- Dec 16, 2009
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Linkie:Spook, Terrorist or Criminal?
Americas Mysterious Files on Netanyahu
by Neve Gordon
Netanyahu has lived both in Israel and the U.S.: first grade in Israel; second and third in the U.S.; fourth through eighth in Jerusalem; high school in suburban Philadelphia; military service in Israel; B.A. and M.A. at MIT. He held dual citizenship, which enabled him to travel freely between both countries, study in the U.S., receive federal loans to cover his education costs at MIT and work legally. Like every U.S. citizen, Netanyahu has a social security number, a credit account, and numerous other files in a variety of government offices.
Nevertheless, Netanyahus files differ from those of most U.S. citizens. The Israeli weekly Hair reports that four requests for credit approval appear in U.S. social security file number 020-36-4537. Under each request one finds a different name: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benjamin Nitai, John Jay Sullivan and John Jay Sullivan Jr.one man, four names.
Binyamin Netanyahu is the name Israels current prime minister was given at birth and which he now uses. In June 1973, during his studies at MIT, Netanyahu submitted a petition to the Boston court, asking to change his name from Netanyahu to Nitai; I prefer a shorter name, he wrote on the request form. The petition was approved, thus the second name has an explanation. The last two names, however, remain a mystery. Furthermore, the address attached to these namessomewhere in Malibu, Californiadoes not exist. Who, then, is John Jay Sullivan?
Biranit Goren and Einat Berkovitch from Hair tried to find out. They looked into Netanyahus credit account. This file is supposed to hold information regarding bank accounts, loans, credit cards and so forth; yet, surprisingly, the file was empty. It is as if Netanyahu never had a debt, had never taken out a loan, and always paid his bills up front and in cash.
Goren and Berkovitch then attempted to examine Netanyahus social security file, but were denied access. They did, however, find out that Netanyahus file has a different classification than most. They were denied access not merely due to the 1974 privacy act, but because the file had a confidential classification. Goren and Berkovitch have explained that such a classification only applies to five categories of people: those who work for one of three federal agenciesFBI, CIA, IRSor those who are considered to be terrorists or criminals. Since it is unlikely that Netanyahu fits the latter two categories, or that he worked for the IRS, it appears that he was on the payroll of a security agencythe CIA or FBI.
Spook, Terrorist or Criminal? Americas Mysterious Files on Netanyahu