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Before bringing up disloyal House Member Eric Cantor (R-Israel), I should provide a summary of the Foreign Agents Registration Act from the US Justice Dept. website.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA is a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents. The FARA Registration Unit of the Counterespionage Section (CES) in the National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act.
Now, it's time to bring up the activities by Cantor that have generated so much well deserved controversy. (Politico 11/11/10)
"Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington," the readout continued. "He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that Cantor pledged to act as an agent "of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity."
The foreign principals here are the state of Israel and its extreme right government. Unless Cantor has registered as a foreign agent, there is no reasonable explanation as to why he is not in violation of US law.
Obviously, it is time for the House Ethics Committee to launch an investigation against Cantor. I wonder if there is any Democrat or Republican with enough courage and integrity to do this.
It is equally obvious that the Justice Dept. is legally obligated to investigate Cantor for violating FARA. Of course, Justice also is legally obligated to investigate war criminals from the Bush Regime, and they have refused to do so thus far.
Every newspaper in the country should be editorializing for Cantor's resignation and for a criminal investigation to be launched against him. Every American, regardless of political ideology or affiliation should be doing the same.
It doesn't matter which foreign country Cantor is acting as a foreign agent for. If Cantor was acting as a foreign agent for Peru, Lithuania, or South Korea, people would be justly outraged. The same outrage must be expressed when US elected officials act as foreign agents for Israel.
Cantor is completely unfit for any public office. Resignation in disgrace is the absolute minimum that should happen in this case.