Senator Won’t Condemn ADL Spying
By Michael Collins Piper
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) thinks it’s bad for some American political organizations, such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), to monitor the activities of their opposition. But he has no problem with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith—an arm of Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad—conducting illicit spying and infiltrations
against law-abiding American citizens whose only “crime” is to criticize U.S. favoritism for Israel.
That’s the only conclusion that can be reached. Lautenberg is heartily distressed that for some 15 years the National Rifle Association is alleged to have deployed a paid spy, Mary McFate, to infiltrate pro-gun control organizations such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Citing reports about Mrs. McFate’s activities that appeared in Mother Jones magazine, Lautenberg says that the debate on gun violence prevention “should be based upon an open and honest exchange of ideas, not on underhanded tactics” and he has publicly demanded that NRA President John Sigler:
Admit whether these charges are true or false;
If these charges are true, disclose the precise nature of the NRA’s relationship with Mary McFate/Mary Lou Sapone, including how much she was paid, the time periods for which she received payment and the services she provided;
Make public the names (including any aliases) of any other NRA employees, consultants, members, or volunteers who have joined gun violence prevention organizations in order to report to the NRA on their activities; and
Denounce and discontinue the practice of asking or encouraging NRA employees, consultants, members and volunteers to infiltrate gun violence prevention groups.
American Free Press contacted Lautenberg’s office and asked if Lautenberg was equally distressed by the actions of the ADL that mirror those attributed to the NRA.
A spokesman for Lautenberg refused to say that the ADL’s actions reflect those of the NRA or that such actions could be construed to be inappropriate or deemed to be “underhanded tactics” that interfere with “an honest exchange of ideas.”
Clearly, in Lautenberg’s worldview—shaped by his religious and ethnic ties to Israel and his longtime open collaboration with the ADL—the ADL’s behavior is sanctioned—even sanctified—and not open to criticism. What is sauce for the goose is not, it seems, sauce for the gander.
This author’s work, The Judas Goats,* includes four full chapters on the subject of the ADL’s controversial “fact finding” operations, not to mention many additional chapters outlining how the ADL has worked with the FBI, the CIA and other government police and intelligence agencies in illicit spying and other wrecking operations aimed against American citizens and political organizations.
In fact, as The Judas Goats documents, the ADL was on the front lines of the FBI’s infamous “COINTELPRO” domestic spying operations, actually doing much of the leg-work and then turning over the fruits of its intrigue to the FBI. For example, much of the spying on Dr. Martin Luther King widely attributed to the FBI was the work of the ADL whose agents infiltrated King’s inner circle and then provided the FBI data on King and his associates, including political activist and former comedian Dick Gregory.
Although groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (most commonly referred to as the ACLU) have often vocally criticized the FBI for its COINTELPRO activities, the ACLU has notably avoided mentioning the role of the ADL in these matters.
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