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BIRD Foundation to inject $3.2m. into joint homeland security projects
January 13, 2020
by EYTAN HALON
The joint research effort between the government bodies commenced in 2016, targeting collaborations that both address the homeland security needs of both countries.
The Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation has awarded $3.2 million in funding to three homeland-security collaborations between American and Israeli companies.
The Public Security Ministry and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) selected the homeland-security technology projects. Including access to private-sector funding, the total value of investments will be about $4.8m.
The joint research effort between the government bodies commenced in 2016. It targets collaborations that address the homeland-security needs of both countries and offer “significant commercial potential.” Areas of interest include border protection, unmanned aerial systems, fighting cybercrime and securing critical infrastructure.
Projects that were awarded funding include the development of a multi-mission drone command and control capability by Tel Aviv-based Blue White Robotics and Brooklyn’s Easy Aerial; the development of an indoor-positioning wearable device for first responders by Emek Hefer-based S.H. Goren Management and 3AM Innovations in Buffalo, New York; and an AI-based analytics video-security solution for remote sites designed by Cawamo in Hod HaSharon and Utah-based LiveView Technologies.
Approved projects are eligible for conditional grants of up to $1m. from the BIRD Foundation, which works to promote collaboration between US and Israeli companies in homeland security and other hi-tech fields, including renewable energy, agriculture and electronics.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the awardees on some of the toughest challenges facing our mission today,” said Megan Mahle, S&T’s director of industry partnerships.
Funding from the foundation, which does not receive equity or intellectual-property rights from participating companies, is repaid as royalties from sales of commercialized technologies.
“The program contributes to both countries, specifically providing the US Department of Homeland Security and the Public Security Ministry with opportunities to develop technologies that can solve current challenges,” Public Security Ministry chief scientist Gad Frishman said. “The approved projects are a result of a comprehensive selection and review process that focuses on innovation, operational needs and the ability to implement the technologies developed.”
February 7, 2019
by Tim Hayes
The agency which planted, protected, and paid Pollard is the Israeli-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, an intergovernment organization which acts as a channel between the U.S. Treasury and State Department and the Israeli Defense Ministry and Mossad. The organization is a product of Henry Kissinger’s tenure at the State Department, and one of dozens which have been used to run joint U.S.-Israeli covert operations, of the sort typified by the Iran-Contra sales. Key BIRD activists include: Meir Amit, the former director of both the Mossad and Israeli military intelligence.
Yuval Ne’eman, minister of science and development, the former deputy director of military intelligence, and father of the Israeli nuclear bomb. Dan Tolkowsky, former chief of the Israeli Air Force, and founder of one of Israel’s top arms smuggling firms, Elron-Elbit. Itzhak Ya’akov, former chief scientist of the Israeli Defense Ministry, founder of BIRD, and currently U.S. station chief for the Defense Ministry’s intelligence agency, LEKEM. Rafi Eytan, LEKEM chief and Pollard task-master. Harold Katz, counsel of the Israeli Defense Ministry and BIRD. Dr. Jordan Baruch, former assistant secretary at the U.S. Commerce Department.
Pollard was paid for his espionage by BIRD’s counsel, Harold Katz. He was tasked by the Israeli Defense Ministry’s intelligence agency, LEKEM, whose U.S. station chief is Itzhak Ya’akov. Pollard was protected by a network within the U.S. Justice Department, including former Criminal Division director William F. Weld, and former Deputy Attorney General Arnold I. Bums, who are both linked to BIRD. The BIRD Foundation was established by treaty arrangement between the United States and Israel in 1977, based on discussions held in 1975 when Kissinger was Secretary of State. Its sister organization, the Binational Agricultural Research and Development (BARD) foundation, was formed the same year. Both organizations were modeled on the Binational Science Foundation (BSF), another U.S.-Israeli organization, that had been formed under Kissinger in 1973. As their names imply, the three organizations, which have overlapping governing boards, officially sponsor joint U.S.-Israeli industrial, agricultural, and basic scientific research.
The joint projects, and associated conferences, have provided traveling Mossad officers the means to find new U.S. scientists and industrialists to recruit. These operatives have naturally targeted major U.S. university science departments and aerospace firms for penetration. BIRD, BARD, and the BSF maintain an endowment of $300 million in Israeli banks. One bank known to be tied to the BIRD network is the Bank of Boston, which Harold Katz had used to pay Pollard for his espionage.
In 1984, then U.S. Attorney in Boston William Weld protected the Bank of Boston, when it was caught laundering over $2 billion in illicit funds used to finance intelligence operations such as BIRD’s. U.S. intelligence sources stress that the secret to the BIRD network is the petro-dollar recycling apparatus established by Kissinger following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. As a result of that war, oil prices skyrocketed, and the Persian Gulf oil states were suddenly inundated by massive amounts of U.S. dollars. These petro-dollars, however, were never, ever substantially controlled by the Arab states, but simply siphoned back into the Western banking system …
These petro-dollars have various illicit uses. These include financing “off-budget,” “privatized” U.S. intelligence operations, outside the knowledge and reach of Congress and even the White House. The use of such schemes has now been made famous by the Iran-Contra affair. The postwar U.S. intelligence community first used such techniques when it began to fund its operations through the sale of Southeast Asian heroin. The BIRD network, and its associated covert banking apparatus, is simply one such “off-budget,” putatively U.S.-Israeli capability, that has been financed by petro-dollars and dope.
