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Pakistan Arrests CIA Bin Laden Informants

From a cheering New York Times:

Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid

June 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.

Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistan’s support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

At a closed briefing last week, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Michael J. Morell, the deputy C.I.A. director, to rate Pakistan’s cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism operations, on a scale of 1 to 10.

“Three,” Mr. Morell replied, according to officials familiar with the exchange

Then, at most, we should give them three out of the ten dollars we are now giving them in foreign aid.

The fate of the C.I.A. informants arrested in Pakistan is unclear, but American officials said that the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, raised the issue when he travelled to Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers…

It is the future of the drone program that is a particular worry for the C.I.A. American officials said that during his meetings in Pakistan last week, Mr. Panetta was particularly forceful about trying to get Pakistani officials to allow armed drones to fly over even wider areas in the northwest tribal regions. But the C.I.A. is already preparing for the worst: relocating some of the drones from Pakistan to a base in Afghanistan, where they can take off and fly east across the mountains and into the tribal areas, where terrorist groups find safe haven

The Pakistanis need to be reminded that they are either ‘with us or with the terrorists.’ And if the latter, those same drones could be headed their way.

Another casualty of the recent tension is an ambitious Pentagon program to train Pakistani paramilitary troops to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban in those same tribal areas. That program has ended, both American and Pakistani officials acknowledge, and the last of about 120 American military advisers have left the country…

When he visited Pakistan, Mr. Panetta offered evidence of collusion between Pakistani security officials and the militants staging attacks in Afghanistan.

American officials said Mr. Panetta presented satellite photographs of two bomb-making factories that American spies several weeks ago had asked the ISI to raid. When Pakistani troops showed up days later, the militants were gone, causing American officials to question whether the militants had been warned by someone on the Pakistani side.

And they wonder why we didn’t tip them off in advance about the Bin Laden mission.

Shortly after the failed raids, the Defense Department put a hold on a $300 million payment reimbursing Pakistan for the cost of deploying more than 100,000 troops along the border with Afghanistan, two officials said.  The Pentagon declined to comment on the payment, except to say it was “continuing to process several claims.”

It is beginning to sound like the terrorists are taking over in Pakistan.

If so, Mr. Obama might need to follow through on some of his earlier threats to bomb Pakistan to keep their nuclear weapons out of the hands of extremists.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Pakistan Arrests CIA Bin Laden Informants”

  1. River0 says:

    here’s proof that they are our enemies, and never had any intention to help us. Cut them off.

  2. artboyusa says:

    Not only has the $18 billion they’ve had off us not bought much of anything, it will buy even less in the future since the Chinese are busily intruding their tentacles into Pakistan. That’s fine by me; let’s keep our bucks, make even better friends with India and let this failed state continue to fail.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Pish Tosh, RiverO and artboy – the answer clearly is that we haven’t given them enough money. Wanna bet Washington will up the ante to $30 – $40 billion next year in an effort to clear up this misunderstanding?

    • Right of the People says:


      I fear you are correct. My guess is the poor bastards who gave us the info are going to pay with their lives for helping the infidels. I’m really getting sick of the entire third world especially these Islamic cavemen.

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