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Michael Scheuer

AKA Michael F. Scheuer

Born: c. 1952

Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Spy, Author Party Affiliation: Republican [1]

Nationality: United States Executive summary: Imperial Hubris

Former head of the CIA’s “Osama bin Laden unit” (1996-99), and an agent of the CIA for over 22 years. He authored two books as “Anonymous”, most importantly Imperial Hubris, a work highly critical of the George W. Bush administration. Anonymous’s identity was revealed by Jason Vest in the 2 July 2004 edition of the Boston Phoenix. It should be noted that anonymity was not Scheuer’s choice — the CIA demanded it of him in order to publish his books.

On a 30 July 2009 appearance on Glenn Beck’s Fox television program, Scheuer complained of lax border security and said that “the only chance we have” to repair America’s national security “is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States”.

Wife: (two children)

University: Canisius College (1974) University: MA, Niagara University (1976) University: MA, Carleton University (1981) University: PhD, University of Manitoba Professor: Security Studies, Georgetown University

CIA employee (resigned 2004) Jamestown Foundation Senior Fellow (until 2009)

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In 1799, George Washington wrote that the views of men can only be known, or guessed at, by their words or actions. Well, in recent weeks I have learned that to express a view that damns either a U.S. foreign policy that is defeating the United States or the makers of that policy is to be a racist, an extremist, a bigot, an anti-Semite, an assassin, an ultra-conservative, and any other number of things described by the slurs and epithet that are the products of the ever-adolescent minds always plentiful among Democrats, the Israel-First gang of war-mongering Neoconservatives, and the budding young journalism students at Georgetown University. The latter seem to think journalism is quoting what other journalists say without ever reading the material over which they are having an effeminate, David-Frum-like hissy-fit.

Let me be clear, I am not upset, angered, or cowed by this criticism. I should say, rather, that I welcome their ignorance-based hatred and urge them to keep it coming. I promise to keep up my end of things.

Having had my say, now let us take a look at the excerpts that have been published from a new book called Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, written by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In his memoir, Mr. Gates gives his readers telling confirmation of what has been plain but ignored or distorted by most of the media and many Americans since Barack Obama became president; namely, that Obama and Hillary Clinton are the knowing murderers for personal and party political purposes of the young men and women who serve America in its military forces.

On this issue, Gates work is a welcome first-hand complement to Bob Woodwards earlier, leak-based Obamas Wars. Both authors have done Americans a service by underscoring how obvious it was that Obama did not care what happened in Afghanistan or to the men and women fighting there as long as he could time the U.S. military defeat he apparently wanted America to suffer there to provide the Democratic Party with as much political advantage as possible. Gates book also refines with specifics the general impression that is left by Woodwards book; namely, that Joe Biden, in regard to foreign policy, really is the egregious twit we have all seen in the Internet video of him dancing and singing in what appears to be a drunken stupor.

For readers of my writings and books, the foregoing is no surprise. Since resigning from the CIA in late 2004, I have argued that both Democratic and Republican leaders start unconstitutional wars which they do not intend to win and so get our soldiers and Marines killed and crippled for nothing. These leaders likewise waste the lives of our young on enlightened causes that are not only absolutely irrelevant to U.S. national security such as human rights, spreading democracy, and, most especially, womens rights but the pursuit of which clearly damages our security and amounts to the waging a civilizational war against Islam, one that is identical to that Obama, Clinton, and their party are waging on Christianity.

Both Democratic and Republican leaders are profligate with the blood of our young; regarding the latter, think of Senators McCain and Graham, and other Israel-Firsters like John Bolton, Bill Kristol, and Eric Cantor. It is a continuing surprise that American parents do not universally and aggressively advise their sons and daughters to refrain from joining the U.S. military until the countrys leaders show that they (a) will revert to constitutional war-making; (b) will allow our forces to win the wars they start; and (c) will not get our kids killed and maimed so that Ms. Mohammad can vote, sleep-around, and abort.

While there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around, Mr. Gates book and earlier Mr. Woodwards adds a new dimension to the emerging portrait of Americas two most prominent tyrants, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton. Both addressed the issue of the Afghan and Iraq surges from purely selfish and elitist political perspectives, obviously caring not a bit about how many service personnel were required to die or be fitted for prosthetic devices to further their political careers and benefit their political cronies and campaign contributors.

