CIA thought suicide bomber who infiltrated Afghan base was … “reformed”

posted at 9:03 pm on January 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

At last, a common thread between the two catastrophic security breaches at the end of the year. Both plots involved a jihadi who’d supposedly been “reformed.” Emphasis on “supposedly.”

According to Western intelligence officials, the perpetrator was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, 36, an al-Qaida sympathizer from the town of Zarqa, which is also the hometown of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant Islamist responsible for several devastating attacks in Iraq.

Al-Balawi was arrested by Jordanian intelligence more than a year ago. However, the Jordanians believed that al-Balawi had been successfully reformed and brought over to the American and Jordanian side, setting him up as an agent and sending him off to Afghanistan and Pakistan to infiltrate al-Qaida.

How’d he get so many top CIA agents within blast range? Easy — he claimed he had urgent information about Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The former senior intelligence official said one of the big unanswered questions is why so many people were present for the debriefing — the interview of the source — when the explosive was detonated.

A half-dozen former CIA officers told The Associated Press that in most cases, only one or two agency officers would typically meet with a possible informant along with an interpreter. Such small meetings would normally be used to limit the danger and the possible exposure of the identities of both officers and informants.

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.

Three questions. One: Did they think he was operating under deep cover when he gave that interview in September 2009 or did they not recognize the pseudonym he used (“Khorsani”) when they presumably saw it? Two: Why did al-Balawi lure the agents with info on Zawahiri instead of Bin Laden? Presumably the latter would have attracted an even bigger audience, no? Third: What role, precisely, did Sharif Ali bin Zeid, the Jordanian intel agent who recruited al-Balawi and drove him to the base in Khost — only to be killed in the ensuing explosion — play in this? I don’t mean to impugn the guy: WaPo had a story just this morning about how useful Jordanian intelligence has been to us in the war on terror, and bin Zeid himself was a relative of Jordanian King Abdullah. He was probably as innocent a victim as any of the CIA casualties. But he was also the contact for a double agent, and it still hasn’t been explained how al-Balawi made it into the meeting without once being searched on the base. Was it a joint suicide mission or did bin Zeid himself die a hero’s death in service to the west’s cause by trusting al-Balawi too much?

Update: Al-Balawi might not have been blowing smoke about Zawahiri: “It is now thought that he was sent on his suicide mission by Mr al-Zawahiri himself.”


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Reformed Jihadist, an oxymoron.

d1carter on January 4, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Heckuva job, Penetty.

Trusser13 on January 4, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Did he have a diploma in water coloring and crayola art.

scorpio9 on January 4, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Fellas
I’m from AlQaeda
and I’m here to help you

macncheez on January 4, 2010 at 9:08 PM

The CIA is in the crapper.

cubachi on January 4, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Where’s Barney Fife when you need him. Columbo or even Monk – they might do a better job.

suzyk on January 4, 2010 at 9:11 PM

A simple strip search would have kept this from happening.

Trust but verify.

Bishop on January 4, 2010 at 9:11 PM

It’s time for an overhaul of the CIA, starting with the ROE. We should send them back to the days of the classic CIA leadership, less concerned with political correctness than keeping the country safe.

amerpundit on January 4, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Trust, but verify…

The next “reformed jihadi” ought to have his family threatened, then forced to return to Zawahiri and return the favor….by reading him a strongly worded letter…

*bangs head on laptop*

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Both plots involved a jihadi who’d supposedly been “reformed.”

How do you reform a person that every fiber of their being is to either convert you to Islam, or kill you?

Good thing we are letting all those guys out of Gitmo…

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2010 at 9:12 PM

*confirmed*
new CIA issue weapons found here.

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:13 PM

“CIA thought suicide bomber who infiltrated Afghan base was … “reformed”

Anyone with a whit of common sense can tell by watching Muslim actions, that there is no reformation in Islam! It’s a mental disease! No, the CIA was not thinking!

