Wikileaks offered its first release since the controversial distribution
of documents related to the United States effort in Afghanistan.
The current leak was posted to their web site on August 25. It
is titled CIA
Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism,"
2 Feb 2010.
The leak describes Red Cell as a CIA unit created by the Director
to develop “out-of-the-box” analysis offering “alternative viewpoints”
on key intelligence issues.
This document doesn’t disappoint in being out-of-the-box.
CIA Perception Management – How the World Sees the
CIA Red Cell starts out by stating, “This report examines the implications
of what it would mean for the US to be seen increasingly as an incubator
and exporter of terrorism.” Don’t hold your breath. There’s
nothing there about the School of the Americas, the shock and
awe invasion of Iraq and the carnage that entailed, or 300
dead Panamanians and United States soldiers as a result of the 1981
manhunt for General Manuel Noriega, a former US asset.
lists four examples of terrorism exported by citizens of the
United States. Five Muslim Americans traveled to Pakistan, tried
to join the Taliban, and were arrested. Red Cell notes that, “In
1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York,
emigrated to Israel, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed
29 Palestinians during their prayers.” Also singled out are those
Irish Americans who provided cash to the Irish Republican Army used
to fund terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.
Of most interest, convicted terrorist David Headley is cited as
an example. A Pakistani American from Chicago, Headley recently
guilty to providing “advanced surveillance” for the 2008 mega-terror
attack on the Indian financial capitol, Mumbai.
The London Sunday Times pointed out that Headley had been “working
for” the US
Drug Enforcement Administration as part of a plea deal in 1997.
Times of India quoted unnamed Indian officials investigating
the attacks as speculating that Headley “could have been a double
agent for American agencies and Pakistan-based outfits.” US
government officials deny any connection with Headley after a brief
association with DEA.
The analysis concludes “that Americans can be great assets in terrorist
The perception that the US is an “incubator and exporter of terrorism”
may create push back by other governments in the War on Terror.
The report cautions that this may lead to formal inquiries concerning
US citizens by foreign intelligence agencies who may “even request
the rendition of US citizens.” Renditions involve the
transfer of suspected terrorists from one state to another where
torture is used to extract information.
The report warns that US failure to cooperate with these requests,
“might lead some governments to consider secretly extracting US
citizens suspected of foreign terrorism from US soil.”
All this might limit cooperation by US allies in anti-terror efforts.
The Red Cell Memorandum Makes No Sense
We are told that the perception of the US exporting terror
would limit the cooperation of other nations in anti terror efforts.
If that’s true, then we would expect that the US would be less than
cooperative with other nations that export terrorism, defined as
citizens leaving their country and committing terrorist acts elsewhere.
Didn’t President George W. Bush kiss the Saudi King and hold his
hand in a garden walk in 2005? Was that indiscreetly affectionate
behavior deterred by the perception that the Saudis are an “exporter
of terrorism” in the form of bin Laden and the Saudi citizens named
as pulling off 9/11? Didn’t the current Justice Department support
Saudi Arabia’s attempt to block a suit by 9/11 victims? Didn’t the
US have up to 10,000 troops in Saudi Arabia from 1991 through 2003
at the very time that Saudi nationals were sponsoring schools throughout
the Middle East that taught hatred of what is now called the
Other nations allow the US to violate their sovereignty to kidnap
and torture their citizens as a result of asymmetrical power. The
US can crush these nations militarily and financially. The US also
offers financial inducements to the leaders of some nations involved.
Therefore, they cooperate.
The report assumes that there’s some sort of rule book that allows
other nations to behave toward the US as the US does toward them,
if somehow US citizens leave the country and commit terrorist acts.
In reality, there’s no referee or rule book, just a one-sided power
equation in favor of US action. It’s all about power and dominance.
This leak doesn’t amount to much more than a peek at what is viewed
as a “thought provoking alternative” view within the CIA. It misses
the main point regarding the perception of the US throughout the
The Real Export of Terror – Reality Trumps Perception
The United States operates what is commonly known as the
School of Americas in Georgia. The school offers training in
counterinsurgency, interrogation, and anti terror tactics and strategies.
Thousands of Latin American military personnel have trained there
over the years. Graduates include some of the worst
dictators in that region including those behind the deadly Operation
Condor in the 1980s. Some of the worst
atrocities in the region were committed by school graduates.
The school’s level of responsibility for the behavior of it’s graduate
can’t be quantified in precise terms. However, for some graduates,
the training failed to instill a respect for humanity and taught
tactics that were employed against the citizens that the military
leaders were to protect.
The US has held the leadership position in NATO since its inception
in 1949. In 1990, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning
Operation Gladio and US involvement (European
Parliament resolution on Gladio, Nov. 22, 1990, Clause G. 2).
This involved paramilitary
groups in NATO member nations and France. The groups were created
by US and British intelligence after World War II. The original
goal was to provide resistance in case of a takeover by the Soviet
Union. Long after that was a viable concern, the groups continued
by staging false-flag
terror attacks against their own citizens. The incidents, which
killed thousands, were committed by the Gladio groups and falsely
attributed to Communists and Soviet sympathizers.
These are just two examples of the unrestrained and counter productive
use of power exported by successive US administrations.
It’s no accident that this information is kept from US citizens.
Sufficiently informed, the vast majority would find these programs
offensive and counterproductive. But it’s no secret to the rest
of the world. The concerns expressed in the Red Cell Memorandum
are moot. It’s too late. The word is out.
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