The FBI, the DHS’s Customs and Border Protection, the Secret Service, and the Israelis are in cahoots

"Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians."


…by Jonas E. Alexis


My dear friend Mark Dankof has recently sent me an article which documents that a 17-year-old Israeli firm named Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization has been working with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Secret Service, and DHS’s Customs and Border Protection since 2009. There is more:

“U.S. state and local law enforcement agencies use Cellebrite’s researchers and tools as well, as does the U.S. military, to extract data from phones seized from suspected terrorists and others in battle zones.

“In July, months after the unknown third party provided the FBI with a method for getting into the San Bernardino phone — an iPhone 5C running iOS 9 — Cellebrite announced that it had developed its own technique for bypassing the phone’s password/encryption lock. And the company is confident that it will be able to deal successfully with future security changes Apple may make to its phones in the wake of the San Bernardino case…

“Data extracted from phones has eclipsed data extracted from desktop and laptop computers in recent years, since the former can yield not only detailed logs about a user’s activities, interests, and communications, but also, in many cases, map the user’s whereabouts over weeks and months to produce a pattern of life.”[1]

Bloomberg itself confirmed that Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization has indeed been working with the FBI.[2] CNN calls Cellebrite “the mysterious ‘outside party’…”[3]

This shouldn’t be a surprise at all, for we know that the NSA and the Israelis are almost two sides of the same coin. The New York Times itself agrees with the prevailing view that “the N.S.A. was routinely passing along the private communications of Americans to a large and very secretive Israeli military organization known as Unit 8200.”[4] One can reasonably say that Israel has a way in which the NSA is loused up:

“Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and ISNU work cooperatively with the British and Canadian spy agencies, the GCHQ and CSEC. The relationship has, on at least one occasion, entailed the covert payment of a large amount of cash to Israeli operatives.”[5]

Solomon Ehrmann, a Viennese Jew, would have been pleased with what Israel has been doing. In a speech delivered at the B’nai B’rith in 1902, Ehrmann envisioned a future in which “all of mankind will have been jewified and joined in union with the B’nai B’rith.” When that happens, “not only the B’nai B’rith but all of Judaism will have fulfilled its task.”[6]

Baruch Levy, one of Karl Marx’s correspondents, would have agreed. He declared:

“The Jewish people taken collectively shall be its own Messias…In this new organization of humanity, the sons of Israel now scattered over the whole surface of the globe…shall everywhere become the ruling element without opposition….

“The governments of the nations forming the Universal or World-Republic shall all thus pass, without any effort, into Jewish hands thanks to the victory of the proletariat…Thus shall the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, that, when the Messianic epoch shall have arrived, the Jews will control the wealth of all the nations of the earth.”[7]

Well, Judaism is seeking to fulfill “its task” through the state of Israel, which we all know by now is based on the Talmud.[8] But Solomon, Levy, and others could not understand that no force is strong enough to impede the triumph of Logos in history. Julian the Apostate tried but failed miserably. Voltaire, Helvitius, d’Holbach, D’Alembert, Lametrie, Diderot, and nearly all the leading lights of the French Revolution tried. Not a single one of them succeeded because they were essentially fighting against the moral and political order, which is based on reason.

If Hegel is right, that reason will triumph in the end, then Solomon, Levy and their minions cannot win. Their evil work is actually drawing them closer and closer to destruction. These people will continue to fail because they are blind to higher realities. They cannot not see that ultimate reason is the beginning and end of human history. They should have at least read Hegel’s position on the philosophy of history.

World history, Hegel tells us, “is governed by an ultimate design…whose rationality is not that of a particular subject, but a divine and absolute reason,”[9] and sometimes this divine and absolute reason has a cunning way of working itself out in history, irrespective of what evil men intend to do. This “divine and absolute reason,” says Hegel will “realize its end” in due time.[10]

The carnal man simply cannot understand this “cunning of reason” because he is again blind to higher metaphysics. Higher realities goes back to Heraclitus, Plato and Aristotle and was refined by people like Aquinas. It states that there is a mathematical, philosophical, moral, and political order in the universe and it is bigger than human beings.