GFW on January 4, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Reforming the mentally/psychologically ill is a lost cause as long as they are in the environment that caused their illness in the first place. This is true for normal people..the natural mental illness of backward arabs makes the effort futile imo.
Finger painting, poetry and pats on the back wouldn’t work on an American hippie, why someone would think that a lifelong member of some 7th century nomadic desert death cult could be “reformed” by that sort of thing is beyond comprehension to me.

Itchee Dryback on January 4, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Never, ever trust an activist – of any kind.

OldEnglish on January 4, 2010 at 9:17 PM

“CIA thought suicide bomber who infiltrated Afghan base was … “reformed”

Apparently they should rethink that assessment. And then re-assess every other “reformed” jihadi.

conservnut on January 4, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Makes perfect sense, they never saw it coming because Obama issued all officers ADT glasses which they use to examine all potential threats.

ADT glasses let you see the world through liberal eyes where, like in the ADT commercials, only well groomed white males commit crimes.

Alden Pyle on January 4, 2010 at 9:18 PM

*sigh*

SouthernGent on January 4, 2010 at 9:19 PM

A Moderate!!!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Let’s not slough this one off. This was a big blow. We are dealing with a thinking and adaptable enemy who should not be underestimated. The guys that turned this guy now have information on our operations that could have compromised a good portion of the whole works.

Square 1 anyone…?

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Let’s not slough this one off.

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:21 PM

ted c: And,lets not forget the goons,hacking into the
video feed of one of the drones!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Square 1 anyone…?

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:21 PM

All the way back to the crusades…

Time to go Mid-Evil on these guys, and anyone who tries to be ‘politically correct’ or wants to try them in a civilian court, should be dealt with as an enemy combatant.

I don’t want anyone else, especially my young son, to be turned into a red mist because some squish of a politician doesn’t want to fight a real war.

… and that is exactly what we have here, ladies and gentlemen.

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM

I just noticed that a comment I made had been deleted on another thread for no reason.

Whatever. Maybe I shouldn’t comment. I rarely learn anything new here anyway. Usually I’m teaching.

ThackerAgency on January 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM

They thought he was reformed because they were told that there ARE no “terrorists.” We don’t use that word any longer. We don’t send them to Gitmo, we send them to a prison in the states AFTER reading them their Miranda rights, then we provide the money and attorneys for a trial and allow them to air all of their pent up hatred of America. Ideally, we’ll send them to art school in the Middle East first. That way, they can work through many of their anger issues and become upstanding citizens.

I just don’t understand what happened.
/s

Yellowdog12 on January 4, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I just noticed that a comment I made had been deleted on another thread for no reason.

Whatever. Maybe I shouldn’t comment. I rarely learn anything new here anyway. Usually I’m teaching.

ThackerAgency on January 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM

that thought and comment never happened. only comments that are in proper newspeak are allowed.

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM

perhaps there were so many CIA agents there because they were afraid of being prosecuted in the future because of their interrogation methods??

kringeesmom on January 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM

the comment was deleted even though there is a comment still there mentioning how much they liked the comments (posted before they deleted mine).

as I said, whatever. punish me.

ThackerAgency on January 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Two: Why did al-Balawi lure the agents with info on Zawahiri instead of Bin Laden?

Well done, AP. Hmmmm.

Weight of Glory on January 4, 2010 at 9:31 PM

A simple strip search pat down would have kept this from happening.

Trust but verify.

Bishop on January 4, 2010 at 9:11 PM

David2.0 on January 4, 2010 at 9:31 PM

as I said, whatever. punish me.

ThackerAgency on January 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Are we pouting?

thomasaur on January 4, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Square 1 anyone…?

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Fair point, but I doubt that this guy had access to any info that is real damaging. The CIA always works with nefarious characters to gain Intel, this guy was probably nothing more than an informant. Dropped some juicy stuff on them a time of two to gain at least a desire to talk to him, then boom.

conservnut on January 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

So if he was reformed, how many times did he blow himself up in the past?

clement on January 4, 2010 at 9:35 PM

The Taliban,acted as a tv interview of the Northern Alliance
commander,with a bomb hidden in the camera,just before 911
attack was started,and Ka-Blewy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Shah_Massoud

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Zawahiri is (and has been) the AlQaeda top gun for a while. Bin Laden is dead.

