In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the UN Security Council, four top former officials at the highest level of the US government have given him legal notice about his duty to advise the US Congress, the ICC and the UNSC, among others, about Israel’s actions coinciding with the “70th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.”
The letter is signed, among others, by former CIA operations officer Phil Giraldi; former Pentagon official Michael Maloof; former US Army officer and State Department coordinator for counterterrorism contractor Scott Bennett; and former diplomat and author of Visas For al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World, Michael Springmann.
Maloof, Bennett and Giraldi, as well as Springmann and this correspondent, were among guests at the 6th International New Horizon conference in the holy city of Mashhad, eastern Iran. The top themes of the conference’s debates were Palestine and the Trump administration’s unilateral exit from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
As Maloof and Bennett separately confirmed to Asia Times, the letter was written by Giraldi and Maloof at an airport lounge as they were waiting for a flight from Mashhad to Tehran, where it was presented at a press conference this past Tuesday. This correspondent was on a reporting trip in Karaj. We all reunited on Thursday at Mashhad’s airport. The press conference in Tehran was virtually ignored by US corporate media.
Visas for the visiting Americans were an extremely delicate matter debated at the highest levels of the Iranian government between the Foreign Ministry and the intelligence services. In the end, the visitors, under intense scrutiny by Iranian media, ended up finding a huge, eager audience all across Iran.
A new psyops in the making
The letter signatories make a direct connection about Israeli actions that may trigger “and escalate American military actions against Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Russia since these nations are opposed to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem; and rising tensions already exacerbated by the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.”
President Trump is also served legal notice that the letter “will be included as evidence in all matters relating to the US Embassy move to Jerusalem/Al Quds and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The letter is to be listed as “exhibit 1 in any war crimes investigation and prosecution (past, present, future) relating to this matter, at all times.”
As Bennett told Asia Times, the main concern is that according to his military sources the current, volatile situation may establish the preconditions for “a new psyops campaign.”
Trump has been served legal notice – pursuant to 18 US Code 4, and 28 US Code 1361 – of “national and international legal violations.” The letter also doubles as “a legal notice to the American people” – and is established as legal protection “against any retaliation, detainment, investigation, sequestration, interrogation, discrimination, imprisonment, torture, financial consequences, or any other negative or prejudicial consequences or actions.”
Moreover, “any action taken against the undersigned will be interpreted as a violation of the following; 18 USC 242 (conspiracy to deny/violate constitutional civil rights); 42 USC 1983, 1984, 1985 (civil action for rights violations); 18 US 2339A (providing material support to terrorists).
The letter may also be interpreted as an olive branch; apart from requesting full whistleblower protection, the signatories offer themselves to fully debrief the President as well as Congress.
The letter is copied to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.
There has been no White House response so far.
Considering the US embassy transfer to Jerusalem; the unilateral abrogation of the JCPOA followed by a declaration of economic war against Iran; the new narrative on the DPRK — as in there’s only our deal, or you will be destroyed like Libya; not to mention the treatment of whistleblower Julian Assange, the prospects for a fruitful dialogue remain bleak.
Let’s hope this letter have some impact, but President Trump is surrounded with bad advisors who protect him from good advice. President Trump seems to buy into anything the Zionists suggest.
The exit from the Iran deal was a bad idea. The financial war against Iran has hurt Iran, but not created any riots and regime changes as intended. It seems the US will do regime changes in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain instead, according to the rumor mill. The best thing President Trump can do is to move out of the Middle East, but I am afraid this will not happen any time soon.
Key word "former". That is all.
Yea.. The most important thing here is that those who wrote the letter are former and they want publicity. End of story!
This is America’s rules based world order. The world should also make their own independent of America’s.????
At least this article is identified as "Opinion," as that is all it is: one man’s lunatic ravings. The Asia Times really ought to follow a higher standard.
The US media will do its upmost to "protect" the American people from the letter. They don’t want the people to know about it. And behind the media are the CIA and Wall Street that are at the core of the US Deep State.Their agenda is chaos and conflict. Their attitude is supremacist.
which is exactly your low
West Vs East don’t forget Ghengis Khan Attila the Hun Timurlame etc but that’s history now at present let the human race be united irrespective of religion we don’t need politicians we need good people who can change the mindsets of the bad indecent people
What law? There is no law? There are volumns on high flown ideas about justice etc. But they are not law because some nations can flout these ideas and rules with impunity. A law is a rule that applies to everyone equally. For the Exceptional nation there is and never has been any law governing it. So there is no law.
This letter is a nice excercise, but in futility. it does not, and will not, amount to anything at all.
What did you say? Are you crazy? Damn.
Trump is right all the way down terrorist.
If they want information about Israel, they should also include information about Iran’s support of Hamas and terrorist factions that they continue to support….
It is amdrikas bad luck to have such unwise president whose advisers are the zionists
JERUSALEM is the Throne of the Great King and therefore the Natural Capital of Istreal.
Donal Trump is the President of the United States of America. It is within his Powers and Prerogattive to Make Political Decisions which must be Implemented by his Administration. There is Nothing sinister here.
God Donald Trump. God bless America. God JERUSALEM. God bless ISREAL.
Who wrote all those lies and smells highly of shit.
Bade Oyedun. Do you have grey matter (brains) in your head, that is if you do have a head.You people have no heart nor conscience.You all are evil.you all would BURN IN HELL.
they are traitor …during their times they kill more and brought more suffering than trump admin……
All the formers..it’s a joke.
The authors narrative is also skewed towards self righteousness and is obviously biased.
Oh more hopes for terrorist nation. Where were you when they killed the whole team in Berlin? Where were you when they hijacked the flight Uganda? Why r u slipping when Hamas kills their own children’s and firing missiles from schools so when Israel retaliate the children gets killed n Hamas get sympathy n billion dollar in aid . Stop aid for a year n all terror will stop.
Your opinion is just what you think but question to you.
When someone come to you and tell you get out of my house these house belong to me how u feel?
USA and ISRAEL are the terrorist n.1 in the world. The most war criminals are USA and Israel. Now the capital of USA is not Washington D.C. the capital of USA is TEL AVIV.
To win what, death certificate?
let israel alone in peace, if not, you"ll get what you well desrve
,This letter is a sign of hope and I believe that good sense will prevail and Trump will come out of Zionist clutches in larger US national interest. May God help him.
thats a none sense propaganda of paid officials..
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