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March 16, 2008

Jared Israel’s website “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

These past couple of days, I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at a very interesting website called The Emperor’s New Clothes, authored primarily by Jared Israel. In 2001, it was one of the first websites to publish a bunch of articles questioning 9/11.

Back in November, I took a look at “Stand down” evidence on the “Emperor’s Clothes” site, including FAA web pages.

The “Emperor’s Clothes” site has many articles about covert and semi-covert U.S. sponsorship of Islamist terrorist groups around the world. See, for example, the following collections of articles:

Jared Israel holds some views which are unusual in the 9/11 Truth movement.

For example, he’s a Zionist. On this topic, he explains his views in Some Emperor’s Clothes Articles on Antisemitism and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, especially the articles Confessions of a Once-Hopeful Leftist, or How ‘Disengagement’ Reveals the True Character of the Proposed Arab State in the West Bank and Gaza and “Yea is Yea and Nay is Nay; Anything Else Smacketh of Evil”, in which Jared Israel explains how he became a Zionist, having previously held a more typically leftist position on the Middle East situation.

I’m not sure how to evaluate the arguments he makes here. I don’t know enough about the Israel/Palestine conflict, alas. (Note to anyone posting comments here: Please refrain from dismissive or insulting remarks about either side. See my comment policy.)

Another unusual view of his: As discussed on this page, Jared Israel was one of the founders of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic. See the Emperor’s Clothes Articles on Yugoslavia. Basically, his contention is that Milosevic has been falsely portrayed as a neo-Nazi, whereas the separatist movements really did consist of neo-Nazi and Islamic fundamentalist terrorists who were covertly aided by the U.S. and by NATO.

I’m not yet sure what to think of Jared Israel’s defense of Slobodan Milosevic, not having yet investigated this matter for myself. I do remember feeling, back in the 1990’s, that the mass media’s coverage of the conflicts in Yugoslavia seemed suspiciously one-sided, against the Serbs. And I remember feeling very uncomfortable with Clinton’s bombing of Yugoslavia. But my suspicion then was and still is that atrocities had been committed by people on both sides. Admittedly, my suspicion is just a suspicion; I have not yet really researched this matter.

Be that as it may, the topic of covert and semi-covert U.S. sponsorship of Islamist terrorism is certainly worth looking into more deeply. And, on that topic, the “Emperor’s Clothes” site is, at the very least, a useful source of leads.

I had occasion to refer to Jared Israel’s site when writing my March 14 post, To Tom: Michael C. Ruppert vs. “COINTELPRO Tool” on Afghanistan. I briefly discussed Jared Israel’s views on a possible geostrategic motive for invading Afghanistan. This morning I added a P.S. to that post, Jared Israel on U.S. sponsorship of Islamist terrorism, and on Zalmay Khalilzad, quoting the article Zalmay Khalilzad – Special US Envoy for Islamic Terror!.

Another interesting page is Wartime Witch Hunt: Blaming Israel for the Iraq War by by Dore Gold, with overview and comments by Jared Israel, refuting the common idea that U.S. invaded Iraq on behalf of Israel. Also interesting, along these same lines is Part 4 of Jared Israel’s series on Scott Ritter.

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3 Comments »

  1. Thanks for this link. There are some really nice analyses on Emporer’s New Clothes. I especially like the ‘Van Romero comment’ analysis. Hoffman did a good one too on his site. I still feel the weight of his original words. We need to keep him in mind.

    Comment by realitydesign — March 17, 2008 @ 7:12 am | Reply

  2. Here is my Jared Israel entry on 911guide:

    Jared Israel (62) (activist, High School of Music and Art, attended Harvard and Columbia Universities) – Originator of the NORAD stand down –theories. But related to WTC says, there are a lot of possible explanations other than demolition. Strong supporter of Israel and an avid opposer of any anti-semitic conspiracy theories.

    Martin Luther King and the Freedom Rides inspired him to start his own activism. In the 60’es worked for a peace publication called ‘Minority of One’ committed to exposing lies about foreign policy put forward both by American leaders and the mass media. Credits the magazine’s editor Monachem S. Arnoni for teaching him to think critically, and Arnoni’s magazine is the model for Jared’s own website. Jared Israel was also active in the anti-war movement and became a national leader of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society).

    Restarted his activism in 1998, following the bombing of the Sudanese pharmaceutical plant. Founded the Emperor’s Clothes website, with the main focus being on reaching people with his version of information about Yugoslavia and the Balkans. Produced a film called Judgment! http://www.antiwar.com/orig/judgment2.html
    showing how corporate media distorted a photograph of refugees to produce false evidence of Serbian atrocities and demonize the Serbs. Claims the 1995 Srebrenica massacre was a hoax, and Serbs were the actual victims. http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/texts.htm

    Was a vice-chairman and editor of The International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, which demanded the “Immediate release of president Slobodan Milosevic from his illegal detention in the Hague and the abolition of the illegitimate so-called ‘International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia’”. Offered a $500 reward for anyone to find incitements to racial hatred in any of his speeches.

    In 2005 he changed his views about Milosevic. He still thinks that Milosevic was not a war criminal, but rather a betrayer using rhetoric to pose as a heroic defender of Yugoslavia who blunted and destabilized Serbian resistance to the NATO attack on Yugoslavia. Although Milosevic helped inspire him to devoting himself to getting out the truth about Yugoslavia, he no longer views him as an honest leader.

    His interview discussing the events of 9/11 can be read here. http://emperors-clothes.com/indict/radio-1a.htm

    Comment by ref1 — March 19, 2008 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  3. ref1, I would be very interested to hear your own views on Milosevic and Yugoslavia, if you’ve dug into those topics at all. Are you aware of any credible and specific information disproving any of Jared Israel’s claims?

    Comment by Diane — March 19, 2008 @ 4:22 pm | Reply


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