Thomas Dine

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Thomas A. Dine is the former president of AIPAC and former president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

History

Achievements, Responsibilities: In the 1970s he worked in the U.S. Senate and the American Embassies in New Delhi, India, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Philipines; 1980-1993 he headed the American Israel Public Afairs Committee AIPAC; 1993-1996 served as Assistant Administrator for Europe and the New Independent States for USAID; president of RFE/RL since 1997; chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties from 2005 to 2007. [1]

Appointments

"Because money for Israel originates in Senate and House foreign affairs committees, AIPAC has long ago insured that each and every member of these committees is unconditionally loyal to Israel. Beyond this, AIPAC insures that every other member of Congress consistently votes and speaks out for Israel; that AIPAC's candidate is selected for every "interesting"assignment. In 1983, Secretary of State George Schultz appointed the head of AIPAC himself, Thomas A. Dine, to a blue ribbon planel of prominent citizens to recommend changes in the foreign aid program. Dine was the only lobbyist on this panel composed of 27 Senators and Representatives, a fact that made James Abourezk remark "It would make as much sense to let the president of Lockheed Corporation serve on a Defense Department board which decides what planes our air force will buy" (Paul Findley, pp. 31). [2]
  • 1970 to 1974: Dine served as Senator Frank Church's legislative assistant for foreign affairs
  • 1973 to 1974: U.S. Senate Special Committee on National Emergencies and Delegated Powers [3]
  • 1975 to 1978: Dine served as head of the Senate Budget Committee's national security staff
  • 1979-1980: Served as advisor to Senator Edmund Muskie on nuclear weapons policy and the SALT treaty, and defense and foreign policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

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References

  1. 'Biography of Thomas Dine', Jewish Community Federation website, accessed 1 April, 2009.
  2. Michael Poulin, 'The Lobby', Palestinian Papers, June, 1989.
  3. 'PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TWO ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATORS AT THE AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT', Clinton Presidential Materials Project website, 26 October, 1993.
  4. 'Thomas A. Dine', web.archive.org/Radio Free Europe website
  5. 'PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TWO ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATORS AT THE AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT', Clinton Presidential Materials Project website, 26 October, 1993.
  6. Freedom House Board of Trustees Accessed 15th May 2009