"NATO official calls for changes in intelligence-gathering in Afghanistan; Says agents must focus more on nation’s civilians" by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press | January 6, 2010
KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO’s top intelligence officer has ordered significant changes in the way information is collected and shared in Afghanistan, saying that without reform the US intelligence community will continue to be only marginally relevant to the counterinsurgency mission.
Well, seeing as THEY and THEIR AGENTS are the CAUSE, I wouldn't exactly say that.
In a stinging assessment of the US intelligence effort after eight years of war, US Major General Michael Flynn directed intelligence workers to focus less on the enemy and more on civilian life.
We are focused on civilian life:
The report was compiled before a suicide bomber killed seven CIA operatives in eastern Afghanistan last week. The CIA is not mentioned in Flynn’s report, which focuses more on the thousands of uniformed and civilian intelligence personnel serving with the Defense Department and joint interagency operations in the country.
Yeah, we got SPIES GALORE -- and all on YOUR TAX BUCK, deficit-ridden Americans.
Flynn’s reform plan was published Monday by the Center for a New American Security think tank in Washington. Flynn acknowledges that releasing the 26-page report through a think tank was unconventional, but said the report was intended for commanders and intelligence professionals in Afghanistan and in the United States and Europe. The report said field agents are not providing the kind of intelligence that analysts need to respond to inquiries from President Obama and the top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal.
Yeah, the spooks are experts at deception!
“These analysts are starved for information from the field - so starved, in fact, that many say their jobs feel more like fortune telling than serious detective work,’’ the report said.
(Excuse me while blog editor picks up jaw off floor)
“It is little wonder then that many decision makers rely more on newspapers than military intelligence to obtain ‘ground truth.’ ’’
Oh, no, no, no!!!!
You are NOT GOING to FIND TRUTH anywhere NEAR a NEWSPAPER!!
Intelligence gathering in Afghanistan suffered a deadly blow on Dec. 30, when a suicide bomber - believed to have been a Jordanian working as a double agent - killed seven CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer inside Camp Chapman, a highly secured forward base in Khost Province, in eastern Afghanistan.
Related: Pity the Poor CIA
What for? Sending missiles down on innocent Pakistanis and executing young Afghan children.
In conventional warfare, troops depend on big picture intelligence to determine their ground strategies. However, in a counterinsurgency, troops, aid workers, and others on the ground are usually the best informed about the enemy, the report said. Brigade and regional command intelligence summaries that rehash the previous day’s fighting are of little use compared with periodic reports that also address changes in the local economy, corruption, and governance.
However, Flynn wrote, US intelligence officials and analysts have spent too much energy focused on enemy activities and are “ignorant of local economics and landowners, hazy about who the power brokers are and how they might be influenced, incurious about the correlations between various development projects . . . and disengaged from people in the best position to find answers.’’
Hey, COORDINATING FALSE FLAGS and PAYING PATSIES is "HARD WORK!"
The officials “can do little but shrug in response to high-level decision makers seeking the knowledge, analysis, and information they need to wage a successful counterinsurgency,’’ said the report, which was co-authored by Flynn’s adviser, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor with the Defense Intelligence Agency.
And outfit the "suiciders" car.
“The US intelligence community is only marginally relevant to the overall strategy,’’ the report concluded. “I don’t want to say we’re clueless, but we are,’’ an operations officer quoted in the report said. “We’re no more than fingernail deep in our understanding of the environment.’’
And check out the INCESTUOUS CONNECTIONS, folks!!
The Center for a New American Security was cofounded by Michele A. Flournoy, who has since become the undersecretary of defense, the Pentagon’s policy chief. The think tank provides analysis and proposes defense and national security policy changes, and its reports are widely read by the military community.
Yup, the SAME OLD CROWD -- just the DEMS VERSION of Perle, etc.
When he took command in Afghanistan in June 2009, McChrystal made similar calls for collecting more “white’’ information about local goings-on, along with “red’’ analysis about enemy activities.... Little, however, has changed in the collection of mostly enemy-related intelligence, the report said. The report quotes McChrystal as saying in a recent meeting: “Our senior leaders - the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, Congress, the president of the United States - are not getting the right information to make decisions with. We must get this right. The media is driving the issues.’’
And THAT is ALWAYS a BAD THING -- even down to the most minute decisions of life.
And they think READING a NEWSPAPER helps?
Well, actually, don't, but....
And observe the CONSTRUCTION of a CIA COVER STORY as brought to you by the AmeriKan MSM!
