CIA station chief a serial rapist?

posted at 2:25 pm on January 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

ABC News reports that the Department of Justice has launched an investigation into a CIA station chief that may have drugged and raped Muslim women in Algeria and Egypt.  Following at least two specific complaints, investigators discovered secret surveillance tapes in the agent’s possession showing sex acts between him and a number of women, as well as a cache of pills of an undetermined type.  The women claimed to have been drugged prior to the sexual assaults:

The CIA’s station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least two Muslim women who claim he laced their drinks with a knock-out drug, U.S. law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

Officials say the 41-year old CIA officer, a convert to Islam, was ordered home by the U.S. Ambassador, David Pearce, in October after the women came forward with their rape allegations in September.

The discovery of more than a dozen videotapes showing the CIA officer engaged in sex acts with other women has led the Justice Department to broaden its investigation to include at least one other Arab country, Egypt, where the CIA officer had been posted earlier in his career, according to law enforcement officials. …

Following the initial complaints, U.S. officials say they obtained a warrant from a federal judge in Washington, D.C. in October to search the station chief’s CIA-provided residence in Algiers and turned up the videos that appear to have been secretly recorded and show, they say, the CIA officer engaged in sexual acts.

Officials say one of the alleged victims is seen on tape, in a “semi-conscious state.”

It’s impossible to overstate the damage this could do to the US, both diplomatically and in the war on terror.  Algeria is a critical station for intelligence against al-Qaeda, and one of the most active subgroups of AQ operates in that country.  Reports of biological weapons research by al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) and laboratory accidents underscores the need for robust CIA work in the country, which will almost certainly suffer serious damage and a curtailment of cooperation.

We can expect to see rabid protests and demonstrations around the Muslim world in the next few days.  It practically corroborates every lunatic theory about the US used by the Islamist terrorists.  America goes to the ummah to rape its women and steal the lands!  The Prophet Cartoons protests were irrationally violent, and I’d bet they’ll pale in comparison if this turns out to be true.  Americans traveling abroad will have to take extra precautions — like adopting British and Canadian accents, eh?  And the accused rapist’s status as a Muslim won’t mean a thing under these circumstances.

If the DoJ proves this in court, this man should never breathe free air again.  For a country in the middle of the war we’re in, this comes close to treason.


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Yes.

CP on January 28, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I’m pretty sure all of them would be covert, or at least their status as a station chief would be. Some may have diplomatic cover under a different title or something. But, operations officers of the CIA are part of the “clandestine service”, so…people aren’t supposed to know who they are.

CP on January 28, 2009 at 4:23 PM

All of them? Or they could be? What I’m asking is it a given this guy was covert? Or he could be covert?

Sue on January 28, 2009 at 3:31 PM

I’m pretty sure all of them would be covert, or at least their status as a station chief would be. Some may have diplomatic cover under a different title or something. But, operations officers of the CIA are part of the “clandestine service”, so…people aren’t supposed to know who they are.

CP on January 28, 2009 at 4:23 PM

CP on January 28, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Curious that it’s coming out now though.

Boudica on January 28, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Deflection. Distraction. Slight of hand. And people will actually believe the magician pulled a real quarter out of their ear.

coldwarrior on January 28, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Sounds like someone needs some corrective water boarding a hug.

moxie_neanderthal on January 28, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Bad enough having him abuse women. Bad enough having a Muslim as a CIA station chief.

blatantblue on January 28, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Officials say the 41-year old CIA officer, a convert to Islam,

It’s not like women have a lot of say in the Religion of Islam remember a judge in Saudi Arabia just rejected an annulment of an 8 year old girl to a 47 year old man.

First question what first attracted this convert to Islam? The social structure? Women are at the bottom. So that is the way this convert treated them?

Dr Evil on January 28, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I don’t understand something. This happened in Algeria. Why weren’t the women described as Algerian? Why Muslim? Is it somehow more heinous a crime that a Muslim woman gets raped by a CIA agent than one of those Christian whores?

In any event, the fact that the agent was a convert to Islam is certainly significant just as the fact that the women were Muslim is significant, right? So no complaining about the former description without complaining about the latters description.

CarolynM on January 28, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Bill, is that you?

Johan Klaus on January 28, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I wonder…
Was this released by Democrats as a distraction from the porkapalooza orgy of spending going on?

Or, was it released by Republicans so that now Obama has something else on his plate to deal with?

