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New York Times – Details Emerge on a Brazen Escape in Afghanistan: The prisoners were considered some of the most dangerous men among the hundreds of terror suspects locked behind the walls of a secretive and secure American military detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan. Their escape, however, might as well have been a breakout from the county jail. According to military officials familiar with the episode, the suspects are believed to have picked the lock on their cell, changed out of their bright orange uniforms and made their way through a heavily guarded military base under the cover of night. They then crawled over a faulty wall where a getaway vehicle was apparently waiting for them, the officials said. “It is embarrassing and amazing at the same time,” an American defense official said. “It was a disaster.”
Washington Post – Wrongful Imprisonment: Anatomy of a CIA Mistake: In May 2004, the White House dispatched the U.S. ambassador in Germany to pay an unusual visit to that country’s interior minister. Ambassador Daniel R. Coats carried instructions from the State Department transmitted via the CIA’s Berlin station because they were too sensitive and highly classified for regular diplomatic channels, according to several people with knowledge of the conversation. Coats informed the German minister that the CIA had wrongfully imprisoned one of its citizens, Khaled Masri, for five months, and would soon release him, the sources said. There was also a request: that the German government not disclose what it had been told even if Masri went public. The U.S. officials feared exposure of a covert action program designed to capture terrorism suspects abroad and transfer them among countries, and possible legal challenges to the CIA from Masri and others with similar allegations.
CNN – U.S. not ‘well-prepared’ for terrorism: The United States also needs to repair its image in the world, Kean said. “We’ve got to talk about the kind of image we have and the things we do to create that image,” said Kean. “If we don’t, there’s going to be more terrorists created than the ones we’re now killing.”
Washington Post – Do These Two Have Anything in Common?: President Bush has equated Islamic radicalism with communism. Is the comparison sound? Is it wise?
I should be noted for the record that those who speak out about incompetence and stupidity in the ‘war’ on terror will be held responsible for each and every negative outcome. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll keep your mouth shut.