Saturday, May 16, 2015

Israel & the U.S.: more evidence of the tail wagging the dog

How the US Treasury Department Promotes Israel's Propaganda Lines

By Gareth Porter, Truthout
Saturday, 16 May 2015

In February, a US Department of the Treasury press release announced sanctions on three Lebanese in Africa it said were linked to a "Hezbollah terrorist cell."

But behind that press release is a story of how the portrayal of the Lebanese by the Treasury Department was based entirely on a case constructed by Israel's foreign intelligence agency Mossad through its Nigerian clients, and how that Treasury release suppressed publicly available facts, which made it apparent that those claims were false.

It was not the first time the Treasury Department had used its "designations" of foreign individuals and organizations to put out false and misleading information reflecting an Israeli propaganda line. In 2011, Treasury claimed that Iran had reached a "secret deal" with al-Qaeda to allow the terrorist organization to use Iranian territory for its operations, despite clear evidence that the only agreement that had been reached was to facilitate the release of an Iranian hostage held by al-Qaeda in return for the release of al-Qaeda prisoners.

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