August 4, 2008, - 9:10 am

More on David Tenenbaum: Pentagon Inquisition of JOOOO Resulted in More American Troops Dying in Iraq

By Debbie Schlussel
Our government purposely looks the other way whenever it hires an Arab or Muslim for national security-related work. That’s despite the fact that millions of them support America’s death.
But Orthodox Jews–well that’s a different story. The Pentagon not only put them under suspicion at military bases nationwide–sending out an express, written alert that they’d spy for Israel. And the baseless, acute focus on Jews like David Tenenbaum is the reason people like Nada Nadim Prouty got away with spying for Hezbollah at the FBI and CIA.

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You’ll recall that in May, I alerted you to the Tenenbaum case. David Tenenbaum was Detroit-area employee at an Army tank facility–TACOM. He was falsely accused of spying for Israel, and as “evidence,” FBI agents seized his four-year-old daughter’s coloring book during a raid deliberately conducted on the Jewish Sabbath. I noted that the Pentagon Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation and concluded that Tenenbaum was discriminated against because he was an Orthodox Jew.
Now, the official 62-pages Inspector General report is out. And today’s Detroit Free Press has an excellent front-pager by David Ashenfelter about Tenenbaum’s decade-plus ordeal at the hands of the U.S. Army. While there is not a lot new in it, there is the news that because of the Army’s anti-Semitic witchhunt, David Tenenbaum’s important work to strengthen the armor of Humvees was dumped, which resulted in more American troops being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan:

The bogus investigation prompted the Army to scrap Tenenbaum’s 1995 project to improve the armor on Humvees, a decision that proved fatal to American troops who were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan in woefully inadequate fighting vehicles.
“The discrimination in this case ended up costing American soldiers their lives,” [Tenenbaum’s lawyer, Mayer] Morganroth said.
Morganroth’s associate, Daniel Harold, said Tenenbaum’s persecutors “have blood on their hands.”

Other interesting info:

The report said TACOM hired Tenenbaum because he speaks Hebrew, which officials viewed as an asset in working with Israel on joint projects.
Simonini and investigators for the Defense Investigative Service — now the Defense Security Service — and the 902nd Military Intelligence Group began to suspect Tenenbaum of passing secrets after coworkers complained about his behavior. . . .
The report said Tenenbaum wore a yarmulke and adhered to strict Jewish dietary rules, prompting him to bring kosher food to work rather than joining coworkers for lunch at restaurants. Colleagues questioned why he was allowed to leave work early on Fridays to prepare for the Jewish Sabbath, the report said.
The FBI looked into the complaints but found no evidence of wrongdoing.

So, let’s see, they hire him because he speaks Hebrew and can more easily deal with the Israelis. Then, the fact that he speaks it–and is an observant Jew–means he’s spying for Israel?

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TACOM officials wouldn’t comment on the report. Neither would John Simonini, a retired lieutenant colonel and TACOM’s counterintelligence chief who spearheaded the investigation.

Why was this man, Simonini, allowed to hold on to a job as a “counterintelligence chief,” when his only “evidence” that a man was spying for Israel was that he is an Orthodox Jew, speaks Hebrew (the reason he was hired for the job in the first place), and that his young daughter h as coloring books? Incredible. No wonder we are losing the domestic war on terror.

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Kids’ Drawings, Shlomo Carlebach Songbook Among FBI “Evidence” of Tenenbaum “Spying”

Oh, and here’s the “warning” Pentagon intelligence sent out to beware of Jews–they are spies, you know. But Muslims, let’s bend over because 3,000 Americans on 9/11–and countless others throughout contemporary decades–is not enough:

The report suggested that Simonini and others may have been influenced by a warning from the Defense Investigative Service in 1995 that Israeli intelligence officers were trying to exploit nationalistic feelings in Jewish Americans. . . .
Unable to persuade the FBI to launch a spy probe, the report said, Simonini and others had Tenenbaum’s boss request a top-secret security upgrade for Tenenbaum, which he didn’t want because he worked on unclassified projects.
The request resulted in a 6 1/2 -hour polygraph examination in February 1997 . . . .
Tenenbaum said . . . the polygraph examination was a horrendous interrogation session conducted by a belligerent examiner who repeatedly accused him of passing secrets and demanded a confession.
” ‘I’ve done other Jews before, and I’ve gotten them to confess, too,’ ” Tenenbaum said the examiner told him, according to the report. . . .
The Office of Inspector General said in the report that it couldn’t determine who was telling the truth because the session wasn’t tape-recorded and the examiner destroyed his notes.
Tenenbaum said the examiner wouldn’t let him record the proceeding, the report said.

Gee, I wonder why. What was he trying to hide?

But the examiner’s report prompted the FBI to launch a criminal investigation, put Tenenbaum and his family under around-the-clock surveillance and searched his home on a Saturday — the Jewish Sabbath. Agents carted out 13 boxes of the family’s belongings, including their children’s coloring books.
Because an FBI agent neglected to seal the search warrant request, the news media learned that Tenenbaum was under suspicion and swarmed his home.

And I’m sure the Bureau “neglected” to seal the warrant “by accident.”

In February 1998, one year after the raid, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Leibson in Detroit advised the FBI in Washington that the investigation had failed to turn up any evidence to charge Tenenbaum with espionage.
“There is no question that if evidence existed which would prove this case, then these agents would have found it,” Leibson wrote to the FBI.
The OIG report said the lead FBI agent on the case, James Gugino, testified that he believed Tenenbaum’s claim that he had done nothing wrong.

