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 United States
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 pleaded
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. The
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 the DEA.
The analysis concludes �that Americans can be great assets
in terrorist operations overseas.�
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
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
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 world.
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
atrocities in the region were committed by school graduates. The school�s
level of responsibility for the behavior of graduates 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
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.
Michael Collins is a
writer in the DC area who researches and comments on the corruptions of the new
millennium. His articles focus on the financial manipulations of The Money
Party, the abuse of power by government, and features on elections and election
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