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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: Leo Carpathian
Can you spell treezone?

*Sigh*... De facto, treason is, sadly, no longer illegal. There have been so many acts of treason by so many high-profile personalities for so many years since the 50's and 60's that the only conceivable faux pas for which someone would likely be prosecuted would be producing an hour-long documentary for Al Jazeera showing every active and retired CIA agent, each member of his family, his current address, phone number and make, model and license plate number of his car. This might not do it either, until the producers offered to provide guided tours of the agents' homes, complete with complimentary AK-47s and RPGs.

101 posted on 03/28/2005 12:48:46 PM PST by TChris (Just once, we need an elected official to stand up to a clearly incorrect ruling by a court. - Ann C)
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To: pepperdog
Sometimes I wish the government would hire a few successful CEO's and turn them loose on the many floundering offices (State, Commerce, etc...), but the mess might be even too much for them.
102 posted on 03/28/2005 12:53:43 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. - John Adams)
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To: Admin Moderator

Okay. Thanks.


103 posted on 03/28/2005 12:56:43 PM PST by doug from upland (MOCKING DEMOCRATS 24/7 --- www.rightwingparodies.com)
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To: Straight Vermonter; Bob J; diotima
RICHARD MINITER WILL BE MY GUEST ON RIGHTALK RADIO ON WEDNESDAY, 2PM EASTERN.

RIGHTALK.COM

104 posted on 03/28/2005 12:58:44 PM PST by doug from upland (MOCKING DEMOCRATS 24/7 --- www.rightwingparodies.com)
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To: brazzaville

I don't know what I was thinking. :)


105 posted on 03/28/2005 1:31:13 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: beckaz
This pic is hysterical. Today, I get sworn in as US AMBASSADOR ... Hmmm..I think I'll wear that $3 shirt I got at WalMart.,p> ROFLMAO! WTF was she thinking.
106 posted on 03/28/2005 1:51:23 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: raybbr

THAT is a WOMAN????? Come on....it MUST be a fae picture!!! She even LOOKS like a lefty!!


107 posted on 03/28/2005 1:59:54 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ken5050
Is that her sister, or perhaps her "domestic partner" in the pic...

The "ambassador" looks like Benny Hill with a wig.

FMCDH(BITS)

108 posted on 03/28/2005 2:04:36 PM PST by nothingnew (Why do all CHARLITE posts end up in "bloggers/personal"?)
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To: Malesherbes

Get your facts straight. April Glaspie never told Saddam he could invade Kuwait. She didn't say anything and he got the impression it was okay. Still no excuse on her part, she was inept to say the least.


109 posted on 03/28/2005 2:08:37 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: raybbr

I was just getting ready to say one should not send a woman to do a man's job.


110 posted on 03/28/2005 2:12:56 PM PST by connectthedots
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To: Straight Vermonter

All I can ruminate is ......WTF!


111 posted on 03/28/2005 2:21:25 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: JCEccles

Over and over again, we keep assuming these things are blunders, rather than part of the plan . . .


112 posted on 03/28/2005 2:22:53 PM PST by Iconoclast2 (Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .)
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To: Captain Peter Blood
Get your facts straight. April Glaspie never told Saddam he could invade Kuwait. She didn't say anything and he got the impression it was okay. Still no excuse on her part, she was inept to say the least.

As I recall, the subject of the Iraq/Kuwait dispute over the oil fileds came up in her meeting with Saddam, and she said the US would not take an active role or get involved in that issue, so Saddam went ahead with all out invasion to reclaim his '19th province'.

113 posted on 03/28/2005 2:25:30 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: null and void

"Sometimes it's as if the entire State Department has 'gone native' and forgotten who they represent."

Bingo. Back in the mid to late 90s in an effort to stop a gangster from poisoning a navy dependent housing area in Japan with an illegal industrial waste incinerator facility, our biggest impediment was the State Department.

Goes without saying that "talks" between the Japanese PM and Billy JeffAirplane Klintstone did nothing.

It wasn't until we got real help from the Pentagon and the DOJ got involved that we finally got him closed down. The State Department re-emerged just in time to throw a victory party and try to take credit.

In fairness, one State Department employee, a young woman of Korean ancestry who transferred in late in the process, did seem to have her head on straight.


114 posted on 03/28/2005 2:44:52 PM PST by dsc
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To: Finalapproach29er

"Did Powell really send a lesbian to Pakistan?"

Bush doesn't seem to understand that appointing people who flaunt same-sex attraction disorder to high office is de facto endorsement of the radical pervofascist agenda.


115 posted on 03/28/2005 2:55:27 PM PST by dsc
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To: Southack
separated from her school-going daughters China, 14

Hmm, did she named her daughter after the country or the tableware?

116 posted on 03/28/2005 3:16:16 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: wildbill

A woman diplomat named Powell was just named Deputy to Condi Rice. Is that the same woman I wonder.

Any more info? I can't find anything on this. The #2 & #3 deputies to Condi at State are Bob Zoellick & R.Nicholas Burns. Nancy Powell was deputy to Susan Rice...

