by Scott Humor
In January the Mintpressnews published two research articles by Whitney Webb
Why a Shadowy Tech Firm With Ties to Israeli Intelligence Is Running Doomsday Election Simulations and How Government and Media Are Prepping America for a Failed 2020 Election: Russia, China and Iran are already being blamed for using tech to undermine the 2020 election. Yet, the very technologies they are allegedly using were created by a web of companies with deep ties to Israeli intelligence.
The first article reveals the ties of an Israeli company Cybereason and the Israel’s intelligence.
“Cybereason, is led by ex-members of Israel’s military intelligence unit 8200, advised by former top and current officials in both Israeli military intelligence and the CIA. In addition, it is funded by and partnered with top U.S. weapons manufacturer and government contractor Lockheed Martin and financial institutions with clear and direct ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and White House adviser and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Also left unmentioned in media reports on Cybereason’s election simulations is the fact that Cybereason’s CEO, Lior Div, has openly admitted that he views his work at Cybereason as a “continuation” of his service to Israel’s intelligence apparatus.”
The second article provides a list of the “cuber-security and tech” companies that went on the record by setting up claims about “failed” presidential elections 2020 on… Russia, China and Iran. Whitney Webb also uncovered that those companies are the projects of Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet (sometimes called Shabak). Shabak agency lists technologies they are interested in developing and chooses the start-ups to invest uses its umbrella organization – Xcelerator. The Israeli technology start-ups funded by Shabak via Xcelerator are the “start-ups participating in the program benefit from close mentoring from content and technology experts from the Shabak.”
Whitney Webb’s articles are the rare occasions when Shabak is mentioned in press, and the extend of the agency interference in the U.S. elections as revealed is unprecedented, and thus the agency itself deserves a few words.
Shin Bet- General Security Service- Shabak- Sherut ha-bitachon ha-Klali
The Sherut ha-bitachon ha-Klali known as Shin Bet or Shabak has yet another name the Israeli counterintelligence and internal security service.
According to the open sources, the agency is responsible for domestic security, and for the imposing the occupation regime on Palestine. When it comes to intelligence matters, Shin Bet investigates or collects information on any and all subversion, sabotage and terrorism. It concentrates on militant groups and foreign intelligence organizations active within Israel and Palestine. Shin Bet has a history of infiltrating political extremist groups within the country regardless of ethnicity or religion. They have a large informant network as in israel, so in other countries of the world.
Shabak is a part of the Committee of the Heads of the Services- Va’adat Rashei Hashentim- A.k.a. Varash.
The Committee of the Heads of Services, known as Varash, coordinates the
Israeli intelligence community at the highest level. It is chaired by Director of Mossad, in his role as memuneh, and also includes the Directors of Shin Bet, the Political Research Department, and Aman, the Inspector General of Police, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and finally the political, military and counterterrorism advisers for the Prime Minister. They hold biweekly meetings (more often in crisis situations) to update each other on the general activities of each service and current intelligence priorities.
NOT MUCH is known about the Shin Bet and the way it operates. It is responsible for preventing terrorism and for gathering intelligence on terrorist groups, particularly in the Gaza Strip, but it also serves as the counterintelligence agency to prevent foreign espionage and works against Jewish extremists as well.
In 1996 the New York Times glowing review of the nomination of Admiral Ami Ayalon as the new head of the General Security Service, better known as Shin Bet, the reviewer noted that Israelis, tired of the secrecy, brutality and extra-judicial assassinations carried on by Shabak were “willing to trade a bit of mystique for a more accountable domestic intelligence organization.”
Of course, those hopes weren’t meant to materialize, and in 2000 Ami Ayalon was dismissed from his post after a slew of scandals revealing Shabak to be a torture organization not unlike Gestapo. The Sabak agents’ “method of investigation” was to grab random people on the street or in their homes and torture them until they admit to be ”terrorists.”
I provide a detailed description of one of those Sabak’s moments here. What is left outside of the story is that one of the security officers involved in torture was also arrested and jailed and died from torture, as it would be expected inside the security agency gone rogue. The described event took place in 1998, two years in Ami Ayalon’s tenure as the head of the agency. A few month after the event, in 1999 the Israeli Supreme Rabbinical Court was forced by the domestic and international pressure to review Shabak torture practices.
