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Released for publication: the Shabak, in cooperation with the Israeli Police’s section for special duties in the Jerusalem district, have uncovered a terror squad in Northern Jerusalem’s Issawiya neighborhood. The squad is suspected of throwing stones at security forces and aggravated assault against local residents.
A gun and magazines were found during the investigation, which one of the squad members used in various activities carried out in the neighborhood on behalf of the Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). In addition, another operative admitted to acquiring and possessing a gun.
Popular terror activity is routinely carried out in the Issawiya neighborhood, which includes throwing stones and incendiary bombs as well as physical attacks against Israeli citizens and security forces entering the neighborhood or locations near it.
One of the arrested suspects being investigated is Medhat Tariq Ahmad Muhammad, known as a senior DFLP official in Jerusalem, who was previously arrested for carrying out a shooting attack.
Western nations are expected to meet for another round of discussions with Iran later this month, and discuss the future of the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. The Insider has revealed a diagram allegedly detailing Iran’s Parchin military installation, which raises doubts concerning Iran’s seriousness regarding discussions for halting its nuclear program.
According to the report, the Parchin facility is part of Iran’s nuclear program. The document that included the diagram arrived from within the base itself, and details a building used for developing nuclear weapons.
It should be noted that last November, a report published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed that Iran was advancing the development of nuclear weapons on Iranian soil.
As stated, according to AP, the illustration shows a container needed for conducting tests, which according to the suspicions of UN inspectors, are intended for developing nuclear weapons.
AP revealed that it received the materials from a formal official in the country who is monitoring Iran’s nuclear program. Furthermore, the same official told AP that the diagram proves that the structure exists, despite Iran’s refusal to admit its existence.
Mossad, CIA agree Iran has yet to decide to build nuclear weapon (Ha’aretz):
Israel’s intelligence services agree with American intelligence assessments that there is not enough proof to determine whether Iran is building a nuclear bomb, according to a report published Sunday in the New York Times.
The newspaper said that senior American officials believe there is little disagreement between the Mossad and U.S. intelligence agencies over Iran’s nuclear program, despite the fact that Israeli political leaders have been pushing for quick action to block Iran from becoming what they describe as an existential threat.
The report further quoted one former senior American intelligence official who states that the Mossad “does not disagree with the U.S. on the weapons program,” adding that there is “not a lot of dispute between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence communities on the facts.”
U.S. Faces a Tricky Task in Assessment of Data on Iran (New York Times):
Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, agrees with the American intelligence assessments, even while Israeli political leaders have been pushing for quick, aggressive action to block Iran from becoming what they describe as an existential threat to the Jewish state.
“Their people ask very hard questions, but Mossad does not disagree with the U.S. on the weapons program,” said one former senior American intelligence official, who, like others for this article, would speak only on the condition of anonymity about classified information. “There is not a lot of dispute between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence communities on the facts.”
In trying to evaluate the potential perils of Iran’s nuclear program, the United States’ spy agencies have spent years trying to track its efforts to enrich uranium and develop missile technology, and watching for any move toward weaponization — designing and building a bomb.
The United States and Israel share intelligence on Iran, American officials said. For its spying efforts, Israel relies in part on an Iranian exile group that is labeled a terrorist organization by the United States, the Mujahedeen Khalq, or M.E.K., which is based in Iraq. The Israelis have also developed close ties in the semiautonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, and they are believed to use Kurdish agents who can move back and forth across the border into Iran.
American intelligence officials, however, are wary of relying on information from an opposition group like the M.E.K., particularly after their experience in Iraq of relying on flawed information provided by the Iraqi National Congress, an exile group run by Ahmad Chalabi.
“I’m very suspicious of anything that the M.E.K. provides,” said David A. Kay, who led the C.I.A.’s fruitless effort to find weapons program in Iraq. “We all dealt with the Chalabis of the world once.”
Just as in 2010, new evidence about the Iranian nuclear program delayed the National Intelligence Estimate in 2007, the last previous assessment. Current and former American officials say that a draft version of the assessment had been completed when the United States began to collect surprising intelligence suggesting that Iran had suspended its weapons program and disbanded its weapons team four years earlier.
