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Pentagon Profiled Supposed Israeli Spy

Ha’aretz reports that last month the Pentagon issued an internal report stating David Tenenbaum, an engineer who was placed on paid leave from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Michigan, in 1997, was singled out as a potential spy because he was Jewish.

Says Ha’aretz:

“It was well known that Mr. Tenenbaum was Jewish, lived his religious beliefs and by his actions appeared to have a close affinity for Israel,” the Pentagon report, which was released three weeks ago, said. “We believe that Mr. Tenenbaum was subjected to unusual and unwelcome scrutiny because of his faith and ethnic background, a practice that would undoubtedly fit a definition of discrimination.”

In 2000, Tenenbaum filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, accusing it of employing “Naziesque” surveillance methods against Jews, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tenenbaum, who had sought more than $20 million in damages, said he was the subject of a federal investigation that “literally terrorized” him and his family, according to the Free Press.

Tenenbaum still works at (TACOM).

Benjamin Schuman-Stoler

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Israel Gets More Missile Defense

Israel will get a radar system to bolster her short-range missile defenses, according to CNN.com and Ha’aretz. Says the latter:

Signaling willingness to focus on defensive measures,
[Israeli Defense Minister Ehud] Barak said he had secured the Pentagon’s agreement to post a powerful radar, known as the forward-based X-band, in Israel “before the new (U.S.) administration arrives” in January.

Built by Raytheon Co, the system has been described by U.S. officials as capable of tracking an object the size of a baseball from about 2,900 miles (4,700 km) away. It would let the Arrow engage an Iranian Shehab-3 ballistic missile about halfway through what would be its 11-minute flight to Israel. Continue reading