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Israeli Security Failure at Amsterdam Airport [Update]

by Oui Mon Jan 11th, 2010 at 02:32:19 AM EST

Memory: ICTS International guarded Logan Airport, Boston on 9/11, was controlled and managed by Menachem Atzmon, who was also convicted of money laundering for his and Netanyahu's and Ehud Olmert's Likud Party.

Odds are the United States and President Obama had a narrow escape from a would-be bomber that should have been intercepted by Israeli security in place at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The Logan Airport security breach always stood out as an irrational event on 9/11. Shoebomber Reid's flight from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport in 2002 was also through ICTS security. Heads should roll.

Israeli firm blasted for letting would-be plane bomber slip through

(Haaretz) - The ICTS daughter company, I-SEC, has another daughter company - called PI (Pro-Check International). The firms provide security services to airports: consultation, instruction, training, inspection and supervision.

Two decades ago, ICTS adopted the system used in Israel, namely of profiling and assessing the degree to which a passenger is a potential threat on the basis of a number indicators (including age, name, origin and behavior during questioning). At the same time, a decade ago, the company developed a technological system called APS (Advanced Passenger Screening).

This system is based on a computerized algorithm, and is fed passenger information from the airline company. The system was offered to the Israel Airports Authority and the Shin Bet in the past, but rejected. According to the company's Web site, most of the large airlines in the United States use the system.

However - in real time - the system of ICTS failed. Even if U.S. intelligence failed and the name of the Nigerian passenger was not pinpointed as a suspect for the airline, he should have stirred the suspicion of the security officers. His age, name, illogical travel route, high-priced ticket purchased at the last minute, his boarding without luggage (only a carry on) and many other signs should have been sufficient to alert the security officers and warrant further examination of the suspect.

However, the security supervisor representing I-SEC and PI allowed him to get on the flight.

ICTS was established in 1982 by former members of the Shin Bet and El Al security. Menachem Atzmon, who has been chairman of the board of directors since 2004, holds the controlling shares in the firm.

The ICTS headquarters are in the Netherlands and the company is traded in the New York Stock Exchange. Some senior managers are Israeli, including the joint managing director Ran Langer.

Another important figure is Doron Zicher, general manager of I-SEC. Zicher has been in charge of operations in the Netherlands for more than two decades and has served as adviser to the Dutch Justice Ministry, which is responsible for setting guidelines for airport security.

ICTS--International Consultants on Targeted Security

Atzmon and his business partner Ezra Harel are the majority owners (57%) of ICTS--International Consultants on Targeted Security, run by "former [Israeli] military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies" according its Web site. In 1999, Atzmon's Netherlands-based firm took over management of security at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, through ICTS' subsidiary Huntleigh USA.

This convicted Likud criminal's firm was in charge of security at Logan Airport--inspecting the validity of passports and visas, searching cargo, screening passengers--when two airliners were hijacked from there on Sept. 11, 2001, and demolished the World Trade Center towers in New York.

Airport Security Firm, Huntleigh USA, Asks Federal Court to Order Compensation for Lost Business

ICTS International N.V.: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari against Huntleigh in Its "Takings" Case

Stephen L. Friedman and Menachem Atzmon: partners in Likud money-laundering, with implications in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

A Philadelphia lawyer, Steven L. Friedman was the general counsel in the United States for the Likud party of Israel from 1984 (or, officially, 1988) to 1999. Friedman is a close friend of the Netanyahu family; he grew up in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, around the corner from Benjamin and his father Benzion Netanyahu, the senior aide to avowed fascist Vladimir Jabotinsky.

Israeli plutocrat Menachem Atzmon was co-treasurer of the Likud, along with Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, during and after the 1988 Israeli elections. In August 1988, Atzmon worked with Olmert and two other men to collect illegal contributions for the Likud from corporations, against Israel's party funding law, by providing fictitious advertising services to the contributors. Atzmon was later convicted in that campaign finance fraud, while Olmert was acquitted.

Up until his 1996 conviction, Atzmon was president of the Israel Development Fund (IDF), a U.S. tax-exempt foundation funneling money illegally to the Likud. IDF is one entity in a cluster of such false-front Likud money spigots, all run by Philadelphia attorney Steven L. Friedman, a partner in the <s>Dilworth, Paxson</s> Duane Morris firm.

Friedman has overseen the Likud's U.S. fundraising since 1984, when he began arranging Netanyahu's broadcasts and meetings with American leaders. Netanyahu first met Mervyn Adelson at that time, and brought him into his inner circle along with Friedman and Ron Lauder.

