Scott Horton Interviews Grant F. Smith

Scott Horton, February 18, 2010

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Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses the US Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) that is closely allied with the Israel lobby and enforces sanctions on Iran, how sanctions and embargoes punish the law abiding and make billionaires out of black market operators, Israel’s importation of Iran-sourced pistachios that violates its own “Trading With the Enemy Act” and how the debate over Iran’s nuclear program diverts attention away from the intractable Palestinian problem.

MP3 here. (28:17)

Grant F. Smith is the author of Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy, America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government and Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal. He is a frequent contributor to Radio France Internationale and Voice of America’s Foro Interamericano. Smith has also appeared on BBC News, CNN, and C-SPAN. He is currently director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

12 Responses to “Grant F. Smith”

  1. Grant Smith is an authority on the Israel Lobby's nefarious activities. Read his books.

    The Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence is, in effect, an arm of the Israel Lobby, working for Israeli interests.

  2. In the 1970's Israel offered to sell to Iran (then uder the brutal dictator, the Shah) medium range nuclear tipped missiles. Interesting how Israel now wants the U.S. to go to war with Iran! Anyone remember the Iran-Contra affair under Reagan – Israel selling military arms to Iran!

  3. I sure would rather be a "biller", or "tin foil hatter", or any other nasty and vicious word you and your pals might have for someone interested in actually trying to look slightly beyond the lies our pols tell us about what they are up to, than be a gatekeeper like you and your pals. There's NOTHING more despicable than a gatekeeper WHO KNOWS BETTER.

    We get the same gatekeeping crap from lefties like Chomsky, who clearly know better.

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  5. Calling someone who believes in the Bill of Rights a "Biller" was irony—of course Americans should be insistent on their rights—and not let others define them as fringe.

  6. The missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and in Romania and Poland by 2015 are a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike – - to shoot down surviving Russian missiles which are launched in retaliation according to Bob Aldridge.

  7. Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 linked to GPS obtain a CEP (Circular Error Probability – - the radius centered on the target in which half the warheads are expected to hit) of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy any hard target. And according to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-http://www.plrc.org-the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously. Bob Aldridge resigned because an unanswerable first-strike capability leads to Launch On Warning.

  8. don't forget David Chalmers; US; Profiteer from Oil for Food sanctions on Iraq as Iraqi children could not even get medicines.

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