Lekem, BIRD, BARD & BSF | Covert and legal ways Soviet Israel transfers United States’ technology
February 16, 2019
by Jeff Buckley
In 1957, Russian empire descendants “Ben-Gurion, [Shimon] Peres, and a few Israeli scientists were determined from the start that their nation would be far ahead of its Arab neighbors in science and technology. They seriously believed that Israel could be among the top tech powers on Earth, which would guarantee its military supremacy over the much larger nations surrounding it.” (Raviv, Melman)
“Lekem, (also pronounced “LAKAM”) was an Israeli intelligence agency headed by Benjamin Blumberg (1957–1981), and Rafi Eitan (1981–1986). It collected scientific and technical intelligence abroad from both open and covert sources … It was disbanded in 1986 following the arrest of Jonathan Pollard for espionage on behalf of Israel [and the Soviet Union]. Pollard was a United States Navy intelligence employee in the Naval Antiterrorist Alert Center in Washington, D.C. He was paid for delivering large amounts of classified documents to Lekem agents. Pollard was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.” (Wikipedia)
“The first director [of LAKAM], Binyamin Bloomberg, proved adept at bureaucratic self-protection and managed to make himself and his highly secret agency autonomous within the Israeli intelligence community. By the late 1960s, … Shimon Peres was particularly active in developing a “technology penetration and acquisition network” to help the industry he had done so much to father.
While the network — with LAKAM at its heart — operated all over the world, the United States was the main target. The reasons were obvious: the U.S. was (and remains) far ahead of the rest of the world in technological research and development, and at the same time was on the best of terms with Israel. While a retired KGB official would not have been allowed to take a tour around the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory south of San Francisco, Yuval Ne’eman, a veteran of Military Intelligence, was. At the time of his tour around the secret research center, Ne’eman was supposedly no more than a disinterested academic. When the FBI attempted to get him to register as an agent of the Israeli government, the CIA intervened to get the demand quashed.
While LAKAM functioned as one direct instrument of the Ministry of Defense in the United States, the Military Purchasing Mission in New York serves as another. The Mission is the direct institutional descendant of the old covert arms-smuggling office run by Teddy Kollek above the Copacabana nightclub on East 60th Street. These days it functions in a rather less exotic setting: the sixth floor of a nondescript office building on Third Avenue. Whereas in the early days Shimon Peres would have to go to rich Jews like the Bronfmans to ask for money for arms, and be told to go and change his socks, the Mission now has at least $1.4 billion a year to dispose of, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. As its name suggests, the Mission does the shopping for the IDF in the United States, spending the military aid money that arrives promptly every October, the beginning of the financial year. Until irritated Pentagon officials made the fact public, the actual operating expenses of the Mission, $2.8 million a year, were themselves charged to U.S. military aid. …
[Menachem] Begin had invented the job of antiterrorism adviser to the prime minister as a sinecure for an old comrade in arms for the Igrun. When that individual was killed in a car crash in 1978, [Ariel] Sharon got [Rafi] Eitan the post. Finally, after Begin won the 1981 general election and formed a new government, Sharon became minister of defense, the job he had wanted for a long time. Hardly had he moved into the Kirya when he dismissed Blumberg and appointed Eitan as head of LAKAM.
It was an auspicious time to be taking over an espionage agency specializing in defense technology. The recently installed Reagan administration was engaged in bolstering the Pentagon budget to undreamt-of heights; money was pouring into military research and development. Friends of Israel, such as Stephen Bryen, were well represented in senior positions. Richard Perle, Bryen’s boss, had actually been lobbying for an Israeli defense corporation when he moved into the Pentagon. Formal recognition of the enhanced defense relationship between the two countries came with the Memorandum of Understanding on the military cooperation signed in October 1981.
Under Reagan, the U.S. military-industrial complex entered into a golden age. Defense had priority over all other claims on the budget; the “threat” was magnified through the prism of ever more alarmist intelligence; intelligence itself accumulated unprecedented institutional power. In other words, the U.S. was becoming more like Israel.
Among signs that Washington was beginning to see things the Israeli way was the attention given to “terrorism” as a phenomenon in itself and divorced from any political context. … The actions of the pre-independence Stern Gang, Irgun, and Haganah had served Israel well in driving out both the British and a large proportion of the Palestinian population, but Menachem Begin, for example, grew extremely indignant whenever someone described him as a former terrorist. …
The [Jonathan] Pollard case, it should be recalled, occurred in the days before the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and the vaporizing of the Cold War. Israel had painstakingly constructed its status as a strategic asset of the U.S. on the back of superpower confrontation. On the other hand, as Zvi Rafiah might say, Israel had a perennial interest in good relations with the Soviets because of its interest in securing the emigration of Soviet Jews, the only possible means — since American Jews seemed unlikely to emigrate — of bolstering its non-Arab population.” (Cockburn, 1991)
“It was treachery of the highest order, and then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was fully aware of the magnitude of Pollard’s crimes when he asked the judge to sentence Pollard to life in prison after the spy agreed to plead guilty. In a 46-page, classified affidavit submitted to the judge in the Pollard case, Weinberger showed that much of the Pollard material wound up in Soviet hands, and that it would cost the United States billions of dollars to repair the national security damage done by the Pollard spy ring.
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There was a top secret meeting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania circa 1956 while Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States. World leaders in attendance of that meeting were Nikita Khrushchev of Russia, Charles De Gaulle of France, Winston Churchill of Great Britain, and Ronald Reagan who would later become the governor of California and President of the United States for two terms. Perhaps they met regarding the up-coming “Cold War” or the Cuban Missile Crisis which would occur 7 years later. What is clear, is Colonel Prouty did not have knowledge of this meeting due to the compartmentalization of the CIA.