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2010 at 9:36 PM

He must have made a contribution to the Obama campaign, worked for Bill Ayers.

NoDonkey on January 4, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Trust but verify, hold the trust.

Painting with a broad brush but this isn’t the first time our folks have gotten burned. I am sure the perks for cooperating are generous, they should never stop having to earn them. This has been a hard learned lesson.

Cindy Munford on January 4, 2010 at 9:40 PM

How about a few bomb-sniffing dogs around these sensitive areas (both on the informant and at the FOBs)?

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Fair point, but I doubt that this guy had access to any info that is real damaging. The CIA always works with nefarious characters to gain Intel, this guy was probably nothing more than an informant. Dropped some juicy stuff on them a time of two to gain at least a desire to talk to him, then boom.

conservnut on January 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

doubt it as well. Square 1 in the context of a significant loss of experience in the local area that isn’t easily replaced. Also, if the AQ guys know “whats up” with the OPs there at FOB Chapman, then lots of moving pieces are going to have to be literally *moved*. Degrades capability.

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:41 PM

MB4 on January 4, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Obowma, and the bureaucrats in our government say…

“Double our efforts…. with money of course.”

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Two: Why did al-Balawi lure the agents with info on Zawahiri instead of Bin Laden? Presumably the latter would have attracted an even bigger audience, no?

Because bin Laden’s dead, and they both know it?

Tanya on January 4, 2010 at 9:41 PM

There’s such a thing as an “Online jihadi magazine”?

Classic.

BallisticBob on January 4, 2010 at 9:42 PM

A simple strip search would have kept this from happening.

Trust but verify.

Bishop on January 4, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Bishop: I know,this is what so frustrating,he passed through
all layers of security,right up to where they ususal
ly met inside,with the others waiting for him!!

canopfor on January 4, 2010 at 9:42 PM

As rehabilitation seems impossible, and new restrictions on interrogation makes taking prisoners useless, our policy should be clear. Kill them all on sight, no questions asked. All perfectly legal and effective. Leave no one alive to complain.

echosyst on January 4, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Square 1 in the context of a significant loss of experience in the local area that isn’t easily replaced. Also, if the AQ guys know “whats up” with the OPs there at FOB Chapman, then lots of moving pieces are going to have to be literally *moved*. Degrades capability.

ted c on January 4, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Yep, no doubt we lost some very specialized field agents there. That hurts and those guys are hard to come by. It also shows AQ a method that works. Time to change things up.

conservnut on January 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Why did al-Balawi lure the agents with info on Zawahiri instead of Bin Laden? Presumably the latter would have attracted an even bigger audience, no?

Probably because most people in the CIA think OBL is likely dead and that anyone claiming to know his location is lying.

elfman on January 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM

He must have made a contribution to the Obama campaign, worked for Bill Ayers.

NoDonkey on January 4, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Bill Ayers is currently in the ME, along with other “academic” troublemakers, agitating against the Israelis. (Just doing Barry’s work in the background)

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2010 at 9:47 PM

echosyst said: As rehabilitation seems impossible, and new restrictions on interrogation makes taking prisoners useless, our policy should be clear…

Yep, I know what your thinking… more art therapy!
(Great minds think alike.)

elfman on January 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Probably because most people in the CIA think OBL is likely dead and that anyone claiming to know his location is lying.

elfman on January 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I suspect you are right. In fact I think we know he is dead and just lack the iron clad evidence to prove it. Therefore we have not made the claim. But it would answer AP’s question.

conservnut on January 4, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Muslim Intel. It will be the death of America. But then when you have been fed a soup of “Islam is awesome, Muslims are our brothers and allies etc” for so many years, you glaze over in the common sense department.

BL@KBIRD on January 4, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I don’t know what to say. I’m amazed that either the Jordanians or the CIA would think that someone could be transformed from an AQ sympathizer, a fellow townsperson of their number 2 to boot – the fact the presumably gave him credibility with al-Zawahiri – into a credible double-agent in what sounds like a little more than a year.