"CIA base bomber was double agent; Jordanian had worked for US in Afghanistan" by Joby Warrick, Washington Post | January 5, 2010
Remember, readers, the Washington Post is the CIA 's newspaper. so this is straight from the horse's mou..., well, try the other end because that is ALL THAT is coming out of the New York Times and Washington Post these days.
WASHINGTON - The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives in Afghanistan last week was a Jordanian informant who lured intelligence officers into a meeting with a promise of new information about Al Qaeda’s top leadership, according to two former US government officials briefed on the incident.
Like where is Osama?
The informant had been working undercover in eastern Afghanistan for weeks, and had provided US spies with what one official described as “actionable intelligence’’ when he set the trap, the sources said. In addition to the seven US operatives, the bomb blast at a CIA base in Khost province killed a Jordanian intelligence official who had been assigned to work with the informant, the officials said. The American victims included Harold Brown Jr., a 37-year-old from Bolton, Mass.
More in the pity link above.
The alleged bomber, identified as Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, was picked up in a vehicle a distance from the CIA base and apparently was not thoroughly searched before being brought into the compound, said one of the former officials, a veteran counterterrorism officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the incident remains under investigation.
“He was someone who had already worked with us,’’ said the official, adding that the informant had been jointly managed by US and Jordanian intelligence agencies. The CIA declined to comment.
Oh, now they are not talking again? Pfffft!
The name of the alleged bomber was first reported by al-Jazeera, which described Balawi as a physician from the Jordanian town of Zarqa, also the home of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the slain former leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Oh, no, not Zarqawi!!!
[I wish these spooks would settle on one lame explanation and leave it at that, but the more convoluted the better; one that keeps going through kaleidoscopic changes is even better. Now they come-up with this curious story of a Jordanian doctor that the agency has allegedly "flipped," but it turns-out that he is secretly one of Osama's boys. Now comes the really curious part, this doctor is supposedly from the same little town in Jordan, Zarqa, that previously produced "super-terrorist" Abu Musab Al Zarqawi. You remember the dead super-terrorist leader of the fictitious "al Qaida In Iraq," who didn't even know how to fire an automatic weapon?
Both of these terrorists were arrested in Jordan and subjected to CIA persuasion until they gave-in (which means that they were broken by brainwashing), before being sent to Afghanistan. The fact that both of them began anti-American operations after this either means that CIA brainwashing doesn't work or that they were trained by the CIA to attack those targets. The story of Abdullah Mehsud, after he was released from Guantanamo Bay, is almost identical to these Jordanian tales. You would think that the CIA wouldn't be so sloppy.] -- Alleged Bomber of CIA Base From Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Home Town. Coincidence?
Also see: Al-Zarqawi Video Is A Pentagon Propaganda Psy-Op
Creativity is a thing of beauty, isn't it?
Al-Jazeera reported that Balawi had been recruited to help track down Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian physician and No. 2 leader of Al Qaeda. MSNBC also reported that Balawi was the bomber.
Ah, yes, Ayman al-Zawahri!
"Here is a larger image of our supposed number 2 Al Qaeda. Rather odd design motif in that background cloth, all things considered." -- Mike Rivero of What Really Happened
Yeah, that SURE is a strange cloth!
They think we wouldn't notice, or just not care?
The role of Jordanian intelligence at the CIA’s Forward Operating Base Chapman was tacitly acknowledged over the weekend when the body of the dead Jordanian intelligence operative was flown home for a military burial in the capital city of Amman. The man, identified in Jordanian press accounts as Sharif Ali bin Zeid, was assigned to work as a “handler’’ for Balawi, the former US counterterrorism official said.
That is about as close to the covert false flags the Amerikan MSM will get.
Jordan is a key ally in the US fight against Al Qaeda and its intelligence operatives have been integrated into missions in the Middle East and beyond, current and former US intelligence officials say. “They know the bad guy’s . . . culture, his associates, and more [than anyone] about the network to which he belongs,’’ said Jamie Smith, a former CIA officer who worked in the border region in the years immediately after US-backed Afghan forces drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan.
And I'm sure, in many cases, ARE the BAD GUY (doing CIA bidding, of course)!!
Jordanians were particularly prized for their skill in interrogating captives and cultivating informants, owing to an unrivaled “expertise with radicalized militant groups and Shia/Sunni culture,’’ said Smith, who heads a private security company known as SCG International.
So HOW MANY FALSE FLAG PATSY CELLS are THEY RUNNING?
And they are being PRAISED for their TORTURE, 'eh?
