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By Jason Leopold, Truthout in the USA:
CIA Kidnapped, Tortured “the Wrong Guy,” Says Former Agency Operative Glenn Carle
Sunday 23 October 2011
Rob Richer, the No. 2 ranking official in the CIA’s clandestine service, paid a visit to Glenn Carle’s office in December 2002 and presented the veteran CIA operative with an urgent proposal.
“I want you to go on a temporary assignment,” Carle recalls Richer telling him. “It’s important for the agency, it’s important for the country and it’s important for you. Will you do it?”
Richer, who resigned from the CIA in 2005 and went to work for the mercenary outfit Blackwater, told Carle that agency operatives had just rendered a “high-value target,” an Afghan in his mid-forties named Haji Pacha Wazir, who was purported to be Osama bin Laden’s personal banker as well as financier for a number of suspected terrorists. Wazir was being held at a CIA black site prison in Morocco, and the agency needed a clandestine officer who spoke French to take over the interrogation of the detainee.
Carle, formerly the deputy national intelligence officer for transitional threats, who had no prior interrogation experience, agreed, and within 72 hours, he boarded a CIA-chartered jet bound for Morocco.
Carle recounts what unfolded next in his riveting book, “The Interrogator: An Education,” which stands as a damning indictment of the CIA’s torture and rendition program and the Bush administration’s approach to the so-called Global War on Terror.
Carle refers to Wazir in his book as CAPTUS. The CIA, which did not respond to requests for comment for this report, would not allow Carle to print Wazir ‘s name in his book, nor was he permitted to disclose the locations of the two black site prisons where Wazir was imprisoned and tortured.
A report published in Harper’s in July first disclosed that CAPTUS is Wazir and the location of the CIA black site prisons where he was held.
During an on-camera interview with Truthout in Washington, DC, Carle said he originally believed the agency had captured a “significant Al-Qaeda leader” who had been a concern to US intelligence agencies “for a long time.”
“The assessment that was made of [Wazir] was quite compelling and I accepted it,” Carle said. “I knew my colleagues to be hard-working and careful and that they reviewed their assessments regularly and the assessment was that [Wazir] was one of the top players in Al-Qaeda.”
Although Carle was told by a top agency official that he should do “whatever it takes to get this man to talk,” which he said he understood meant using torture to “break this fellow’s will” and obtain intelligence, Carle said he “would not do it [because] it was wrong.”
Instead, Carle said he interrogated Wazir using standard rapport-building techniques and “psychological manipulation” that led the detainee to believe Carle was his “friend.”
Carle concluded not long after he began interrogating Wazir that the agency had “kidnapped” the “wrong guy” and Wazir, who ran an informal money-transfer business known as a Hawala, was not a “committed jihadist” or Bin Laden’s personal banker.
Wazir was “more like a train conductor who sells a criminal a ticket,” Carle writes in “The Interrogator.” “Slowly, progressively, first in dismay, then in anger, I had realized that on the CAPTUS case the Agency, the government, all of us, had been victims of delusion.”
Wazir’s life had been “destroyed” based on what Carle characterized as an “error.”
But the CIA’s position did not change. The agency believed Wazir was withholding intelligence due to the fact that he could not answer specific questions. So in an attempt to convince him to reveal information about Al-Qaeda, agency operatives kidnapped his older brother, Haji Ghaljai, in December 2002 and held him captive for six months at the same black site prison.
Carle documented his conclusions about Wazir, and called for his immediate release, in top-secret cables he prepared that were supposed to be sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. However, Carle said when he later inquired about his cables he discovered they “were never transmitted so they never formally existed.”
The US government eventually moved Wazir from Morocco to the infamous Salt Pit prison in Afghanistan, which Carle refers to as “Hotel California,” and then transferred him to the Bagram prison facility.
U.S. Inflicting Misery on Afghanistan, by Kathy Kelly: here.
US troop deaths in Afghan War under Obama now twice that under Bush: here.
US soldier goes on trial for Afghan civilian murders: here.