Like monarchs of old, they cavalierly decided which and how many young Americans needed to die to promote their pursuit of power and personal glory. And American parents must never question them about the murderous behavior that kills their children in wars not meant to be won. It is none of their business; they must just shut up and grieve.

Mrs. Clinton demonstrated this monarchical attitude when she exploded in dismissive rage after a legislator dared to ask why she deliberately left Americas representatives in Libya unprotected and ripe for murder. Mrs. Clintons reaction in that incident is reminiscent of the estimable actress Flora Robson. Playing Englands Elizabeth I in the fine 1940 film called The Sea Hawk, Robsons conduct of English foreign policy is questioned by the Spanish Ambassador and she, in turn, explodes, reminding the Spaniard that, The Queen need justify nothing! What the then-Secretary of State told Congress about her murderous role in the Benghazi attack was that Im Hillary, I need justify nothing.

Obama supported the 2011 Afghan surge because he needed the Afghan war to continue into 2014 so that he could end it in time to benefit Democratic candidates in the mid-term congressional elections. Mrs. Clinton opposed the Iraq surge in 2007 because she was about to run against Obama for the presidency. She was more than willing to deny U.S. forces in Iraq the reinforcements they desperately needed thanks to the idiocy of that war and the small-footprint theory of Secretary Rumsfeld and so she was cruelly ready to abet her candidacy by allowing U.S. casualties to mount.

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Michael Scheuer

AKA Michael F. Scheuer

Born: c. 1952

Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Spy, Author Party Affiliation: Republican [1]

Nationality: United States Executive summary: Imperial Hubris

Former head of the CIA’s “Osama bin Laden unit” (1996-99), and an agent of the CIA for over 22 years. He authored two books as “Anonymous”, most importantly Imperial Hubris, a work highly critical of the George W. Bush administration. Anonymous’s identity was revealed by Jason Vest in the 2 July 2004 edition of the Boston Phoenix. It should be noted that anonymity was not Scheuer’s choice — the CIA demanded it of him in order to publish his books.

On a 30 July 2009 appearance on Glenn Beck’s Fox television program, Scheuer complained of lax border security and said that “the only chance we have” to repair America’s national security “is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States”.

Wife: (two children)

University: Canisius College (1974) University: MA, Niagara University (1976) University: MA, Carleton University (1981) University: PhD, University of Manitoba Professor: Security Studies, Georgetown University

CIA employee (resigned 2004) Jamestown Foundation Senior Fellow (until 2009)

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From 1980 to 1989, about $600 million is passed through Osama bin Ladens charity fronts, according to Michael Scheuer, head of the CIAs first bin Laden unit. Most of it goes through the charity front Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), also known as Al-Kifah. The money generally comes from donors in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, and is used to arm and supply the mujaheddin fighting in Afghanistan. Mohammad Yousaf, a high ranking ISI official, will later say, It was largely Arab money that saved the system, since so much of the aid given by the CIA and Saudi Arabia was siphoned away before it got to Afghanistan. By this I mean cash from rich individuals or private organizations in the Arab world, not Saudi government funds. Without those extra millions the flow of arms actually getting to the mujaheddin would have been cut to a trickle. [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 279-280] Future CIA Director Robert Gates will later claim that in 1985 and 1986, the CIA became aware of Arabs assisting and fighting with the Afghan mujaheddin, and the CIA examined ways to increase their participation, perhaps in the form of some sort of international brigade, but nothing came of it. [Coll, 2004, pp. 146] However, a CIA official involved in the Afghan war will claim that the CIA directly funded MAK (see 1984 and After).

