Skip to comments.An intelligence disaster in Iraq
Posted on 03/01/2007 8:18:26 PM PST by secretagent
In the U.S. Eastern District Court in Brooklyn on Valentine's Day, a Muslim and naturalized American citizen with five different aliases stretching from Mauritania to Morocco to Lebanon pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally possessing classified documents and was sentenced to 13 years, according to a report in the New York Sun a light sentence for committing espionage and passing classified documents to Iraqi Sunni insurgents during one of his two stints in Iraq. Federal prosecutors allege he did this when deployed at Al Taqqadam Air Base west of Baghdad in March 2004.
The irony is that his military superiors reportedly gave him high marks for his work with an intelligence unit in Iraq. Little did they know what he really was doing. He was found out when he applied for a security clearance. He even entered the U.S. back in 1989 under false pretenses seeking "political asylum."
The information he passed on may have caused the deaths and injuries of hundreds of U.S. troops and thousands of Iraqi civilians in the horrific Najaf battle in 2004. In his Brooklyn apartment on his home computer was evidence that he was an al-Qaida sympathizer. One example cited in a New York Daily News was a photo of the second airliner that hit the Twin Towers on 9-11 with the caption "We fly straight to you."
He is a spy who used false documents to become a U.S. citizen, engaged in deep espionage against our government and put our troops in the field at great peril.
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Peel off his skin and dunk him in aftershave.
How did we let this counterintelligence debacle occur with such disastrous results?
The short answer was Titan's screening program for local personnel in Iraq enabled infiltration through ineffective and unprofessional interrogations. When information gathered by professional counterintelligence linguist/analysts was presented to U.S. military commanders pointing this out, it was sloughed off.
According to informed sources, the late Saddam Hussein and his intelligence cadres prepared the way. Beginning in 2002, he enlisted Iraqis loyal to him to infiltrate as English-speaking operatives into American bastions in the event of a conquest. These operatives were trained to gather intelligence and foment insurgency.
When President Bush gave his stirring graduation speech at West Point in June 2002 in the run up to the Iraq war, Hussein allegedly ordered an accelerated English-language training program for "qualified" members of his intelligence and Baathist cadres to become "lay behind assets" in the event of an American invasion and conquest. The purpose was to infiltrate the unwary American military forces and bore from within by providing intelligence and targeting for insurgents. As one of my sources said, "Pretty wily, but effective strategy."
My comment: Old news? Refuted?
I knew we had a shortage-of-translators problem in Iraq, but this alleged infiltration of spies posing as translators goes way that!
Peel off his skin and dunk him in pork fat.
"a naturalized American citizen." Remember when Clinton's (then) INS was handing out citizen papers like Cracker Jack prizes just in time for the election?
According to these sources, the Titan Local Employment Personnel screenings resulted in a rejection rate of less than 8 per 5,000 persons. That contrasted with a rejection rate of former military intelligence specialists and linguists of one-third (33 percent). Camp Falcon was heavily infiltrated by Hussein's lay behind assets, and the information they provided to insurgents resulted in the deaths of several hundred Iraqis and U.S. personnel.
The guy came into the US in 1989, before Clinton, but you bring up a point I hadn't heard of before: relaxed citizenship under Clinton. I don't know when he got his "citizen papers."
The main threat alleged here comes from mainly Iraqi translators hired in Iraq.
"Peel off his skin and dunk him in pork fat."
Deep fry him in it until he is crispy like a pork rind.
The "translator scandal" needs congressional scrutiny and a quick fix on the Pentagon's procurement pipeline for required translators in Iraq and elsewhere. Otherwise, as my sources said, "it will get worse.'
News or refuted BS?
Forgot to mention that this needs corroberated and solid evidence provided. To much is left unsaid and unproven for now. Be suspicious.
I agree - wait for corroboration.
The article has the appearance of responsible journalism, but even good journalists can get led astray.
The Clinton legacy never ends.
How is this not treason, and adjuciated accordingly?
I don't blame Clinton for the larger alleged problem: many Iraqi translators working as spies for the enemies and hired in Iraq after the invasion.
I don't know why they didn't bring treason charges - possibly a reduced charge in exchange for information.
WTF? What about treason?
That would have gottin him an execution.
Seems like he was charged with the wrong crime.
I don't know - possibly a reduced charge in exchange for information.