On May 9, 2012 the House of the United States of American Senate nearly unanimously passed H.R. 4133, otherwise known as the “United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act or USIESC”. Despite the stated policy of ‘bringing democracy’ to the Middle East, US plans have never been so clearly stated in legislation to accomplish, exactly the opposite. The bill was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) written by Republican, Eric Cantor, and the vote received bipartisan support across the Senate and passed overwhelmingly 411-2*, a clear indication of how close so called ‘liberals’ and the extreme right wing are, when it comes to Israel. Still, over two months after its passage, this most important, dangerous and far reaching act, has received absolutely no corporate media coverage so far.
This bill ensures Israel, already by far the largest recipient to US aid, at odds with most of its neighbors – in possession of an estimated 200 –300 nuclear weapons, and the fourth most powerful military in the world – will now have nearly unlimited access to funds allocated through the Federal Reserve Bank, as well as an “expanded role of NATO” that consists of an “enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises”.1 The primary justification of USIESC is to provide Israel “the military capabilities necessary to deter and defend itself by itself against any threats”.
One of the two voices of sanity to oppose this legislation, is Ron Paul who stated his opposition and warned his colleagues of “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which reads like a dream for interventionists and the military industrial complex.”2 Even if one took at face value, the rhetoric of Israel’s right to ‘self-defense’, as Ron Paul also aptly noted “I do not believe that those decisions should be underwritten by US taxpayers and backed up by the US military”3, much less to wage war on the region. According to USIESC, the threats include “Syria, Hizballah and Hamas” and particularly Iran, which “continues to add to its arsenal of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, which threaten Iran’s neighbors.”
The secondary stated justification of HR 4133, is to “assist Israel with its on-going efforts to forge a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in two states living side by side in peace and security, and “encourage Israel’s neighbors to recognize Israel’s right to exist”. This provision perhaps most glaringly underlines US hypocrisy with regards to its role as a fair broker, as the one-sided, overtly militarized piece of legislation does exactly the opposite.
Historically, unconditional US support and preferential treatment for Israel at the cost of Palestinians, has been an official hallmark of US foreign policy, facilitated and financed with US tax dollars. It will now be so in official policy. The term ‘qualitative military edge’ (QME) is repeated throughout the text of the bill, and key to understanding this historic bond, since every president since Lyndon Johnson has reiterated the U.S. commitment to maintaining it. Rather than being used for ‘self-defense’, a qualitative edge distinctly fulfills the ability of Israel backed unconditionally by the US, to continue to preemptively strike and occupy its neighbors. The effects of QME can be found in section 36(h)(2) of the Arms Export Control Act” – which incidentally is the law, that notable activists have wasted years lobbying Congress to investigate Israel’s constant violation of, due its use of US weapons being used on civilians.
In addition to doing exactly the opposite of ‘forging’ peace with Palestinians, the USIEC makes it official policy of the United States government to ‘reaffirm’ unlimited and unconditional arms and funding to the “Jewish state”. Not only does claiming Israel as a “Jewish state” undermine peace, it also gives legislative support to the ‘crime of apartheid’3 as there are nearly 5 million Palestinian Christians and Muslims living under Israel’s control.
What comes around goes around: war abroad, war brought home
With the US economy on the verge of collapse, over 57% of the US federal budget already goes directly to the military–to forcefully manipulate, bomb, change the regime of, and destroy other nations-the USIESC allows Congress to hand over additional billions of desperately needed US tax dollars, to Israel. Perhaps the most offensive pretense of all, is that HR 4133 was wholly “supported by the American people”. ‘Public support’ can be far more accurately gauged by how discreetly the treasonous bill was passed – sped through, by using “suspension of the rules,” a legislative procedure reserved for non-controversial items that require little debate, and allows for a quick vote. At a time of climbing unemployment, with out public scrutiny– the bill was also able to generously enshrine legislative support to span civilian sectors, including “high technology, agriculture, medicine, health, pharmaceuticals, and energy”.
When inevitably, US citizens attempt to call into question the backwards policies, corruption and complete disdain officials seem to have for the American people, and demand US tax dollars be used on local community needs: there are plans for them too. Though evidence has been difficult to obtain, newly released information has begun to reveal the depth and origins of this ZioUSt partnership. In December last year, it was confirmed that US local law enforcement all over the had receive increased coordination by the Federal Government, of which whose policies manifested in their brutal repression of last year’s Occupy Movement.