Menachem Atzmon resigned as president of Friedman's IDF following his 1996 conviction for Israeli election campaign finance fraud. But his later U.S. activities would prove to be much more disturbing.

Ex-Likud figure suspected of laundering money for global drug ring

[Update 2010-01-11 06:26 AM PST by Oui]:

Lessons from the Israeli Experience: Shoe Bomber Richard Reid

In addition to searching government watch lists, interviewers ask each traveler a detailed set of questions that takes several minutes. Based on this initial screening, the great majority of El Al passengers are classified as low risk and subjected to a routine level of security. About 1%, however, are flagged as high risk because they are on a government watch list or appear nervous at the checkpoint, or because their answers or behavior arouse suspicion. These individuals are diverted into a more intensive screening that takes an average of 57 minutes per person. The process involves a lengthy personal interview, a complete search of all carry-on bags, and the use of sophisticated explosives detection equipment.

For example, when Richard Reid (the future “shoe bomber”) decided to fly in July 2001 with El Al from Schiphol to Tel Aviv, allegedly to check out terrorist targets, El Al security personnel selected him for profiling and subjected him to a full security check from head to toe (including an X-ray scan of his shoes) that showed he carried no bomb or weapon. Although Reid was allowed to board the plane, El Al remained suspicious and made sure he was sitting near an armed sky marshal, who was instructed to keep a close watch on him. [Shin Bet] American Airlines was not as careful, however, and allowed Reid to board a flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001. This time the al-Qaeda operative carried an explosive device, concealed in a shoe, and he attempted to detonate the explosive in mid-flight. Only timely intervention by the other passengers and crew prevented a major disaster.

Shin Beth and Shoe Bomber Reid

(Rense) - The security company that allowed Reid to board American Airlines 63 at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was ICTS (International Consultants on Targeted Security) International. ICTS's senior management are all ex-Israeli security officials, many of whom worked for El Al security.

El Al succesfull passenger profiling and Shin Bet
Intelligence sources: Plane incident a false flag involving trinity of CIA, Mossad, and RAW by Wayne Madsen

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

Reid was allowed to fly to Israel (for monitoring)?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 11th, 2010 at 03:43:11 AM EST
Six months prior to Reid's near shoe bombing of American Airlines flight 63 from Paris to Miami in December 2001, while memories of 9/11 were still fresh in everyone's mind, Reid attempted to board an El Al flight from Schiphol to Tel Aviv.

Talk of misleading writing! The reference to memories of 9/11 is there to make you think that El Al didn't pass the information on because of some nefarious reason, rather than because they didn't think it important (which couldn't have been the case, since "memories of 9/11" were fresh in their mind).

The  details in this sentence are factually correct, but completely misleading. Six months before December 2001 is July 2001, before 9/11, making it quite possible that either the Israelis did not think it important, or simply couldn't be bothered getting the information through to an uninterested Bush administration.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 11th, 2010 at 03:59:57 AM EST
Thanks, I made an update and left out most of the info from Rense. I used a reliable source for the travel of Richard Reid to Israel in July 2001.

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 11th, 2010 at 06:01:00 AM EST
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Does ICTS run security at the Lagos airport in Nigeria too?

The xmas incendiary device was secreted through security there, in Lagos. There is no further screening once you arrive at Schiphol, is there?  None that I recall when transiting. Doesn't seem to be ICTS' preview.

These guys might be criminals, thugs and generally bad dudes, but it seems like you're inferring stuff that has no real basis. Correlation is not causation.

FYI: Wayne Madsen isn't a reliable source.

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Mon Jan 11th, 2010 at 01:11:04 PM EST
Outcome Dutch investigation into Schiphol-Detroit flight

The suspect, who attempted to crash the aircraft by detonating explosives onboard, left Lagos, Nigeria on 24 December 2009 on flight KL 0588 to Schiphol. The flight arrived on 25 December at 05:37 Central European time (CET). He departed Schiphol at 08:55 CET on flight NW 253 to Detroit (US) with the advance approval of the American authorities. Boarding commenced at 06:40. This transfer route is customary for Nigerians flying to the United States. The suspect was in possession of a return ticket purchased in Accra (Ghana).