The draft version had concluded that the Iranians were still trying to build a bomb, the same finding of a 2005 assessment. But as they scrutinized the new intelligence from several sources, including intercepted communications in which Iranian officials were heard complaining to one another about stopping the program, the American intelligence officials decided they had to change course, officials said. While enrichment activities continued, the evidence that Iran had halted its weapons program in 2003 at the direction of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was too strong to ignore, they said.
One former senior official characterized the information as very persuasive. “I had high confidence in it,” he said. “There was tremendous evidence that the program had been halted.”
And today, despite criticism of that assessment from some outside observers and hawkish politicians, American intelligence analysts still believe that the Iranians have not gotten the go-ahead from Ayatollah Khamenei to revive the program.
“That assessment,” said one American official, “holds up really well.”
|USDOJ OIG Special Report: A Review of the FBI’s Progress in Responding to the Recommendations in the Office of the Inspector General Report on Robert Hanssen 9/07|
|Hanssen Hacking Heritage – Philippine Style in FBI Systems July 2007|
Hanssen : Internet & Computers
|UPDATE 2/3/07 – The Movie “Breach,” Opened in Theaters|
|Outside The Movie “Breach” :
To Catch A Spy – The Wrong CIA Man -
|3/2/2007 9:59:53 AMEric O’Neill, Former FBI Agent, Robert Hanssen Case
Eric O’Neill, Former FBI Agent, Robert Hanssen Case gives a detailed look into the Robert Hanssen spy case. Mr. O’Neill was an FBI agent involved in catching Mr. Hanssen. The FBI forbade Mr. O’Neill to speak publicly until recently. Mr. O’Neill served as a special consultant to the movie “Breach,” which opened in theaters.
|Official Website of The Movie “Breach”|
|New movie shows FBI rookie’s role in catching spy WASHINGTON (Washingtonpost/Reuters) – Eric O’Neill was a young,FBI surveillance operative when recruited for a new assignment: help catch perhaps the most damaging spy in U.S. history. O’Neill was assigned to FBI headquarters in January 2001 in an undercover role to assist veteran FBI special agent Robert Hanssen, a suspected mole who had been compromised by the Russians.An FBI team of hundreds investigating Hanssen hoped the 26-year-old O’Neill, who was not even an agent, would gain Hanssen’s trust and help catch him in the act of passing U.S. secrets.Hanssen’s arrest six years ago, his subsequent guilty plea to more than 20 years of spying and his sentence of life in prison are well known, but details of O’Neill’s role were scarce until the recent release of the movie “Breach,” based on his story.In the Universal Pictures’ film, actor Ryan Phillippe stars as O’Neill, while Academy Award winner Chris Cooper plays Hanssen.In an interview, O’Neill talked about the notorious case now made famous by Hollywood, saying he was amazed the FBI would bring in someone so young for such a mission.”These cases come up once every several decades,” O’Neill said.FBI officials said O’Neill’s background in computers helped get him the assignment. Hanssen was reassigned on January 13, 2001, to a newly created job at headquarters to help revamp the FBI’s computer system.But the assignment created so the FBI team could monitor Hanssen’s daily activities without tipping him to their investigation.”We hoped he (O’Neill) could pull it off without arousing suspicion,” said one FBI agent. “They took a chance on him.”At one point, O’Neill almost got caught in one of the movie’s most dramatic scenes.
