by Ryan Dawson of ancreport.com
DEA Report on the Israeli ‘Art Students’
140 Israelis had been rounded up before 9/11 and another 60 were arrested after 9/11. Clearly this was espionage. They were illegally entering government buildings and homes under a bogus business front, and they had special cell phones given to them by the Israeli government. Interestingly they were also living next to 9/11 hijackers who, by the way, also used the services of an Israeli moving company which was also a front. However the Israelis were simply deported on visa violations and were not charged with espionage. The DEA was not happy, but pressure from the White House won and got its way.
Covert operations are often financed with off the books narco money to provide plausible deniability. Knowing what the DEA knows is key to protecting black markets especially inside the US. The Israeli mob was pushing MDMA hard in the 90s. Rather than financing hijackers the idiotic way through traceable bank transfers to intermediaries, the way the Saudis did it, the Israelis copied the American method of laundering drug money. One dealer’s phone number was uncovered when the “dancing” Israelis were arrested and it led back to the drug ring in South America (where many of the Art Students had visited according to their passport stamps) with known ties to Islamic terrorists.
Salon (5/7/2002): The Israeli “art student” mystery | For almost two years, hundreds of young Israelis falsely claiming to be art students haunted federal offices — in particular, the DEA. No one knows why — and no one seems to want to find out.
ABC News (6/21/2006): Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies?
Damning Fox News four part series on Israeli spies in America on and around 9/11/2001 that never aired on TV due to pressure from the Israel lobby, AIPAC