Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Secret Squirrels

I got this under the table from a 'source'.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is considering a plan to curtail the Pentagon's clandestine spying activities, which were expanded by his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, after the 9/11 attacks.

The undercover work allowed military personnel to collect intelligence about terrorists and to recruit spies in foreign countries independently of the CIA and without much congressional oversight.


This is what got us into Iraq. While one of the main characters in my novels is a CIA operator who works without congressional oversight, it makes for a decent story, the lack of oversight, as we've seen over the past 6 years, is a bad thing.

While this all sounds good, the dismantling of Rummy's clandestine infrastructure, the guys running the operation are still there.


It's been interesting to see that General Boykin, the architect of the unit along with Stephen Cambone, has not retired as quickly as many expected.


You remember General Boykin, God's Christian Soldier, don't you?

So it seems Gates still has a use for these operators:


Sy Hersh recently reported that the secret unit was playing a key role in the Administration's activities in Iran to undermine the government through covert support of certain ethnic groups. Its dissolution or downgrading would signal a change of course with Iran--and this might be just what saves the Squirrels. At the very least, Cambone's resignation is going to make Gate's job at the helm much easier. [my em]


Now, you might think this is a good thing, but this unit can best be described thusly:

... The unit was supposed to show the guys in the CIA's Clandestine Services what can happen when real men spy, but their few publicly-known escapades have made them look more like snake-eaters in drag--you can shove them in a trench coat and gussy them up with lipstick, but as soon as they take a few telltale steps...

Not much is gonna change under Gates and Bush Inc. still has its collective eye on Iran.

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