In the mid-1990s, the CIA suffers brain drain, as budget restrictions cause the agency to get rid of many of its most experienced officials. CIA official Michael Scheuer will later explain: They called it a buyout program through the whole federal government, and they thought they were going to get rid of the deadwood. What happened was they lost the age-40-to-48 group of very strong potential senior officers, those people who couldnt stand the bureaucracy anymore. They couldnt stand the crap, so they retired, and we lost a whole generation. In 1997, George Tenet becomes the new CIA director (see July 11, 1997) and he attempts to stop the loss of talent. He even initiates a massive recruitment drive for the CIAs Directorate of Operations clandestine service. But according to a Vanity Fair article, unfortunately, the training of these new spies remained very much old-school: they were taught how to operate undercover in European embassies, but not how to infiltrate Islamic terrorist cells. Tenets choice for the latest deputy director of operations typifies the problem. His pick is Jack Downing, a 57-year-old veteran CIA officer who served as station chief in Moscow and Beijing during the Cold War. Scheuer will comment, Downing was a Marine, and then he was a very, very successful officer during the Cold War, but he didnt have a clue about transnational targets, and he didnt like analysts. [Vanity Fair, 11/2004]

Salem bin Laden, left, and Bakr bin Laden, right. Salem is killed in a plane crash in 1988. [Source: Public domain via Steve Coll]Shortly after the Saudi government publicly disowns bin Laden (while privately continuing to support him) (see April 9, 1994), the bin Laden family follows suits and publicly disowns him as well. Bakr bin Laden, the chairman of the Saudi Binladin Group, the main bin Laden family company, signs a two-sentence statement. Osama bin Laden has 25 brothers, 29 sisters, and more in-laws, aunts, uncles, and so forth. Der Spiegel will later report that in the years bin Laden lives in Sudan, Saudi intelligence minister Prince Turki [al-Faisal] sent Osamas mother, Hamida, and his brother Bakr to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, several times to convince Osama to abandon his terrorist activities. The visits were so frequent that Israels intelligence agency, the Mossad, believed at the time that Osama was a Saudi spy. Vincent Cannistraro, former head of the CIAs Counter Terrorism Center, will say, I tracked the bin Ladens for years. Many family members claimed that Osama was no longer one of them. Its an easy thing to say, but blood is usually thicker than water. Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA unit specializing in hunting bin Laden, doubts that the entire bin Laden family has severed ties with Osama. In a 2005 interview he will say, I havent seen anything in the last 10 years thats convinced me that would be the case. [Der Spiegel (Hamburg), 6/6/2005; Der Spiegel (Hamburg), 6/6/2005]

The CIA begins a program to track Islamist militants in Europe. The program is operated by local stations in Europe and CIA manager Michael Scheuer, who will go on to found the agencys bin Laden unit in early 1996 (see February 1996). The program is primarily focused on militants who oppose the Egyptian government. It traces the support network that supplies money and recruits to them and that organizes their propaganda. US Ambassador to Egypt Edward Walker will later say that the operation involves intercepting telephone calls and opening mail. Suspects are identified in Egypt and in European cities such as Milan (see 1993 and After), Oslo, and London (see (Late 1995)). [Grey, 2007, pp. 125] The intelligence gathered as a part of this operation will be used for the CIAs nascent rendition program (see Summer 1995).

