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Email: "Cell Phones Won't Work"

October 13, 2009 9:51 am ET

The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

Cell Phones Won't Work

[note - all mistakes below are original to the text]

Response

Whoa, we're toast within 90 days? That'll put a wrench in my Christmas plans!

I Googled this Aviv character and found out that he DID really predict a massive terrorist attack in the U.S. within 90 days to Fox News...in July 2005!  http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45194  Since it's now 2009, I'd say we dodged that bullet. 

What's also interesting is that the original Fox News link of the Aviv interview predicting a terrorist attack in 90 days is mysteriously missing a date line. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,161962,00.html  I guess they want this warning to be good for 90 days from whenever you read it! 

I also checked Snopes.com and Urbanlegends.com and neither had any record of Aviv predicting the London bombings on the Bill O'Reilly Show, or warning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 attacks:

Snopes.com:

"We also couldn't verify the claim that Mr. Aviv predicted the July 2005 London bombings on Fox News just one week before they occurred.  Although Aviv was a frequent guest on American news programs in the years after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, our search of television news transcripts did not turn up any appearances by him on such programs between 5 November 2004 and the day after the London bombings (8 July 2005)." http://www.snopes.com/rumors/soapbox/juvalaviv.asp

UrbanLegends.com:

"I've found no legitimate sources confirming that Juval Aviv issued a warning to the Bush administration a month before the 9/11 attacks, nor that he predicted the London subway bombing one week in advance during an appearance on the Bill O'Reilly Show."

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/errata/a/juval_aviv_2.htm

Both sites also note Aviv's questionable credibility:

Snopes.com:

"[S]ome critics have expressed skepticism about Aviv's background, claiming that he has grossly exaggerated his 'spymaster' credentials, as the Guardian maintained in a 2006 article about the film Munich: 'Our investigations show that Aviv never served in Mossad, or any Israeli intelligence organization. He had failed basic training as an Israeli [Defense] Force commando, and his nearest approximation to spy work was as a lowly gate guard for the airline El Al in New York in the early 70s. The tale he had woven...was apparently nothing more than a...fabrication.'"

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/soapbox/juvalaviv.asp

UrbanLegends.com:

"A letter written to the U.S. President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism in 1990 by Israeli counterterrorism adviser Yigel Carmon makes the same allegations, further claiming that Aviv is known to have been involved in 'various acts of fraud and impersonation.'"

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/errata/a/juval_aviv_2.htm

But what was really scary about this email is the call for citizens to be wary of "homegrown" terrorists posing as "'students' who frequently travel back and forth to the Middle East.  These young terrorists will be most dangerous because they will know our language and will fully understand the habits of Americans; but that we Americans won't know/understand a thing about them." Really? This SCREAMS xenophobia: "Beware of the scary people that were smart enough to learn more than one language and don't look like us!"

This country truly is a nation of immigrants.  Immediately assuming someone could be a terrorist just because he or she is an immigrant who knows our language goes against everything it means to be an American.  Imagine how different our country would be if European immigrants were instantly assumed to be enemies of the state... it wouldn't be pretty!   

There are a lot of crazy things going around the internet nowadays, but it's important to find out the facts.

TTYL Smile



 


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