'U.S. to Gaza' Fundraising Arm Linked to CIA Traitor Philip Agee
Throughout this summer and fall, the anti-Israel group “U.S. to Gaza” held many fundraisers around the United States, seeking to raise as much as $370,000 to join a “peace flotilla” to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
A Pajamas Media investigation has determined that the non-profit organization which accepts the public’s donations and will pay for all of its activities is a shadowy and virulently anti-American group innocuously called the Institute for Media Analysis. The Institute’s founders are considered the forerunners to WikiLeaks, which unabashedly releases classified national security documents. For forty years, the Institute’s leadership deliberately exposed the names of thousands of CIA officers to the public. They bragged that they have been dedicated to "a worldwide campaign to destabilize the CIA through exposure of its operations and personnel,” putting thousands of CIA officers at grave risk.
It is likely that many of those donating to the “peace” cause do not realize the history of the group that will be handling their contributions. Nor is it likely they realize the controversial reputation of the foundation’s leadership and their persistent efforts to harm American CIA officers. But it’s possible the scandal which once enveloped the Institute’s leadership could affect the reputation of “U.S. to Gaza” itself and weaken the group’s claim that it is non-violent.
The “U.S. to Gaza’s” tax exempt foundation, based in New York, is run by long-time radicals William Schaap and Ellen Ray. Their defiant and continued disclosures of CIA field officers ultimately led to the passage of the U.S. Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, which made it a federal crime to intentionally reveal the identity of a covert intelligence officer.
An advisor to the Institute's president and board -- Philip Agee -- has been linked to the assassination of a CIA station chief by terrorists. Mr. Agee’s activities also may have spurred a machine gun attack on an American intelligence official in Jamaica. In 1981, the New York Times described the work of the foundation's leaders as “malicious and incredible.”
Schaap and Ray, who are married, have established a reputation as conspiracy theorists, ranging from the assassination of President Kennedy to the gunning down of the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. They see the hidden hand of the U.S. government in many coups, assassinations, and political events around the world. They have openly advised Marxist governments and movements, warning of CIA “disinformation” campaigns everywhere.
Ray is the Institute's president. Schaap and Ray make up two of the organization's four officers. They have never disclosed the source of their funds. Internal Revenue records show that since 1996 they have funneled nearly $3 million to far left causes.
For decades the couple has flitted through radical chic circles, mingling with Hollywood directors such as Oliver Stone and former Weather Underground terrorists. They have railed against what they call U.S. government “propaganda and disinformation” campaigns in the former Soviet Union, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
The Institute is closely linked to the late CIA renegade agent Philip Agee, who disclosed the names of 250 of his fellow agents in his sensational book, Inside the Company: CIA Diary. Agee has been publicly accused of being, in part, responsible for the 1975 assassination of Richard Welch, the CIA’s station chief in Athens. Schaap and Ray have defended Agee. Together they co-founded and published regular “covert action” bulletins to expose CIA officers. Mr. Agee had served as a formal advisor to the bulletin until his death in early 2008.
The U.S. to Gaza organizers say they raised $50,000 from a single New York dinner cruise that sailed around Manhattan with 400 supporters last summer. In August, “U.S. to Gaza” reported they had raised about $150,000. All of that money goes through the Institute.