January , 2009 -- Mossad's listening post on Ras El-Khaymah, near Iran's southern shores.
As the smoke clear over the last eight years of neo-con propaganda, disinformation, and bogus intelligence, more information is coming to light on Israeli intelligence's duplicitous operations, including its involvement in arming Arab countries that have been accused of having links with to so-called "Al Qaeda" of Osama Bin Laden. It is becoming more apparent that Israeli activities in providing arms to such nations as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, among others, has been to keep alive the status quo in the Middle East and continue to proffer the "Al Qaeda" bogeyman story to help in fostering the plans of the United States militarily in the Middle East and South Asia...in a total militarization of Energy security for the USA and Israel, and as an added bonus to further the aim of totally fracturing the whole area, from central Asia to Tibet, and from Southern Asia to Africa.
According to a Ha'aretz report from September 10, 2008, that "AGT, [is] a firm owned by a former Israeli that specializes in the sale of advanced Israeli weapons systems." The report continued, "AGT is reportedly selling its Israeli-made products to the armies of several Arab countries. None of the countries whose armies AGT is helping to arm has diplomatic relations with Israel. Nevertheless, the Defense Ministry has given its consent to the firm's activity, as senior defense officials view bolstering pro-American states in the Arab world as strategically beneficial for Israel."
AGT is headed up by a former Israeli who now lives in the United States. According to Ha'aretz, "Over the past two years, the company's American-Israeli founder, Matti Kochavi, has reportedly been hiring other Israelis -- mostly former employees of defense industries or the defense establishment -- to help with its weapon sales. People who have taken part in projects that Kochavi's firm has headed include reserve generals Amos Malka, Yossi Kuperwasser and Yossi Fishman, as well as former department heads from the Mossad and the Shin Bet security service. Another person AGT official, according to the Israeli paper, "is a major general in the reserves who heads a team that includes other senior officers. He is currently in the United States."
Kuperwasser was a subject of a July 7, 2008 report on the rescue of hostages from the Colombian FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia): "There is a mounting body of evidence, both open source and classified, that the "rescue" of former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three American military contractors working for Northrop Grumman -- Marc Gonzales, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell -- and eleven Colombian hostages from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was a staged event designed to serve as a propaganda boost for Colombia's pro-U.S. President Alvaro Uribe and the flagging presidential campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who was visiting Bogota at the time of the hostage 'rescue,' an operation code named 'Jacque.' To believe the Colombian government and US ambassador to Bogota William Brownfield, whose previous stint was in Caracas, Venezuela where he was charged with trying to foment rebellions against President Hugo Chavez, the fifteen FARC hostages were rescued after Colombian intelligence infiltrated the top echelons of FARC, tricked local FARC commanders that the hostages were being moved by an MI-17 unmarked helicopter to another rebel camp, and then flew the hostages by helicopter to safety. The 'rescue' team, wearing FARC clothing and accompanied by a video crew, was even reported to have taken acting lessons. More suspicious is the number of Colombian and foreign intelligence organizations now claiming to have been involved in the 'rescue' operation. In addition to Colombian military and intelligence, those claiming a role in the operation include U.S. Special Forces, U.S. intelligence, the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and, more recently, according to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, the Israeli security company Global CST owned by retired Israeli Brigadier General Israel Ziv and Brigadier Yossi Kuperwasser. The company claims to have a team of ex-Mossad, Shin Bet, and Israeli Defense Force personnel in Colombia helping the government to battle the FARC."
Ha'aretz also reported that Israel has set up a major operations center, headed up by a former Israeli chief of police, in Ras al Khaimah, an emirate of the United Arab Emirates near Iran. The paper reported: "Former chief of police Rafi Peled -- and former CEO of the Israel Electric Corporation. . . is said to be conducting business in Ras al-Khaimah, a member of the United Arab Emirates located on the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Oman with which Israel has no formal diplomatic relations. Peled serves as an advisor to Dr. Khater Massad, CEO of the Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) Investment Authority and the executive chairman of Ras al-Khaimah Ceramics, and who is considered one of the most powerful men in the Emirate."
In December 2008, the RAK Investment Authority signed an agreement with Georgia, a close Israeli military and intelligence ally, to develop the port of Poti on the Black Sea. The deal was signed between Massad and Georgian Economic Development Minister Ekaterine Sharashidze. The RAK Investment Authority has total control over Poti under the deal.