Heraclitus wrote: “Listening not to me but to the Logos…”[11] According to scholar Eva Brann, Heraclitus “directs us not to intellectual self-reliance, not to seek some truth, but to comprehend and follow this truth: that said b the Logos.”[12] This Logos, according to Heraclitus, is both “a maxim and Wisdom Inarnate.” According to Brann’s interpretation of Heraclitus,

“This great Logos has a wisdom, or rather it is the Wise thing, and this Wise Thing has a maxim, or rather it is that practical principle which guides everything through everything, relates all things to all things…”[13]

What Heraclitus and others of that era were trying to establish is that there is an order in this universe, which is undeniable. There is a mathematical, philosophical, esthetic, political and moral order. Any deviation from that order has serious consequences, including intellectual death. And anyone who studies the universe from a rational and truthful standpoint can recognize that order.

Even physicists and mathematicians like P. C. W. Davis, Sir Fred Hoyle, John D. Barrow, Frank J. Tipler, Sir Martin Rees, among others, have come to realized that the mathematical order in the universe demands an explanation.[14] That explanation cannot be attributed to chance at all.[15]

Rees himself argues that there are basically six numbers that sustain the physical properties of the entire universe. If you change any one of those six numbers (such as the strong nuclear force, gravitational force, etc.) “even to the tiniest degree, there would be no stars, no complex elements, no life.” Rees adds, “Had these numbers not been ‘well tuned,’ the gradual unfolding of layer upon layer of complexity would have been quenched.”[16]

Well, these numbers are “well tuned” because they were based on what the Greeks and St. John call the Logos, which the carnal mind ultimately rejects. This “absolute reason,” says Hegel, will bring about the end of history.

But looking at all the evil and chaos in this world, obviously the carnal man would think that there cannot be an “infinite power, which realizes its ends.” But Hegel would respond by saying that this is why this “infinite power” is “cunning” and is more powerful than human beings.

This “infinite power,” according to scholar Robert C. Tucker’s interpretation of Hegel, “fulfill its ulterior rational designs in an indirect and sly manner. It does so by calling into play the irrational element in human nature, the passions.”[17]

The carnal mind simply lacks vision and insight to understand all this because he limits himself only to the primitive idea that the material universe, as Karl Sagan hubristically propounded, “is all that is or was or ever will be.”[18]

The carnal mind cannot see that the materialist position lacks intellectual rigor to explain simple things like love, hate, justice, truth, hatred, etc. The best that the carnal mind can offer here is to posit that those things are simply illusions. As Nobel Laureate Francis Crick put it years ago in his book The Astonishing Hypothesis:

“The Astonishing Hypothesis is that ‘You,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.”[19]

Richard Dawkins makes the same assumption when he argues that the universe is “just electrons and selfish genes,” therefore “meaningless tragedies…are exactly what we should expect, along with equally meaningless good fortune.”[20]

The word “meaningless” itself implicitly assumes something called “meaningful.” And both words again assume that there is a “law” by which to differentiate what is “meaningful” and “meaningless.” And a law assumes a “lawgiver.” That’s what the carnal mind like Dawkins is promiscuously trying to deny! Perhaps people like Dawkins need to think goodness that they have never met people like Kant.

[1] Kim Zetter, “When the FBI Has a Phone It Can’t Crack, It Calls These Israeli Crackers,” The Intercept, November 1, 2016.

[2] Yaacov Benmeleh, “FBI Worked With Israel’s Cellebrite to Crack iPhone,” Bloomberg, March 30, 2016.

[3] Jose Pagliery, “Cellebrite is the FBI’s go-to phone hacker,” CNN, April 1, 2016.

