[I]t now emerges that in late 1946 the Labour government of Clement Attlee asked MI6 for “proposals for action to deter ships masters and crews from engaging in illegal Jewish immigration and traffic,” adding, “Action of the nature contemplated is, in fact, a form of intimidation and intimidation is only likely to be effective if some members of the group of people to be intimidated actually suffer unpleasant consequences.” Among the options contemplated were “the discovery of some sabotage device, which had ‘failed’ to function after the sailing of a ship,” “tampering with a ship’s fresh water supplies or the crew’s food,” and “fire on board ship in port.” Sir Stewart Menzies, the chief of the SIS, suggested these could be blamed on an invented Arab terrorist group called The Defenders of Arab Palestine.
Despite having sent a team to slaughter 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics in 1972 in an audacious and sadistic attack — his henchmen castrated one athlete in front of his teammates before killing him — Salameh would soon become an American informant.
“In Beirut’s intelligence circles, the joke was, ‘It pays to live in the same building as American diplomats because the PLO security is so good.’ ”
“We’re no longer asking you to come and help us make a revolution. We’re telling you that the revolution has begun, and the only choice you have to make is which side you’re on.” 37:27