Yes, it’s surprising that he was allowed onto the base without a search. But I find it even more surprising that a dozen agents or more would gather round to hear what he had to say. I’m dismayed that they could have let their guard down so far…

Terrible, terrible tragedy, but so many missteps that I would not expect of seasoned intelligence agents in the field.

ProfessorMiao on January 4, 2010 at 9:51 PM

In the business, TRUST is not an option. Someone really screwed up.

PaCadle on January 4, 2010 at 10:08 PM

This is beginning to smell of a rush to get a win against AQ and getting agents killed in the process maybe to expedite the timeline on Afghanistan. This is not adding up.

Texas Gal on January 4, 2010 at 10:14 PM

There’s such a thing as an “Online jihadi magazine”?

Classic.

BallisticBob on January 4, 2010 at 9:42 PM

They say the important sites are buried within subscription child porn sites. A Muslim pretends to be a pedophile sleaze bag (not a stretch) and he is in. He then receives passwords that will take him to the Mujaheddin Lounge where the server host thinks its all goat and kid fu*king when actually,our destruction is the main topic. The Muslims are all pretending like they have upscale planning lofts for incredibly low rent in a virtual downtown Kabul.

So it winds up that the initial line of defense and camouflage are the child pervs followed (Get Smart like) by the Muslim pervs.

BL@KBIRD on January 4, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Too much liberal thinking has permeated the “company.” Celebrate diversity, nothing like a reformed jihadist on board./s

wepeople on January 4, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Bukhari:V4B52N268 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘War is deceit.’”

Bukhari:V7B67N427 “The Prophet said, ‘If I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath.’”

Ishaq:323 “I am the best of plotters. I deceived them with My guile so that I delivered you from them.”

Ishaq:365
Tabari VII:94 “Muhammad bin Maslamah said, ‘O Messenger, we shall have to tell lies.’ ‘Say what you like,’ Muhammad replied. ‘You are absolved, free to say whatever you must.’”

2009 Darwin Award winning Organization of the Year: The CIA

Mister Ghost on January 4, 2010 at 10:20 PM

the Jordanians believed that al-Balawi had been successfully reformed

Reformed from what?
Reformed as in “no longer a Muslim”?
What else could they be reformed of?

Back in Yemen or any other Muslim state jihad is completely legal and renouncing Islam is an immediate death sentence.
How can one be “reformed” if in their world they never broke any laws?

In Islam there is no “reform” after the offense has been committed anyway because the offender should have known better beforehand. There is only the crime followed by it’s appropriate punishment.

racecar05 on January 4, 2010 at 10:24 PM

The US is too “civilized” to do this, especially with Barry at the helm (figuratively speaking), but since Sharif Ali bin Zeid, the Jordanian intel officer who was also killed, was a relative of the King of Jordan, these retributions may still happen.

When you have a murderous double agent who managed to pull off a spectale in the eyes of the would be Islamo-terrorists, the best response to discourage future acts like this is to kill everyone of his remaining family, raze his and every family memebers’ houses, as a warning to the wannabes.

This was paraphrasing an old episode of the West Wing: a Roman citizen never fear for his life or safety abroad, because if anything happened to a single Roman citizen, the Roman Army would march and kill those responsible as well as others in that village and then burn everything down.

bayview on January 4, 2010 at 10:32 PM

The CIA trusts” should be a non-formulation.

Trust gets you killed when Islam is involved.

The CIA is in the skepticism business, it’s not a trust department.

profitsbeard on January 4, 2010 at 10:36 PM

“Reformed?” Nah, pretty sure he was Muslim.

29Victor on January 4, 2010 at 10:43 PM

The Crips and the Bloods vet their soldiers and informants better; I think.

father on January 4, 2010 at 10:43 PM

But I’m not sure?

Counterintel would have sniffed him out. Test him on his claims.

father on January 4, 2010 at 10:44 PM

No matter how you slice it, it’s dangerous work.

