ADL Dodges Responsibility; Tenet Shifts Blame for CIA Anti Semitism
April 19, 1999 - Source: Ha'aretz
The CIA Emperor has no clothes and the ADL court jester, true to form,
voluntarily strips naked to join him in a degrading dance that fools no
one at all.
Documents show that CIA chief Tenet himself gave the directions that led
to the 'ethnic cleansing' in the Ciralsky case. But Tenet now shifts the
blame onto nameless "investigators". ADL head Foxman provides a platform
for Tenet and then completely dodges the issue. Business as usual.
CIA chief fights off anti-Semite charges
Ha'aretz - April 15, 1999 - By Shlomo Shamir, Ha'aretz Correspondent
NEW YORK - The director of the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA), George Tenet, is taking measures to
refute suspicions of anti-Semitism and discrimination
by senior CIA officials. Such suspicions were raised
recently by Adam Ciralsky, 27, a Jewish attorney
who claims that anti-Semitism was the reason for his
suspension from the CIA's legal division in October
Ciralsky's attorney, Neal Sher, has claimed that he
was put on leave "because of his legitimate, and his
family's legitimate, ties to Israel."
Abraham Foxman, the director of the
Anti-Defamation League, wrote to Tenet, asking for
an explanation of Ciralsky's suspension. Foxman
wrote, "The ADL has no independent means to
assess or investigate Mr. Ciralsky's charges." But,
he continued, "based upon documents his attorney
Neal Sher has shared with us, some of the questions
Mr. Ciralsky was apparently asked by CIA officials
seem inappropriate and susceptible to charges that
they reflect an anti-Semitic bias.
The CIA director responded to Foxman's query in a
letter dated April 13: "I take allegations of prejudice
very seriously. I will not tolerate anti-Semitism, or
any other form of discrimination, at the CIA. It is
repugnant to me and to all that our agency and
country stand for."
Tenet admitted in his letter that "I also believe that
some of the language used by investigators in this
case was insensitive, unprofessional, and highly
inappropriate." He added that "The CIA is an
organization that celebrates diversity more than any
other part of the U.S. government... The notion of
singling out any agency employee or any group for
different or unfair treatment is totally abhorrent to
me and all of the CIA leadership team.
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