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How a Lone Diplomat Compromised the Hunt for Bin Laden
NY Sun ^ | March 28, 2005 | RICHARD MINITER

Posted on 03/28/2005 3:46:19 AM PST by Straight Vermonter

WASHINGTON - A lone U.S. ambassador compromised America's hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for more than two years, The New York Sun has learned.

Ambassador Nancy Powell, America's representative in Pakistan, refused to allow the distribution in Pakistan of wanted posters, matchbooks, and other items advertising America's $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of Mr. bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders.

Instead, thousands of matchbooks, posters, and other material - printed at taxpayer expense and translated into Urdu, Pashto, and other local languages - remained "impounded" on American Embassy grounds from 2002 to 2004, according to Rep. Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois.

While the American government was engaged in a number of "black" or covert intelligence activities to locate Al Qaeda leaders, Mr. Kirk said, the "white" or public efforts - which have succeeded in the past in leading to the capture of wanted terrorists - were effectively shut down in the months following the September 11 attacks.

Mr. Kirk discovered Ms. Powell's unusual order in January 2004 and, over the past year, launched a series of behind-the-scenes moves that culminated in a blunt conversation with President Bush aboard Air Force One, the removal of the ambassador, and congressional approval for reinvigorating the hunt for Mr. bin Laden.

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; ambassador; binladen; clintonplant; geopolitics; manhunt; nancypowell; obl; pakistan; powell; richardminiter; rino; southasia; statedepartment; subversion; usembassy
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To: Malesherbes

Your're talking about April Glasby---the pair put a whole new meaning on "ïncompetent boobs" This level of obstinate stupidity strains my vocabulary and probly requires a whole new level of FELONY CONVICTION.


141 posted on 03/29/2005 1:04:30 PM PST by cherokee1
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT

Good question but it's worse than that---further down in the story it notes she"gave an order"to not distribute---we may not find the answer until the autopsy.


142 posted on 03/29/2005 1:09:07 PM PST by cherokee1
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To: AdmSmith

Any idea how much extra we pay those "singles"to cope with loneliness? I'm betting they wouldn't be lonely if theý'd get their BUTTS TO WORK and pass out the matchbooks!


143 posted on 03/29/2005 1:32:18 PM PST by cherokee1
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To: Spunky

Out and out stupid and contrary is not a "sex"---so you're no doubt covered!


144 posted on 03/29/2005 1:41:09 PM PST by cherokee1
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To: elli1

You go ahead and jump to a conclusion at your leisure. I'm gonna go ahead and jump based on GW's recall of the short hair. The story notes Kirk saying GW was cautious and that he clearly took pains to investigate. This is deadly serious stuff and NO ONE is indispensible---when caught screwing off you are guilty until proven innocent and you may never get the chance to prove your innocense. Everybody seems to agree there was a pile of un-distributed stuff in the embassy----NUFF SAID!


145 posted on 03/29/2005 1:52:27 PM PST by cherokee1
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To: razorback-bert

The wrestler!


146 posted on 03/29/2005 2:00:49 PM PST by cherokee1
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To: cherokee1
You're probably right. I found this:

Link

However, I have a problem with Miniter saying this in the article:

More than $57 million has been paid to 43 people who provided credible information about the whereabouts of known terrorists since the program's founding in 1984. But little has been paid since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

That statement simply is not true.

Secretary Powell today [8/01/03] approved the payment of a $30 million reward to the individual who provided a critical piece of information that led us to the location of Uday and Qusay Hussein. We are pleased with the results in this case. We are pleased that we were able to pay this reward. It is the largest ever paid under the Rewards for Justice program.

IOW, at least $30 million has been paid since September 11, 200l thru the Rewards For Justice program...$30 million of the total $57 million? I do not consider that 'little'.

Link

Why would Miniter lie about something so readily known to be 'not true'? Or, if he's not lying intentionally, maybe he's just being sloppy? If so, what else is sloppy about the article, I ask myself. When I find such blatant factual errors in an article, I tend to take everything else in the article with a grain of salt.

