Jason Korsower, 29, died in his sleep in his Washington apartment on Friday, November 26th. The former yeshiva student served in the Israeli army and worked for a US-based Mossad front-group. The JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) described him as “an expert on Muslim extremism who worked at a think tank researching terrorism.”
An FBI agent in Atlanta, Steve Lazarus, refused to confirm or deny an investigation, citing FBI policy. However, the agency was at least aware of the case. An FBI spokeswoman in DC, Debra Weierman, referred JTA to the FBI’s Atlanta bureau, even though JTA had not mentioned that Atlanta was Korsower’s hometown in its request for information.
JTA sources made clear that the FBI is asking questions, and without relating specifically to Korsower’s death, Lazarus said that agents would only ask questions about a death if a full investigation were underway.
Officials at the shadowy “Investigative Project,” where Korsower worked, also would not comment. The Investigative Project is run by Steve Emerson. The Jerusalem Post (9/17/94) has noted that Emerson has “close ties to Israeli intelligence.” According to its Web site, the Investigative Project “has for years investigated the operations, funding, activities and front groups of Islamic terrorist and extremist groups in the United States and around the world.”
“Emerson is carrying the ball for Likud,” said investigative journalist Robert Parry, referring to Israel’s right-wing ruling party. And Victor Ostrovsky, who defected from Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency and has written books disclosing its secrets, calls Emerson “the horn” — because he trumpets Mossad claims.
Vince Cannistraro, an ABC consultant and a retired CIA counterterrorism official, said of Emerson’s closest associates — Steve Pomerantz, Oliver Revell and Yigal Carmon: “They’re Israeli-funded. How do I know that? Because they tried to recruit me.”
Senior Editor John Sugg of Florida’s Weekly Planet newspaper wrote: “Yigal Carmon is a ranking member of Israel’s intelligence and military establishment, is considered to the right of even the current Likud government. As The Nation has reported (and never disputed by Emerson), Carmon was part of the ‘gang of three’ that spent much time lobbying Congress to derail the Middle East peace process — and Carmon even stayed at Emerson’s home on his visits to the United States. (The Nation, August 28/September 4, 1995 and May 15, 1995)
Emerson gained prominence in the early ’90s. He published books, wrote articles, produced a documentary, won awards and was frequently quoted. The media, Capitol Hill and scholars paid attention.
As Emerson’s fame mounted, so did criticism. A New York Times review (5/19/91) of his 1991 book Terrorist chided that it was “marred by factual errors — and by a pervasive anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian bias.” His 1994 PBS video, Jihad in America (11/94), was faulted for misrepresentations — veteran reporter Robert Friedman (The Nation, 5/15/95) accused Emerson of “creating mass hysteria against American Arabs.”
Emerson was wrong when he initially pointed to Yugoslavians as suspects in the World Trade Center bombing (CNN, 3/2/93). But Emerson’s most notorious gaffe was his claim that the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing showed “a Middle Eastern trait” because it “was done with the intent to inflict as many casualties as possible.” (CBS News, 4/19/95)
According to the controlled media, Emerson’s is the subject of constant death threats against him and his organization, which is why his organization had to go “semi-underground,” they say.
The death of Korsower, who was athletic and believed to be in good health, continues to mystify his family and worry the Israel lobby. An autopsy was inconclusive. “It wasn’t an aneurysm. It wasn’t a heart attack. It wasn’t the obvious things that could happen to a healthy 29-year-old,” his mother, Karen Grablowsky, told JTA on Tuesday. “I knew he worked for the Investigative Project. But we thought he was safe,” she said, noting that Emerson himself said that it was very unlikely that he would have been targeted.
Grablowsky said she understood from Emerson that FBI agents were asking questions in Washington as well.
FBI investigations into single homicides are very rare, a former agent said. “The only times they are involved in a homicide is in cases of terrorism, crimes on government reservations — military bases, federal property — or, as in the case of Martin Luther King, when someone is killed while carrying out a constitutionally protected activity,” said Steve Pomerantz, a former FBI “counter terrorism expert,” in an interview with JTA.
According to various sources, after completing his IDF service, Korsower studied “Jewish texts” at the Orthodox Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. He returned to the United States two years ago as a member of Emerson’s “think tank.” His job included co-authoring anti-Arab propaganda pieces with Yonah Alexander, a veteran Israeli agent. (Alexander edited the book Psychological Warfare and Propaganda.)
Jason’s father, Alan Korsower, a medical doctor, was convinced of foul play, and is pressing hard for answers. Korsower didn’t seem fearful about the line of work he was in, although he once fretted about a Web site biography that mentioned his Israeli army service, Adler said.
A former colleague said the work at Investigative Project drew “unwanted attention,” but added that he was doubtful it would result in an actual attack, especially on a relatively low-profile “researcher” like Korsower. You’re “going to get people’s attention that you may not want to get,” said Glen Feder, who also works at Investigative Project. Feder’s pro-Israel, anti-Muslim propaganda is disseminated through Front Page Magazine, David Horowtiz’s Web site, and National Review.
Courtesy News Watcher
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