The Y Squad, Vanity Fair, November, 2018

David Romano
2 min readNov 30, 2021

Adam Ciralsky’s breathless, Reader’s Digest worthy recounting of the exploits of the Israeli security apparatus (The Y Squad, November, 2018) fails to mention one of their greatest successes; their part in the destruction of the WTC Twin Towers, thereby laying the groundwork for the war in Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein. Saddam, as we know, although not a threat to the U.S., was a threat to both Israel and Saudi Arabia, our two most reliable allies in the Middle East. So it only made sense that the US would work with the Saudi and Israeli intelligence services to create a “new Pearl Harbor” to sway the American people towards going to war. It worked.

“According to Springmann (Michael Springmann, former head U.S. consular official in Jeddah Saudi Arabia), the Jeddah consulate was run by the CIA and staffed almost entirely by intelligence agents….and 15 of the 19, 9/11 hijackers received their visas through Jeddah.” — The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompsom, “ September 1987 -March 1989: head U.S. consular official claims he’s told to issue visas to unqualified applicants”

I’m surprised Adam Ciralsky didn’t ask his readers to do an internet search on “Israeli art students”? A look at of the operations of the Mossad inside the U.S. would have provided a much fuller picture of the reach of Israeli security.

“According to Intelligence Online, more than one-third of the students, who were spread out in 42 cities, lived in Florida, several in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — one-time home to at least 10 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers. In at least one case, the students lived just a stone’s throw from homes and apartments where the Sept. 11 terrorists resided: In Hollywood, several students lived at 4220 Sheridan St., just down the block from the 3389 Sheridan St. apartment where terrorist mastermind Mohammed Atta holed up with three other Sept. 11 plotters. Many of the students, the DEA report noted, had backgrounds in Israeli military intelligence and/or electronics surveillance; one was the son of a two-star Israeli general, and another had served as a bodyguard to the head of the Israeli army.” — Christopher Ketcham writing in Salon, May 7, 2002.