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"This terrific historical exposé ought to be required background reading for those FBI agents assigned to investigate foreign espionage and public corruption matters. For many reasons, such cases are amongst the most challenging to investigate and prosecute, but are made even harder when undue political pressures enter into the picture. FBI officials responsible for setting investigative priorities and allocating resources would also do well therefore to read Spy Trade so they are aware of the historical linkage between Israel's 'Uzi diplomacy' arms dealing, the Iran-Contra scandal, and the Jonathan Pollard spy incident with AIPAC's nefarious 'lobbying' activities." --Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent and 2002 Time Magazine Person of the Year.

"Grant F. Smith's excellent, deeply disturbing book..is a welcome addition to a growing scholarly literature." --Michael Scheuer, former senior CIA analyst and author of "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror"

"Like political parties, lobbies are groups of citizens with shared interests, an important part of a functioning democracy. When they have enormous power, however, and especially if their activities remain almost completely hidden, lobbies can be dangerous.

Meticulously detailed in this riveting addition to his earlier exposés, Grant Smith reveals yet another facet of the extent to which the pro-Israel Lobby is beyond dangerous, and has become a serious threat to a broad range of American ideals, objectives and interests abroad, as well as here at home. This book contains many highly disturbing, documented revelations. Read it." --Ambassador Edward L. Peck, former Chief of Mission in Iraq and Former Deputy Director, Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism, Reagan White House

"This book presents formidable and dangerous new evidence of spying by Israel and the corrosive long term influence of its lobby on US governance." --Paul Findley, member of Congress from 1961-1983 and author of three books on the US-Israeli relationship, including the Washington Post bestseller "They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israelʹs Lobby"

About the Author

Michael Scheuer is a twenty-plus-year CIA veteran. From 1996 to 1999, he
served as the Chief of the bin Laden unit (aka Alec Station), the Osama bin
Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorism Center. He then worked as Special
Adviser to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.
He resigned from the CIA in 2004. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of
Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown
Foundation, writing regularly for its online publication "Global Terrorism
Analysis". He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Research (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976443716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976443711
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew Burroughs on November 1, 2009
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Spy Trade: How Israel's Lobby Undermines America's Economy by Grant F. Smith.

Smith Once Again Exposes Israel Lobby's Danger to America's Security and Economy

This is perhaps Smith's most important work exposing the deleterious and dangerous influences of the Israeli lobby on both U.S. economic and national security. Smith has devoted several years objectively and thoroughly examining the history of the Israel lobby. He earlier exposed how domestic political considerations undermined the Justice Department's valiant efforts to define the lobby as an agent of a foreign power (See Deadly Dogma, Foreign Agents and America's Defense Line). As is his practice, Smith is through in his research. This latest work is 178 pages, contains more than 300 footnotes, citing more than hundred specific sources including files the FBI only recently declassified. It is written in a commendably easy to read style, organized into short concise chapters that cover several critical topics including: Israeli arms smuggling; the history of the Israeli Lobby; how the Israeli lobby subverts the investigation of commercial espionage against American firms by Israeli agents; Jonathan Pollard's treason; the harmful role played by AIPAC in advancing Israeli interests at the expense of the United States. So important is this book that I plan on putting it my friends' and family's Christmas stockings.

Smith systematically demonstrates how since before the establishment of the Israeli state, Zionists abroad and in the United States violated federal laws solely to the advantage of the nascent state regardless of the consequences to American interests.
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. . . is that Israel's intelligence services have found a seemingly unending number of recruits who are not only willing to betray America, but do so without remuneration because they have decided that Israel's - not America's - advancement is paramount and justifies criminal and/or treasonous behavior." -- the Foreward to "Spy Trade" written by Michael F. Scheuer, former CIA Bin Laden station chief and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq.
Grant Smith has again written a book in a gloves off, no-nonsense style reminiscent of the 1950's TV crime drama, "Dragnet." But the names HAVEN'T been changed to protect the perpetrators. He bases this book on past and recently declassified documents, the U.S. Defense Investigation Service, and 300 listed sources. Many are appended in this book, linking activities to specific individuals and organizations in Israel and in the Israel Lobby.

Smith details the Zionists' early engagements in arms smuggling following World War II, followed-up by more recent engagements with Iran in "arms for hostages"/Iran-Contra during the decade of the 1980's. He details the theft of classified U.S. military weapons technology and documents (nuclear included) as well as the theft of proprietary corporate intellectual property in pharmaceuticals, high tech, and weapons development/production acquired by infiltrating the military and U.S.corporate interests. Americans will be introduced to members and activities of the Sonneborn Institute and "the Kenya Group.
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"Large numbers of Israel's supporters, both in the U.S. and abroad, continue to operate on the presumption that almost no crime against the U.S. or international law will ever be punished if it is done in the name of Israel," (p.121).

A copy of SPY TRADE should be in the hands of every Congress person and senator the US--if they truly represent the interests of the our country and the poor, tax-paying Americans who elected them and not the interests of a foreign country, Israel.

In an elegant little book of only 178 pages, with 300 supporting footnotes and additional appendices of copies of various documents, Grant describes the ways in which Israel takes what it wants from the US. In separate chapters, he investigates arms smuggling, the Israel lobby, the so-called "free trade" agreement, Iran-Contra, AIPAC, Jonathan Pollard, treason, military-industrial espionage, wars (Iraq), pharmaceuticals, campaign financing, and many other areas of economics and government.

Israel and its interests come before everything else: billions, wars, Iran, ridiculous votes in the UN (a recent vote to ban nuclear arms in the Middle East: 161-5, with the US one of the five voting against, along with mighty Palau and Micronesia!) supporting anything Israel wants to do and so on. As Rand Paul suggested, we borrow money so we can hand it over to Israel.

But who is going to stop this exploitation?

Apparently, not the people we elect to represent us.

They are bought and paid for.
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