The investigation into Monday’s deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon has officially gone international: law enforcement officials from Israel have been sent to the United States to assist in the probe.
Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino says he has dispatched officials to Boston, Massachusetts, where they will meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other authorities, the Times of Israel Reports. […]
The question has been asked: why? Don’t we have
a slew a stew a mess hundreds of security agencies employing tens of thousands of personnel ourselves? Yes, we do. The answer is simple. Last year, our Congress wrote and passed a law, which Obama signed, that makes Israel a part of our security apparatus. It may be that this is the first instance of the Israel police force actually being utilized this way (or the first publicly acknowledged), but it will not be the last. The law in the United States now reads that they may “help” our various agencies (the DHS, CIA, NSA, etc.) in “homeland” investigations. In light of this, I have a different question: does an Israeli police officer have the power of arrest while aiding in a US investigation? Think about it. That and related questions will spring to your mind shortly.
I wrote about the “Israel first” law last summer; The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 which Obama signed into law in July, 2012. That bill allows Israel the right to use US air space for practice in flying its fighter jets, invites Israel to “coordinate” with our DHS and internal security, reaffirms our commitment to Israel as a Jewish nation and our primary ally, and authorizes permanent funding for Israel’s internal security. It furthermore stresses the need to get Israel in as a member of NATO and opens with (surprise!) angry language about Iran and its existential threat to Israel.