Friday, January 1, 2010

Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Some CIA personnel in Afghanistan invited an amiable fellow in for a chat without frisking him first (wouldn't want him to think they didn't trust him--you'll never win hearts and minds that way). Now they're all dead. From the Ceeb:

The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees and wounded six others at an agency base in Afghanistan had been invited in and was not searched, former U.S. officials told The Associated Press Thursday.

Officials at U.S. Forward Operating Base Chapman, a CIA surveillance and intelligence post near Khost City in eastern Afghanistan, had been interested in using the man as an informant, according to the officials.

The region around the base is a hotbed of Taliban and insurgent activity because of its proximity to Pakistan's lawless tribal region. A senior CIA debriefer had apparently come from Kabul to meet with the man, the officials said.

The former officials familiar with Wednesday's attack spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The CIA would not confirm the details, and said it was still investigating...

"It's far too early to draw conclusions about something that happened just yesterday," said spokesperson George Little...
Yeah, it wouldn't be right to rush to judgement about a jihadi's true intentions and the imbecility of those who won't take even the minimal precautions necessary to ensure their own safety. It may take authorities weeks--months, even--to suss out the obvious.

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