Mojave Mark on January 4, 2010 at 10:56 PM

One thing to keep in mind here is that the CIA generally has to deal with scumbags from all corners of the Earth to get a lot of their intel. Is it possible, in the world of a CIA agent, that a low-life degerate can cooperate and provide useful information for us regardless of whatever crimes or transgressions he’s committed in his past? Sure. What happened to our folks is a horrible tragedy, but I certainly dont think they should be blamed for what happened. We’ve probably lost countless agents over the past decades to acts like this. The difference is that, in the past, we’ve had Presidents who were smart enough to NOT announce these losses to the rest of the world. We shouldn’t be discussing the magnitude of this attack because we shouldn’t have been told of the magnitude of this attack in the first place.

joejm65 on January 4, 2010 at 10:56 PM

I just wanted to comment how that WAPO piece on the same day this news comes out strikes me as classic deflection / info campaign.

Touting trustworthiness & the glories of Jordanian / CIA coops because the latest literally blew up.. Who’s desperately trying to tout & shield the very lefty pro-democrat ideal of reforming terrorists?

Hope it isn’t your CIA because there is an endless string of partisan politicized shlock bubbling out of your intelligence agency.

saus on January 4, 2010 at 11:18 PM

We shouldn’t be discussing the magnitude of this attack because we shouldn’t have been told of the magnitude of this attack in the first place.

joejm65 on January 4, 2010 at 10:56 PM

+1000.

Obama doesn’t have a frikkin clue.

profitsbeard on January 4, 2010 at 11:18 PM

A few things the CIA can contemplate while they continue to lick their wounds.
1)Don’t trust a follower of Islam. Use him yes, trust no.
2)If confused on whether or not to trust, see #1.
3)Go back to old school trade craft. Dead drops, intermediaries, etc. May seem hokey, but hey, better than having a bomber deliver his message personally.
And that is it. Simple. No re-training really necessary. Dust off a few training manuals and get back to business. But of course there are going to be 1001 different committees and investigations so the CIA will continue down the road of mediocracy. Shame. 8 more stars on the wall and I fear no lessons learned.

TQM38a on January 4, 2010 at 11:30 PM

We shouldn’t be discussing the magnitude of this attack because we shouldn’t have been told of the magnitude of this attack in the first place.

joejm65 on January 4, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Unfortunately, we are fighting a different war. In the days of Cold War, I am sure that had been CIA covert operations that had been wiped out, by say the KGB, but one never hear about those incidents. The destruction of the CIA base would have been widely publicized by Al Jazeera, and it would serve to encourage terrorists wannabes. It is not the publicizing of this horrific loss, but what the US does in response that matters. To quote Sean Connolly in rhe Untouchables : They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s the Chicago way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?

bayview on January 4, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I’ve got a fourth question: Why doesn’t the CIA make these guys go through a security check before their meetings?

Honestly, no one ever stopped to think that once a jihadi, always a jihadi?

CliffHanger on January 4, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Not every muslim is a terrorist, but every muslim is a potential terrorist! Our military and the CIA have bought into this PC BS and it is costing us lives!

jwp1964 on January 4, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Both plots involved a jihadi who’d supposedly been “reformed.”

Did they have the artwork to prove it? Well, did they?!?!

Dusty on January 5, 2010 at 12:08 AM

What happened to our folks is a horrible tragedy, but I certainly dont think they should be blamed for what happened. We’ve probably lost countless agents over the past decades to acts like this.

joejm65 on January 4, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Really? Doubtless CIA agents have been killed in the past under a variety of circumstances. But via suicide bomber in an area CIA controls? I would say a very thorough search was called for, and this was a foreseeable event which should have not happened. Ask yourself: would the Israelis have been victimized like this? I think the answer is obvious.

chris999 on January 5, 2010 at 1:03 AM

The only reformed Jihadi is a dead Jihadi…

Tim Burton on January 5, 2010 at 1:10 AM

The bomber’s assortment of watercolors and finger paintings included several lovely landscapes of the countryside with a small house exploding in the distance.

yoda on January 5, 2010 at 6:37 AM

Reformed Jihadist, an oxymoron.

d1carter on January 4, 2010 at 9:06 PM

threadwinner

cmsinaz on January 5, 2010 at 6:37 AM

The only reformed terrorist is a dead terrorist.