The CIA proposes a policy of abducting Islamic Jihad militants and sending them to Egypt which will soon be approved by President Bill Clinton (see June 21, 1995). The Clinton administration began a policy of allowing abductions, known as renditions, in 1993 (see 1993). At first, renditions were rarely used because few countries wanted the suspects. Michael Scheuer, head of the CIAs bin Laden unit, is one of the architects of a 1995 agreement with Egypt to send rendered militants there. He will later recall: It was begun in desperation. We were turning into voyeurs. We knew where these people were, but we couldnt capture them because we had nowhere to take them, due to legal and diplomatic complications. The CIA realized that we had to come up with a third party. Egypt was the obvious choice because the Islamic Jihad is the prime political enemy of the Egyptian government, and many Islamic Jihad militants also work for al-Qaeda, an enemy of the US. Turning a Blind Eye – However, the Egyptian secret police force, the Mukhabarat, is notorious for its torture of prisoners. As part of the program, the US helps track, capture, and transport suspects to Egypt (see Before Summer 1995) and then turns a blind eye while the Egyptians torture them. Scheuer claims the US could give the Egyptian interrogators questions they wanted put to the detainees in the morning and get answers by the evening. Because torture is illegal in the US, US officials are never present when the torture is done. Further, the CIA only abducts suspects who have already been convicted in absentia. Talaat Fouad Qassem is the first known person the CIA renders to Egypt (see September 13, 1995). But the number of renditions greatly increases in 1998, when the CIA gets a list of Islamic Jihad operatives around the world (see Late August 1998). These renditions result in a big trial in Egypt in 1999 that effectively destroys Islamic Jihad as a major force in that country (see 1999). [New Yorker, 2/8/2005] CIA, NSC, Justice Department Lawyers Consulted – Scheuer will say that lawyers inside and outside the CIA are intensively consulted about the program: There is a large legal department within the Central Intelligence Agency, and there is a section of the Department of Justice that is involved in legal interpretations for intelligence work, and there is a team of lawyers at the National Security Council, and on all of these things those lawyers are involved in one way or another and have signed off on the procedure. The idea that somehow this is a rogue operation that someone has dreamed up is just absurd. [Grey, 2007, pp. 140-141] Leadership of Program – The rendition program does not focus solely on al-Qaeda-linked extremists, and other suspected terrorists are also abducted. Scheuer will later tell Congress, I authored it and then ran and managed it against al-Qaeda leaders and other Sunni Islamists from August 1995, until June 1999. [US Congress, 4/17/2007] A dedicated Renditions Branch will be established at CIA headquarters in 1997 (see 1997), but the relationship between Scheuer and its manager is not knownit is unclear whether this manager is a subordinate, superior, or equal of Scheuer, or whether Scheuer takes on this responsibility as well. After Scheuer is fired as unit chief in May 1999 (see June 1999), his role in the rendition program will presumably be passed on to his successor, Richard Blee, who will go on to be involved in rendition after 9/11 (see Shortly After December 19, 2001). In a piece apparently about Blee, journalist Ken Silverstein will say that he oversaw the [Counterterrorist Center] branch that directed renditions. [Harper’s, 1/28/2007]

Bin Ladens brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa is pronounced not guilty of all charges and set free in a retrial in Jordan. Khalifa had been convicted and sentenced to death in a December 1994 Jordanian trial, but then a key witness recanted and the verdict was overturned in April 1995 (see Early April 1995). The US then deported him to Jordan to face retrial anyway (see April 26-May 3, 1995). [Agence France-Presse, 7/19/1995] He quickly returns to Saudi Arabia, where he has citizenship. Michael Scheuer, the first head of the CIAs bin Laden unit, will later claim that that day he flew back to Saudi Arabia, he was greeted by a limo and a high-ranking official of the government embraced him. [Lance, 2006, pp. 164] One later article similarly claims, Returning to Saudi Arabia, Khalifa was allegedly welcomed like a hero by Prince Sultan, Saudis second deputy premier. [Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8/11/2000] Khalifa will go on to help found a militant group in Yemen that will take credit for the USS Cole bombing in 2000 (see 1996-1997 and After), while his Philippine front companies will continue to fund militant groups with few obstacles long after 9/11 (see 1995 and After).

CIA leadership allegedly suppresses a report about Osama bin Ladens hunt for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and only disseminates the report after pressure. After the CIAs bin Laden unit, Alec Station, is created in early 1996 (see February 1996), one of its first tasks is to see if bin Laden is attempting to acquire WMDs. Bin Laden a Bigger Threat than Previously Realized – Michael Scheuer, head of the unit in its early years, will later say that the unit soon discovers bin Laden is much more of a threat than I had thought. It became very clear very early that he was after [WMDs], and we showed conclusively at that point that he didnt have them. But we had never seen as professional an organization in charge of procurement. Scheuer will later tell Congress that when the unit finds detailed intelligence in 1996 on bin Ladens attempts to get a nuclear weapon, superiors in the CIA suppress the report. Only after three officers in the CIA knowledgeable about bin Laden complain and force an internal review does the CIA disseminate the report more widely within the US intelligence community. Incident Leads to Bunker Mentality – The incident contributes to a bunker mentality between the bin Laden unit and the rest of the CIA (see February 1996-June 1999). According to Vanity Fair, the CIAs top brass started to view Scheuer as a hysteric, spinning doomsday scenarios. Some start referring to him and the bin Laden unit as the Manson family, in reference to mass murderer Charles Manson and his followers. [Vanity Fair, 11/2004]

