Monday, November 10, 2008

US Launched Secret Commando Raids

Here's a facinating article from the International Herald Tribune about some covert US military actions since 9-11 into sovereign countries such as Pakistan and Syria. My question: is this information going to compromise present and future operations? Are these damaging leaks? They keep quoting nameless officials.

The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.

In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants' compound in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, according to a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Officials watched the entire mission — captured by the video camera of a remotely piloted Predator aircraft — in real time in the CIA's Counterterrorist Center at the agency's headquarters in Virginia 7,000 miles away.


More than a half-dozen officials, including current and former military and intelligence officials as well as senior Bush administration policy makers, described details of the 2004 military order on the condition of anonymity because of its politically delicate nature. Spokesmen for the White House, the Defense Department and the military declined to comment.


  1. No idea what this accomplishes, but increase the traffic to IHT - NYT - website.
    Has the order been declassified or has someone purposefully committed treason?...better get the firing line formed up.

  2. Yeah, that's what I thought. This is serious business. Or is it "the public's right to know". That's how the "Pentagon Papers" were treated.