147 posted on 03/29/2005 5:33:43 PM PST by elli1
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To: raybbr

No offense with what I about to write. Already a bad move to place a woman there (I know, I know, we are speaking "silently" to the "feudal" forces of terror, by demontrating how far a woman can go in the West - I realize this "logic" - and then, there is realpolitik ... I digress). An even worse move to put a very, how shall I put this, non feminine woman there. And then, the icing on the cake - apparently, she was an insubordinate #@!* disturber to boot. Now I fully well realize that we are already handicapped by the fact that Foggy Bottom is made up of 90 plus % utopian idiots, transnational progressives and other sad specimens. But even so, this is astounding. HEEEELLOOOOO! IS ANYBODY HOME?


149 posted on 03/29/2005 7:27:02 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: expatguy

I hate to say it, but I increasingly believe that Joe McCarthy had a point. He was a complete disaster trying to make the point. But, I do believe that there is a dangerous 5th column at State, in need of deep investigation. The only question really is, to me, how to do it without creating a Constitutional crisis and without resulting in everyone to the Left of Trent Lott crying out in unison "witch hunt!" Still, it really needs to be done, IMHO ...


150 posted on 03/29/2005 7:31:23 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

RE: Is the State Dept trying to "teach them a lesson" by sending liberal/non-religious/white women to be our ambassadors and negotiators?

Yep. Pretty lame, eh?


151 posted on 03/29/2005 7:33:04 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: dennisw; raybbr; aculeus; general_re; Happygal; BlueLancer; Poohbah; Constitution Day; ...
The words diplomat and ambassador call a certain picture to mind. She ain't it.

(Gaaaaaaaaaaccccckkkkkkkk!)

152 posted on 03/29/2005 7:34:40 PM PST by dighton
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To: GOP_1900AD; Howlin

Witch hnts are fine.

(*1) If there is compelling evidence of witches actually around who need hunting.

(*2) If the witches being hunted do, indeed, threaten the country.

(*3) IF and ONLY IF, only legitimate witches are hunted.

(*4) And, IF once the witches are hunted (and removed) the witch hunt stops.


153 posted on 03/29/2005 7:38:41 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Travis McGee; Eaker; TexasCowboy; wardaddy; SLB; big ern; B4Ranch; TEXASPROUD; Tijeras_Slim; ...

Damn !


154 posted on 03/29/2005 7:41:15 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

You and I agree, but the MSM would completely distort things. Not that it should stop it, by any means. Someone else noted that we essentially stopped prosecuting all but the most outrageous instances of treason during the 1960s - that's the problem, most folks today would consider what would have been normal witch hunts in the past, an example of "Bush is Hitler" today. It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world (afterall, liberalism is a mental disorder ... ).


155 posted on 03/29/2005 7:44:49 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: MarkT

I always thought "Bubba" was Bill Clinton!


156 posted on 03/29/2005 7:47:36 PM PST by RasterMaster (Saddam's family were WMD's - He's behind bars & his sons are DEAD!)
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To: dennisw

Are you sure this is a 'woman,' :) She has that look...


157 posted on 03/29/2005 7:50:10 PM PST by ElPatriota (let's not forget, we are all still friends despite our differences)
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To: ElPatriota

If your wife or girlfriend looks anything like her you're in trouble :)


158 posted on 03/29/2005 7:54:14 PM PST by dennisw ("What is Man that thou art mindful of him")
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To: Straight Vermonter
No discussion about diplomacy would be complete without a picture of my two all-time favorite diplomats!


159 posted on 03/29/2005 7:54:48 PM PST by HitmanLV
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To: dennisw

:)) hate to be cruel!.... but if Bin Landen would have seen her in the morning, he would have given up! LOL!


160 posted on 03/29/2005 7:57:48 PM PST by ElPatriota (let's not forget, we are all still friends despite our differences)
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