[sixties-l] Good News: The ADL Blinks and Pays

From: Jeffrey Blankfort (jab@tucradio.org)
Date: Tue Feb 26 2002 - 22:47:20 EST

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    The ADL Legal Case Is Over But The Struggle Continues

    Statement On Settlement by Jeffrey Blankfort, Anne Poirier and
    Steve Zeltzer, Plaintiffs in the of ADL Spying Case February, 25,

    In 1993, San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith released 700
    pages of documents implicating the Anti-Defamation League, an
    organization that claims to be a defender of civil rights, in a
    massive spying operation directed against American citizens who
    were opposed to Israel's policies in the Occupied West Bank and
    Gaza and to the apartheid policies of the government of South
    Africa and passing on information to both governments.

    Under massive political pressure, Smith later dropped the charges.
    One wonders what would have happened had an Arab-American or
    Muslim organization been caught spying with the names of 10,000
    people and 600 organizations in their files.

    Not only were critics of Israel under ADL's surveillance, including
    thousands of Arab-Americans, but labor organizations such as the
    San Francisco Labor Council, ILWU Local 10, and the Oakland
    Educational Association, and civil rights groups such as the NAACP,
    Irish Northern Aid, International Indian Treaty Council and the
    Asian Law Caucus were also found in the "pinko" files of ADL's
    undercover operative, Roy Bullock.

    Moreover, Bullock, who had worked, off the books, for the ADL for
    more than 25 years, admitted that he had been reporting on the
    activities of black South African exiles and American anti-
    apartheid activists for South African intelligence.

    Bullock, pretending to be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause,
    came to the founding meeting of the Labor Committee of the Middle
    in 1987 at the home of plaintiff Steve Zeltzer, having met Zeltzer
    at meetings of the Free Moses Mayekiso Defense Committee, a South
    African labor solidarity committee in which he also infiltrated under
    false pretenses.

    Having been responsible for exposing Bullock as an ADL agent to the
    media, we joined together with other Bay Area activists in filing
    a suit against the ADL for violation of our privacy rights as
    provided in California law.

    Almost a decade later the suit has been settled with a significant
    cash payment by the ADL and, we wish to emphasize, without our
    signing any agreement for confidentiality which the ADL had
    previously demanded. Our efforts to expose the organization's work
    in defending the policies of the Israeli government and stifling
    its opponents will continue, using new information gained in the
    pursuance of the suit.

    The ADL spent millions of dollars preventing this case from coming
    to trial through costly appeals and exploiting the judicial process
    but, at the end, it had to give up..

    During the course of the suit we learned that:

    Bullock, the ADL's top "fact finder" had sold confidential
    information to a South African intelligence agent in San Francisco
    for $15,000.

    Ten days before he was assassinated in South Africa, Chris Hani,
    the man who would have succeeded Nelson Mandela as the country's
    president, was trailed by Bullock on a trip through California who
    reported on it to the South African government.

    ADL agent Roy Bullock was discovered to have a floor plan of
    murdered Los Angeles Arab American leader Alex Odeh and a key to
    his office.

    The ADL supplied confidential information to foreign governments
    that it obtained from police and federal agencies in the US,

    Having infiltrated the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
    (ADC), the ADL's "fact finder" performed a COINTEL-type operation
    at the convention of the Holocaust-denying Journal of Historical
    Review when he put ADC's literature on convention tables as a way of
    smearing the committee for
    "working with anti- Semites."

    The ADL has organized to silence and eliminate all critical voices
    of Israel from academia and the media and has targeted professors
    , particularly those who are African American, and who are
    critical of Israel.

    That up to 50% of the activities of its San Francisco office
    were devoted to defending Israel.

    The ADL provided secret files to police agencies when these police
    agencies were prevented by law from collecting the files

    Many questions must still be answered about the activities of the
    ADL and it's non-profit status as an "education organization". The
    settlement offered by the ADL is recognition on its part that it
    could not afford to go to a trial in front of a jury and face the
    likelihood that more of its dirty secrets would be revealed.

    We call on all people to make sure that these practices on the
    part of the ADL are not allowed to continue and that the double
    standard that presently dominates this country on issues dealing
    with Israel be eliminated.

    Finally, we wish to thank our attorney, former congressman Pete
    McCloskey, himself a victim of the ADL and the Israel Lobby, for
    his years of work on our behalf and his steadfast commitment to the
    pursuit of justice. For further information on this case and the role
    of the ADL please go to www.adlwatch.org

    Jeffrey Blankfort
    Anne Poirier
    Steve Zeltzer

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