Yet, despite Jordan’s critical role, officials from both countries have insisted that its participation remain virtually invisible, in part to avoid damaging Amman’s standing among other Muslim nations in the region, former intelligence officials said.
What more is there to say, readers?
The AmeriKan MSM will make sure it stays that way.
So did AP stumble across anything the WaPo left out?
"AP sources: Bomber at CIA base was from Jordan" by Pamela Hess and Adam Goldman, Associated Press Writers | January 4, 2010
WASHINGTON --The suicide bomber.... was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a 36-year old doctor from Zarqa, Jordan....
Not again! Dentists, doctors, bankers sons, etc. Please stop it.
He was arrested more than a year ago by Jordanian intelligence and was thought to have been persuaded to support U.S. and Jordanian efforts against al-Qaida, according to the NBC report....
The WaPo's OMISSIONS become OUTRAGEOUS, don't they?
We KNOWwho is being PROTECTED, don't we?
An online jihadist magazine in September 2009 posted an interview with al-Balawi, according to SITE Monitoring Service, a terrorist watch group that reads and translates messages on extremist forums. SITE said Monday that al-Balawi used his pseudonym -- identified as Khorsani -- in the postings, describing how he rose through the ranks of online jihadist forums. He said he went to Afghanistan to fight, and he exhorted others to do violence.
"No words are more eloquent than those proven by acts, so that if that Muslim survives, he will be one who proves his words with acts. If he dies in the Cause of Allah, he will grant his words glory that will be permanent marks on the path to guide to jihad, with permission from Allah," al-Balawi wrote, according to SITE's translation....
What GREAT TIMING, huh?
Yeah, TOSS THAT SITING right in the TRASH CAN!!
A Jordanian government official, who was not authorized to speak to the press, said the Jordanian government has no connection to the bomber....
Don't you love it when EVERYBODY LIES?
Jordan's state news agency Petra identified bin Zaid as an army officer on a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan. It said he was killed Wednesday evening "as a martyr while performing the sacred duty of the Jordanian forces in Afghanistan." It did not provide other details. The Jordanian military released a brief statement acknowledging bin Zaid had been killed in Afghanistan, but it did not mention he was working with Jordanian intelligence or cooperating with the CIA....
Must be taking lessons from the AmeriKan MSM.
The death of bin Zaid underscored the close relationship between the Jordanian intelligence service and the CIA in the U.S. global war on terrorism. Jordan is known to have acted as a proxy jailer for the CIA in 2004, when Jordanian intelligence officers interrogated several al-Qaida militants who were flew in on rendition flights from Guantanamo Bay. The New York-based Human Rights Watch and several other watchdogs rebuked Jordan for what they described then as systematic torture of the detainees. Jordan denied the link to the CIA and the abuse allegations....
Yeah, meanwhile, the U.S. intelligence apparatus PRAISES the TORTURE!!
How sick is that?
Back to my printed paper for the next day's coverage:
"CIA bomber coerced to work for Jordan spy agency" by Jamal Halaby, Associated Press Writer | January 5, 2010
So he was TORTURED to make him "cooperate?"
No wonder he CHOSE HIS MOMENT!
He KILLED his TORTURER, didn't he?
ZARQA, Jordan --The suspected Jordanian double agent who killed seven CIA officers in Afghanistan was thrown into jail by Jordanian intelligence to coerce him to track down al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, Mideast counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.
The 32-year-old doctor's allegiance was to al-Qaida from the start, however, and not to his Jordanian recruiters or their CIA friends -- and it never wavered, a Middle East counterterrorism official told The Associated Press.
Okay, ABOVE it says 36-years old, so WTF, CIA?
You CAN'T EVEN GET the AGE RIGHT?
He and two other counterterrorism officials gave identical accounts of how and when Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was recruited....
And THAT is NEVER a GOOD SIGN because it SHOWS COLLABORATION and GETTING YOUR STORIES STRAIGHT, right?
All four spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on matters involving the CIA and Jordan's national security. Family and friends said al-Balawi, a father of two young daughters, had practiced medicine in a clinic at a Palestinian refugee camp near Zarqa, the hometown of slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
There you go!
Yup, *ew media tries to drag Palestinians into it!
Remember when the first claims to 9/11 were allegedly from a Palestinian group?
Turned out to be bogus, but PATTERN ESTABLISHED!!!
One high school classmate, Mohammed Yousef, described al-Balawi as "brilliant," well-spoken and well-mannered, though he kept mostly to himself and did not mingle much with relatives or friends. The doctor also spoke openly about wanting to die in a holy war, Yousef said, adding that in Internet postings he called tirelessly for jihad against Israel and the United States....
PFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTT!!!!!Oh, the AmeriKan MSM KNOWS ALL ABOUT the CHARADE, huh?
Jordanian intelligence was aware of these provocative statements when they arrested al-Balawi last March after he signed up for a humanitarian mission to the Gaza Strip with a Jordanian field hospital in the wake of Israel's offensive there, the counterterrorism officials said.
Oh, yeah, then he certainly was a "terrorist," wanting to help those poor people.
Al-Balawi was jailed for three days and shortly after that, he secretly left his native Jordan for Afghanistan, they said, suggesting he had agreed to take on the mission against al-Qaida.
Once in Afghanistan, al-Balawi provided valuable intelligence information that helped foil al-Qaida terror plots on Jordan, the officials said. His Jordanian recruiters then offered al-Balawi to their CIA allies.... On Dec. 30, the Jordanian was invited to Camp Chapman, a tightly secured CIA forward base in Khost province on the fractious Afghan-Pakistan frontier, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a foreign government official.
He was not closely searched, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials, apparently because of his perceived value as someone who could lead American forces to senior al-Qaida leaders. Shortly after the debriefing began, al-Balawi set off his explosives, a former U.S. intelligence official said. The blast killed seven CIA employees and Ali bin Zaid, a senior Jordanian intelligence officer and relative of Jordan's King Abdullah II....
A Jordanian official denied al-Balawi was a double agent, saying he was a sometime contact of Jordanian intelligence who had no formal role as an intelligence officer. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the government's sensitive intelligence contacts.... Still, the case raises uneasy questions about how the CIA could have been duped for so long.
A U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday the danger of using informants is inherent but unavoidable. He said intelligence agencies have to rely on unsavory individuals to penetrate terrorist groups because no one else has the access.....
They ARE unsavory individuals!
And what my printed paper whacked:
Questions also remain about why the bomber was not searched for weapons or explosives prior to his meeting with CIA officers, which is standard protocol even for visiting dignitaries, said a senior foreign government official and more than a dozen former CIA officers....
Yeah, now THAT REALLY STINKS!!!
Former CIA officers said the large group and failure to screen for a bomb suggest a lapse in what the CIA calls "tradecraft" -- standard operating procedures meant to maximize security, secrecy and intelligence gathering.
That statement makes me sick. Crafts are things you make for a summer fair, not slaughtering innocent men, women, and children with drone attacks.
The Pakistani Taliban has claimed they used a turncoat CIA operative to carry out the attack, saying it was in revenge for a top militant leader's death in a U.S. missile strike. It was impossible to verify the claim independently, but it is highly unusual for the Pakistani Taliban to claim credit for an attack in Afghanistan....
Then I'M DOUBTING IT WAS THEM!
Jordan has a vested interest to fight al-Qaida, which has plotted several deadly attacks against the pro-U.S. Arab kingdom.... The bombing of the CIA base was an embarrassment for Jordan. The country's pro-U.S. government has gone to great lengths to conceal its connection with the attack on the CIA to avoid angering Arabs already disgruntled with Washington's Mideast policy, which they regard as biased in favor of Israel.
Which it is, big-time!
Al-Balawi came from a nomadic Bedouin clan from Tabuk, in western Saudi Arabia, which has branches in Jordan and the West Bank. He was born in Kuwait in 1977 to a middle-class family of nine other children, including an identical twin brother. He lived there until Iraq's 1990 invasion of the rich Gulf nation when the family moved to Jordan. He graduated with honors from an Amman high school and studied medicine in Turkey.
Yup, your "doctor" terrorist.more--"
What the web crowd received instead:
"US saw path to Al Qaeda chiefs before bombing; CIA attacker instead dealt major setback" by Mark Mazzetti, New York Times | January 6, 2010
Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was a doctor in Zarqa, Jordan, before being recruited to work in intelligence. (Nader Daoud/Associated Press)
Oh, my, what BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN!!!!
WASHINGTON - Before detonating a suicide bomb in Afghanistan last week, a Jordanian militant was considered by US spy agencies to be the most promising informant in years....
Huh. And now he is gone, cui bono?
And stop it with the Zawahiri s***, will you, NYT?
New details about the Khost attack emerged yesterday as the Obama administration took steps to strengthen security measures after failing to detect a Christmas airline bombing plot. The two episodes illuminate the problems the United States still faces in understanding the intentions of Al Qaeda and its affiliates....