David Cohen. [Source: Ting-Li Wang / New York Times]David Cohen, head of the CIAs Directorate of Operations, wants to test the idea of having a virtual station, which is a station based at CIA headquarters and focusing on one target. He chooses Michael Scheuer to run it. Scheuer is running the Islamic Extremist Branch of the CIAs Counterterrorist Center at the time and had suggested creating a station to focus just on bin Laden. The new unit, commonly called Alec Station, begins operations in February 1996 (see February 1996). The 9/11 Commission will later comment that Scheuer had already noticed a recent stream of reports about bin Laden and something called al-Qaeda. [9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 109] It has been widely reported that US intelligence was unaware of the term al-Qaeda until after defector Jamal al-Fadl revealed it later in 1996 (see June 1996-April 1997). But Billy Waugh, an independent contractor hired by the CIA to spy on bin Laden and others in Sudan in 1991 to 1992, will later claim that the CIA was aware of the term al-Qaeda back then (see February 1991- July 1992). And double agent Ali Mohamed revealed the term to the FBI in 1993 (see May 1993). The term will first be used by the media in August 1996 (see August 14, 1996).

The CIAs Counter Terrorism Center creates a special unit focusing specifically on bin Laden. It is informally called Alec Station. About 10 to 15 individuals are assigned to the unit initially. This grows to about 35 to 40 by 9/11. [US Congress, 9/18/2002] The unit is set up largely because of evidence linking [bin Laden] to the 1993 bombing of the WTC. [Washington Post, 10/3/2001] Newsweek will comment after 9/11, With the Cold War over, the Mafia in retreat, and the drug war unwinnable, the CIA and FBI were eager to have a new foe to fight. Historical rivals, the spies and G-men were finally learning to work together. But they didnt necessarily share secrets with the alphabet soup of other enforcement and intelligence agencies, like Customs and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and they remained aloof from the Pentagon. And no amount of good will or money could bridge a fundamental divide between intelligence and law enforcement. Spies prefer to watch and wait; cops want to get their man. [Newsweek, 10/1/2001] Michael Scheuer will lead the unit until 1999. He will later become a vocal critic of the US governments efforts to combat terrorism. He later recalls that while bin Laden is mostly thought of merely as a terrorist financier at this time, we had run across bin Laden in a lot of different places, not personally but in terms of his influence, either through rhetoric, through audiotapes, through passports, through money-he seemed to turn up everywhere. So when we [created the unit], the first responsibility was to find out if he was a threat. [Vanity Fair, 11/2004] By the start of 1997, the unit will conclude bin Laden is a serious threat (see Early 1997).

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Michael Scheuer AKA Michael F. Scheuer Born: c. 1952 Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Spy, Author Party Affiliation: Republican [1] Nationality: United States Executive summary: Imperial Hubris Former head of the CIA’s “Osama bin Laden unit” (1996-99), and an agent of the CIA for over 22 years. He authored two books as “Anonymous”, most importantly Imperial Hubris, a work highly critical of the George W. Bush administration. Anonymous’s identity was revealed by Jason Vest in the 2 July 2004 edition of the Boston Phoenix. It should be noted that anonymity was not Scheuer’s choice — the CIA demanded it of him in order to publish his books. On a 30 July 2009 appearance on Glenn Beck’s Fox television program, Scheuer complained of lax border security and said that “the only chance we have” to repair America’s national security “is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States”. Wife: (two children) University: Canisius College (1974) University: MA, Niagara University (1976) University: MA, Carleton University (1981) University: PhD, University of Manitoba Professor: Security Studies, Georgetown University CIA employee (resigned 2004) Jamestown Foundation Senior Fellow (until 2009)