Moreover, after all of this, a government watchdog group says the Pentagon tried to get the Inspector General to remove the statements about how the Army engaged in anti-Semitism against Tenenbaum.
The problem here is that, even with the 62-page Inspector General’s report, not a single thing has been done to prevent this from happening again. Meanwhile, a certain other religion–um, “Religion of Peace”–continues to target Americans all over the world, including on our own soil, and continues its efforts to infiltrate our military, intelligence, and counterterrorism agencies.
While the Army, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern half of Michigan were laser-focused on non-spy David Tenenbaum, Hezbollah spy Nada Nadim Prouty had free reign to do an Islamic terrorist group’s bidding.
Sadly, after eleven years of David Tenenbaum’s ordeal and seven years after a terrorist attack that murdered 3,000 U.S. civilians–conducted by another religion, Islam–nothing has changed.

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11 Responses

Absolutely disgusting and makes me ashamed of my government
So…where can David Tenenbaum now go to get his good reputation back ??
These witch hunts are becoming a habit lately. Witness how Dr. Steven Hatfill was hounded for years and his life, reputation and livelihood destroyed in the false anthrax accusations. The real criminal, Bruce Ivins, took the cowards way out.

Shootist on August 4, 2008 at 11:09 am

It is mind boggling that things have gotten to be so upside down. It reminds me of the classic in the book of Esther–of Haman targeting Mordecai–in reality only because he was Joooooish.
I hope this story gets picked up and run with in the MSM by somebody–perhaps Rush or Levin, even Hannity. People need to realize this just happened–against the absurdities of our simultaneously kissing muslim rear ends without checking anything.
When was the last time we had a Jew blow up a building in a terrorist attack–or a community center or disco or cafe? Some anti-Semite has his wires crossed here to go after orthodox Jews and look the other way on muslims. Thanks for writing about this, Debbie.

BB on August 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

The Army went after easy game that was fair pluckings. And of course, it ignored the real danger to our country. David Tenenbaum committed only one crime in the eyes of his overzealous persecutors: he wasn’t a Muslim. So sad, so true!

NormanF on August 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm

The Defense Department, especially the Army, and many other Government agencies and departments are anti-semitic to the core. The good news is that by its being the Government, there are some avenues of redress open to Jewish government employees that may not be available in private industry.
The Inspector Generals of the various departments all have hot lines. Although the IGs are not always independent, the GAO also has a hotline, that generally is more independent.
The Government is also heavily unionized, and while in general I do not support the mission of unions, especially their political missions, they can be a potential source of redress for govt. employees subjected to antisemitism. The key words are “document, document, document.” And don’t say anything on the phone or in a govt. e-mail that you would not want repeated in court.

c f on August 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Anti-semitism can, has, and will happen with unions, as anti-semites have been in charge of some unions.
There is no panacea. Document everything and fight.
chsw

chsw on August 4, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Certainly no one method of fighting against antisemitism is a cureall, but government unions in the Defense Department, and most other government departments and agencies are not generally known as anti-semitic, although certainly some anti-semites belong to these unions. I was not suggesting that people being exposed to antisemitism blindly turn to these unions, simply that they should be considered as one possible resource.

c f on August 4, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Debbie, this story is as old as America. Anytime a Jewish person fails to act and look WASPy they risk being scapegoated by jealous, bitter Gentiles. That’s why so many Jews prosper in their own businesses and not in big corporations or government bureaus. Jews tend not to do well in good old boy networks. Can you imagine being a Jewy executive in oil, cars, or tobacco? Me neither.

Anonymous1 on August 4, 2008 at 7:39 pm

When the government has you in their crosshairs–watch out. Dr Bruce Ivins was hounded and harassed until he committed suicide. The FBI tried the same stunt with Steven Hatfill but he was mentally tougher than Ivins and was able to resist the FBI morons. The FBI apparently had orders to make sure the perp of the anthrax attacks was “home grown”. Just like the Oklahoma City attack–pin it all on McVey, ignore evidence of Muslim involvement and quick, execute McVey before he spills the beans.
The government is out of control. We know about Hatfill, Ivins and Tenenbaum. How many others?
Check the Frederick News Post about the Ivins death. No one who worked with him or knew him over the years believes he is the anthrax killer.

lexi on August 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Hi Debbie:
Have our friends at JINSA addressed this issue?
How about the ADL? I know you aren’t a big fan of the ADL, but since this is a clear case of institutionalized anti-Semitism, I think the ADL should address this. I haven’t contacted them. Have you?
Pardon me for shoving an opinion here. Since this is a rather clear case of anti-Semitism in a major American institution, I’d like to think there’s a Major Jewish Organization (MJO) somewhere that is willing to aggressively address this case. There’s something very wrong when the DETROIT FREE PRESS is the only institution willing to call the Pentagon out on a case of institutionalized anti-Semitism. Eh?

There is NO Santa Claus on August 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

This is more evidence of State’s and in-the-bag, corrupt secular Israeli leadership’s official appeasement policy (or should I say complicity) with Islam which literally translated means submission. Orthodox Judaism’s main tenant of biblical messianic worldly liberation is absolutely contrary to this (i.e. State’s & CFR/Trilateralist) “vision thing” of the global economic order and its official secular humanist religious cult of submission.

elvis on August 6, 2008 at 9:08 am

That TACOM would abuse this employee is no surprise. TACOM has a record of viciousness including falsifying records. I know, having personnel office experience, having seen it done to others, and even to myself.

smokedoctor on May 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm

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