AMIA Argentina attack: Mystery behind public prosecutor Nisman’s death

Adrian Salbuchi
Adrian Salbuchi is an international political analyst, researcher and consultant. Author of several books on geopolitics in Spanish and English (including ‘The Coming World Government: Tragedy & Hope’), he is also a conference speaker in Argentina and radio/TV commentator. He writes op-ed pieces for RT Spanish as well as RT English, and is a regular guest on alternative media radio and TV shows in the US, Europe and Latin America. Adrian currently hosts his TV show ‘Segunda República’ on Channel TLV1 – Toda La Verdad Primero – in Buenos Aires, and is founder of the Second Republic Project (Proyecto Segunda República), a sovereign governance model for Argentina, Latin American countries and elsewhere. His website is:; YouTube
Late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman (Reuters / Marcos Brindicci)
The West’s global war on terrorism certainly kicked off in 2015 with a bang. High-profile events, charged with “unexplained and unexplainable” circumstances, began January 7 with the “Charlie Hebdo Event” in Paris.

Eleven days later, Alberto Nisman, Argentine Public Prosecutor in the case of the 1994 AMIA Jewish Mutual building terror bombing in Buenos Aires was found dead, just as he was about to make public “high-power evidence” against Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and her Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for allegedly covering up Iran’s role in the attack.

Spy versus spy versus spy

The bombed building housed – then and now – not just the AMIA Mutual Association, but also the DAIA - Argentine Delegation of Israeli Associations – the powerful local Jewish lobby working for Israel.

After more than 21 years, this has become Argentina’s most corruption-riddled case, where obscene meddling by Israel’s Mossad, and America’s CIA and FBI included such pranks as planting false evidence of a nonexistent car bomb, censoring other much more likely leads, and paying kickbacks to false witnesses in order to falsely incriminate Hezbollah, either through Syria at first, or Iran since 2006.

The mainstream media – both local and international – has held public opinion ransom to programmed confusion, outright lies and an emotional roller-coasting on an event which left 85 civilians dead. The real behind-the-scenes players have been, however, carefully protected.

One such key player is a powerful Argentine SI (Intelligence Service) agent by the name of Jaime Stiusso who has systematically promoted the US and Israeli version of this event which led to Argentina falsely accusing Iran of that dreadful crime. Counting with full CIA, Mossad and MI6 support and protection, Mr. Stiusso became public prosecutor Nisman’s mentor as the latter systematically and boisterously pointed an accusing finger at Iran ever since he was placed in charge of the investigation in 2004.

The “Iran did it” myth went into high gear under the George W. Bush Administration, as part of its strategy of generalized overrunning of the Middle East after 9/11, and especially after July 2006 when Israel’s invasion and bombing of Lebanon and Hezbollah led to Israel’s being routed (an entire Israeli tank division was decimated by Mr. Nasrallah’s Hezbollah forces trained and armed by Iran).

Iranian connection?

Then, just over two months after Israel’s Lebanon incursion, on September 22, 2006 a private meeting took place at the New York Waldorf-Astoria hotel between then Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, his first lady Cristina Kirchner (National Senator and soon to be president) and Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, and key powerful Jewish leaders including the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the B’Nai B’Rith Jewish Masonic Lodge and its militant arm the Anti Defamation League (ADL).

An agreement was reached in which Argentina would accuse Iran of the AMIA attack, to which end Mr. Kirchner immediately dispatched federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman to the US to “gather the necessary evidence against Iran” from the CIA and Mossad intelligence agencies who clearly had their Anti-Iran axe to grind.

As proof of full US and Israeli satisfaction with Argentina, the World Jewish Congress’s political director Rabbi Israel Singer promptly expressed these organizations’ satisfaction with Argentina’s accusations against Iran, proof that the Waldorf-Astoria agreement was being executed by the Kirchner Administration.

Mr. Nisman immediately accused former Iranian President Ali Rafsanjani and key ministers of masterminding the AMIA attack. However, he was never able produce proper, tenable proof.

