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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 05:00 AM
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Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents
Source: NYT

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The attack offered a glimpse of the Obama administrations shadow war against Al Qaeda and its allies. In roughly a dozen countries from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists.

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For the first time in our history, an entity has declared a covert war against us, Mr. Smith said, referring to Al Qaeda. And we are using similar elements of American power to respond to that covert war.

Some security experts draw parallels to the cold war, when the United States drew heavily on covert operations as it fought a series of proxy battles with the Soviet Union.

And some of the central players of those days have returned to take on supporting roles in the shadow war. Michael G. Vickers, who helped run the C.I.A.s campaign to funnel guns and money to the Afghanistan mujahedeen in the 1980s and was featured in the book and movie Charlie Wilsons War, is now the top Pentagon official overseeing Special Operations troops around the globe. Duane R. Clarridge, a profane former C.I.A. officer who ran operations in Central America and was indicted in the Iran-contra scandal, turned up this year helping run a Pentagon-financed private spying operation in Pakistan.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/world/15shadowwar.htm...
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 06:50 AM
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1. Duane R. Clarridge
Belongs in prison, not at the Pentagon.
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 07:18 AM
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2. Robotic drones in roughly a dozen countries... Welcome to the United States of
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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 11:19 AM
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3. Thank goodness the US is going after them where they live nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-16-10 06:15 AM
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4. Shades of Bushco's framing, Batman!. Btw, why do you hide your profile?
I always wonder why people feel a need or desire to hide the date they joined DU and their total number of posts.
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