‘THAT WAS THE WORST’
Hanssen left his office as arranged to go to the FBI’s firing range. Hollywood enhanced the story line to have him also lose patience at a picture-taking session for a portrait to commemorate 25 years with the bureau.While the veteran agent was gone, O’Neill took Hanssen’s Palm Pilot and copied information but nearly got caught because he almost put it back in the wrong pocket of Hanssen’s briefcase.”I sat there thinking I’ve just ruined this entire operation,” O’Neill said. “That was the worst.”It turned out O’Neill had put the hand-held device back in the correct pocket. Hanssen asked him if he had been in his briefcase. “I just lied the best I could and convinced him,” O’Neill said.Court documents said the device contained a specific upcoming date, time and reference to the site in nearby Virginia where Hanssen and the Russians exchanged information. The details led to Hanssen’s arrest.In another scene, O’Neill had to keep Hanssen away from headquarters so FBI agents could search his car. The quick-thinking O’Neill first got them stuck in a traffic jam and then convinced Hanssen to get back into the car instead of walking back to headquarters. The evidence obtained from that search included secret documents about ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigations, among other things, according to the court records. The government contended Hanssen’s disclosures were among the most damaging ever to U.S. interests. O’Neill could not even tell his wife, Juliana, about the real purpose of his mission, which created tension in their new marriage. “It was very difficult to lie to her, but I was required to. That just goes with the job,” O’Neill said. After Hanssen’s arrest on February 18, 2001, O’Neill went back to his old job and decided to leave the FBI in May 2001. In the movie, he packed up his desk on the day Hanssen was arrested. “The hardest decision I made was to leave the FBI,” O’Neill said. “I just decided that this wasn’t the sort of life I wanted to live.” A graduate of George Washington University law school, he now works for a law firm in Washington, specializing in national defense. The movie provided no definitive reason why Hanssen sold out his country for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds. It does have Hanssen speculating after his arrest that another American spy might have acted because of ego or an urge to expose lax U.S. security.
|1. Jailing in Russia of Supermole Following Hanssen Arrest – Unique exposure15/6/03 - Moscow revealed that a Russian intelligence officer who had settled in the United States had been lured back home and arrested.Aleksandr Zaporozhsky, a former colonel in the S.V.R., Russia’s foreign intelligence service, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for spying for the United States, Russian officials disclosed.Mr. Zaporozhsky had been living in Maryland but in November 2001 was somehow induced to return to Moscow, where he was quietly arrested and jailed.Russian news reports of his sentencing suggested that he had been drawn into an ambush because he was suspected of helping the United States identify and arrest Robert P. Hanssen, who admitted to being a Russian mole inside the F.B.I. In addition to the Russian news media, The Los Angeles Times reported on Mr. Zaporozhsky’s case .Apart from the timing of Mr. Hanssen’s arrest, which occurred several months before Mr. Zaporozhsky was seized in Moscow, there is no available evidence to support the Russian news accounts that Mr. Zaporozhsky played a role in the Hanssen case. C.I.A. officials declined to comment on the matter.Russian FSB investigators believe that agents inside their own intelligence service provided information that led to the arrests of Aldrich H. Ames and Mr. Hanssen, the two most important Russian spies discovered in the past decade inside the American government.In the Hanssen case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged that it received information from a Russian source that led to Mr. Hanssen’s arrest. That source is not the same person who provided help in the Ames case, officials said. The Russian source in the Hanssen case provided files and other materials from Russian intelligence archives that identified Mr. Hanssen as a longtime spy for Moscow. Among the materials the source provided was the plastic that Mr. Hanssen had used to wrap classified F.B.I. documents when he left them for the Russians at clandestine drop sites in the Washington area. After obtaining the plastic from the Russian source, the bureau found Mr. Hanssen’s fingerprints on the wrapping.
After handing over the files used in the Hanssen case, the Russian source defected and was paid $7 million by the United States for his assistance, according to a book about the case by David Wise. The Russian’s identity remains a closely guarded secret in the United States government.American officials believe Russian intelligence is still concentrating on the United States, aggressively trying to recruit American spies who can hand over technical, economic and political secrets.
