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Israel's Fifth Column Exposed

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  Arrested spy for Israel, Larry Franklin

Yesterday, Pentagon analyst and Iran specialist Larry A. Franklin was arrested by the FBI. The charge: turning over classified U.S. government documents to two operatives of the American Israeli Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC), longtime policy director Steve Rosen and his deputy Keith Weissman.

As Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball pointed out when the Franklin affair first came to light: "Franklin's motive appears to have been ideological rather than financial."

What ideology are they talking about? Unconditional support to Israel has always been a central tenet of neoconservative doctrine. As we have argued in these pages for years, American foreign policy has been shaped – and distorted – by a cabal of ideologues who put Israel, not America, first. Franklin's arrest confirms our thesis in spades.

It's no accident that Franklin was part of the Pentagon policy shop presided over by DoD undersecretary Douglas Feith, who also presided over the infamous "Office of Special Plans" – which was set up to funnel misinformation about Iraq's nonexistent "weapons of mass destruction" and lie us into war. Israel's fifth column in Washington is about to be exposed – big time.

Franklin's is going to be one exciting trial.

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