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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad

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A CIA memo released by Wikileaks on Wednesday looks at America's long tradition of exporting violent extremism abroad, and its implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad

By Joshua Holland
Alternet
August 26, 2010

The United States has a long and rich history of exporting terrorism abroad, according to a CIA memo released by Wikileaks on Wednesday. After noting several incidents in which American Muslims launched much-discussed attacks abroad, the analysts warned, “less attention has been paid to homegrown terrorism… exported overseas” by non-Muslim groups.

The February 5 memo, marked “secret/ noforn” (the intelligence community’s designation for "not for release to foreign nationals"), was penned by the CIA’s “Red Cell,” a group tasked with “taking a pronounced ‘out-of-the-box’ approach” in order to “offer an alternative viewpoint on the full range of analytic issues.”

“Contrary to common belief,” noted the anonymous authors, “the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon, nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin.” According to the analysts, Jewish extremists “have supported and even engaged in violent acts against perceived enemies of Israel,” and “some Irish-Americans have long provided financial and material support for violent efforts to compel the United Kingdom to relinquish control of Northern Ireland.”

The report highlighted the consequences of American violence abroad. In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York, “emigrated to Israel, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed 29 Palestinians during their prayers in the mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.” The deadly attack “helped to trigger a wave of bus bombings by HAMAS in early 1995.” Kach was founded by Meier Kahane, an American Israeli rabbi best described as a “radical cleric.”

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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad
Authored by: Marja on Saturday, August 28 2010 @ 12:20 PM CDT

Um, that headline's seriously messed-up. And the leak wasn't about "Jewish extremism." There was one example involving Zionist extremism, where the nationalist ideology was involved.

I think that as anarchists, we should try to distinguish 1. having cultural and, yes, religious affiliations from 2. holding nationalist ideologies on nominal behalf of those affiliations.

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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad
Authored by: Admin on Saturday, August 28 2010 @ 06:12 PM CDT

That's the title from the original article. Infoshop News often rewrites headline titles for stories appearing elsewhere. Marja makes a good point.

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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad
Authored by: andyjay on Saturday, August 28 2010 @ 06:05 PM CDT

I agree with the above post. Zionism, in my opinion, should be looked at as an enemy of the Jewish people. Using the words Zionism and Judaism interchangeably is exactly what the nationalists want.

Edited on Saturday, August 28 2010 @ 06:06 PM CDT by andyjay
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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad
Authored by: CaseyFord on Saturday, August 28 2010 @ 06:24 PM CDT

I haven't read the report in question, but it was written by the CIA, so if it failed to distinguish between Judaism and Zionist, color me unsurprised. But then distinguishing between those two things doesn't preclude the existance of "Jewish extremism/terrorism" just as their is "[other religion] extremeism/terrorism" (I put those in quotes because I dislike the words "terrorism" and "extremeism," at least in this context). The JDL operates exclusively outside the state of Israel and I don't think they would describe all their attacks as being for the sake of the state of Israel so much as the for the sake of the Jewish people (Zionism is nationalist, but I don't think every form of Jewish nationalism can be called Zionism).

In some ways tho, that's all kind of irrevelent to the story because based on what I've read from other sources, the report didn't focus on "Jewish terrorism" (Zionist or otherwise). It was talking about all of the ways in which people from the US, acting outside the purview of the USA government have gone elsewhere to commit terrorist acts. And from what I skimmed of the article, it didn't really seem to emphasize that the report was written by analysts whose whole purpose is to write reports from the POV of peole hostile to the USA. The whole thing was a mental exericise in getting into the enemy's head.

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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, August 29 2010 @ 09:40 AM CDT

wow i'd like to see more of those anti-US POV articles that the government is writing!

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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad
Authored by: CaseyFord on Sunday, August 29 2010 @ 11:39 PM CDT

Heh, you'll have to wait for another leak, a helluva a lot of years or a revolution that keeps their files intact cuz they're all Top Secret as I understand it.

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Wikileaked CIA Memo Warns of American Jewish Extremists Exporting Terror Abroad
Authored by: the1 on Tuesday, August 31 2010 @ 05:09 PM CDT

You can support projects like wikileeks, freenet, tor, anonymous free easy signup SSH accounts for chaining, etc.  A more anonymous, more encrypted Internet makes leaks easier.

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