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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Research (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976443759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976443759
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,226,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Grant Smith renders great service. The secret documents reviewed in this volume will help any reader understand how a small but determined group of zealots for Israel have placed the United States in grave danger. It is a wakeup call that must be answered, if our noble experiment in representative government, which has long proclaimed justice for all people in all lands everywhere, is to survive. I choose those words carefully. This is no time to sit on our hands. Unwarranted fear of Israel has plunged us into an abyss that gets deeper all the time. All that is needed is a civilized discussion, one that this volume must surely bring forth." -- Paul Findley, Member of Congress 1961-83, author of three books on the U.S.-Israeli relationship, including the Washington Post bestseller "They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby"

"In America's Defense Line, Grant Smith has penetrated once again into the murky waters that underlie the observable control of US Middle East policy by Israel and its aggressive American support base that have undermined the efforts of successive US administrations, be they Democrat or Republican, to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. In Foreign Agents and now in America's Defense Line, using recently declassified documents, Smith exposes the charade that the 'pro-Israel lobby' is simply a well-organized, overly zealous group functioning within the spirit of traditional American political advocacy. What we see is something far more sinister. America's Defense Line should be required reading for anyone concerned with preserving what is left of the US political process." -- Jeffrey Blankfort is the former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin and hosts the international affairs program "Takes on the World" on KZYX Pacifica Radio in Mendocino, California.

"The Israel lobby is one of the most influential interest groups in American history. Yet there is insufficient public knowledge about its origins and operations. Grant Smith's new book is a major step forward in correcting that problem. He provides a fascinating--and disturbing--account of how I.L. Kenen laid the groundwork for AIPAC, the most powerful organization in the lobby." -- John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the author with Stephen M. Walt of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" (2007)

"This is an excellent book that brings together declassified material showing how the Israel lobby managed to sow corruption at the highest levels of the US government and even break US law. Like other excellent books by the author (e.g. Deadly Dogma and Foreign Agents), America's Defense Line breaks new ground in research into the destructive role of narrow special interests in US domestic and foreign affairs. This latest contribution is a tour de force and is a must read for anyone interested to understand why we are embroiled in the quagmire of the Middle East and how we might get out of it (thus saving our economy and our global reputation)." -- Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor at Bethlehem University and author of "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle"

"This is vital reading for anyone interested in what really guides American attitudes towards Israel. Grant F. Smith reveals how the almost universal misunderstanding of the Israel-Palestine question in the United States, and the blind support for Israel in Government, the media and public opinion are not sentimental accident, but the result of assiduous plotting and planning by Israel, its agents, and friends to subvert the American system and freedom of speech over more than half a century." -- Tim Llewellyn, former BBC Middle East Correspondent --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Is the Israel Lobby Above the Law?

On January 17, 1951 Isaiah L. Kenen walked into Nathan B. Lenvin's office at the Department of Justice Foreign Agent Registration (FARA) section. He launched an elaborate deception that continues to this day. As director of the Israeli Embassy's Office of Information, Kenen plotted with the nascent government to break free of tight transparency laws regulating all agents of foreign powers operating in the US. A public relations expert, Kenen knew that framing Israel's issues as America's own would be impossible with an onerous "foreign agents" stamp on his every press release, newsletter, film clip, or radio tape circulated in the US. Israeli leaders recognized Kenen's forays to Capitol Hill to lobby for arms and aid were less effective as an openly declared agent for Israel than as an "American" lobbyist.

Kenen circumvented the FARA section and the rest of the DOJ long enough to establish the most extensive foreign lobby ever assembled on US soil: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee or AIPAC. Along the way he dodged FBI, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and US Department of State investigations. Kenen battled to drown out the voices of dissenters such as the American Council for Judaism while the lobby worked to place United Jewish Appeal and other charitable relief fundraising under their control. Meanwhile, Kenen's key financial backers established an elaborate network to smuggle stolen US military hardware and finance nuclear arms production in the fledgling state. On the 20-year anniversary of Kenen's death, over 1,000 pages of previously classified documents related to his activities were released in response to Freedom of Information Act filings. They reveal how Kenen and his key collaborators subverted FARA oversight through false filings, money laundering, and stealth. Declassified files also reveal the "subvention caveat," a secret Department of Justice non-prosecution agreement kept secret from the American public...until today.

After the caveat the Israel lobby's public relations and political network grew into a force dominating US-Middle East policy formulation. Kenen and AIPAC would ultimately face down the most powerful presidents and members of Congress, but at what cost to America and the rule of law? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


More About the Author

Grant F. Smith is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington DC. He is author of the books Spy Trade, America's Defense Line, Foreign Agents, Deadly Dogma, and Neocon Middle East Policy. Jeff Stein of the Washington Post calls Smith "a Washington, D.C. author who has made a career out of writing critical books on Israeli spying and lobbying." Mondoweiss.com blogger Philip Weiss says "the best investigative work is being done by Grant Smith at IRmep..."

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Burroughs on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Grant Smith continues his scholarly exegesis into the history of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). His previous works included- "Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal" and "Deadly Dogma: How Neoconservatives Broke the Law to Deceive America." His latest study- "American's Defense Line: A Declassified History of the Justice Department's Battle to Regulate the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Power"- is based on heretofore unavailable classified government documents. Smith tells the depressing tale of how U.S. law was systematically undermined by base political motives and questionable loyalties. The Smith trilogy is timely and required reading by all Americans concerned about the integrity and future of the United States. Smith dispassionately reveals how United States foreign policy in the Middle East was high jacked by a cadre of agents representing a foreign country- Israel. While his current study documents how AIPAC and its predecessors successfully evaded U.S. law to register as a "foreign agent," is it also a study in the usurpation of national sovereignty. This challenge to American sovereignty can no longer be ignored, as the consequences to the United States have been disastrous. The intrusion of the Israeli lobby goes well beyond ensuring that Israel receives its customary tribute from hard working American taxpayers. The Iraq War demonstrates this danger where Israel lobby cadres and fellow travelers were able to manipulate a weak, poorly informed president after the 9-11 crises to effect a launch a long-planned invasion of Iraq.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Skyrud on March 12, 2010
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Grant smith's book, America's Defense Line, is about the efforts of the American government to force the Zionists in the USA to register their organizations with the federal government, as is required by law in order to give the American public the transparency they need to judge the agendas and motives of what they read in the media. It was a long history - the reason it covers an entire 208 page text - and goes into well-researched recounting of the many people invoved on both sides of the effort, including many American presidents who were personally involved, and because of whose political problems and needs, the Zionist organizations have always been able to avoid the requirement of registering their propaganda efforts under the Agents for Foreign Governments Act. Some of the documentation referred to by the author is copied intact in the 84 pages of appendices that follow the text, and his sources are listed in another 22 pages following the appendices. Everything in the book is important for Americans, but of special interest are the individual reasons that personally governed the decisions of Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Clinton, and other well known figures. Most Americans will not even know the names of such people as Isaiah Kenen who orchestrated most of the Zionist efforts in the US, or Abraham Feinberg who collected and personally gave Truman the money he needed for a cross county-wide whistlestop train tour that allowed Truman to overcome Dewey's lead in the campaign and pull out an upset victory in his campaign for the presidency. The interesting sideline to that story is that the first approaches to Truman by the Zionists was through a Missouri Jew, Edward Jacobson, who had been a partner of Truman's in the failed haberdashery business that preceded Truman's entry into politics.Read more ›
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