[4] See James Bamford, “Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal,” NY Times, September 16, 2014.

[5] Glenn Greenwald, “Cash, Weapons, and Surveillance: The U.S. Is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack,” The Intercept, August 4, 2014.

[6] Quoted in Albert S. Lindemann, Esau’s Tears: Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 331.

[7] Quoted in E. Michael Jones, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History (South Bend: Fidelity Press, 2008), 1066.

[8] Marissa Newman, “Netanyahu reported to say legal system based on Talmud,” Times of Israel, May 8, 2014.

[9] George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of World History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975), 28.

[10] Ibid., 35.

[11] Quoted in Eva Brann, The Logos of Heraclitus: the First Philosopher of the West on Its Most Interesting Term (Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2011), 15.

[12] Ibid., 16.

[13] Ibid., 21.

[14] See for example John D. Barrow and Frank J. Tipler, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988); Martin Rees, Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe (New York: Basic Books, 2000); Paul Davis, The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life? (New York: Mariner Books, 2006); Fred Hoyle, Evolution from Space (New York: Touchtone, 1984); Fred Hoyle,The Intelligent Universe (New York: Rinehart, 1988).

[15] See Dean L. Overman, A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997).

[16] Martin Rees, Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe (New York: Basic Books, 2000), 161.

[17] Robert C. Tucker, “The Cunning of Reason in Hegel and Marx,” The Review of Politics, Vol. 18, NO 3, July 1956: 269-295.

[18] Carl Sagan, Cosmos (New York: Ballantine Book, 1980 and 1013), xxii.

[19] Francis Crick, The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994), 3.

[20] Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (New York: Basic Books, 1995), 132.

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12 Responses to "The FBI, the DHS’s Customs and Border Protection, the Secret Service, and the Israelis are in cahoots"

  1. kaho  November 5, 2016 at 12:49 am

    There is a general question that’s been on my mind, and I hope the VT editors do not consider it inappropriate. Since this is Jonas’ post, I am hoping he will consider it – or someone else, as the case may be. The question is this :

    When I ask Google for «veteran news», not only VT comes up, but also a site called »Veterans News Now». As far as it goes, I have hardly looked at or read anything on the latter site (VNN), but I cannot help notice that it is very similar – identical really – in its features, setup and structure to VT – a twin site so to speak. A natural question to ask then is, what the relationship between the two sites is ? Are they run by the same group, same origin … etc ?

  2. Spiritual Warrior  November 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    When one is emotional and passionate about a position it’s difficult to be considerate of those who disagree with your position.
    The time we live in is extraordinary, we all can feel it and we all know it.
    No one supports a candidate in this election thinking they will do more harm than good and information takes time to disseminate especially in today’s world.
    No matter if your guy or gal wins you will not agree with everything they do, so let us stay together through this and respect one another and continue to make this a better world, a kinder world.
    Thank you Jonas, and everyone at VT for your work.

  3. carey  November 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks Jonas for an uplifting second part to your article. After reading Gordon’s last installment, I felt the despair seeping in, for America and the world. I needed your written reminder.

  4. StanDelCarloDC  November 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

    The Power of The Spirit reveals “Itself” to “Its holder” as gently as It can, so as not to frighten. Never underestimate the Power of The Spirit, The Monad, The Fragment Of Creation in every human being.

    • Spiritual Warrior  November 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks for the comment, it made me feel.

  5. Jonas E. Alexis  November 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Let me say this in response to some of the comments that have been placed on the board, and I am not addressing this to you at all, Paedo hunter. There have been numerous trolls around here and it is really hard to keep up with them. No one at VT really has enough time for that either. Trolls, as you know, cannot or do not want to use reason when responding and have to resort to all kinds of disgusting and nasty comments and expect that VT writers and editors to join them. People may disagree with writers and editors, but they have to frame their responses within the bound of reason, logic, and courtesy.

