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Nahum A. Bernstein
|FBI File||File Size||
|65-59184-1||9.3 MB||Funding for Service Airways, establishment of a Panamanian front company for smuggling airplanes to Israel, false testimony to FBI officials and Neutrality Act court proceedings.|
|65-59184-2||15.2 MB||Wire tapping, Teddy Kolleck, meeting with Ben-Gurion, mail cover contact notations of Bernstein correspondence, May 16, 1951 Bernstein appointment to the US Secretary of the Army's Civilian Legal Personnel Committee, FBI objection to lack of Army consultation of Security Index or name check with the FBI..|
Wiretapping a Syrian
official attending UN meetings. Setting up front company for
monitoring British acquisitions of arms for and oil dealings
with Arabs. Bernstein's law partner appointed District Attorney
of Kings County, New York in November of 1953. An
individual interviewed by the FBI tells them that he has
notified Bernstein of the interview, accusing the
FBI of "investigating Zionism."
FBI plans to interview
Bernstein stipulating that it "not be conducted at Bernstein's
residence or office." FBI notes that in previous
interviews Bernstein was ""that Bernstein was evasive at that
time, although attempting to give the impression that he was
FBI asks Bernstein to appear in their New York office for an interview on 3/30/1954. He accepts, stating, "the interview would have to be conducted at his office where he would have his secretary present to record the interview and where his own facilities would be available to him."
FBI notes that Bernstein's office is "equipped with all types of technical equipment...possible disposition of a recording machine...."
Contracting New York City Police Department officials for work on the "Israeli cause."
In 1954 FBI refers case files to Assistant Attorney General Warren Olney III for possible prosecution under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 or Internal Security Act of 1950. In August of 1954, the Department of Justice Internal Security Division notes Bernstein's activities involved, "the establishment of technical surveillance of officials of certain Arab nations in hotel rooms occupied by such officials and in automobiles utilized by these officials. The latter would also include technical surveillances established in automobiles utilized by certain British officials. Over forty individuals have been identified as being involved in these operation and therefore the possible obligations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of each of these persons will be made the subject of a separate memorandum. These memoranda will be transmitted to you as expeditiously as possible.
The second category concerns a leak of classified information from the Department of State to Israeli officials. The report thus far submitted regarding this phase of Israeli intelligence operations fail to identify with sufficient certainty any particular individual as the source of the leak so as to warrant a conclusion that any person employed by the Department of State or having access to information in that Department falls within the purview of the registration requirements .. The third category involves the activities of....others, in connection with the illegal entry into the consular offices of certain Arab nations...."
Personal History Statement listing covert operation skills.
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