Yup, leave it to the NYT to LINK THEM UP, pfffffft!
Balawi proved to be one of the most unusual double agents in the history of espionage, choosing to kill his American contacts at their first meeting, rather than establish regular contact to glean what the CIA did - and did not - know about Al Qaeda and then report back to the network’s leaders.
Oh, STINK, STINK!!!!!!
In the deadly aftermath, US intelligence officials pledged retribution....
They took it: Missiles rain again at Pakistan border
Balawi, a 32-year-old physician....
I guess that settles that, hmm?
In the past, former CIA officials said, the Jordanian spy service had pressed potential recruits by suggesting that their family’s safety depended on their cooperation.
Yes, THAT is TORTURE!!!!
Amazing how these LITTLE SCRAPS of WONDERMENT are not as PUBLICIZED as the "terrorist," 'eh, readers?
US officials did not say yesterday whether Balawi had been coerced into spying for the Jordanians.
No, but the article above did.
The White House and the CIA declined to comment for this article.
I wouldn't cover their lying statements even if they did.
(Back to the printed page)
An Afghan shopkeeper is seen through the hole in his shop's wall after an explosion in Khost, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. At least 13 people were injured in the explosion. Police were investigating the cause of the blast. (AP Photo/Nashanuddin Khan)
Just wondering why THIS SECTION of the article got hatcheted:
"Two of the CIA workers killed in Afghanistan were private contractors with the security company formerly known as Blackwater..... Xe spokesman Mark Corallo declined to confirm whether the men worked for the North Carolina-based company."
And for you webbers:
Relatives carried the body of a boy killed in a blast yesterday in Afghanistan. The government said the explosion occurred when a passing police vehicle hit a planted mine. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press)
"Details emerge on CIA base attacker; Afghan blast kills 4 youths" by Stephen Farrell, New York Times | January 7, 2010
You see a PATTERN emerging here, readers?
AMMAN, Jordan - Balawi’s father, Khalil, said last night that he was still confused by conflicting reports about what had happened to his son. “We don’t have any information,’’ he said, as he returned home in the Nuzha district here in Jordan’s capital. “Everything we hear is contradictory.’’
Been reading AmeriKan newspapers I see.
The brother described Balawi as a “brilliant doctor,’’ saying that the family knew nothing of Balawi’s writings under a pseudonym on jihadi websites. He said, however, that his brother had been “changed’’ by last year’s three-week Israeli offensive in Gaza, which killed about 1,300 Palestinians.
Hey, look, WE WERE ALL CHANGED by that -- and FOREVER WILL BE!!!
ISRAEL was FINALLY FULLY EXPOSED for the MONSTERS they are!!!!
The brother said that Balawi was arrested by Jordanian authorities after volunteering with medical organizations to treat wounded Palestinians in Gaza. The family is itself of Palestinian origin, from a tribe in the Beersheba region.
Then they are not terrorists, whatever they may be.
He voiced no criticism of his brother’s actions, instead blaming unnamed people who he felt had pushed his brother to act. “If you catch a cat and put it in a corner, she will jump on you,’’ the brother said.
Not only does he see the (tortured) truth, but the Arabs and Muslims always have such cool proverbs!
And the FUTURE COSTS to YOU, America?
US forces in Afghanistan ‘should expect up to 500 casualties a month’
If that doesn't get you out in the streets, AmeriKa, nothing will.
CIA Killings Spell Defeat in Afghanistan
Then let's get out now.
Are U.S. Forces Executing Afghan Kids?
The Taliban suicide attack that killed a group of CIA agents in Afghanistan on a base that was directing US drone aircraft used to attack Taliban leaders was big news in the US over the past week, with the airwaves and front pages filled with sympathetic stories referring to the fact that the female station chief, who was among those killed, was the “mother of three children.”
But the apparent mass murder of Afghan school children, including one as young as 11 years old, by a US-led group of troops, was pretty much blacked out in the American media. Especially blacked out was word from UN investigators that the students had not just been killed but executed, many of them after having first been rousted from their bedroom and handcuffed....
Yeah, that was GLOSSED OVER, wasn't it?
We tried to call it an AIR STRIKE at first?
Kai Eide, UN Representative to Afghanistan confirmed the Afghan government’s investigative conclusions that US troops handcuffed and then executed eight students enrolled in grades 6 through 10 in a night raid on December 27, 2009. The US military and NATO responded the troops involved were non-official. The most likely source of para-military “non-official” troops in Afghanistan is Blackwater/Xe....