In 2008, Dutch law enforcement opened an investigation into Shabak torture practices and activities of Ami Ayalon, the former head of Shin Bet (Israeli counterintelligence and internal security service) who headed Shin Bet from 1995 until 2000
However, “Dutch prosecution authorities failed to arrest Ami Ayalon, currently Minister without Portfolio in the Israeli Government, while he was visiting the Netherlands from 16 to 20 May 2008. An application for his arrest was submitted to the Dutch authorities by Khalid al-Shami, who alleged that he was a victim of torture from 1999-2000, when Ami Ayalon was the director of the Shin Bet (the Israeli General Security Services – GSS), which investigates individuals suspected of committing crimes against Israel’s security. Ami Ayalon was the director of the GSS from 18 February 1996 to 14 May 2000.”
“Al-Shami’s evidence file was collected by his lawyers in Gaza City from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and he only sought justice abroad after the Israeli authorities failed to act on his allegations, in part because torture is routinely sanctioned in Israel.”
“The Dutch authorities failed to arrest Ayalon, even though there was a prima facie case and they concluded he was not immune from prosecution — that failure will now be the subject of a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal in The Hague, and an order will be sought requiring a criminal investigation supported by an extradition request or an international arrest warrant.”
IN 2010, the US Embassy in Israel reported that Shin Bet was considering beefing up its teams of security guards stationed at Ben Gurion Airport and on Israeli commercial flights without mentioning the true nature of their activities.
In 2015, according to the Jerusalem Post revealed that Shabak remained true to its intimation and torture tactics. “Supporters of Jewish terrorist suspects cry foul over alleged inhumane Shin Bet interrogations. Yet when the Left has opposed agency methods against Palestinians, the Right has accused it of treason.
In 2015, Podesta was forwarded the Haaretz article Shin Bet on Torture Allegations: Interrogations Prevent Attacks. Shin Bet alluded to the use of violent interrogation methods on the Jewish youths suspected of the Duma arson-murder in a rare statement issued on Thursday. At the same time, Shin Bet denied allegations of sexually harassing or degrading the detainees. The current investigation involves “uncovering plans for future attacks,” the Shin Bet said. “With that in mind and in coordination with the judicial system, the group has been investigated according to established and professional judicial criteria for forestalling dangerous attacks in the future.”
That’s why it’s alarming to see Shabak breeding the tech start-ups that immediately after hatching are hired to ‘secure’ the US presidential elections of 2020, and to read their announcements like: “Israel’s Shin Bet, Tel Aviv University Announce Third Accelerator Cohort. The new cohort will host six startups in fields including speech recognition, real-time video analysis, and cybersecurity. The Israel Security Agency, also known by its Hebrew acronym Shin Bet, and Tel Aviv University’s venture arm TAU Ventures announced Monday the launch of the third cohort of their accelerator program Xcelerator this week. The new cohort will host six startups in fields including speech recognition, real-time video analysis, and cybersecurity. The Shin Bet will grant $50,000 to participating startups without acquiring equity. Since the launch of the accelerator its first investments in March 2018.”
Webb writes: “Indeed, Canny AI is 100 percent funded by an Israeli start-up accelerator called Xcelerator, a joint venture between Tel Aviv University and Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet (sometimes called Shabak). According to Start Up Nation Central, the Paul Singer-created organization that promotes Israeli technology start ups, Xcelerator-funded “start-ups participating in the program benefit from close mentoring from content and technology experts from the Shabak, experts from Tel Aviv University, and industry leaders. The connection to the Shabak also provides the entrepreneurs with ways to test the capabilities of their technologies and cooperation opportunities (emphasis added).”
The Venture Fund ‘TAU Ventures is the first venture capital fund, founded by Tel Aviv University. The spying starts immediately the moment someone clicks on their home page link. “TAU Ventures is actively using 20 technologies for its website. These include Viewport Meta, IPhone / Mobile Compatible, and SSL by Default.”
