Boris S. Korczak
I certainly would applaud a gathering of 13 people watching a cooking show or a medical wizard explaining a new technic transplanting a heart to a bunch of doctors.
I have a problem hearing about a bunch of the CIA agents, an invited guest from Jordan, a Blackwater man, and a few others gathered to see and hear a report from “our man in Al-Qaida” – Doctor Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al-Balawi, who walked in and exploded killing seven agents including a female COS, (Chief of Station).
All this happened just on the border with Pakistan, right in the heart of Taliban country at so called Forward Operating Base Chapman.
The deceased COS left three motherless children behind in US and chances are that if she would use the golden rule of having no more than two agents while meeting with the “source”, she would be still alive and the Chapman base would still function and gather intelligence on Taliban and Al-Qaida.
A 32-year-old Jordanian doctor named Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al-Balawi was obviously a trusted guy since he walked into the gym wearing his explosive vest.
Nobody even checked him for explosives, guns, knives, recording devices or hidden transmitters.
It was an expensive short cut and the price was high, highest since 1983, when eight officers died during the Beirut embassy attack.
The bomber was a Jordanian source who claimed that he might have had some vital intelligence rearding the co-founder of Al-Qaida – Ayman al-Zawahiri with whom he allegedly just had a personal contact.
During my seven years as an Access Agent in Denmark, my handlers; Ed Gotchef. and Bill Lofgren. had our “secret” meetings at their residence in Denmark, right across the Czechoslovak military Attaché’s residence. It shows you the lazy and unprofessional approach and violation of an iron clad rule not to do it.
The bottom line is that the best of the best we sent to Afghanistan were as negligent and naïve operatives and I can only express my sorrow to their spouses, children and next of kin.
CIA is a dangerous organization to itself.