Dangerous Blind Spot in War on Terror
Israeli ‘Movers’ Detained, Deported Without Investigation
A gaping hole
in America’s “war on terrorism” was exposed by the reaction of federal law enforcement
to recent criminal activity allegedly carried out by Israeli military personnel
in the proximity of U.S. nuclear facilities.
Two recent incidents in the Southeastern United
States reveal how Israeli military personnel can violate U.S. laws and are only
deported when they are caught.
The first incident occurred in the proximity of
several nuclear facilities in Erwin, Tenn., including the Nuclear Fuel Services
Nuclear Fuel Services is a company that provides
fuel for nuclear submarines and reprocesses spent nuclear materials. This is
the kind of radioactive material that could be used in a so-called “dirty
bomb,” which senior law enforcement officials say they fear could be used
someplace in the United States this summer.
The Israeli incident began late on Saturday
afternoon, May 8, when Unicoi County (Tenn.) Sheriff Kent Harris spotted a
rental truck speeding on former U.S. Highway 23, a lightly traveled highway
near the North Carolina state line.
Two young Israeli men in the rented moving truck
evaded Harris in a high-speed chase for three miles. During the chase the
Israelis threw a bottle containing a fluid from the truck, an act they later
denied. The vial contained an unknown substance, which appeared to be some kind
of accelerant because it became warm when it was shaken, said Harris.
“They were driving recklessly and at a high rate
of speed down an old highway that nobody uses anymore. I was really concerned
because the driver would not stop after I flashed my headlights for nearly
three miles. He was weaving back and forth, and I was wondering what a large
truck was doing on a two-lane highway instead of the much-faster I-26
interstate,” Harris told independent journalist Dan Hopsicker.
“They ignored my blue lights for two-and-a-half
miles, and they were traveling 20 miles an hour over posted speed limits,” the
Asked if it was possible the Israelis were unaware
they were being pursued, the sheriff said: “Oh no, he had to see me. The siren
was going. . . . I could see him in the mirror, looking back at me.”
Two young Israelis, Shmuel Dahan, 23, and
Almaliach Naor, were taken into custody. In the wallet of Dahan, an Israeli
soldier based in Miami Beach, police reportedly discovered a “Learn to Fly in
Florida” business card.
The Israelis’ truck tested positive for drugs,
Hopsicker reported. “While the FBI dismissed the finding as a ‘false positive,’
local law enforcement regard the test as highly accurate,” wrote Hopsicker.
“They were just three miles from where, if you get
off at exit 15, off I-26, you’re just a half-mile from all the nuclear plants,”
Harris told the Associated Press. “There’s Nuclear Fuel Services, which is a
privately owned company. Studdwick, another privately owned company. And
they’re building a third one now.
“I got a sick feeling when I saw it. It’s the
nation’s sole provider of fuel for the Navy’s nuclear subs,” said Harris.
Harris contacted the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and various local authorities to investigate
“We’re not overreacting. We have a responsibility
to protect the citizens of Unicoi County, and that’s what I’m going to do at
any cost. I’d rather overreact, if that’s what you call it, than be sorry
later,” Harris said.
LEARN TO FLY
Hopsicker claims that the “Learn to Fly in Florida”
business card belongs to another Israeli named Nissan Giat.
Giat is an “Israeli military veteran,” said
Hopsicker, and a freelance flight instructor in the Miami area, working out of
the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Asked about Dahan and Naor, Giat told Hopsicker:
“These guys aren’t terrorists; they belong to the Israeli military.”
The two Israeli soldiers were carrying false
identification cards. Dahan had a fake Florida driver’s license, and Naor had a
phony identification card.
Dahan was charged with reckless driving,
littering, false identification and evading arrest. Naor was charged with false
identification and evading arrest.
The truck, rented from Ryder, was reportedly held
for an FBI investigation, according to officials. Police said the FBI was
investigating the Israelis.
However Special Agent Gary Kidder of the Knoxville
field office denied that federal law enforcement was looking into the arrest.
“Your premise is all wrong. An FBI investigation
was never opened. The case was never turned over to the FBI,” Kidder told AFP.
The only charges brought against the two Israelis,
Kidder said, were immigration charges.
The two were quickly released from government
custody after a judge in Erwin, Tenn., suspended a 30-day sentence and turned
them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a bureau under the
Department of Homeland Security.
Immigration officials said Dahan and Naor would be
subject to immediate deportation. Yet despite convictions for evading arrest
and working illegally on tourist visas, the Israelis were soon released and
back at Summit Moving Van Lines in Miami, claims Hopsicker.
A spokesperson at the Washington office of Immigration
and Customs Enforcement was unable to answer any questions by press time about
the status of the two Israelis or two others who were recently detained trying
to access a naval submarine base near St. Marys, Ga.
On May 21, two Israeli “movers” with false
identification tried to enter the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, home to eight
Trident submarines. When an inspection of their rented moving truck revealed
evidence of explosives, the base was shut down for more than three hours,
according to base spokesman Ed Buczek.
When Tamir D. Sason, 24, and Daniel Levy, 23,
tried to access the base without proper identification an inspection team
checked out the truck. Dogs trained to detect explosives and drugs “hit on
something in the cab of the truck,” Buczek told AFP. “Potential explosives” led
to a lockdown of the base, and St. Mary’s police closed off the area around the
base and called in a bomb squad.
It was a “textbook scenario,” Buczek said. “We saw
something that wasn’t right.
Buczek told AFP that guards closed access to the
base and notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Buczek said the two were driving a Budget rental
truck and were working for the moving company, Advantage Moving and Storage in
There was no answer when AFP made repeated phone
calls to the office of Advantage on May 26 and May 27.
SUSPICIOUS MOVING COMPANIES
Israeli-owned “moving companies” have been
involved in numerous cases of criminal activity across the country. One notable
case was a company based in Weehawken, N.J., which many people believe was an
Israeli intelligence operation with prior knowledge of the terror attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001.
Four of its agents were detained in the immediate
aftermath of 9-11 after being caught filming and apparently celebrating the
terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
After being held and refusing to cooperate with
government investigators, the four were turned over to immigration authorities
and deported to Israel. One of the four later told Israeli radio that the
“movers” with video cameras had been prepared to “document” the attacks.
Like some 60 other Israelis apprehended in the
aftermath of 9-11, the two young Israeli movers who tried to access Kings Bay
Naval Submarine Base, were turned over to federal immigration officers.
Although the truck had tested positive for
explosives, and a thorough criminal investigation should have been conducted,
the two were released to immigration authorities because one of them was
carrying an expired passport. The two were reportedly being held for
Marc Raimondi, spokesman at the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, told AFP that both Sason and Levy will
be deported. Raimondi said ICE had taken custody of the two individuals and
checked them out through immigration and known criminal databases. Their only
offense, Raimondi said, was that they had worked illegally on visitor visas.
“Perhaps the conspiracy theory has merit,” Raimondi
said when asked why Israeli agents involved in criminal activities were being
deported on visa violations. Raimondi was unable to answer when asked if DHS
was concerned about the network of Israeli-owned moving companies in the United
States, some with proven ties to Israeli intelligence.
He said the agency welcomes any information that
could be helpful.