By Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone, TomDispatch —
In October 2012, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces explained his country’s border policing strategies at a border technology conference in El Paso, Texas. “We have learned lots from Gaza,” he told the audience. “It’s a great laboratory.”
“A good number of lessons have not been learned,” said a United Nations lawyer who formerly led an inquiry into fatal Israeli military bombings of United Nations facilities in Gaza during a 2009 operation. The study concluded that Israel “breached the inviolability of United Nations premises.”
The CIA spying on Senate computers is just one example of an Obama administration routinely getting caught with its hand in the spying cookie jar. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” that “the Obama administration has been dreadful on this,” and he encourages it to stop the digital snooping and be more transparent.
The tone of the White House and some of Israel’s other Western allies shifted slightly Monday from unequivocal support to “concern for the growing number of casualties” and calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as the Palestinian death toll in the now two-week operation by the Netanyahu administration climbed to 548.
At an Israeli air force base not far from Tel Aviv, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will supervise construction of a $100 million five-floor underground facility for the Israel Defense Forces termed “Site 911,” and no one in the press, including The Washington Post’s national security reporter, seems to know its precise purpose.
Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces stopped and got mean with pro-Palestinian protesters who were on a bike ride through the Jordan Valley on Saturday. One unarmed man was smashed in the face with the butt of a rifle, an act that drew praise from supporters of Israel on comment boards around the Web.