USA: Peter Fuller removed from duty as a top Afghanistan commander for remarks to POLITICO: here.
A July United Nations report asserting that only 30 civilians died in targeted raids in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2011 reflected only a very small fraction of night raids in which civilians were killed, according to officials of the independent Afghan commission which had co-produced the 2010 report on civilian casualties with the U.N. Mission: here.
More than half of Afghans see NATO as occupiers: here.
Afghan army trainee kills three Australian soldiers: here.
An Afghan fact-finding team appointed by President Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed NATO-led troops for what it said was the unnecessary killing of dozens of civilians: here.
Psychologists and Torture, Then and Now. Laura Melendez-Pallitto and Robert Pallitto, Foreign Policy in Focus: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. The ‘tragedy’ occurred half a century ago when CIA-funded psychological research on electroshock treatment, sensory deprivation and the like found its way into the Agency’s counterintelligence interrogation manual. The ‘farce’ was played post-9/11, as psychologists became involved once again in aiding counterintelligence interrogators…. Psychologists were complicit in designing and using techniques to break subjects rather than aid them, and in so doing they made a mockery of their ethical obligation to ‘do no harm’”: here.
A Kenyan national who has accused MI5 and the FBI of complicity in his rendition and torture won a key legal victory in the British courts this week: here.
Britain: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will not prosecute an MI5 officer over the torture of UK resident Binyam Mohamed in Pakistan in 2002, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer announced yesterday: here.
Kiwi commandos set to withdraw
NEW ZEALAND: Prime Minister John Key said today that the country would withdraw its Special Air Service (SAS) commandos from Afghanistan in March.
The 35-strong contingent in Kabul has been training the city’s Crisis Response Unit.
Public opinion in New Zealand turned against their deployment after two SAS personnel were killed earlier this year — the military’s first combat deaths in 10 years.
Mr Key’s decision is a snub to the US, which had requested that the SAS deployment be extended.
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Administrator on October 27, 2011 at 8:44 am said:
Bahrain police training Afghani forces
by: Jerome Starkey
From: The Times
October 27, 2011 11:31AM
IT IS not surprising that Afghanistan’s security forces, still reeling from allegations of rape and torture, need more training.
Few, though, would have guessed that Bahrain’s soldiers or police were qualified to give it.
Administrator on October 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm said:
Afghanistan’s Rare Earth Element Discoveries
By Resource Investing News
10/24/11 – 12:15 PM EDT
Under the shroud of secrecy, protected by the snipers from the US Marines, geologists from the USGS were sent into the extremely hostile Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan to look for rare earth elements. According to the USGS and the Department of Defense a potentially massive deposit was found, totaling one million tonnes of rare earth elements. This is the second such announcement from the US military about the mineral riches of Afghanistan.
In June of 2010, both agencies stated that nearly $1 trillion worth of copper, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt and gold had been found through exploration as well as Soviet era discoveries. The announcement of the discoveries was thought by many to be political theater, as most of the minerals had been known for decades. The reports of Afghanistan’s REE deposits, while significant in tonnage and politically attractive, can amount to the same political theatricality.
“I think there is a school of thought that if the US can find enough stuff in Afghanistan that we should stay. And frankly there are plenty of rare earths around in the world,” stated Christopher Ecclestone, mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company. He added that staying in Afghanistan solely for the rare earths and other minerals in the previous findings would be a mistake.
If the incredible findings in Afghanistan are true-one million tonnes of rare earth elements found in less than one square mile-the logistics of operating a mining in southern Afghanistan will bring to light the harsh reality.
Afghanistan lacks the modern infrastructure needed to profitably extract the minerals. Before mining can begin, either the country or the mining firms would have to build roads and power plants. This is not to mention processing facilities that are proving to be more difficult even for companies such as Molycorp (NYSE:MCP) and Lynas (ASX:LYC). Afghanistan even lacks the basic necessities need to build any of these modern facilities.
