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March 26, 2012

It shouldn’t matter…but it does

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Arnold Bogis on March 26, 2012

Sometimes, what should be an inconsequential detail can hold enormous weight.  The impact of such knowledge is likely to be subtle, but once made public it cannot help (hopefully) but make a positive impact.

When it wasn’t so long ago that a proposed community center near the site of the 9/11 attacks was branded the “Ground Zero Mosque,” reporting had the NYPD canvassing Muslim public gatherings of all types, and some states have charted the brave course of passing anti-Sharia laws…despite the lack of evidence that Sharia law poses any threat whats so ever…some new facts are refreshing.  In this case, that one of the most important counterterrorism officials in the government today is a convert to Islam.

As the Washington Post reported yesterday:

As chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center for the past six years, he has functioned in a funereal capacity for al-Qaeda.

Roger, which is the first name of his cover identity, may be the most consequential but least visible national security official in Washington — the principal architect of the CIA’s drone campaign and the leader of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In many ways, he has also been the driving force of the Obama administration’s embrace of targeted killing as a centerpiece of its counterterrorism efforts.

Colleagues describe Roger as a collection of contradictions. A chain-smoker who spends countless hours on a treadmill. Notoriously surly yet able to win over enough support from subordinates and bosses to hold on to his job. He presides over a campaign that has killed thousands of Islamist militants and angered millions of Muslims, but he is himself a convert to Islam.

The entire article is worth a read, if for nothing else a look at the “inside baseball” of our counterterrorism efforts.

Normally, the alter at which “Roger” worships would not matter in the least.  Only his effectiveness and ability to operate within the legal boundaries established in this nation.

Yet, considering the often hyperventilated discussion around the supposed threat of a radicalized minority residing in our country (cough…what about American fundraising for the IRA Representative King…cough), I find it extremely refreshing that one of at least the top five most important officials in terms of keeping our nation safe from terrorism is Muslim.

This fact put a smile on my face. I hope it does the same for you.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 26, 2012 @ 2:11 am

That article should be read by all. What was left unsaid was exactly how the administrative process of targeting worked and whether Roger was supervised or had any effective review over his decision to make “kill” strikes.

Always remember that there is no exact chain of command from the President to subordinates in various CIA posts.

Legally it would be considered lawful to do some of the CIA’s work by Presidential delegation but so far I have seen no evidence of formal delegations in the drone strike target selection and “kill” orders.

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