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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 12:02 PM
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Bin Laden Hunt Botched
Bin Laden Hunt Botched
By Noah Shachtman June 30, 2008 | 11:01:00 AMCategories: T is for Terror
Do yourself a favor. Have something ready to throw against the wall, hard, before you read this Times story on the botched hunt for Bin Laden. Or pour yourself a stiff drink, at least. Yeah, yeah, it's early in the morning. But trust me, you'll need it. Because our Special Forces are "still waiting for the green light" to go get Al Qaeda bigs in their mostly likely hiding places, in Pakistan. And the renewed CIA push to attack Bin Laden, "Operation Cannonball," is still being treated like a second-tier priority in the Agency, two years after its creation.

iant Quonset huts were erected outside the cafeteria on the CIA's leafy Virginia campus, to house a new team assigned to the Bin Laden mission. In Pakistan, the new operation was staffed not only with CIA operatives drawn from around the world, but also with recent graduates of... the agency's training center

"We had to put people out in the field who had less than ideal levels of experience," one former senior CIA official said. "But there wasn't much to choose from."

One reason for this was that by 2006 the Iraq war had drained away most of the CIA officers with field experience in the Islamic world "We were all hurting because of Iraq."

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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 12:12 PM
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1. Finding Bin Laden was never much of a priority
Probably because he's DEAD.

Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate the threat of --

THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is -- really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission.

Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match. He is -- as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide -- if, in fact, he's hiding at all.

So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 12:14 PM
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2. We were tricked....But when you use big govt. agencies it
sounds more official and less made up, It is easy to see how we believed what we were suppose to believe about that Bin Laden story....
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