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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a United States-based international non-governmental organization founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." The ADL works to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and bigotry, as well as promote interfaith harmony, and identify, analyze, and expose extremism.
Domestic spying operations
Support of CIA domestic spying
James Jesus Angleton, chief of CIA counterintelligence and director of the Israel desk in Washington from 1954 to 1975, was a close ally of Israel and obsessed with the prospect of Communist agents working with dissident movements within the USA. His closeness to the Israeli Mossad led to the perception that he was in effect a Mossad "mole" in a top CIA position. He was forced to resign his position in 1975 after the scandal arising from his brainchild Operation CHAOS, which conducted spying on American dissidents from 1967 onwards. CIA spying against American dissidents had in fact occurred years earlier, against the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). The ADL has been implicated in that effort through their relationship with CIA contract agent Guy Banister, who oversaw surveillance efforts against the FPCC in New Orleans. Martin Luther King's assassin James Earl Ray claimed that his handler "Raoul" provided him with an ADL contact in New Orleans who claimed inside knowledge of Dr. King's alleged secret support for the Palestinian cause, denouncing him for "antisemitism." That account, if true, raises suspicion that the ADL was spying on the mainstream Civil Rights movement when CIA domestic spying was ramping up. Ray's account has not been universally accepted as truthful, however, it has gained support from the King family.
The ADL's reputation took something of a hit in 1993 when Roy Bullock, an independent contractor providing much of the ADL's intelligence, was caught by the San Francisco district attorney's office keeping files on numerous individuals and groups from left to right, including Greenpeace, labor unions, anti-Apartheid groups, Religious Right groups, members of the U.S. Congress, and Arab-American groups, and illegally obtaining files from the San Francisco police department. Although the ADL took pains to insist they were Bullock's personal files and not the ADL's, the ADL settled out of court in 1999 with some of the targeted groups who had sued them.
The ADL's reputation took another hit in 2007 when, in a massively hypocritical move, their director Abraham Foxman opposed US Congressional recognition of the genocide against Armenians that took place 1915-1917; the ADL reversed their official position later that year after a public outcry.
Criticism by anti-Zionists
Joey Kurtzman criticized the ADL for using charges of anti-Semitism as a bullying tactic. Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein have both accused the ADL of smearing Israel's political opponents as anti-Semites, and Jewish critics of Israel as self-hating Jews (including them).
Anti-Zionist Ben Steigmann wrote a massive crazy email to the ADL with the intention of "refuting the basis of their operations".
Federal Reserve conspiracy theories
“”The ADL (Anti-Defamation-League) was formed by Jacob Schiff (Blood relation to Rothschild); this organization was created in 1913 to slander anyone who questions or challenges the Rothschild global conspiracy as, "anti-semitic."
Due to the fact that the Federal Reserve and the ADL were both founded in 1913, anti-Semitic cranks often claim that the ADL was founded as a propaganda front for the Jews that secretly run the Fed.
- About the ADL
- Transcripts reveal nearly 40 years of espionage by a man who infiltrated political groups, LA Times
- ADL Statement on Armenian Genocide, Aug. 21, 2007
- ADL chief bows to critics, Boston Globe
- Fire Foxman, Joey Kurtzman
- Noam Chomsky Interviewed by Burton Levine
- My refutation of the narrative underlying your operations
- Jewish "Control" of the Federal Reserve: A Classic Anti-Semitic Myth Anti-Defamation League.