ADL's Spying For Governments

ADL's Spying For Governments

Originally published on: September 8th 2023

Originally posted on by Michael Shellenberger

Although ADL is currently focused on demonizing Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists,” it has a history of partnering with the state and law enforcement to target the Left. In the 1950s, ADL cooperated with the House Committee on Un-American Activities and shared its internal files with the committee. ADL purged suspected Jewish communists from its organization, created anti-communist committees, and aided the FBI.

In 1993, ADL California police discovered that ADL was operating what the Los Angeles Times called a “nationwide intelligence network” and kept files “on more than 950 political groups, newspapers and labor unions and as many as 12,000 people.” In addition to a few white nationalist organizations, the ADL was also surveilling groups like Greenpeace, the United Farm Workers, the Institute for Palestine Studies, ACT UP, the Association of Vietnam Veterans, and the Japanese-Americans Citizens League. ADL’s files on these groups were confidential and had been “obtained illegally from law enforcement agencies.”

Following the revelation of these illegal surveillance tactics, ADL avoided prosecutionby agreeing to pay $75,000 to anti-hate programs in San Francisco. The organization later settled a class-action lawsuit in federal court for spying on Arab-Americans, African Americans, and left-wing groups. Plaintiffs alleged that the ADL had hired intelligence agents to gather information about them and had sold information about anti-apartheid groups to the South African government.

Investigative journalists say ADL is deeply connected to Western intelligence agencies. “There are some intelligence fronts that are not CIA fronts but fronts for foreign intelligence agencies,” wrote Wayne Madsen in his 2016 book The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors. “Although the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is richly deserving of being included in any list of front organizations, it belongs in Israel’s Mossad, not the CIA.”

Former Los Angeles law enforcement investigator and journalist, Michael C. Ruppert, wrote in Crossing the Rubicon, in response to the ADL spying scandal, “To think of the ADL affair as something that originated solely with Israeli impetus is to overlook some key historical data.” Ruppert argued that US intelligence agencies used ADL to spy on Americans after the Congressional investigations of the mid-1970s.

“As the LAPD scandal was unfolding I served as one of the unnamed sources for the Los Angeles Times’ reporting,” wrote Ruppert. “Although the Times stopped short of stating that US intelligence agencies had supported this intelligence gathering, two decades later the pattern is very clear. The ADL was there when it was needed. Yet, in using the ADL as a plausibly deniable cutout, American intelligence agencies at the state and federal levels paid a price. They gave ADL a license to use the data for its own purposes and created a monster.” Today, ISD, CCDH, and ADL manipulate their research methodology to claim rising hate and antisemitism. ADL, for decades, has claimed that hate is increasing by expanding the definition of “hate” and “hate speech.” ADL’s Hate Symbols Database, for example, asserts that anti-antifa flags, the “okay” hand sign, and “100%” are all examples of white supremacist hate. ADL classifies the numbers 12, 13, 14, 18, 23, 28, 38, 43, 83, 88, 109, 110, 211, 311, 318, and many more as hate speech.

ADL also alleges that terms like “deep state” and phrases like “do your own research” are rallying cries for QAnon followers. These classifications can easily lend themselves to the over-reporting of hate and extremism.

ADL’s 2023 report about antisemitic attitudes in America states that 85% of Americans believe in at least one anti-Jewish trope, but the most common trope Americans agreed with was the statement, “Jews stick together more than other Americans.” The idea that Jewish people preserve community ties is not necessarily a negative trope, and many people surveyed may have interpreted it as something positive.

ADL’s most recent audit of antisemitic incidents was almost entirely based on emails, online form entries, and phone calls to ADL. Hyping antisemitism as a crisis, which ADL explicitly does, can easily lead to an increase in reports regardless of whether incidents are actually on the rise or not. The organization’s sloppy statistics and continual conflation of real antisemitism with criticism of divisive figures like George Soros suggest that it is deliberately using accusations of antisemitism as a partisan tool to silence its political opponents.

Today, ADL is demanding ever more power to censor. “What they are demanding is what ADL has long called for in our COMBAT Plan: A unified national strategy to combat antisemitism,” the ADL’s top lobbyist, ex-AIPAC executive Dan Granot, told Jewish Insider. “Now is the time for a concerted, coordinated, whole-of-government strategy to address the hatred that is becoming dangerously mainstream.”

Government ties abound. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is on the ADL board, serving as its Special Advisor for Global Affairs. During the Covid pandemic, Blair’s Institute for Global Change lobbied parliament to enact harsher flagging and fact-checking measures online.

Anyone who looks at the ADL Board of Directors and has some awareness of the key players in the Censorship Industrial Complex will be struck by one member, in particular, Yasmin Green. Green is the CEO of Google Jigsaw, an internal group at the Big Tech company founded by Jared Cohen, who worked at the State Department under both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Jigsaw developed the “Redirect Method” and has worked with ADL to steer Google users toward videos that would “undermine extremist narratives” as a late-stage “War on Terror” program. Green is also a senior advisor on innovation to the private intelligence firm Oxford Analytica and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity Group, two key Censorship Industrial Complex leaders.

Today, ADL’s ties to intelligence and security organizations are closer than ever. It works with the FBI by holding a training session with agents and hosting FBI Director Christopher Wray as a featured speaker. According to Greenblatt, the FBI works directly with ADL “every day.”

PHOTO: FBI Director Robert Mueller gives the keynote speech at the Anti-Defamation League’s 2005 National Commission Meeting November 3, 2005 in New York City. Mueller, who was joined by U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, spoke on terrorism, extremism and other global topics that are the centerpiece of this years ADL National Commission Meeting. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Originally published on: September 8th 2023