2. Jailing in Russia of Supermole After Hanssen Arrest – Russian TV Combined Video
Many stories have emerged about how the CIA tracked down Hanssen.According to this Russian version – Investigation on Alexander’s Zaporozhsky business last almost one and a half year. 30 witnesses, the majority of them – operating(working) and former employees of the Russian FSB. The judge of the Moscow district military court has read a verdict of one and a half hour, journalists have allowed to be present only on in the final part. All rest – the state secret. The head of the Center of public relations of FSB Sergey Ignatchenko said: ” If it was in the USA, at least, he could get life imprisonment , or electric chair “.
|Robert Philip Hanssen|
|“ELLIS” Drop SiteOn the “Foxstone Park” sign.||“ELLIS” Drop SiteUnder a footbridge over Wolftrap Creek near Creek Crossing Road at Foxstone Park near Vienna, Virginia.|
|“ELLIS” Drop SiteUnder a footbridge over Wolftrap Creek near Creek Crossing Road at Foxstone Park near Vienna, Virginia.||“ELLIS” Drop SitePackage dropped by Hanssen at the Ellis drop site on 2/18/01.|
“LEWIS” Signal SiteWooden utility pole located at the North-West corner of the intersection of 3rd Street and Carlin Springs Road near the metrobus stop.
|“LEWIS” Drop SiteThe far-left corner of the wooden podium (when facing the podium) located in the amphitheater of Long Branch Nature Center.||“LEWIS” Drop SitePackage recovered at the Lewis drop site containing $50,000 cash left by Russians for Hanssen.|
|Outside The Movie “Breach” : Hanssen E-Mails|
|Hanssen`s FBI Lab Report|
|Hanssen`s FBI Affidavit|
|Hanssen – A Hacker in KGB Defector Internet Security Firm|
|Accused FBI turncoat Robert Hanssen wanted to retire into a job selling anti-hacker technology to the government to guard against double agents a former CIA director said . James Woolsey, who led the CIA under former President Bill Clinton, said Hanssen pushed for a job with Invicta Networks, a firm founded by Soviet KGB defector Viktor Sheymov to develop hack-proof computer software for U.S. spy agencies.”Hanssen twice aggressively expressed an interest to Invicta executives on being employed by Invicta following his retirement from the FBI,” said Woolsey, who is on Invicta’s board and also serves as Sheymov’s attorney.Hanssen, who allegedly used his computer expertise to hack into FBI files for secrets to sell to Moscow, also boasted to FBI colleagues about getting a big-bucks job when he retired, according to an FBI affidavit. In February 1988, Hanssen told his Soviet handlers that he could read the FBI’S files on Sheymov’s debriefings, the affidavit said. More recently, “Hanssen told FBI co-workers that he was considering an offer of lucrative employment by Sheymov after retirement in April,” the affidavit said. Woolsey declined to discuss the Hanssen-Sheymov connection in a brief phone conversation . But in a statement faxed to the Daily News (2001 URL) , he said Hanssen met Sheymov in the 1980s and “since that time, the Sheymov and Hanssen families indeed came to be on friendly terms.” The families had little contact in recent years, but in December, Hanssen “expressed keen interest in Invicta’s technology,” Woolsey said.Three weeks before he was arrested Sunday, Hanssen “was briefed on the Invicta technology” as part of his official duties along with several other FBI computer experts, Woolsey said. Sheymov was a rising star and the youngest major in the KGB at age 33 when he defected to the U.S. in 1980 with his wife and daughter. His defection was considered one of the CIA’s major Cold War coups. Hanssen, 56, has been charged with espionage crimes carrying the death penalty for allegedly selling secrets to the Soviets and later the Russians for at least $1.4 million in 15 years as a mole.|
Danny Yatom Major General (ret.) Danny Yatom is Chairman and CEO of GSG Ltd. He was a Member of Knesset (Israeli Parliament), Head of the Mossad and chief of staff to the prime minister
Much has recently been discussed on the need to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. One thing should be made clear in advance: the implications of such an attack and Iran’s response, including missiles and rockets fired from the north, would be far less destructive than if Iran unleashed a nuclear bomb on Israel.
Some people are voicing sharp opposition to a military strike against Iran, claiming it would signal a regional war of unforeseen magnitude. This is their perspective, and there is nothing wrong with public discourse on the issue. However, it is imperative to recognize that Israel will pay a heavy price for an attack on Iran, regardless of the aggressor’s identity. If sanctions and other restrictions do not convince Iran to halt its race for nuclear power, then the question of a military strike will rise to the top of Israel’s agenda.