LODGE4 on January 5, 2010 at 7:48 AM

The only reformed terrorist is a dead terrorist.

LODGE4 on January 5, 2010 at 7:48 AM

B I N G O ! !

Bicyea on January 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Sure glad were sending those 90 terrorists back to Yemen

PatriotRider on January 5, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Trust no one and question everything!

Man-oh-man, what a joke; a “reformed” terrorist??? Only way to reform these insects is with a noose or a bullet!!!

jgdp on January 5, 2010 at 8:54 AM

The only good jihadi is a dead jihadi.

Johan Klaus on January 5, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I would like to know why we know those killed were CIA or their guards. Surely there is still some utility in keeping their identities secret. Surely there is still some utility in keeping the ratbags guessing.

I wonder how the Jordanians feel having their involvement with the USA splattered over the front pages.

davod on January 5, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The Jordanian are the same as the Palestinians and the majority of them support Hamas and Hezbollah and al Qaeda…so I guess if I am the American President I force the Jews to negotiate with these decent folks…Oh, that’s OK, Obama just gave Pat Buchanan the job of helping the Jews come to new agreement with these folks… I am sure he will be fair, after all, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham think he is a great American

georgealbert on January 5, 2010 at 9:54 AM

We don’t have the 1st string at the agency Panetta or homeland security Napolitano, when do we suppose we can see the President or whoever is calling the shots make a change up? This is just Barack H Obama’s legacy on the line here that’s all. Jimmy Carter must be tickled pink….pink intended pun:)

Dr Evil on January 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM

25. The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties
is knowledge of the enemy; and this knowledge can only
be derived, in the first instance, from the converted spy.
Hence it is essential that the converted spy be treated
with the utmost liberality.

The Art Of War.

Dr Evil on January 5, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The only “reformed”jihadists are the ones who are enjoying their 72 grapes.

DDT on January 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM

MB4 on January 4, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I disagree with your comments re: Afghanistan.

FYI prior to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, that country was quite modern and secular. The women were allowed to have jobs and there was prosperity. All of that changed because of the Russians.

When the Taliban succeeded in taking over in Afghanistan the first casualty happened to be the women: lawyers, doctors, news presenters, teachers etc. These women were not allowed to move outside of their homes. Their modern hospitals began to deteriorate…. on top of that they were forced into those garbage bags.

In other words Afghanistan, a modern country by some standards was dragged backwards because of the Taliban victory.

Never forget that the Taliban government was sheltering Osama bin Laden.

I fear that people historical revisionists have been attempting to hide a few facts about OBL…

maggieo on January 6, 2010 at 2:20 AM

I am absolutely astounded to think that CIA operatives have behaved in such a very naive fashion. I cannot understand why they let down their guard in relation to what should have been obvious – they allowed the man to go through their checkpoint without frisking him.

Even if he was with a most trusted Jordanian operative, he should have been searched.

What foolishness caused these people to think that a man who was born in the same locale as Zawahiri was going to lead the CIA and USA to him…. I suspect that the Jordanians want a piece of Zawahiri as well.

What took place was amateurish and just plain stupid. These people seemed to have lost their common sense when dealing with a man that they knew to have been involved with terrorists. They should have had a sense of caution and they should have made sure that he was safe…. instead they let him pass through the checkpoint…. killing 9 CIA agents as well as the Jordanian operative.

It was naivety that led to this error of judgment. It was a lack of understanding of what drives these terrorists in the first place.

These people trusted when they should have been wary…. what idiots…. is this is what they are being told by head office?…. the buck stops at the White House on this one….

maggieo on January 6, 2010 at 2:27 AM

georgealbert on January 5, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Your knowledge of the Jordanians is woeful. What you do not understand is that a portion of the population consider themselves to be Palestinians. That is why they support Hamas and Hezbollah. Their parents were refugees from what was known as Palestine when Israel was granted their land…..

Some of these same Palestinians also live in places such as the Arab Emirates.

This is also true of the Ft. Hood murderer-terrorist. His parents were Jordanian, but in reality considered themselves to be Palestinian.

maggieo on January 6, 2010 at 2:31 AM