Dr. Stewart David Nozette of Chevy Chase, Maryland, has been accused in a criminal complaint filed in support of an arrest warrant of having attempted to sell highly classified secrets to an FBI agent posing as a representative of the Israeli government. (Affidavit in Support of a Criminal Complaint and Arrest Warrant, filed in United States v. Stewart David Nozette, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 09-0565M, October 16, 2009.)
Nozette was born in Chicago on May 20, 1957. He won a Ph.D in Planetary Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, and worked in a variety of super-sensitive positions with the highest of security clearances, according to the affidavit. His jobs included a stint on the White House’s National Space Council in 1989-1990 (during the George H.W. Bush administration), and work on nuclear weapons and satellite technology in other positions. These included tours at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he held a “Q” clearance to work on atomic or nuclear-related materials, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Nozette fell for a classic FBI undercover sting operation (very similar to one the FBI used recently to nail a husband and wife who had “retired” after having spied for Cuba for years from various perchs in and around the U.S. Department of State). Reduced to its simplest terms, an FBI agent simply called up Nozette and said (paraphrasing here) “Hi, I’m from Mossad. Wanna work for us?”
Nozette was primed and took off like a rocket after the bait. He told his supposed “contact” that he wanted cash (preferably in amounts under $10,000 to avoid bank reporting rules), because, he said, he knew “how to handle cash … you buy consumables … cash is good for anything … you eat, drink it or screw it.”
Note to would be spies: duh-uh. Do you really think an agent of a foreign power just calls you and blurts out his or her affiliation? And by the way, suppose this offer had really come under a “false flag,” say on behalf of Iran or its sinister appendage, the terrorist para-state Hezbollah? This rapacious clown would have been none the wiser.
Anyway, this story is already wall-to-wall on the main-stream media and national security blogs.
Fairly Civil’s paltry contribution is this little noticed (as of this posting) fact: Nozette was an active contributor to Republican candidates in 1999 and 2000, according to CampaignMoney.com. The website lists gifts from Chevy Chase, Md. resident “Stewart Nozette,” and “Stewart D. Nozette” as follows:
- McCain 2000 — $1,000
- Kolbe 2000 — $250
- Snowe for Senate (2000) — $250
- Gordon Smith for Senate (2000) — $1,000
- Whitman for U.S. Senate (1999) — $650
- Snowe for Senate (1999) — $500
- Snowe for Senate (1999) — $500
- Whitman for U.S. Senate (1999) — $1,000
- Christopher Cox Congressional Committee (2000) — $500
- Lazio 2000 Inc. (2000) — $1,000
- Bush for President, Inc. (1999) — $1,000
- Bush-Cheney 2000 Compliance Committee, Inc. (2000) — $1,000
- Bush-Cheney 2000 Compliance Committee, Inc. (2000) — $1, 925
- Republican National Committee (2000) — $500
Go figure. Not exactly a case of deeply shared values, apparently.
Belch.com asks the cogent question: “Why don’t we execute traitors anymore?”
Good question. A traitor is worse than the skankiest, vilest, most murderous gangster, rapist, or child molester, because a traitor puts every man, woman, and child in America — still the greatest country in the world for whatever faults we have — at risk. Especially, as is clear in this case, selling out information about weapons of truly mass destruction to satisfy unbounded greed.