CIA station chief a serial rapist?

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.