Monday, September 14, 2009

Jonathan Pollard - Why is he not being released

In the DEBKAfile Special Analysis entitled "Israeli state comptroller's report will not affect Jonathan Pollard's fate" (click to read full report) explains that the main conclusions of state comptroller Michah Lindenstrauss's report, published Thursday, Sept. 3rd, does not address intelligence and political realities. It will not affect the US decision to keep Jonathan Pollard in his life sentence without parole, given in 1985 for spying for Israel, nor ease his exceptionally harsh conditions of imprisonment.
The Debka report mentions five reasons why Pollard may not be freed anytime soon:-
1. For the US administration, Jonathan Pollard was never just an Israeli spy but a cog in a machine which encompassed the counterintelligence systems of China and the Soviet Union at a difficult stage in the Cold War. As a member of the US Naval intelligence staff, one of the most secret of all clandestine agencies, he was in contact with foreign agencies other than Israel's.
2. To this day, the Americans have not fully comprehended the true role played (or not played) by Israeli intelligence in Pollard's contacts with other services. That he was paid by some apparently led to his exposure and capture.
3. Broad circles in the US intelligence community believe Pollard was not the only spy Israel employed in the US at that time. They suspect a second senior Israeli agent was operating in the US at the time, apart from Pollard and his Israeli controller, former minister Rafi Eitan.
4. The Americans believe that the secrets Pollard passed to Israel ended up being transferred to Moscow.
5. For the Americans, the Russian angle ties Pollard to Aldrich Ames, the American CIA counter-intelligence officer who spied for Russia in the 1980's and 90's. For 14 years, Ames managed to expose the entire US counter-intelligence apparatus to Moscow at the cost of many lives.
This is not the place to explain how the two espionage affairs interact or why, but it must be stressed that as long as Aldrich does not see the light of day - and he has absolutely no chance of this for now - nothing will change in the US determination to keep Pollard in jail for the rest of his days.

We all hope and pray that the US government will reopen the case and allow Jonathan to have a fair trial. It seems that he was not given a fair chance and there were some severe irregularities in the way he was railroaded into prison. If other agencies got hold of information it was probably the mossad that passed it on in order to obtain some other information from the Russians or Chinese. In addition, Jonathan has spent long enough in prison, has shown regret and his health is in bad shape. Even within the US intelligence community, many believe that Jonathan was a scapegoat, and that he was not given a fair Trial. He has suffered enough!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Can a person come back from the dead?

Recently in our Talmud study class we learned during daf yomi that stated, that in those times (1000 or so years ago), when they buried someone, they didn't bury in the ground but in caves or catacombs above the ground. After the burial they would leave somebody there for 3 days to make sure that the person actually died, and was not just in a coma or sleeping. Being an EMT it seems unbelievable that death could be misdiagnosed - but it does seem possible as per this amazing story that will follow in the video below! We have also seen here in Israel medical staff diagnosing death incorrectly a number of times. It's very shocking indeed, happening with a sick man in an old age home who collapsed and woke up when Zaka came to collect the body. Also two seperate cases of small infants born, where signs of life were noticed when parents came to be identified the body in the morgue only to find vital signs. Unfortunately the two infants didnt make it as I remember but the old man has been released from hospital this week! There are studies by scientists about life after death, re-incarnation and other near death experiences. One of them is a Dr Stevenson who researched near death experiences extensively. Take a look at this true story of a Russian doctor who was hit and killed by a car, but miraculously returns from the dead after 3 days in the morgue. The coroner prepares the body for autopsy and then he wakes up. Boy - he must have jumped out of his skin when the guy woke up! I would have also! Here is the video:-

Part 2

And here is another interesting video on past lives:-

Part 1

Part2 Amazing. Boy Remembers Past Life 2-5 Video

Part 3 Amazing. Boy Remembers Past Life 3-5 Video

Part 4 Amazing. Boy Remembers Past Life 4-5 Video

Part 5 Amazing. Boy Remembers Past Life 5-5 Video

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Why Mobile Cellphones are not as safe as you think

Much to our dismay, we had a cellphone mast erected a few hundred meters from our building about 3 years ago. There were protests and one of my friends, the head of a local volunteer ambulance service (Hatzaloh Beit Shemesh) lay down in the foundations, until he was physically removed, and even punched by a police officer. At the time we were really concerned about the dangers of radiation from the mast. Who in their right mind would put a massive mast near to where people live? Especially since they could just as well have put it 1000 meters away in the hills further away?! To lay the cables out there would be more expensive, sure, but fat chance the company actually cares about our health.

After doing some research it became clear to me, that the closer people are to the mast, the more dangerous it becomes. Being hit by the powerful radiation that is used by the mast to communicate with its mobile phones is no fun. Ironically you are probably safer right under the mast than in direct line of sight 30 meters away - since the cells that transmit and receive data point away from the mast (and not down). It's almost like sticking your head in a faulty microwave oven and turning on the power - BANG! - frying your head with microwaves. Recently a law was passed here in Israel, that masts cannot be within a specific distance of inhabited apartments. They have just built apartments between us and the mast so we may be in luck. It seems that since the building went up our connection to the phone company is not great anymore - we used to have great reception! I suppose you can't have your cake and eat it! Trying to work out why the reception was so bad gave me an idea - perhaps the cellphone company turned off the mast because of the law as the new apartments now within 30 meters. I saw a new mast being put up in the hills. Perhaps that's wishful thinking and the building in front of us is just doing a good job of shielding us from the radiation and the connection. Whatever the case - I would rather have a healthy family than a healthy reception on my cellphone!

Just after they finished putting up the new mast we seem to have a better connection. Maybe I'm right about the mast closer to us having been turned off. This is a the irony - everyone wants a better connection but no-one wants the masts! Recently a scandal broke that companies are renting apartments, and placing smaller cells on balconies where they can't be seen. Money it seems corrupts - people seem happy to rent out their apartment and endanger their neighbors!

This is actually not the subject of my post, but a necessary introduction - it turns out that the cellphones, yes the mobiles we put to our ears are as bad - if not worse! The mobiles are frying our brains from close up. What's become even more worrying is the new ideas about wireless electricity. A new technological marvel, originally pioneered by the genius Nikolai Tesla is about to shake up power as we know it. Who knows where this will lead? Just imagine being zapped by 220v in magnetic format - how good could that be for the human body? See the following article on CNN on a cordless future for electricity . In fact the Israeli Health Department has issued some guidelines about charging mobile phones near to where you sleep. They recommend not charging a phone near your head e.g. on the bedside table because the radiation from the charging process affects various glands near ones head. See this report on how heavy cell phone users were subject to a higher risk of benign and malignant tumors of the salivary gland. Another big issue is the high-tension electrical power lines that often go through residential neighborhoods. We also have that in our neighborhood and people are concerned, and rightly so.

Check out this video - and start using a headset!

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