He actually requested Interpol to arrest former Iranian ambassador to Argentina, Mr. Hami Soleimanpour in London, his arrest by British authorities quickly ended because Mr. Nisman submitted no proper evidence of its accusations, even making the Argentine government pick up the £200,000 court costs.

Irrespective of this, over the past decade Mr. Nisman became the darling of Jewish entities in the US, Israel and Europe where he regularly visited to brief them on the AMIA/DAIA case. In 2007, he actually went so far as to report on the matter to the Supreme Court… not of Argentina, but of Israel.

Mr. Nisman became very popular and was very much in the media but had just one problem: He just could not put together a proper case with proper evidence against Iran, to the growing concern of US Neocons like Republican lobbyist-legislator Ileana Ros-Lethinen and Israel’s successive ultra-right-wing governments.

The case sank to new depths of confusion when in January 2014, former Israeli ambassador to Argentina during the AMIA attack, Yitzhak Aviram, publicly boasted that “the people who blew up the AMIA building have all been executed by us (Israel).” He was immediately hushed up by Israel.

In sync with the Kirchner Administration, Mr. Nisman continued to blame Iran, but when the Obama Administration came to power in 2009, the US began having second thoughts about Baby Bush’s aggressive Neocon strategy of “taking out Iran”.

With things growing dramatically worse in Iraq, and a growing resistance from Russia and other players to US/UK war-mongering, America became much more moderate on Iran and, through “unofficial and discrete channels” it was made clear to President Cristina Kirchner that maybe the time had come for her to have a chat with the Iranians.

Thus, in January 2013, Argentina announced that it would indeed “start talking” to the Iranians – something it had not done for almost seven years – and quickly a “Memorandum of Understanding” was signed which became local law in March 2013. As part of this, a “Commission for Truth” was to be set up (but wasn’t Mr. Nisman and his Mossad and CIA controllers supposed to have in their power all the “damning truth and evidence against Iran”?)

Neocons in the US and Israelis went ballistic with rage. To add insult to injury, last December President Kirchner cleaned out the top brass at the local SI Intelligence Agency, specifically throwing out US/UK/Israeli operator-agent Jaime Stiusso.

An undated handout combination photo released in Buenos Aires on November 9, 2005 shows Ibrahim Hussein Berro, who has been identified by Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman as a Hizbollah militant and the suicide bomber responsible for the 1994 car-bomb attack on the AMIA Jewish community center (Reuters / Argentine Prosecutor's Office)

Mr. Nisman was supposed to be on holidays touring Europe with his 15-year-old daughter during all of this month of January. However, suddenly whilst visiting Amsterdam “somebody there” seems to have ordered him to fly back immediately to Argentina. So fast that he asked his wife to pick up their daughter at Madrid Airport where he dropped her off and flew on to Buenos Aires.

Upon arriving, he produced out of his hat as if by magic, a 350 page dossier case accusing President Kirchner and her (also Jewish) Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of “covering-up” Iran. He was about to present this during a special emergency summer session in Argentina’s Congress at 3pm on Monday, January 19, but he may have realized that his case was still-born and had no chance whatsoever of holding up.

Anyway - alas! - he (or “somebody”) conveniently killed him sometime early Sunday, January 18.

Nisman’s case and the ensuing cross-questioning would have probably thrown the whole AMIA/DAIA investigation back to square one. For a second time, as already happened in 2003 when the case for a “Syrian connection” fell completely through ending up with the prosecution of Juan Galeano, the former federal judge hearing the case, and where even one of DAIA’s former presidents - Ruben Beraja - ended up in jail for helping to bribe a shady car-dealer by the name of Carlos Telleldin to the tune of $400,000, so that he would incriminate the Buenos Aires Police which was supposed to produce a false lead, in turn leading back to the elusive “car bomb.”

That “car bomb” was never found save for a small bit of metal of a van engine “found” by an Israeli military intelligence officer “helping out” in the AMIA building rubble right after the 18th July 1994 bombing which, “luckily” had the vehicle serial number on it.

