arab countries in an effort to help secure peace in the region. He also ventured toKashmir enduring sub-freezing winter temperatures in an attempt to secure the release of four western hostages.
He was one of only 22 Congressman and one of 2 Democrats from New York to vote against a resolution calling for the protection of the symbols and traditions of Christmas. The resolution, which did not include language that would protect the symbols of other religious holidays, passed 401-22 in the House in December 2005. This isn’t the first time the Congressman was labeled as anti-Christian; in April 2003 the Catholic League for religious and civil rights attacked Ackerman for voting against a non-binding resolution that would have declared a day of prayer in recognition of the U.S. war in Iraq. He was also criticized for calling on Bush to demand U.S. Secretary Rod Paige‘s resignation for stating that values taught in Christian schools are better than those learned in public schools.
According to a Washington Post database, Ackerman has missed voting on 80 occasions pertaining to a variety of issues, including the Pension Protection Act, the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act, and the Honoring the Contributions of Catholic Schools.
In June, 2001, Ackerman honored King Christian X of Denmark for his wearing a yellow badge armband during World War II in support of the Danish Jews who had been ordered by the Nazi occupation to wear yellow badges, although Jews in Denmark were never forced to wear an armband, and the story is merely a legend.
On January 12, 2009, Gary Ackerman admitted to arranging a visit between Israeli officials and a defense contractor at the same time he was investing in that contractor. Although the visit did not result in any official deal between the parties, questions regarding his ethics were raised.
On January 2011, Gary Ackerman criticized Jewish organizations including the Jewish Voice for Peace and J Street for their perspective of what actions had to be taken for a lasting Mideast peace.
Ackerman has a long history of war mongering against Iran. He begins this piece from 2008 in a fit of hysteria.
There are three things that are of the utmost importance in the Middle East right now: Iran, Iran, and Iran.
Why? Well of course it is the nuclear weapons that Iran doesn’t have now and sure as hell didn’t have in 2008. He calls for dialogue with Iran – but that call is just a ploy, part of the trap that is now in place.
Also, in 2008, Ackerman did the following (this is the guy who claims to call for dialogue and it shows you how duplicitous Zionists and Israel-firsters are):
In 2008, the 13-term, AIPAC-supporting, Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman co-sponsored a resolution along with GOP Rep. Mike Pence declaring Iran to be a threat to “the vital national security interests of the United States” and “demanding” that the President impose a full-scale naval, air and land blockade on Iran, i.e., start a war against that country . . .
Just last month Ackerman decided that it was up to him to decide what Iran’s foreign policies should be. I’m not making this up. The full statement is here. Below are a couple of my favorite quotes: Red highlights are done by guest editor today, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.
So Tehran’s outreach to nations in the Western Hemisphere is justifiably met with suspicion and grave doubts about Iran’s intentions. A nation that is the world’s principal state sponsor of terrorism; that is responsible for subversion throughout the Middle East; that has spent billions to avert Arab-Israeli peace through the most disgusting acts of terrorism; and that every day, for years, has defied the clearly expressed will of the entire international community to meet its nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations and come clean about the illicit military aspects of its nuclear program can’t be accepted as a legitimate participant in this hemisphere’s affairs. Iran is up to no good, because that’s what Iran is always up to.
So it doesn’t matter what Iran actually does – facts are irrelevant – because Iran is “always” “up to no good.” By the way, doesn’t his description of Iran actually apply much more to Israel? But I digress.
But it gets worse, with Zionism it always does:
We are—proudly—the enemy of all the ayatollahs seek to achieve. We are opposed to their dreams of hegemony in the Arabian Gulf and throughout the Middle East. We bitterly condemn their massive and ongoing violations of the rights of the people of Iran. We will not allow them to destroy Israel or even to attempt it. We will not allow them to control the region’s natural resources and, by extension, the world’s economy. And most importantly: we will prevail. We will win and they will lose. Together with our allies and partners, we will ensure the peace and contain and ultimately see the Iranian threat crumble and dissolve.
Four years of war-mongering against Iran on behalf of Israel. That’s the kind of person who wants Jonathan Pollard free.
But I’m not done with Ackerman yet.
Glenn Greenwald sees what’s going on here, I anxiously await for Greenwald to be denounced as an anti-semite, but he won’t be and you’ll see why below. Greenwald writes:
Two weeks ago, Rep. Ackerman — standing in front of an Israeli and American flag — delivered a blistering 8-minute speech in Manhattan, in which he railed against the Goldstone Report, the Palestinians, the ”Arab world,” the mere suggestion that Israel might be to blame for civilian deaths, and the threat posed to Israel from Iran
Greenwald then points out the obvious:
Ackerman’s short speech is really worth watching, just to get a sense for what is driving a substantial part of the increasingly strident calls that the U.S. confront the Iranians. Just watch it and decide for yourself what his motivating views and concerns are . . .
Gary Ackerman is a typical supporter of the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. He wants Pollard free and he wants you to be willing to die for Israel. And if things keep going the way they are, he will get his way on both points.
Greenwald closes with the following, and this is where I part with Greenwald and why I remain eternally vigilant:
But whatever else is true, once one listens to this, it’s simply impossible to deny that this highly influential American Congressman, devoted to pushing the U.S. to war with Iran, is driven, at least in substantial part, by his fervent devotion to Israel. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but there is much wrong with trying to force people to pretend it’s not true.
That highlighted red line above is nothing but pure Zionist Bullshit. If any elected representative is putting the interests of a foreign nation above those of the United States that person should be in jail, even if that foreign nation is not a racist, expansionist, nuclear power that will stop at nothing to get whatever it wants and will not only kill any Arab of any stripe who gets in its way, but will kill and has killed Americans as well and now is getting ready to kill Yahweh only knows how many Iranians. Sorry Glenn, but you are wrong on this one and somehow I am not surprised, disappointed yes, surprised, no.
2. It’s video time. May as well watch the video Greenwald wrote about and linked to. Enjoy watching a guy who is supposed to be part of your government. Hahahahahaha.