All airlines flying from, to or via the United States are required to provide details of all passengers and crew to the American authorities prior to departure. In the case of flight 253, the American authorities granted the airline permission to carry the passenger in question without requiring that any extra security measures be taken. The security check revealed nothing to indicate that the subject should be classified as a high-risk passenger. He held a valid visa for the United States and spent the customary transfer time (several hours) in the airport's international lounge. The suspect was not known to the Dutch authorities.

I understood transfer passengers to the United States do go through normal security check at Schiphol airport with carry-on bagage scan and metal-detection gates. I know the reporting of Wayne Madsen. I did not use his content as a source for this diary. After my diary was ready for publication, I found the Wayne Madsen article and provided a link.

There is sufficient evidence of ICTS links with malafide corporate activities and financial dealings. A security firm with ex-con and mossad employees isn't quite what meets ethics standards doing homeland security checks. This is not singular but is epidemic in politics worldwide.

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 11th, 2010 at 03:22:02 PM EST
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Shoe bomber Richard Reid and the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades

Reid boarded the flight at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on December 22, the day after the 13th anniversary of the blast that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He had tried to board the American plane the day before, on the anniversary itself, but was delayed by suspicious security personnel and missed the flight.

The shoe bomb case has also sent ripples through US-Israeli relations. DEBKAfile's sources report the angry tone taken by US officials with Israeli security officers and Sharon himself over the Reid affair. They believe Israeli intelligence services knew six months ago about Reid's suspected involvement in terrorist activities as well as the real purpose of his Gaza visit - but said nothing. Had Israel spoken up, or at least dropped some hint about Reid, he never would have been allowed to board the American Airlines plane. Washington would have tipped off French authorities, which would have picked Reid up immediately on his arrival in Paris.

To make the situation worse, a private security company called ICTS, owned by an Israeli, Ezra Harel, and registered in the Netherlands, was employed at Charles de Gaulle airport to screen passengers boarding US planes. Most of its personnel are ex-Shin Bet officers. The company covers security atBoston's Logan airport, where the American Airlines plane came down after flight attendants and passengers overpowered Reid. The Americans believe someone at ICTS must have known that Reid planned to take that flight and passed it on to Israel, which withheld information that could have prevented a major air disaster.

The Israeli response to US allegations is no less harsh. They admit letting Reid board an El Al flight from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv in July, although an armed sky marshal was ordered to sit next to him. This was a calculated risk in order to find out who Reid's contacts were in Israel and the Palestinian territories and the only way to cover his movements effectively.

In fact, they found out as early as July 2001 that terrorists associated with the Hizballah planned to smuggle explosives onto planes in the soles or heels of their shoes.

... Major General Amos Malka, the outgoing chief of Israeli military intelligence, gave the following account in a farewell interview with Israel's Maariv newspaper on December 28:

    "Two years ago, Israeli intelligence services received concrete information about Hizballah activities among the Moslem communities in Europe aimed at developing a terrorist infrastructure. Israel asked intelligence agencies and Western governments to put a stop to these Hizballah activities. Their response was hostile, accusing us of distorting information for political gain. Today, the world understands things differently and is more ready to hear us out."

Account of Al Qaeda Spy Trip Matches Travels of Richard Reid

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 11th, 2010 at 05:48:44 PM EST
Had Israel spoken up, or at least dropped some hint about Reid, he never would have been allowed to board the American Airlines plane.

Really? Where does this certainty come from? Isn't it more likely that it would have just got added to the notorious Aug 6, 2001 memo, and got ignored?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 12th, 2010 at 01:23:05 AM EST
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Israel to expel American journalist

JERUSALEM - Security officials said that an American journalist has been detained at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport and will be expelled.

They said the journalist, identified by Palestinians as Jared Malsin, raised security suspicions during an initial investigation upon his arrival. The Interior Ministry decided he would not be permitted to enter and would remain in detention until his expulsion.

American Journalist and Partner Denied Re-entry to Israel - Deportation Imminent

In what can only be explained as a retaliatory measure for Malsin's reporting on Palestine, his long-term girlfriend, Faith Rowold, a two-year, registered volunteer with the Lutheran Church in Jerusalem, was also seized and placed in a holding cell pending deportation. Israeli security agents have prevented the couple from making calls, and lied to concerned American consular staff, denying that the two were even being held.

While the US Embassy is protesting both incidents, and is in constant contact with our staff on the ground, diplomatic officials say that there is little they can do when Israel cites "security reasons" for the denial of entry.

Walled in? by Jared Malsin

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 13th, 2010 at 04:59:46 PM EST

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