Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Mossad Busted Iranian Arms-Smuggling

Mossad@peter peng's blog

Nov. 3, 2009, guided by the intelligence from Israeli Intelligence Agency--the Mossad, Israeli navy intercepted the Antigua-flagged 8,622 tonne ship Francop in the Mediterranean Sea, 100 miles from Israel and found on board 300 tons of Iranian ammunition including anti-tank missiles, Russia-made rockets, and AK bullets, which are destined for Lebanon’s Hezbollah group. The news from the media said, the weapons were found mixing with medical materials in the containers on the ship, and these containers were loaded on Nov. 1 at the Egyptian port of Damietta.

This successful operation on the sea brought the Israeli Intelligence Agency the Mossad to the spotlight of the world stage again. The Israeli spy agent who offered the intelligence for this operation belongs to the Collections Department, which is the largest department in the Mossad. It conducts espionage overseas. Its field intelligence officers are called katsas who are similar to the case officers of the CIA.

The Mossad training academy, the Midrasha, was located near the town of Herzliya, Tel Aviv. The acadamy teaches katsas not only how to find, recruit, cultivate agents, and secretly communicate with them, but also learn how to avoid car and foot surveillance, and traps from foreign counter-intelligence.

Although the katsas are different from the Mossad's agents from the Special Operations Division or Metsada, which is involved in assassination, sabotage, paramilitary operations, and psychological warfare, they are also trained in the use of sidearms, such as the .22 calibre Italy-made Beretta pistols.

In the Mossad, katsas are charge of sayanim (Hebrew: assistants). The sayanim must be 100% Jewish aboard, although they are not Israeli citizens. Sayanim volunteer to provide assistance to the Mossad in their living countries. They voluntarily facilitate medical care, money, logistics, and even overt intelligence gathering. Usually the active sayanim will be visited by a katsa once every three months in average. The katsas also link the sayanim with numerous telephone conversations.

Unlike the CIA of the United States, whose agents are directly involved in intelligence operations and are fully paid, the sayanim are volunteers and are only paid by the Mossad for their expenses, it allows the costs of intelligence gathering to be greatly reduced, and it also makes the Mossad into a top intelligence agency that has the lowest cost and the highest efficiency in the world.