The following 3-part article was written after Bollyn broke under torture.
Arnon Milchan - Mossad's Man in the Middle
|SMUGGLING NUCLEAR TRIGGERS
Milchan should have been busted in 1985 for smuggling triggers for nuclear bombs, when a business associate, Richard Kelly Smyth, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of smuggling 810 krytrons to Israel. Because krytrons are used as detonators or triggers for nuclear weapons, their export is tightly regulated.
In 1973, Smyth started a company called Milco International, Inc., financed, according to the Washington Post, by Milchan, hence its name. Up to 80 percent of Milco's business was reportedly with Milchan and Israel.
In 1980, the federal indictment asserted, Smyth and Milco sent 610 krytrons to Israel without the necessary licenses, plus another 200 in 1982.
The 1985 indictment identified the Israeli buyers of the nuclear triggers as Heli Trading Ltd. and Milchan Brothers, two of Milchan's Israel-based companies. Federal authorities told NBC News in 1993 that Milchan also shared in the profits derived from the sales.
Announcement of the indictments came four days after the Israeli Defense Ministry, reacting to news of the grand jury probe, admitted that it had the devices, known as krytrons.
The krytrons were shipped between 1979 and 1983 to an Israeli firm under
contract to the government for defense work. The Israeli Ministry of Defense
returned only 469 of the krytrons, and Smyth vanished a week before he
was to appear for trial.
Robert C. Bonner, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles , refused to comment on questions about whether the Israeli government had been involved in the illegal actions.
State Department spokesman Edward Djerejian said, "I can only note that the indictment does not mention any Israeli citizen."
Djerejian added that the United States "has expressed its serious concern to the Israeli government about this alleged violation of U.S. law" and had been assured that Israel will cooperate with the continuing U.S. investigation "to the full extent permitted under Israeli law."
"Smyth's disappearance, and the unwillingness of Israeli officials to cooperate with U.S. investigators on the case, left federal authorities unable to proceed," Robert Windrem of NBC News reported in July 2001.
Although Milchan is not mentioned in the indictment, a Milco employe, Gretel Siler, who identified herself as corporate treasurer of Milco, told The Washington Post that Milchan had been associated with Milco in various export transactions and had been involved in purchasing the krytrons from the manufacturer, EG&G, of Wellesley, Mass.
Milchan denied being involved in the $60,000 krytron deal, but told "60 Minutes" (CBS) that he had allowed the Israeli government to use his companies as conduits for trading with the United States.
"I'm not saying I'm an innocent person - but in this specific case, I knew nothing about it," Milchan told Frank Rose of Premiere magazine. In any case, Milchan was never charged in the case.
Robert Mainhardt, a nuclear scientist and former director of Milco, told "60 Minutes" that he had resigned after Milchan had asked him to obtain advanced nuclear reactor designs and a supply of uranium hexachloride, which is used in the enrichment of bomb-grade uranium.
Mainhardt's fellow directors at Milco, Arthur Biehl and Ivan Getting began to feel uneasy sometime in 1982, the Washington Post reported. The Washington Post did a series of articles about this smuggling. The most important excerpts are the following:
When they joined the board of directors of Milco International in 1980, Biehl and Getting recalled, they thought the company's primary business was developing aerospace software for U.S. military and space programs. They had been recruited by the company's owner, Richard K. Smyth, while serving with him on an influential panel that advises the U.S. Air Force on advanced technologies, work that required them to have top-secret clearances.
In August 1985, U.S. Customs subpoenaed the financial records linking Smyth and Milchan. The records were neither turned over nor found. Smyth and his wife disappeared just days before his scheduled trial, which almost certainly would have involved Milchan.
"There were so many...indictments that they probably decided just to get out," Mainhardt, who operates a security business in Dublin, Calif., said. "If I had to make a guess, I'd say they're in Israel."
"Let's assume that there's nothing that Israel and the United States do separately," Milchan told Bardach. "Smyth, a U.S. fugitive for more than a decade, was last seen in Herzliya Pituach, an affluent suburb of Tel Aviv, where Milchan owns a home," Bardach wrote in 2000.
In July 2001, Smyth was arrested in Malaga, Spain.
Smyth pleaded guilty in December to one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act and one count of making a false statement to Customs agents. Proscutors dropped 28 other counts.
On April 29, 2002 Smyth was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for illegally exporting to Israel the devices that are used as triggers for nuclear weapons.
Smyth, 72, was immediately made eligible for parole at his sentencing.
MILCHAN AND PERES
"In Israel, Milchan spends much of his time with best friend Shimon Peres," Bardach wrote.
"Milchan's political connections would prove to be the foundation of his future empire," she wrote. "In addition to agriculture, there would be biotechnology, advertising, aerospace and the biggest jackpot of them all—arms."
In 1953, at age 30, Shimon Peres was appointed by Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, to become Director-General of the Ministry of Defense. Within three years, Peres had laid the foundation for Israel's nuclear weapon program, according to the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control.
Peres started Israel's program to develop nuclear power and nuclear weapons by convincing the French to help Israel build a secret nuclear reactor beginning about 1957. He chose France as the major supplier, arranged the sale of a nuclear reactor, and spent the next decade overseeing the construction of the Dimona nuclear weapon production complex.
Peres is the one who came up with Israel's most often repeated nuclear declaration. At a April 1963 meeting in the White House, Peres responded to President John F. Kennedy's questions about Israel's nuclear program by saying: "Israel will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East." Two years later, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol elevated Peres's words to Israel's official nuclear line.
Sources & Recommended Reading
Bardach, Ann Louise, "The Last Tycoon" Los Angeles Magazine,
Bollyn, Christopher, "Intel Expert Says 9-11 Looks Like
A Hollywood Show" December 2001
Bollyn, "9/11: What Did Rupert Murdoch Know?" October
Bollyn, "Mossad - The Israeli Connection To 9-11" April
Bollyn, "Some Survivors Say Bombs Exploded in WTC" September
Bollyn, "'Series of Explosions' in WTC - BBC" June 28,
Bollyn, "9-11 Mossad Agents Admit Mission: 'Our Purpose
Was To Document The Event'" June 28, 2002
Bollyn, "Why was Kobi Alexander Allowed to Flee? The Israeli
Fugitive, Odigo, and the Forewarning of 9/11" August 24, 2006
Bollyn, "The Great Game: The War For Caspian Oil And Gas"
October 14, 2001
All three articles also at: www.bollyn.com/index/?id=10372
Lima, Paolo, "Five men detained as suspected conspirators"
The Bergen Record, September 12, 2001
McArthur, Shirl, "A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct
U.S. Aid to Israel: $108 Billion" Washington Report, July 2006
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Washington Post, "L.A. Man Indicted in Export of Potential Nuclear Bomb Component to Israel" John M. Goshko, May 17, 1985
Washington Post, "U.S. Asks to Inspect Israeli Atom Sites To Verify Use of Restricted Device" John M. Goshko, May 15, 1985
Washington Post, "Israel Got U.S.-Made Devices" John M. Goshko, May 14, 1985
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