    Believe me, there are some comments that are below the belt and no VT writer or editor is obliged to respond to those comments. If those people cannot stick to serious arguments, then they need to find other places to roost. I have personally seen numerous attacks on VT writers and editors. A person can say that an argument is silly or stupid or nonsense (provided that evidence is presented), but a person has no right to skip an argument and attack the writer personally. For example, a few days ago, a troll said that I am probably a “repressed homosexual” and largely ignored the crux of my argument.

    I slowly realized that there was more to trolls than meet the eye and ear. When you take some time out of your busy schedule to respond to their silly arguments, then they conjure up more silly ones as if logic or even common sense means absolutely nothing to them! Enough is enough.

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  November 4, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Jonas is correct. We used to give people the benefit of the doubt, but now, if there is any doubt as to their troll status, we just hit delete. When people go back to old posts weeks old to make troll comments, or go to articles by other authors and make very off topic insulting comments about other writers, then that does look very much like they are here just to troll and that leads to deleting. Since we chose to close comments on articles by Gordon and myself, we have been receiving lots of very nasty emails instead.

      It has to be pointed out – this site is different in that it isn’t intended for a general audience, it is for a niche audience in government and intel circles, people with the power to act based on our intel, therefore we place little value on what the general audience has to say, that is not meant as an insult to the general audience, just a statement of the way things are.

      Finally, why should people like Jonas, Gilad, Kevin and Preston have to suffer having these trolls post insults on their articles because they are annoyed at me or Gordon. Any such comments are deleted as a mark of respect to our writers.

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  November 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      It is my fervent hope that when this accursed crazy election is over, we can reopen comments. I freely admit I might have been heavy-handed in some of the handling of comments, but it is a thankless and difficult task to try to judge what is coming from a real troll and what is just a misinformed person who likes Trump so objects to our criticism of him. The biggest reason for erring on the side of just delete the lot, is that one of the goals of the trolls is to cause us to spend valuable time dealing with them, so rather than fall into that trap, we just do the quickest and simplest thing – delete them all, knowing that we got the trolls and unfortunately, might have got some who aren’t trolls as well.

    • Amelius  November 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you for addressing my concerns, Ian. RESPECT.

      I understand your concerns as well. Although sometimes I might not always agree with everything you say, which is normal, I’ve always appreciated and enjoyed your work for the most part. So, I thank you for the honest, respectful and thorough explanation regarding my concerns and I thank you especially for the work you do for VT.

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  November 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Cheers, I do my best to be fair, but sometimes, I just don’t have time to analyse these things so I err on the side of the delete button, if I spent more time dealing with comments, I wouldn’t have time left to write anything!

    • kaho  November 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      [ Editor4’s note (not Ian): Advertising other sites, as kaho has done, is spamming, and we routinely delete those comments. ]
      I too miss the comment sections that have been closed. But I have a full understanding of the difficulties Gordon and Ian must have met. I know from personal experience how painful it is to be met by top of the head criticism, after having done my best to carefully explain something that I consider important.

      As a consequence and especially due to the turmoil surrounding James Comey’s anouncement last week, I have spent less time reading Gordon and Ian’s posts. And now I’d like to point to an explanation of the FBI-caused «November Chaos» that made a lot of sense to me :

    • MileHighLife  November 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Jonas, Word!

      Ian posted…

      “It has to be pointed out – this site is different in that it isn’t intended for a general audience, it is for a niche audience in government and intel circles, people with the power to act based on our intel, therefore we place little value on what the general audience has to say, that is not meant as an insult to the general audience, just a statement of the way things are.”

      Vallid point, Ian, of which I needed reminding even after visiting VT daily the past several years. I do enjoy many regular commenters here and can usually “weed out” the fools. Facebook seems to be the main avenue for the haters, if VT could block ONLY FB comments on certain “controversial” articles, then perhaps…well…wishful thinking I know.

      Rodney King had it right…”can’t we all just get along?”

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