IRmep fought for public release of the Justice Department termination order via a Mandatory Declassification Review. On August 21, 2012 the National Security Division claimed it had declassified the memo, but then refused to publicly release it. Such a tactical move keeps the memo from being publicly reviewed to see what justification (or lack thereof) existed for calling off the Weizmann investigation. If the memo isn't classified, it cannot be reviewed for declassification release by the outside Interagency Security Classifications Appeals Panel (ISCAP). If the entire memo is protected by a number of dubiously applied "privacy" and law enforcement exceptions, the public will never be able to fit the investigation into a larger pattern of suspicious DOJ forbearance into conventional and nuclear arms related smuggling, quashed espionage investigations of AIPAC, clandestine PR campaigns and Israel lobby attempts to subvert the U.S. electoral process. Although Mark Bradley--who issued the Justice Department National Security Division MDR decision--asserts it can be appealed to the Department Review Committee , the final decision will likely be made by the DRC's chairman...Mark Bradley.
Israel Lobby Archive DOJ denial letter: http://www.IRmep.org/ILA/
IRmep appeal and challenge: http://www.IRmep.org/ILA/
Israel Lobby Archive of Weizmann Institute investigation: http://irmep.org/ila/weizmann/
*****************Appeal to DOJ for Weizmann quash memo*************************
Mark A. Bradley, Chairman
Department Review Committee
US Department of Justice
Department Review Committee 950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20530
RE: MDR Appeal #12-004: 1993 DOJ order quashing FBI investigation of Weizmann Institute espionage, clandestine nuclear weapons program fundraising in the United States.
Dear Mark A. Bradley,
This is an appeal for uncensored public release of the above-referenced file under mandatory declassification review (MDR) under the terms of Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526. Information already released by the FBI and Department of Defense reveal that the Weizmann Institute and its U.S. fundraising arm engage in illicit intelligence gathering and fundraising for a clandestine foreign nuclear weapons program. This illegal activity has not been regulated by DOJ or the IRS.
It is critically important that American citizens understand why the Justice Department quashed a warranted criminal investigation by the FBI which revealed multiple prosecutable offenses. Now DOJ claims to have both "declassified" the contents of its order, but sought to protect the entities involved by withholding 100% of its memo ordering the shut-down of the FBI investigation. This is unacceptable.
We strongly believe this "declassification without release" to be an attempt to block our right to appeal for public release to the ISCAP committee. ISCAP's outside review process has a record of denying improper retention. This is most disturbing because denial serves to only to protect the DOJ's prerogative to apply U.S. laws in a highly political and arbitrary way. The Weizmann Institute and its U.S. fundraising branch are publicly known to be engaged in illicit activities that--to the public--appear to transcend the authority of the Justice Department and other enforcement agencies.
The purpose of our MDR request is to review the official justifications for this immunity. The same immunity has been applied to Haganah-era conventional weapons smugglers (1940s), nuclear materials and technology smugglers (1960s-2010), and unregistered foreign agents engaged in national defense and economic-related espionage, lobbying and election fraud (1948-present). Although the documentary evidence of crime is on the public record, the architecture of institutionalized forbearance is not. The core purpose of FOIA and MDR is to help Americans better understand the functions of government. The DOJ's tactic of declassifying but denying release of this memo is specious in denying Americans the chance to review how government functions (or in this case malfunctions). IRmep intends to appeal any future denial to the ISCAP and OGIS and ignore claims that such information was in any way declassified as interpreted in the MDR.
Grant F. Smith
Director of Research
cc: President Obama, AG Eric Holder, ISCAP chair, OGIS
Enclosure: August 21, 2012 MDR declassification