“Afghanistan has the lowest cement production in the world at 2 kg per capita; in neighboring Pakistan it is 92 kg per capita and in the UK it is 200 kg per capita,” according to a journal article in Industrial Minerals.
Access to the country, which is equally difficult, would also prove challenging to transport any of the materials needed to mine construction. “You can’t access it from Russia because of the mountains, you can’t access in from Iran or Pakistan [because of the political realities on the ground], so what are they going to do fly the material in and out? It’s just a waste of time,” stated Ecclestone.
Scientific American released photos of the USGS exploration of the region, which shows not only the remote area, but also the heavy military presence to provide security for the geologists.
America has been engaged in a war for over ten years, longer than Vietnam, in fact it is the longest war in the nation’s history. The instability continues to this day. Just last week in the same province of the REE discovery, a suicide bomber killed two civilians. The southern Afghanistan also home to the strongest Taliban resistance. This is why the USGS geologists had to be escorted by a unit of the Marines.
While the resistance is weakening as evidence by a US mission to secure a hydroelectric dam, it is still the main stronghold of the Taliban.
“That was (the Taliban’s) center of gravity,” said RAND Corp. analyst Seth Jones, author of In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan and a counterinsurgency analyst at RAND Corp., a think tank.
Many of the 30,000 soldiers sent in the 2009 surge were stationed near the Helmand province.
Even if the area was secured enough to hand over mining operations to Afghanistan the reality of conflict minerals might further escalate tensions in the region.
Michael T. Klare, author of “Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict” suggested “In very poor countries, when suddenly a new source of wealth is discovered, various factions fight to control that wealth, to keep it in their own hands and they use the military and the police to control it causing a perpetual state of corruption and violence.”
This is what is known as the “resource curse.” One must only look to The Democratic Republic of the Congo or the Marange blood diamond fields of Zimbabwe to see this evidenced first hand.
Administrator on October 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm said:
Americans’ support for Afghan war at record low: poll
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — Americans’ support for the decade-long Afghanistan war has dropped to an all time low, with a majority saying the situation in Afghanistan has turned into another Vietnam, a new national poll showed Friday.
Only 34 percent of those surveyed said they support the war in Afghanistan, one point less than the previous low of 35 percent, with 63 percent being opposed to the conflict, according to the CNN/ORC International Poll.
Fifty-eight percent said that the war in Afghanistan has turned into a situation like what the U.S. faced in Vietnam, the survey showed.
It also found that Americans’ opposition to the war is more due to what Afghanistan has turned into in the past decade rather than the decision to launch the war.
The result was unveiled at a time when the Obama administration has began to pull out troops from the central Asian country this summer.
Under the president’s withdrawal plan, 10,000 U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of this year and another 23,000 will return home by September 2012. The ultimate goal is to transfer lead security responsibility to the Afghan forces by 2014.
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Administrator on October 29, 2011 at 11:01 am said:
Most Americans think Afghan war turning into another Vietnam: Poll
Support for the Afghan war has fallen to a record low, with a poll saying that most Americans feel the conflict is turning into another Vietnam.en years into the war, just 34 percent say they are in favour of it, while 63 percent say they oppose American involvement, Politico quoted a CNN/ORC International Poll, as saying.
And over half (58 percent) said that the war has turned into a situation like the U.S. faced during the Vietnam War.
Still, most Americans say it was not a mistake to send troops to Afghanistan. Only 41 percent of those polled think it was an error to send military forces into the country, while 57 percent say it they support the initial decision.
The previous all-time low of support for the war was at 35 percent in December 2010. The 63 percent who oppose the war matches the all-time high, which was also hit in the December 2010 poll.
U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, and most troops are set to withdraw by the end of 2014. (ANI)
Administrator on November 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm said:
British soldier shot dead on patrol
AFGHANISTAN: The Ministry of Defence confirmed today that a British soldier was killed on Thursday while on patrol in Helmand province.
The name of the soldier, who served with the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, has not been released but his family have been informed, the MoD said.
He was shot dead when his patrol was attacked by militant forces.
He was the 384th British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan since the country was invaded in 2001.
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