Is there door-to-door spying by Israelis in Utah? 

Some very strange activities are occurring in America.  Take the latest activity that came across my radar this morning.  Perhaps you have heard about it, but most likely you have not.

In a recent article by Brent Hunsaker for ABC4, online, we find that:

“Sales people working neighborhoods in Northern Utah County have been asking some odd questions that have nothing to do with making the sale.  Folks are reporting that they’re asking about the new National Security Agency’s data center that is being built at Camp Williams” (

The ‘sales’ people say they are Israeli art students and are selling their works to raise money for an art gallery. Some of the ‘art students’ have produced what appear to be legitimate Israeli passports, according to the report by Hunsaker.  But we find out that:

“Blogs and even church bulletins are buzzing. One such bulletin sent out to LDS women in Highland said, “This is a scam! These are not art students and federal law enforcement groups are actually investigating their ties to organized crime and terrorist groups.” The note went on, “Part of their mission here is to gain information on the new NSA installation coming to our area” (ibid).

The question at issue is indeed, why would so-called ‘Israeli art students’ be asking questions about the new NSA agency due to be put at Camp Williams?  Are they really ‘art students’ as they say they are or are they part and parcel of international spying efforts that have been condoned and undertaken within the US by Israeli spy agencies for decades? 

All of this, of course brings to mind the 2007 stories on the Israeli ‘dance students’ in the US months prior to 911. 

According to the website LiveLeak, in 2007:

“The presence in the United States of a number of young Israelis, most of whom had specialized military and intelligence backgrounds, in the months prior to 911 is a subject that has received inadequate attention from the major U.S. media and government investigators. The activities of the Israelis fell into two main areas: the casing of the offices and homes of Federal law enforcement officials, U.S. military bases, and other sensitive sites by Israeli “art students” during 2000 and 2001 and the unusual activities of Israeli “movers” around sensitive areas during and after 911. These incidents occurred in tandem with the suspicious activities of other former Israeli military and intelligence officials in neighboring countries, including Canada and Mexico, after 911. In addition, a number of Israeli intelligence agents were apprehended abroad for passport violations and other illegal activities. (Link to (

At the Information Clearing House website,   a quote from the article ‘What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?’

“according to DeCarlo’s report, “this officer was told without question by the driver [Sivan Kurzberg],’We are Israeli. We are not your problem.Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.'” Another of the five Israelis, again without prompting, told Officer DeCarlo �- falsely �- that “we were on the West Side Highway in New York City during the incident”. From inside the vehicle the officers, who were quickly joined by agents from the FBI, retrieved multiple passports and $4,700 in cash stuffed in a sock. According to New Jersey’s Bergen Record, which on September 12 reported the arrest of the five Israelis, an investigator high up in the Bergen County law enforcement hierarchy stated that officers had also discovered in the vehicle “maps of the city with certain places highlighted. It looked like they’re hooked in with this”, the source told the Record, referring to the 9/11 attacks. “It looked like they knew what was going to happen when they were at Liberty State Park.”

The five men were indeed Israeli citizens. They claimed to be in the country working as movers for Urban Moving Systems Inc., which maintained a warehouse and office in Weehawken, New Jersey. They were held for 71 days in a federal detention center in Brooklyn, New York, during which time they were repeatedly interrogated by FBI and CIA counterterrorism teams, who referred to the men as the “high-fivers” for their celebratory behavior on the New Jersey waterfront. Some were placed in solitary confinement for at least forty days; some were given as many as seven liedetector tests. One of the Israelis, Paul Kurzberg, brother of Sivan, refused to take a lie-detector test for ten weeks. Then he failed it” 9

All very strange indeed. 

Saratoga Springs residents complained to their local police department about the art students who they said were peppering them with questions about the new NSA data center.   Officer Matt Schauerhamer hunted down one Israeli group of ‘art salesman’ at a local restaurant.  He says he does not know if members of the group were spies, but according to Schauerhamer they were definitely not artists.

“I told them, ‘If you’re actually an artist, why don’t you draw something?’ I gave them a piece of paper and gave them my pen. They produced a picture that was about on par with what my kindergartner could have done” ( (ABC

Schauerhamer cited the group for soliciting without a city business license.  He then passed along information about the group to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE says they are investigating.

Hunsaker went on to report that ABC 4 also contacted other agencies that might have interest in possible door-to-door spies. We were told by a spokesman for Utah Homeland Security that they were unaware of the Israeli artists and the FBI had no comment (ibid).

The dancing Isrealis directly after 911, of course was denounced as a conspiracy theory born from anti-Jewish voices.  However, the issue has never been put to rest and it is known the Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted directly after the 911 attack stating that there would be great sympathy for the Israelis due to the 911 incident.

Who are these Israeli art students and why are they asking questions about an NSA center in Utah?  Will we ever know or will this story too die, as did the story regarding the Israeli dance students?