Richard Melson

September 2004

ZELIKOW AND PFIAB: BLURTING OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT ISRAEL AND THE IRAQ WAR.

Philip Zelikow is the former Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor who directed the "9/11 Commission" and has been a confidant of Condoleezza Rice for many years.

He has blurted out that the Iraq War was launched and conducted for the sake of Israel and that this is a "truth that has no name"…you’re not allowed to state it clearly, it’s the ultimate taboo.  Zelikow is Jewish.

Zelikow has been associated with Scowcroft’s PFIAB, the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, described below, after Zelikow’s biographical sketch:

Philip D. Zelikow
Executive Director


Philip Zelikow is the executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, better known as the "9/11 Commission." He is also the director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs and White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia. After serving in government with the Navy, the State Department, and the National Security Council, he taught at Harvard before assuming his present post in Virginia to direct the nation's largest research center on the American presidency. He was a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and served as executive director of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford, as well as the executive director of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. Zelikow's books include The Kennedy Tapes (with Ernest May), Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (with Condoleezza Rice), and the rewritten Essence of Decision (with Graham Allison). Zelikow has also been the director of the Aspen Strategy Group, a policy program of the Aspen Institute.

WASHINGTON - The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board works out of the White House and reports directly to the President. It has 16 seats, though only 12 are filled.

Members including Cincinnati investor Bill DeWitt, whom the White House already lists as a member:

  1. Brent Scowcroft, chairman. National security adviser to both presidents Ford and Bush; West Point graduate with 29-year military career; founder of The Scowcroft Group, adviser to businesses on international policy.
  2. James Barksdale. Former chief executive of Netscape Communications.
  3. William Brody. President of Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University.
  4. Rita Hauser, retired international lawyer, advocate for Middle East peace.
  5. Ray Hunt. Chairman of Hunt Oil Co. and major Bush fund-raiser.
  6. David Jeremiah. Retired U.S. Navy admiral, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  7. Arnold Kanter. Former undersecretary of state, principal with The Scowcroft Group.
  8. James C. Langdon Jr. Bush friend and fund-raiser, Democrat, energy industry lawyer familiar with Russia.
  9. Elisabeth Pate-Cornell. Stanford University engineering professor and chairwoman of the Department of Management Science and Engineering.
  10. John Streicker. President and chief executive of Sentinel Real Estate Corp.
  11. Pete Wilson. Former governor of California.
  12. Bill DeWitt. Cincinnati investor.

Randy W. Deitering, Director:

With almost 27 years of experience as a foreign intelligence officer, primarily with the CIA, Mr. Deitering has worked in nearly every facet of intelligence-analysis, collection, technical activities and executive staffing. He has served four presidents-Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush-as a national security official on the White House staff. Since 1988 he has been associated with the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), which directly advises the President on the effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness of US foreign intelligence. He has served as the Director of PFIAB since 1998.

PFIAB WRITEUP:

"The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board--usually referred to by its acronym--is a group of prominent citizens who offer advice to the President on sensitive intelligence matters. It was established in 1956 by President Eisenhower, and past chairmen have included former Senator Warren Rudman, former House Speaker Thomas Foley, and former Defense Secretary Les Aspin. In recent years, PFIAB has conducted investigations (often through its Intelligence Oversight Board) of spy-community controversies. It examined lax security at Department of Energy nuclear weapons facilities, CIA involvement with Guatemalan military officials who committed human rights abuses, US intelligence failures in Somalia, and the CIA's cover-its-ass investigation of CIA director John Deutch, who compromised classified information. PFIAB challenged the charge--popular in rightwing circles--that China had stolen nuclear weapons secrets from the United States. ("Possible damage has been minted as probable disaster; workaday delay and bureaucratic confusion has been cast as diabolical conspiracies," a PFIAB report concluded. "Enough is enough.")

Last year, President George W. Bush selected Brent Scowcroft to lead PFIAB. Scowcroft, who was national security adviser to President Bush I, possessed appropriate credentials for the post. But the choice posed problems. Scowcroft, a onetime consultant for the oil industry, a board member of Qualcomm, and a past director of Global and Power Pipelines (an Enron subsidiary involved in projects in China, Guatemala, the Philippines, Argentina and Colombia), runs his own business, the Scowcroft Group, which sells intelligence and other services to globe-trotting corporations in the telecom, aerospace, insurance, energy, financial, electronics and food industries. As head of PFIAB, Scowcroft has access to secret information that could be valuable to his clients and his own business endeavors. Can the public be certain that Scowcroft's business links do not unduly influence his actions as PFIAB chairman or that he does not exploit his PFIAB position to help his clients and his own company? And his close personal relationship to the Bush family could undermine his ability to appear as an independent reviewer of intelligence activities mounted by the Bush administration. Scowcroft, though, recently proved he could take issue with the President by questioning the need to go to war against Iraq.

But Scowcroft does share a dominant trait of the Bush crowd: secrecy. On August 13, I called the PFIAB office and asked for a list of current board members. "That information is provided only on a need-to-know basis," said Roosevelt Roy, PFIAB's administrative assistant. And he meant, of course, that a reporter had no need to know.

I was surprised. As far as I could recall, PFIAB membership has always been public information. In fact, the Clinton Administration posted the names of the members on a PFIAB web page. (Clinton board members included Zoe Baird, the failed attorney general nominee; Sidney Drell, a renowned scientist; Ann Caracristis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency; Robert J. Hermann, a United Technologies executive; and Maurice Sonnenberg, an international businessman.) The Bush White House web page for PFIAB notes the board now has sixteen members and reveals nothing about the identities of any except Scowcroft.

A White House press release, dated October 5, 2001, announcing Bush's intention to appoint fifteen individuals to PFIAB. They were Scowcroft; Pete Wilson; Cresencio Arcos, an AT&T executive and former US ambassador; Jim Barksdale, former head of Netscape; Robert Addison Day, chairman of the TWC Group, a money management firm; Stephen Friedman, past chairman of Goldman Sachs; Alfred Lerner, chief executive of MBNA; Ray Lee Hunt, scion of the Texas oil fortune; Rita Hauser, a prominent lawyer and longtime advocate of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation; David Jeremiah, a retired admiral; Arnold Kanter, a Bush I national security official and a founding member of the Scowcroft Group; James Calhoun Langdon, Jr., a power-lawyer in Texas; Elisabeth Pate-Cornell, head of industrial engineering and engineering management at Stanford University; John Harrison Streicker, a real estate magnate; and Philip Zelikow, a National Security Council staffer during Bush I. (Two members of this group--Day and Langdon--were Bush campaign "pioneers," meaning they collected at least $100,000 for W.'s presidential bid. Barksdale raised money for Bush in Silicon Valley. Lerner's MBNA was the single biggest source of contributions for Bush in 2000, and he and his wife each donated $250,000 to the GOP. Hunt, too, rounded up bucks for Bush. Friedman gave $50,000 to the Republican Party in 2000. Streicher is a Democratic contributor.")