The notorious Mossad agency is not far behind, but their projects are harder to track. Mossad’s Venture Arm Selects Startups for its Secretive Portfolio: The fund, Libertad Ventures, was established in 2017 and modeled after a similar CIA fund. The Mossad modeled its fund after the CIA’s In-Q-Tel, an American venture capital firm that invests in tech companies for the purpose of keeping the U.S. intelligence agencies equipped with innovative technology
In its first call for proposals, published last June, the fund focused on five domains: robotics, energy, encryption, web intelligence, and natural language processing and text analysis.
“Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen said in a statement that Israel offers groundbreaking technologies that will expand the Mossad’s capabilities, and position it in a better place when it comes to facing future challenges. The Mossad’s partnership with civilian companies is excellent, he added, and the agency will continue to strengthen it.”
In December 2018, same year Shabak started recruiting tech companies now actively interfering with the American elections, The Jerusalem Post published a lengthy review of Shabak torture history titled “Have reforms transformed probes of Shin Bet interrogations? Shin Bet torture or saving lives: Is the debate nearing a tipping point?”
“Are the major announced reforms from 2013-2018 regarding probes of torture allegations of the Shin Bet’s enhanced interrogations, plus this week’s conference, a turning point in the debate over the highly-explosive issue? Or does the High Court ruling signal not much has or will change?”
The article also gives a brief overview of The history of Shin Bet interrogations until 1999 and 20 years after. “The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) acknowledge that interrogation methods since the High Court declared torture illegal in 1999 have been “less brutal,” though they still define as torture what the court calls “moderate physical pressure.” “Critics of the system prior to 2013, when the Shin Bet reviewed itself, but had not criminally investigated a single case out of over 1,000 torture complaints.”
Obviously, Shabak is an equal opportunity torturers. The agency torture everyone who got into their hands, Christians, Muslims and Jews. They torture physically and psychologically, for example by threatening to kill family members to make people falsely confess in being terrorists. and to make people do what they normally wouldn’t do like to commit terror acts and murders.
The second part of Shabak activities are discussed in media far less, but it even more crucial when it comes to the politics and war. Shabak executes the false flag attacks. The fact that Shabak specializing in the staging false flag attack, and that the Shabak tech companies are already blaming Russia for 2020 election interference is an indicator that Shabak will be executing false flag attacks around the elections that would allow Washington to blame Russia.
Webb: “Through the Xcelerator, Shabak is controlling Cybereason, that explored the use of deep fakes in the 2020 U.S. presidential election that saw the election canceled and martial law declared.”
”.. if there is any clear overlap between the creators of those technologies and the state actors being blamed in advance for their imminent use, it would certainly lend credibility to the claims promoted by U.S. intelligence, the media and companies like Microsoft and Cybereason.
Yet, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that the companies and state actors most involved in developing these technologies are the very ones claiming that Russia, China and Iran will use them to undermine the 2020 election.”
The difficulties for journalists to investigate Shabak and Mossad are obvious. Back in 2010, hilariously, the analysts in Stratfor complained to each other in Re: [CT] Interesting reports from Yossi Melman- Inside Intel / As longas you have your bodyguard discussing “the petrified ways of Israel’s defense and legal establishments: They are deploying the methods of the 20th century to try to defend secrets that are no longer hidden from anyone on the information superhighways of the 21st century.
In the past, it used to be possible to publish the names of senior Shin Bet or Mossad officials if they had already been published abroad. But in Israel’s Wonderland, which is far stranger than that of Alice, it is no longer possible to do this, because the Shin Bet Law forbids publishing the names of service employees even if they have already been published.
In such cases, the censor doesn’t have any say, and it refuses even to screen such stories. All a journalist can do is go to court and try to challenge the ban. But usually, he will lose.”
Shabak facilitated false flag attacks
Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shabak) another name Shin Bet ISRAEL: 2009 COUNTRY REPORT ON TERRORISM. The US Embassy report. Tel Aviv’s point of contact for this report is: Jason Grubb on investigations on Jewish terrorists.
