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Profile: Drug Enforcement Agency

 
  

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January 2000: Israeli Spy Ring Begins Penetrating US      Complete 911 Timeline

      
States the Israeli spy ring were known to have operated in, according to a June 2001 Drug Enforcement Administration report (this Fox news graphic was based on information from that report).
A DEA government document later leaked to the press [DEA report, 6/01] suggests that a large Israeli spy ring starts penetrating the US from at least this time, if not earlier. This ring, which will later become popularly known as the “art student spy ring,” is later shown to have strange connections to the events of 9/11. [Insight, 3/11/02]
People and organizations involved: "Israeli art students", Drug Enforcement Agency, United States
          

April 19, 2000: Reports Indicate Israeli Organized Crime Units Dominate Ecstasy Distribution      Complete 911 Timeline

       USA Today reports that “Israeli crime groups ... dominate distribution” of Ecstasy. [USA Today, 4/19/00] The DEA also states that most of the Ecstasy sold in the US is “controlled by organized crime figures in Western Europe, Russia, and Israel.” [UPI, 10/25/01] According to DEA documents, the Israeli “art student spy ring” “has been linked to several ongoing DEA [Ecstasy] investigations in Florida, California, Texas, and New York now being closely coordinated by DEA headquarters.” [Insight, 3/11/02]
People and organizations involved: "Israeli art students", Drug Enforcement Agency
          

December 12-15, 2001: News Reports Raises Israeli Spying Questions      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Two stills from Carl Cameron's Fox News report on potential Israeli spying in the US.
Fox News reports, “Investigators within the DEA, INS, and FBI have all told Fox News that to pursue or even suggest Israeli spying ... is considered career suicide.” “A highly placed investigator says there are ‘tie-ins’ between the spy ring and 9/11. However, when asked for details, he flatly refuses to describe them, saying, ‘evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information.’ ” The report also reveals that Amdocs, an Israeli company, is recording virtually every phone call in the US and could be passing information on to the Israeli government (similar claims were first raised in 2000 [Insight, 5/29/00] ). Fox News suggests that the position of this company might impede the 9/11 investigation. [Fox News, 12/12/01]
People and organizations involved: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Amdocs, Drug Enforcement Agency, Israel
          

December 16, 2001: Fox News Removes Controversial Story from Website, but Story Nonetheless Makes an Impact      Complete 911 Timeline

       Fox News removes its series on the “art student spy ring” from its website after only two days, in response to pressure from The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and others. CAMERA suggests the reporter “has something, personally, about Israel. ... Maybe he's very sympathetic to the Arab side.” [Salon, 5/7/02] The head of the ADL calls the report “sinister dangerous innuendo which fuels anti-Semitism.” [Forward, 12/21/01] Yet there does not appear to be any substance to these personal attacks (and Forward later reverses its stance on the spy ring (see March 15, 2002)). Fox News also never makes a formal repudiation or correction about the series. The contents of the series continues to be generally ignored by the mainstream media, but it makes a big impact inside the US government: An internal DEA communiqué from December 18 mentions the Fox report by name, and warns of security breaches in telecommunications as described in the Fox report. [Salon, 5/7/02]
People and organizations involved: Drug Enforcement Agency, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), "Israeli art students", Fox News
          

March 11, 2002: Suspected Israeli Students Reportedly Served in Military      Complete 911 Timeline

       A newspaper reports that the DEA study on Israeli “art students” determined the “students” all had “recently served in the Israeli military, the majority in intelligence, electronic signal intercept, or explosive ordnance units.” [Palm Beach Post, 3/11/02]
People and organizations involved: Drug Enforcement Agency, "Israeli art students"
          

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