We must not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon that poses an existential threat to Israel—a situation in which we will wake up every morning wondering whether a nuclear bomb will fall on us because somebody in Iran got up on the wrong side of the bed. The damage from a nuclear bomb on Israel would be catastrophic.
We are not dealing with a rational regime that makes sound political decisions. It is a regime headed by a spiritual leader who acts according to his personal interpretation of the Koran. What’s more, Ahmadinejad repeatedly calls for erasing Israel off the map. Who can guarantee that when he secures a nuclear bomb, he won’t use it on us?
We cannot gamble on our future by relying on the assessments or wishful thinking of those who believe that diplomatic pressure will force the Iranians to relinquish their quest for nuclear capability. These assessments assume that Iran is a rational regime, which is not the case. In the meantime, recent Western-led sanctions against Iran’s financial institutions seem to only “itch” the Islamic Republic, and Russia and China, two countries with close commercial ties to Tehran (including weapons sales) are opposed to crippling their Middle Eastern economic partner.
After Iran is attacked, we will suffer through the consequences, which might include rocket barrages from Lebanon and Gaza. However, our retaliation will be so painful and so devastating that, in my opinion, the enemies’ aggression will quickly come to an end. Likewise, although we will have to strike civilian infrastructure and public facilities throughout Lebanon and Gaza, rockets will no longer threaten the citizens of Israel.
The world must realize time is running out. As of now, everything depends on the Iranian’s decision to produce a bomb. They already have the knowledge and material—it is only a matter of time (a year at most) from when they give the green light. Therefore, from my point of view, sanctions—no matter how harsh—will not bring the desired results. In the same way, secret operations like the mysterious explosions at Iranian bases and the assassination of scientists and senior figures from their missile program will not deter Iran’s leaders, for they are determined to attain a nuclear weapon. An attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities should only be done as a last resort. Assuming that sanctions and other efforts will fail to stop the Iranians, the only alternative will be to strike.
The world must understand that this is a global problem and not just Israel’s problem—Israel should not have to be forced to initiate a military strike. Still, we must make it clear that if the world is unwilling to intervene, then Israel has a moral obligation to protect itself.
An Iranian hit squad used $27 portable radios to hide at least five bombs that Israeli and American authorities say they intended to use against Israeli targets in Bangkok, Thailand.
Exclusive photo of one undetonated bomb, obtained by ABC News, show the inside of the radio packed with tiny ball bearings and six magnets. Bomb experts say the magnets indicate the bomb was designed to be stuck to the side of a vehicle.
|Iran Revenge Cell Bangkok Suspects – Escaped from Bangkok to Malaysia Arrested There 16/2/12|
Nuclear Scientist Killed in Tehran Worked at Natanz Atomic Reactor 11/1/12
Iraqi Pilot Munir Redfa 1966 Left & 1998 Right (Mossad Archive Photo) Munir Redfa (1934 – 1998) was an Iraqi Fighter Pilot, of Assyrian origin, who defected to Israel in 1966 by flying a MiG-21 of the Iraqi Air Force. In what is considered as one of the Mossad’s most successful operations, Redfa’s entire extended family was smuggled safely out of Iraq to Israel. The MiG-21 fighter was evaluated by the Israeli Air Force and was later loaned to the United States for testing and intelligence analysis. Knowledge obtained from analysis of the aircraft was instrumental to the successes achieved by the Israeli Air Force in its future encounters with Arab MiG-21s.Redfa’s defection was the subject of the movie Steal the Sky.Redfa was born Munir Habib Jamil Rufa in 1934 to an Assyrian family belonging to the Syriac Orthodox Church from Mosul. He was the second of nine children. Like many other Assyrians, his family fled to Iraq as part of the Christian migration from southeast Turkey and Iran’s northwestern mountains (specifically Urmia, fleeing the upheaval of World War I in what is known as the Assyrian genocide).At the time of Redfa’s defection, a press conference was held during which he indicated that he had suffered from religious and ethnic discrimination in Iraq and that he did not feel that it was his home and requested asylum in the United States.Although he was reunited with his family in Israel he did not re-emigrate to the US, contrary to his declaration, and he received Israeli citizenship. He and his family shortly thereafter moved to another western country.Redfa died in 1998 of a heart attack.