Sounds a bit like Mohammed Atta’s intact passport “found” in the WTC rubble? Or maybe the masked Charlie Hebdo terrorist’s dropping his ID card in Paris a couple of weeks ago?

If Mr. Nisman’s flawed case were unmasked then the beehive would once again be stirred and that represented something very dangerous for the US, Israel, local and international Jewish lobbies that have fought so hard to put the blame on Iran. And that a far more plausible lead should be investigated: a possible Israeli connection.

Israeli connection

During the early nineties, there was sordid internal fighting over Palestine and Israel’s illegal settlements, between Israel’s left-wing, and the rising ultra-fundamentalist racist right-wing.

When the AMIA/DAIA HQ was blown-up by a never-to-be-found ”car bomb,” Israel was governed by Yitzhak Rabin’s Labour Party which was honestly seeking a peaceful two-state solution with the Palestinians. In July 1994, Rabin even allowed PLO leader Yasser Arafat to return to Palestine from exile, just 18 days before the AMIA/DAIA building was blown up. Other events pointing to this internal fighting occurred at the time, but a huge conflict finally came to a head less than 18 months after the AMIA/DAIA attack, when Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated at a public rally in Israel in November 1995.

Who was the assassin? A Muslim terrorist? No. Some whacko neo-Nazi? No.

PM Rabin was assassinated by one Yigal Amir, a young ultra-right wing Israeli militant linked to the Shin Beth (which Rabin had downsized) and the illegal Jewish settlers’ movement inside Israel.

The political results for Israel basically boiled down to the peace-seekers never coming back to power in the country, and for Netanyahu, Sharon, Olmert, Barak, Lieberman, Livni, Feiglin and their friends running Israel ever since.

Thus, the Palestinians never got their sovereign state. Instead, they keep getting Israel’s bombs, attacks, humiliations, and that 8-meter tall, 800 kilometer long Wall Israel built around their country.

Within this global backdrop, the “logic” behind the AMIA/DAIA attack takes on a very different dimension: an internal war where the Israeli ultra-right sent the peace broking left “an offer they couldn’t refuse,” probably engineered by clandestine groups inside or even above Mossad+CIA+MI6+some Blackwater-like black ops player.

Echoing Godfather Don Corleone, these dark perpetrators were suitably briefed to “make it look like an Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah car bomb.” It just didn’t work out quite the way they expected.

Busybody Nisman was coming too uncomfortably close to stirring the bee hive. Maybe that’s what led to his death.

Just as the police commissioner investigating the Charlie Hebdo event was “suicided” on the night of that attack; or as London Underground electrician Jean Menezes, who may have “seen something” in the days prior to the July 2005 London Transport attacks was “mistakenly” gunned down by London Police only a few days later.

Clearly, the “War on Terror” has come home to Argentina. Again.

As we write, the powerful local Jewish lobbies DAIA and AMIA are yelling and whining that they “fear a third terror attack against Jewish interests in Argentina,” conveniently media-fed by the “unexplained disappearance” of an Argentine Army anti-tank missile earlier this month.

The US Center for Security Policy just published an article in The Washington Times calling on the US and EU to impose “sanctions against Argentina.”

Presidential elections will be taking place later this year in Argentina, and practically all the candidates – with favorites Daniel Scioli, Mauricio Macri, and Sergio Massa leading the list – are toeing the politically correct line, a fact that is most consistent considering that they regularly visit and report to the Rockefeller-Negroponte-William Rhodes “Americas Society,” and regularly pay homage to the World Jewish Congress, American Jewish Committee, DAIA, AMIA and other local and international Israeli lobbies.

Finally, for Ms. Kirchner there are two lessons: (1) when ultra-right wing Israelis and Neocons fight amongst themselves, do not stray into the crossfire, and if you do pick one side then stay there; because (2) “Rome does not reward traitors.”

Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina. He is also the Founder of the Second Republic Project – Proyecto Segunda República.

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