Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The anti-terrorism policy that dare not speak its own name

The United States is now relying heavily on foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate and detain all but the highest-level terrorist suspects seized outside the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to current and former U.S. government officials.

The change represents a significant loosening of the reins for the United States, which has worked closely with allies to combat violent extremism since the Sept. 11 attacks but is now pushing that cooperation to new limits.

In the past 10 months, for example, about a half-dozen midlevel financiers and logistics experts working with al-Qaeda have been captured and are being held by intelligence services in four Middle Eastern countries after the United States provided information that led to their arrests by local security services, a former U.S. counterterrorism official said.

Under a previous Presidential administration, the situation described above was known as “rendition”. Heretofore and in keeping with generally-recognized protocol, at least during this current administration, these practices will be known as “relying more on aid of allies”


Road Dawg said...

Didn't President Bush get lambasted for outsourcing the capture of OBL with similar relliance on the aid of allies?

When are we going to wake up and smell the kahve?

B-Daddy said...

That was in the bad old days when foreign security services used harsh interrogation methods. Now that Obama is President, his magic pixie dust of kindness has turned the Pakistani operatives in the ISI into kinder, gentler souls. Oh, wait, those words were banned along with "Points of Light."

Dean said...

That the whole elimination of funding for PoL escaped notice was baffling. Thanks for reminding me.