THE inside story of a daring mission to steal a Russian MiG21 jet fighter from Iraq has emerged in Israel as the country prepares to mark its stunning victory in the six-day war 40 years ago this week.
The secrets of the plane, which was flown to Israel by its decorated Iraqi pilot Munir Redfa, laid the foundation for a triumph by Israeli pilots during the 1967 war, in which the MiGs flown by the Egyptian, Syrian and Iraqi air forces were crippled.Last week Zeev Liron, the pilot who persuaded the Iraqi to defect, recalled how the whole mission had nearly unravelled when Redfa’s wife, who had been told nothing, threw a fit in Paris on hearing the news that she was going to live in Israel.In 1966 Redfa was a 32-year-old pilot in the Iraqi air force. He was frustrated that his Christian background was blocking prospects of promotion and outraged that he had been ordered to attack Iraqi Kurds. He was beginning to doubt whether he had any future in Iraq.Joseph Shamash, one of Israel’s top agents in Baghdad, befriended Redfa and his wife Betty and persuaded them to join him on a Greek island holiday during which they were introduced to Liron. They knew him only as Josh.“Josh can help you to leave Iraq,” Shamash whispered to Redfa.
“When Munir heard what we wanted – to fly his MiG from Iraq to Israel – he almost fainted,” said Liron. “‘My MiG? To Israel? Are you guys out of your minds?’” He pointed out that his tanks carried insufficient fuel to reach Israel and that he would be shot down as soon as he tried to head for the border.Speaking as a fellow pilot, Liron pulled out a map and showed Redfa that his plan could work. “Finally Munir was convinced,” Liron said, “but by the morning he’d got cold feet.”Urgent action was required. Mossad consulted Yitzhak Rabin, the army’s chief of staff and future prime minister, who ordered: “Bring him to Israel. Show him where he’ll land and let him fly in one of our jets.”Redfa was given an Israeli passport in the name of Moshe Miz-rahi and touched down with Liron in Tel Aviv, where he was taken to the airfield where he would land the MiG. Before he left Israel, Redfa asked Liron not to tell his wife anything about the plan. “I’ll prepare the ground,” he promised. But he did not – and it almost derailed the operation.Back in Baghdad, Redfa was assigned to a long-haul flight and he convinced his ground staff to add an extra fuel tank to his MiG.Meanwhile, the Israelis arranged for Redfa’s entire family to leave Iraq for their summer holiday. The last to leave were Betty and their two children, aged three and five, who flew to Paris.When Liron met her there ina Mossad safe house and told her they were about to fly to Israel, she had hysterics. “Forget it!” she screamed. “Israel? Are you mad? And who are you anyway? I’m going straight to the Iraqi embassy.”“Only then did I realise Munir hadn’t said her a word to her about going to Israel,” said Liron.
Eventually he calmed Betty down, persuaded her not to expose the plot to the authorities, gave her an Israeli passport and got her onto a flight to Tel Aviv. Several hours after they landed, Redfa and his MiG21, escorted by an Israeli Mirage, landed at the airbase.With Redfa’s help, the Israelis immediately began to unlock the secrets of the Russian plane. Their pilots tested it to its limits. They fought mock dogfights with their Mirages and learnt the tactics needed to beat it.After the 1967 war, Redfa and his family left Israel. Betty had told her husband that living with the enemy was out of the question. Mossad arranged for them to adopt new identities – as the proprietors of a petrol station in the West.The MiG was lent to the US, which tested it in the Nevada desert, and it helped develop a new generation of American fighters. In return, for the first time, the US began to supply Israel with modern jets. Redfa died of a heart attack in 1998.