January 3, 2013

Why you don't want Jane Harman as CIA director

Jeff Stein - Even in a town with memory holes as deep as dark space, the persistence of Jane Harman’s name near the top of lists for CIA director is a mystery.

Apparently, Harman’s role in an Israeli intelligence influence operation has been forgotten by Washington's Great Mentioners.
As I reported in 2009:
“Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.
“Harman was recorded saying she would ‘waddle into’ the AIPAC case ‘if you think it’ll make a difference,’ according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript. In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.
“Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, ‘This conversation doesn’t exist.’
No hard evidence emerged that Harman did, in fact, lobby Bush administration officials on behalf of the AIPAC defendants, although The Washington Post reported that she called the White House on their behalf.

The New York Times and other media organizations corroborated my original reporting.

If that weren’t enough, California Democrat’s administrative record should be.  Harman has never run anything bigger than the Woodrow Wilson Institute, and during her eight terms in Congress, her office churned with turnovers.

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