117 posted on 03/28/2005 3:24:14 PM PST by elli1
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To: Straight Vermonter
If this "woman?" doesn't have the common sense to dress appropriately how could she be trusted to have the common sense to run an important embassy properly?
118 posted on 03/28/2005 3:47:51 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Straight Vermonter
"The senior State Department official denied that Ms. Powell had restricted the distribution of materials touting the reward for Mr. bin Laden and other "high value targets." That program - known as Rewards for Justice - was discontinued in Pakistan prior to Ms. Powell's 2002 arrival because it was "ineffective," the senior official said. "

Not clear she was responsible for ending the program. She doesn't sound like a prize anyway.

The US diplomat in charge in Pakistan is probably a "military attache".

119 posted on 03/28/2005 4:20:39 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: spokeshave

I'll bet she can't speak any of those languages fluently. Or perhaps she can and that's why this dopey lesbo was sent to the sensitive post of ambassador to Pakistan.


120 posted on 03/28/2005 4:20:53 PM PST by dennisw ("What is Man that thou art mindful of him")
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To: Straight Vermonter

bump


121 posted on 03/28/2005 4:22:24 PM PST by XHogPilot (GW Bush is a strategic genius!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Ambassador Nancy Powell

I hate to admit I am of the same sex as this person. But then maybe I am not, if you get my drift. :-)

122 posted on 03/28/2005 4:30:30 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Straight Vermonter

bttt


123 posted on 03/28/2005 4:38:41 PM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Spunky

BUMP


124 posted on 03/28/2005 4:39:51 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: Spunky

BUMP


125 posted on 03/28/2005 4:40:16 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: Spunky

BUMP... TO SCROLL THAT PICTURE OFF MY SCREEN


126 posted on 03/28/2005 4:40:56 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: Straight Vermonter

The bumper sticker ratio in State Dept parking lots ran about 12 to 1, Kerry over Bush.


127 posted on 03/28/2005 4:45:21 PM PST by dagnabbit (Vincente Fox's opening line at the Mexico-USA summit meeting: "Bring out the Gimp!")
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To: AdmSmith

Reduced staff at the Pakistan embassy due to fear of violence and assassination. That's why families are left behind in America.

Nancy Powell fits the mold. Single.


128 posted on 03/28/2005 5:13:36 PM PST by dennisw ("What is Man that thou art mindful of him")
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To: Spunky

She looks like a dieting John Goodman.


129 posted on 03/28/2005 5:15:51 PM PST by JCEccles (If Jimmy Carter were a country, he'd be Canada.)
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To: Southack
It also damaged Chamberlain's ability to concentrate on matters at hand, which were of pretty high import the whole while.

I don't recall General George S. Patton having any problems "concentrating" on his task (also of pretty high import) while he was forced to be separated from his son from 1941-1945.

130 posted on 03/28/2005 6:15:12 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: raybbr

Caption. "Does this outfit make me look fat?"

LOL! Sorry, I couldn't help it.


131 posted on 03/28/2005 6:33:03 PM PST by Balata
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To: raybbr

Caption. "Does this outfit make me look fat?"

LOL! Sorry, I couldn't help it.


132 posted on 03/28/2005 6:34:02 PM PST by Balata
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To: raybbr

Is that her wife in the middle?


133 posted on 03/28/2005 6:43:54 PM PST by Prince Charles
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To: dennisw
As far as I'm concerned it's idiocy and insulting to send any woman to be an ambassador to a Muslim nation. State should have kept re-assigning her to Africa

Ummm... no Mooslim nations located on the African Continent??

134 posted on 03/28/2005 7:23:05 PM PST by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: elli1

I think it was a new item on Lucianne.com today--but I saw it somewhere. The name Powell struck me because of Colin and it was the State Dept.


135 posted on 03/28/2005 8:43:42 PM PST by wildbill
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To: mrsmith
Not clear she was responsible for ending the program.

No, it's not. Things were dicey for Mushareff in Pakistan, thinking back to the street protests, etc. leading me to think that there are possibily or probably some other points in the story that didn't get aired in this article. Lots of things have happened in Pakistan that had the potential to turn the place into a train wreck during Powell's tenure there and it didn't happen. I don't know anything about Nancy Powell but given that Miniter left the much higher profile captures of Yousef (before Powell) & Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (during) out of the article, I'm inclined to give Ms Powell the benefit of the doubt for the time being. It's not as though the Pakis didn't know that the US paid rewards or that they didn't know that OBL had a price on his head. Saturating the country with matchbooks & wanted posters may have been a counterproductive thing to do.

136 posted on 03/28/2005 10:14:46 PM PST by elli1
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To: wildbill

Checked Lucianne. You must have read it somewhere else.


137 posted on 03/28/2005 10:16:11 PM PST by elli1
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT
I'm still wondering WHY she didn't distribute the material. Was it incompetence or a chip on her shoulder?

Is she a rabid anti-smoker? After all, no matches, they can't light up, right?

138 posted on 03/28/2005 10:31:59 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (Repeal the NFA of '34! the GCA of '68! and the '86 ban!)
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To: dagnabbit

If it's anything like the rest of DC and Northern Virginia, they still have Kerry bumper stickers on their cars


139 posted on 03/29/2005 4:46:16 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Straight Vermonter
MEMORIALIZED IN SONG -- HERE
140 posted on 03/29/2005 11:58:21 AM PST by doug from upland (MOCKING DEMOCRATS 24/7 --- www.rightwingparodies.com)
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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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