November 18, 2005


Foreign Network at Front of CIA's Terror Fight: Joint Facilities in Two Dozen Countries Account for Bulk of Agency's Post-9/11 Successes (Dana Priest, November 18, 2005, Washington Post)

The CIA has established joint operation centers in more than two dozen countries where U.S. and foreign intelligence officers work side by side to track and capture suspected terrorists and to destroy or penetrate their networks, according to current and former American and foreign intelligence officials. [...]

The network of centers reflects what has become the CIA's central and most successful strategy in combating terrorism abroad: persuading and empowering foreign security services to help. Virtually every capture or killing of a suspected terrorist outside Iraq since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- more than 3,000 in all -- was a result of foreign intelligence services' work alongside the agency, the CIA deputy director of operations told a congressional committee in a closed-door session earlier this year.

Certainly no one will have thought the CIA was responsible for any successes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2005 7:55 AM

So, shouldn't this reporter be in front of a grand jury already? Or is it only bad for Republicans to spill intelligence secrets in a time of war?

Posted by: Mikey at November 18, 2005 8:13 AM


I think you already know the answer to that.

Posted by: Rick T. at November 18, 2005 8:42 AM

You know, reading that excerpt, I almost get the idea that Valerie Plame and company didn't do much for our security. But I am sure that can't be true.

Posted by: Jim Miller at November 18, 2005 9:06 AM

> "persuading and empowering foreign security services"

No doubt the CIA has deployed its most effective weapon, the precision-guided briefcase full of Benjamins.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at November 18, 2005 11:21 AM

The CIA's biggest sucess so far is getting Libby indicted.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 19, 2005 2:32 AM