7 Heshvan 5762 | Tuesday October 23, 2001
strips Jewish army major of security clearance
By Arieh O'Sullivan
THE US Army has revoked the security
clearance of a Jewish reserve major, forcing him
to give up command of an intelligence unit,
The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The officer claims the action was for no
other reason other than his close ties and
affiliation to Israel. He said this reflected an
in the US intelligence community.
Maj. Shawn Pine, commander of the
300th Military Intelligence Company (Linguist)
of Austin, Texas, holds
dual US-Israeli citizenship and is also
an IDF veteran of the Golani Brigade as well as
the elite US Army Rangers.
Pine, a specialist in counterintelligence,
said he was given top-secret clearance after
going through a detailed background
investigation and polygraph in 1991.
Born in the United States, Pine immigrated to
Israel with his family at the age of 17 in the
late 1970s. He was conscripted into the IDF and
served three years in the Golani Brigade. But
after his discharge, he returned to America for
university studies. He chose a military career
and served nine years as an officer in active
duty in the US Army.
"It is not like my service and affiliation
with Israel was kept a secret. I have always
been very forthcoming in disclosing all of my
interactions with Israel," Pine said.
"As with many Americans, the events of
September 11th reinvigorated my sense of
patriotism," Pine said. "But rather than try to
utilize my experience and education, the US
intelligence community is mired in a paranoid
abyss in which it perceives every Jew to be