Given ABC broke the story, I’d guess Dems, but maybe they were so caught up in being able to make the Bush Admin. look bad again, they forgot he wasn’t the president anymore?

Boudica on January 28, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Officials say the 41-year old CIA officer, a convert to Islam, was ordered home by the U.S. Ambassador, David Pearce, in October after the women came forward with their rape allegations in September.

I thought that made it legal. Are there two witnesses?
Won’t the women have to be stoned?

BrianA on January 28, 2009 at 4:42 PM

The left saying this was a Bush policy in 3, 2, 1…

13Girl on January 28, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I thought the headline was awful enough, but that first sentence is a depressing doozy.

okonkolo on January 28, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Three words: Under Obama’s Watch

Yes, I have HDS (which is like ODS, but more intense).

madmonkphotog on January 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM

So, when are the women going to be stoned to death?

Blake on January 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Wow, how increadibly stupid.

Hog Wild on January 28, 2009 at 6:02 PM

“Officials say the 41-year old CIA officer, a convert to Islam”

Well there ya go…….just practicing the tenets of his religion of peace and co-existence.

Most Muslim men will just ask, “So, what’s the problem”.

GarandFan on January 28, 2009 at 6:04 PM

I was about to accuse him of being a Klinton hold over but this comment beats that…

Bill, is that you?

Johan Klaus on January 28, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Zorro on January 28, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Well I guess this shows how hated America is in Algeria. If he were a convert from any other nation, those women would have been stoned for having been raped.

Lily on January 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Please. No scandal in the Muslim world. He’s a Muslim so it can’t be rape.

The real scandal is why the CIA uses a Muslim for anything but target practice. I no longer accept the foolish idea that one can be an American and a faithful Muslim. It’s one or the other. To believe anything else is simply drinking the koolaid.

LenSp1 on January 28, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Isn’t there a “black,” overseas holding area we can keep this guy in, while we investigate the complex case against him for, oh, say, six or seven years? No reason not to let his cell mates know why he’s there, either, is there?

Peyton on January 28, 2009 at 7:59 PM

First reaction: We have a CIA station chief who’s a convert to Islam? WTF?

(Don’t we rotate our people out of sensitive assignments if we discover they’ve been Da’wa-ized? Oh, wait – Islam is a religion of peace, and Da’wa’s not a red flag. Never mind…)

Second reaction: Fine, live by the sword, die by the sword – let the sharia courts deal with him.

(Oh wait – doesn’t that mean he’ll be carried around on their shoulders as a hero, while the poor victims get sentenced to a horrible death? Never mind… Try him in U.S. court, where he may not suffer any consequences either, but at least the poor women will be left alone.)

/sarc

RD on January 29, 2009 at 2:07 AM

Third reaction: At least his new-found religion gives him the cover needeed to indulge in his evil little hobby. Well-played indeed, you minion of Satan.

Fourth reaction: My last hope is that at least one of these women has a male family member that will grease his as- anyway, in spite of the sharia court’s hero’s welcome.

“uswa hasana, al insan al-kamil” indeed.

RD on January 29, 2009 at 2:17 AM

Indeed if guilty he should never breathe free air again. I am curious though, how much contact did he have with UN? Rape and general abuse of women seems to be an MO with them.

kathianne on January 29, 2009 at 6:17 AM

Guess it’s time for him to apply for a position in the U.N.

blish on January 29, 2009 at 6:53 AM

We don’t know about the timing of his conversion, for all we know it occurred after the fact to help in damage control for the inevitable fallout. Now if you don’t think that the term “Muslim” is relevant in the descriptions of the women, then you really don’t understand the culture in Algeria, or for that matter, Islam. Just for a moment, in a devout society, consider what it would take to convince a muslim woman to engage in pre-marital, consensual sex with an infidel, let alone have a conversation… She faces not just execution, but a very realistic possibility that the execution will be by stoning. This is not the States. Wives walk behind their husbands in the streets, they don’t speak, and women definitely don’t go around soliciting sex (or even dates) from westerners. Muslim or not.

Medicated on January 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM

If the DoJ proves this in court, this man should never breathe free air again.

FIFY Ed. enjoy.

Chaz706 on January 29, 2009 at 2:45 PM

He’s a “Convert to Islam”? And we have Imam Hamza’s remarks about “uncovered meat?” What he did is legal under Islam.

We continue to ignore this at our own peril.

{O.O}

herself on January 29, 2009 at 5:04 PM

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