A Response to Cpl, Jeffrey Goldberg on Greenberg, Israel and Torture
After Al Akhbar English published my report, "The Israelification of American domestic security," the usual group of anonymous ultra-Zionist trolls began attacking me on Twitter. They didn't challenge any of the facts I brought forth in my piece -- they couldn't because they were all true -- but instead questioned whether Karen Greenberg, who I quoted, would have said such things to me about Israeli influence on American torture policy.
The Twitter trolls apparently enlisted former Israeli prison guard and current online occupation enforcer Jeffrey Goldberg as their captain. Goldberg went to Greenberg directly and asked her if I quoted her accurately (Goldberg called the full-time pro-Israel trolls "Goldblog readers"). After being prodded, Greenberg claimed to Goldberg, "I never made such a statement. I've never seen any proof of this."
Greenberg has been a friend of mine and has helped me in the past. In 2009, for instance, she hosted me for a discussion at her former Center for Law and Security at NYU of my book, "Republican Gomorrah."
I am not sure why Greenberg would deny the statement she made to me on the record unless she was intimidated by Goldberg and the pro-Israel forces he represents. But the salient fact is that I did quote her accurately, word for word, and I stand by my reporting.
Greenberg's statement to me did not come out of the blue: A book she co-authored with Joshua Dratel, "The Road to Abu Ghraib," contains a lengthy section on Israeli court rulings authorizing torture and torture techniques refined by the Shin Bet. In a subsequent article, Greenberg and Dratel proposed questions for Donald Rumsfeld about torture. Here is one: "Did your discussions of torture involve consulting experts in Israel..?"
I imagine that Greenberg wishes she had made a more qualified statement to me on Israel and torture, or that she did not make such a remark at all. But she said what she said and I quoted her accurately.
It is revealing that Goldberg chose to focus on an issue that was at best peripheral to my story, which dealt entirely with the subject of Israeli training of American local and federal law enforcement. It appears that he was unable to challenge my factual reporting, or to deal with the uncomfortable substance of it, so he sought to change the subject.
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