American-born settler Yaacov “Jack” Teitel in connection with a number of crimes and terrorist attacks over the past 12 years. He also claimed responsibility for several attempted bombings, including against Israel police assets, sending a parcel bomb to a Messianic Jewish family in Ariel in which a 15-year old Israeli-American boy was injured, and placing a pipe-bomb that injured Israel Prize laureate and peace activist Prof. Zeev Sternhall in September 2008.
The Reuters reported on this case that “The Jewish right-wing activist detained on suspicion of having killed Arabs in the 1990s claims that the Shin Bet had instructed him to kill Shaykh Ra’id Salah.” and “There’s a real sense of Shin Bet-phobia nowadays,”
“They may falsely say your comrades gave confessions implicating you. They may bug your cell. They may deprive you of sleep, force you to sit in contorted postures for hours, even blindfold and beat you.
Such warnings about Israeli interrogators from the Shin Bet domestic intelligence service.”
“Shaykh Ra’id Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel’s northern
branch, also commented on the events, saying that “if the order was given
by the Shin Bet, this means that it was issued by the Israeli Government
because the Shin Bet is operated by direct orders from the prime
minister.” He added that this means that the Israeli establishment’s
conduct has reached rock bottom. ” I am convinced that most of the details
about the attempt to assassinate me have not been disclosed and only when
the time comes will all the details be made public,” added Salah.
2007, ‘Shin Bet involved in 1976 hijacking’
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) may have been involved in the hijack
of an Air France plane in 1976 by Palestinian terrorists, according to
newly declassified British government documents released Friday.
Some 100 passengers were held by hijackers at Entebbe airport in Uganda
during an eight-day ordeal that concluded when General Staff
Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal) troops stormed the building where
captives were held.
24 people died in the shoot-out, including three hostages, 20 Ugandans and
the commander of the rescue team, Yoni Netanyahu.
The hijackers, from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(PFLP) and the German Baader-Meinhof gang, deamded the release of
But according to the newly released documents, the Shin Bet, and the PFLP
are alleged to have teamed up in an “unholy alliance” in an attempt to
change foreign policy in the Middle East.
The allegation appeared in a document written by official DH Colvin at the
British embassy in Paris, quoting a contact at the Euro-Arab Parliamentary
Association, as the crisis unfolded.
“According to his information, the hijack was the work of the PFLP, with
help from the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Bet,” he wrote.
“The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO’s (Palestine Liberation
Organization) standing in France and to prevent what they see as a growing
rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans.
“1. “THE GOVERNMENT OF UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA HAS BEEN SHOCKED
BY THE RECKLESS AND LAWLESS ACTION TAKEN BY THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT
USING ITS ARMED FORCES TO INVADE THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA ON THE
DECLARED GROUNDS OF RESCUING THE HOSTAGES FROM THE HIJACKERS.
2. “THIS ACTION CARRIED OUT AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT, UGANDA IN THE EARLY
HOURS OF JULY 4 CONSTITUTES A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE SOVEREIGNTY
AND TERRITORIAL INTERGRITY OF AN AFRICAN STATE. IT IS IN FACT
NOTHING SHORT OF AN ACT OF AGGRESSION AGAINST A MEMBER OF THE OAU
AND THE UN.
3. “THE ISRAELI AUTHORITIES HAVE ATTEMPTED TO JUSTIFY THEIR ACTION
THAT GRAVE VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE CHARTER OF THE
UNITED NATIONS, AS BEING MOTIVATED BY HUMANITARIAN CONSIDERATIONS
NAMELY THE RELEASE OF THE HOSTAGES FROM THEIR HIJACKERS.
4. “BUT SUCH JUSTIFICATIONS ARE HOLLOW AND WITHOUT FOUNDATION
WHATSOEVER, THROUGH THIS ACTION THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT DOES NOT
ONLY BEAR FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DEATH OF SO MANY UGANDAN
CITIZENS, IT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF SOME OF THE VERY
HOSTAGES IT SOUGHT TO SAVE.”
The US diplomatic cables
“What is a democratic society if it gives those wonderful fellows from the Shin Bet a blank check to act like the last of the great dictators and juggle with their subjects’ lives – without elections, without oversight, without supervision?”
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