Who the Federal Government gets, and in turn gives its marching orders from, and delivers to local law enforcement, can be found in Max Blumenthal’s ground breaking article published in December 2011, in Al-Akhbar titled: From Occupation to Occupy: The Israelification of American Domestic Security. In it, Blumenthal exposes in detail, the intimate relationship between local law enforcement officials across the country, being trained in repressive Israeli tactics when it comes to quelling dissent:
“The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement, and in areas that have yet to be exposed. And collaboration between American and Israeli cops is just the tip of the iceberg. Already, the Israelification of American law enforcement appears to have intensified police hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, common criminals, and terrorists.
Among the most prominent Israeli government figure to have influenced the practices of American law enforcement officials is Avi Dichter, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service and member of Knesset. Despite his dubious human rights record and apparently dim view of democratic values, or perhaps because of them, Dichter has been a key figure in fostering cooperation between Israeli security forces and American law enforcement” further advising US officials, they are all just ‘crimiterrorists.’”4
Many critics have openly wondered what happened to the just burgeoning occupy movement, and the people’s movement in Tahrir. When one begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the picture becomes abundantly clear-and what emerges is an unmistakable formula for advancing US imperialism and hegemony abroad, while silencing dissent at home. For the remaining American citizens that still dare to speak out and wish to oppose these disastrous priorities are threatened with being classified as domestic terrorists-once branded with the “T” word, there is no telling what’s in store. A recently leaked Army document prepared for the Department of Defense may give us a clue: “disturbing plans for ‘political activists’ to be pacified by ‘PSYOP officers’ into developing an “appreciation of U.S. policies”5 while detained in prison camps inside the United States. The manual outlines policies for processing detainees into internment camps both globally and inside the United States. International agencies like the UN and the Red Cross are named as partners in addition to domestic federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.”8 Furthermore, the classified manual, adds rules regarding the use of “deadly force” in confronting “dissidents” are made disturbingly clear with the directive that a “Warning shot will not be fired.”6
Recently passed HR4133 hands a blank check and provides unlimited weapons, funding, training cooperation and support for Israel-to further fuel already explosive conflicts and violence in the region, and spark even more. Use of the term ‘domestic terrorist, enacts the NDAA (also passed discreetly, with little media coverage or public awareness, on New Year’s Eve!) which throws out the right to a trial, and may have been the final remaining distinction of the US, from dictators and military juntas world wide – into a US Guantanamo and throw away the key!
No checks and balances, the system has failed.
How is it possible the United States has no money for any social services, community needs including health care and eduction etc. but plenty and increasing levels of funding available to wage endless wars? Is this the society that we agreed upon? Many have been slowly waking up to the reality that the system isn’t broken, it was built this way. US officials and policy makers, along with the bankers, military contractors, war profiteers, and complicit media have effectively rigged it to their advantage. But they depend on our complicity, and that’s why the real battle needs to be fought in the belly of the beast, between American citizens and their so called ‘leaders’, who have squandered their rights and funds at home, to kill and destroy countless million civilians abroad – in their name. It must be clear by now there is absolutely no difference between Republicans and Democrats, whose war agendas are ultimately the same. Yet when it comes to passing anything that will meet the most basic needs of the American people, such as healthcare, women’s reproductive rights, education reform etc – how easily divided, and contentious the stalled process is, failing to accomplish the most basic of progress.
The years it would take to enact positive campaign finance reform for elected officials, create new rules for lobbying, term limits for lawmakers, basic rights for students and workers, energy infrastructure, health care and meaningful tax reform that will redistribute wealth from the top .001 percent – the middle class would be long gone and our planet’s health will have deteriorated to the point of no return. Lasting change must come through not reforming our broken and corrupt system, but through the people together implementing a new system, entirely from scratch. The first casualty of all wars is truth and when the propaganda on the side of those in power, turns to open manipulation-it results in the complete control of an entire society.
5. Leaked US Army Documents Outlines Plan for Reducation Camps in America by Paul Joseph Watson – Thursday, May 3, 2012. Prison Planet:http://www.prisonplanet.com/leaked-u-s-army-document-outlines-plan-for-re-education-camps-in-america.html
6. Army Manual Outlines Plan to Kill Rioters, Demonstrators in America: “Warning shots will not be fired“, Paul Joseph Watson – July 6, 2012, Prison Planet.com:http://www.prisonplanet.com/army-manual-outlines-plan-to-kill-rioters-in-america.html