September 1, 2004

by Reb Yudel
FBI seizes computer from AIPAC official Steve Rosen

From the Jerusalem Post:
FBI agents on Friday copied the computer hard drive of a senior staffer at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who has been questioned in relation to the case of a Pentagon official suspected of turning over a classified document either directly to Israel, or via the pro-Israel lobby group.

Sources in Washington said the hard drive was that of Steve Rosen, AIPAC's director of foreign policy issues.

It was not clear if FBI agents also seized other materials from Rosen's office. AIPAC says it is cooperating fully with the FBI's investigation.

Steve Rosen is the long-time AIPAC official who remained at AIPAC through a series of scandals in the 1990s -- some of which (such as the successful effort to fire Andrew Silow-Carroll as editor of the Washington Jewish Week) he was central to.

As I've said, this scandal isn't Pollard II; it's much bigger, and it's potentially much more serious.

Pollard was either a rogue individual or a standard intelligence effort.

This scandal may implicate -- or a be a frame-up-job against -- an entire political faction with the Bush Administration.

Guilty? Innocent? Fall guys? Another effort to "criminalize foreign policy differences"? Proof that a presidential pardon does not a ba'al teshuva make?

Like 9/11, like the Iraq War, the Israeli separation fence, we have here another moment central to any history of this decade for those of us in the American-Jewish-Israeli triangle, and a moment whose full import may not be clear for years to come.