Ras al Khaimah borders Oman's Musandam Peninsula, a strategic location opposite Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
Israel has established a base of operations in Ras al Khaimah, a former base for arms merchant Viktor Bout. Now, the United States wants Bout in a U.S. jail. Why? What does he know that could embarrass Israel?
On January 17, 2008, we reported on an Israeli attempt in the Strait of Hormuz to cause a military confrontation with the United States: "There is also . . . evidence that the non-existent naval 'incident' between U.S. Navy ships and Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz was a staged event concocted by neocons still present within the Department of Defense and White House, as well as by Israeli intelligence elements, to create a 'Gulf of Tonkin'-like incident to drive the United States into a military engagement with Iran. The naval 'incident' was hyped as Bush was readying for his departure to Israel where he and all major Israeli political leaders, including [Ehud] Olmert, Labor Party leader and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Likud Party leader Binyamin Netanyahu had all lined up to support a U.S.-backed Israeli strike on Gaza, Lebanon, and Iran. Moreover, Bush met with two of the most extreme members of the Israeli government, anti-Arab Moldovan Jewish racist Avigdor Lieberman and Rafi Eitan, the Israeli intelligence control officer for convicted and jailed-for-life Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. The Pentagon's public affairs office was also involved in hyping the naval incident. CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, who reports to CNN's Washington Bureau Chief Wolf Blitzer, a former official of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), carried the water for the Pentagon public affairs team, particularly media relations chief Bryan Whitman, and misled the public with the bogus story of Iran's boats threatening the Navy ships and reporting that the transmission, 'I am coming at you . . . you will explode after a few minutes' came from the Iran boats. Another false story from Pentagon sources that the Iranian boats placed explosive-laden boxes in the after near the Navy ships was also broadcast by the corporate media.
However, even though the Pentagon, Bush, and Bush's Israeli moles hoped to enlist the support of the commanding officers of the US Navy ships in the fakery to create a 'Wag the Dog' incident with Iran, Captain David Adler, commanding officer of the USS Port Royal, and Commander Jeffrey James, commanding officer of the USS Hopper, refused to be drawn into the neocon game plan. Officers and enlisted personnel with the US Fifth Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain, also refused to participate in the new Tonkin incident, although Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff collaborated with Whitman is perpetuating the hoax at a January 7 news conference. Although the deep-voiced 'threat' transmission is being blamed on a radio pirate dubbed the 'Filipino Monkey' who used VHF marine channel 16 to broadcast the threat hoax, U.S. Navy spokesmen said the transmission could have originated from any ship or shore station in the area."
Based on Israeli intelligence's presence in Ras al Khaimah, it appears that the emirate, which has also served as a major base of operations for Russian arms merchant and transport mogul Viktor Bout, now jailed in Thailand and facing extradition to the United States for a sting operation mounted by U.S. authorities, was a likely base for the transmission to the U.S. Navy ships.
Bout flew arms and passengers for the Taliban and Al CIAda in Afghanistan prior to 9/11. He is wanted by the United States for trying to sell arms to Colombia's FARC in a sting operation mounted last March in Bangkok by U.S. agents. Bout's trial has been postponed until March of this year after a series of delays. In a court appearance in December, Bout said, "I have never gone to Colombia or to the U.S. . . The accusations from the U.S. that I went to Colombia to meet with FARC to sell weapons are not true . . . There were never any negotiations like that." Oddly, Bout was stung in an operation mounted by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), not customs or FBI agents, who would normally be engaged in such an operation. It has been learned that because of Israeli intelligence penetration of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communications networks, DEA's more secure communications, as well as those of the U.S. Navy, are now relied upon for sensitive communications by other U.S. agencies to protect communications from Israeli intelligence agents. It is also odd that Thai naval personnel were involved in the sting of Bout last year in Bangkok.
Bout, along with Ali Hamid, a Bahraini national who has served a prison term in Bosnia, served as an Al CIAda senior commander in the Bosnian civil war, and is willing to testify about his experiences in Serbia, may hold the keys to the myth of "Al Qaeda" and who funded the operation and why. Hamid is imprisoned in a Bosnian immigration detention center in Sarajevo awaiting deportation while Bout remains in a Bangkok prison. U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has expressed support for a U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the crimes of the Bush administration. He might start by offering Bout and Hamid congressional immunity from prosecution in return for their testimony on what they know about the real supporters of "Al CIAda."