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In 1799, George Washington wrote that the views of men can only be known, or guessed at, by their words or actions. Well, in recent weeks I have learned that to express a view that damns either a U.S. foreign policy that is defeating the United States or the makers of that policy is to be a racist, an extremist, a bigot, an anti-Semite, an assassin, an ultra-conservative, and any other number of things described by the slurs and epithet that are the products of the ever-adolescent minds always plentiful among Democrats, the Israel-First gang of war-mongering Neoconservatives, and the budding young journalism students at Georgetown University. The latter seem to think journalism is quoting what other journalists say without ever reading the material over which they are having an effeminate, David-Frum-like hissy-fit. Let me be clear, I am not upset, angered, or cowed by this criticism. I should say, rather, that I welcome their ignorance-based hatred and urge them to keep it coming. I promise to keep up my end of things. Having had my say, now let us take a look at the excerpts that have been published from a new book called Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, written by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In his memoir, Mr. Gates gives his readers telling confirmation of what has been plain but ignored or distorted by most of the media and many Americans since Barack Obama became president; namely, that Obama and Hillary Clinton are the knowing murderers for personal and party political purposes of the young men and women who serve America in its military forces. On this issue, Gates work is a welcome first-hand complement to Bob Woodwards earlier, leak-based Obamas Wars. Both authors have done Americans a service by underscoring how obvious it was that Obama did not care what happened in Afghanistan or to the men and women fighting there as long as he could time the U.S. military defeat he apparently wanted America to suffer there to provide the Democratic Party with as much political advantage as possible. Gates book also refines with specifics the general impression that is left by Woodwards book; namely, that Joe Biden, in regard to foreign policy, really is the egregious twit we have all seen in the Internet video of him dancing and singing in what appears to be a drunken stupor. For readers of my writings and books, the foregoing is no surprise. Since resigning from the CIA in late 2004, I have argued that both Democratic and Republican leaders start unconstitutional wars which they do not intend to win and so get our soldiers and Marines killed and crippled for nothing. These leaders likewise waste the lives of our young on enlightened causes that are not only absolutely irrelevant to U.S. national security such as human rights, spreading democracy, and, most especially, womens rights but the pursuit of which clearly damages our security and amounts to the waging a civilizational war against Islam, one that is identical to that Obama, Clinton, and their party are waging on Christianity. Both Democratic and Republican leaders are profligate with the blood of our young; regarding the latter, think of Senators McCain and Graham, and other Israel-Firsters like John Bolton, Bill Kristol, and Eric Cantor. It is a continuing surprise that American parents do not universally and aggressively advise their sons and daughters to refrain from joining the U.S. military until the countrys leaders show that they (a) will revert to constitutional war-making; (b) will allow our forces to win the wars they start; and (c) will not get our kids killed and maimed so that Ms. Mohammad can vote, sleep-around, and abort. While there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around, Mr. Gates book and earlier Mr. Woodwards adds a new dimension to the emerging portrait of Americas two most prominent tyrants, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton. Both addressed the issue of the Afghan and Iraq surges from purely selfish and elitist political perspectives, obviously caring not a bit about how many service personnel were required to die or be fitted for prosthetic devices to further their political careers and benefit their political cronies and campaign contributors. Like monarchs of old, they cavalierly decided which and how many young Americans needed to die to promote their pursuit of power and personal glory. And American parents must never question them about the murderous behavior that kills their children in wars not meant to be won. It is none of their business; they must just shut up and grieve. Mrs. Clinton demonstrated this monarchical attitude when she exploded in dismissive rage after a legislator dared to ask why she deliberately left Americas representatives in Libya unprotected and ripe for murder. Mrs. Clintons reaction in that incident is reminiscent of the estimable actress Flora Robson. Playing Englands Elizabeth I in the fine 1940 film called The Sea Hawk, Robsons conduct of English foreign policy is questioned by the Spanish Ambassador and she, in turn, explodes, reminding the Spaniard that, The Queen need justify nothing! What the then-Secretary of State told Congress about her murderous role in the Benghazi attack was that Im Hillary, I need justify nothing. Obama supported the 2011 Afghan surge because he needed the Afghan war to continue into 2014 so that he could end it in time to benefit Democratic candidates in the mid-term congressional elections. Mrs. Clinton opposed the Iraq surge in 2007 because she was about to run against Obama for the presidency. She was more than willing to deny U.S. forces in Iraq the reinforcements they desperately needed thanks to the idiocy of that war and the small-footprint theory of Secretary Rumsfeld and so she was cruelly ready to abet her candidacy by allowing U.S. casualties to mount.

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Michael Scheuer AKA Michael F. Scheuer Born: c. 1952 Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Spy, Author Party Affiliation: Republican [1] Nationality: United States Executive summary: Imperial Hubris Former head of the CIA’s “Osama bin Laden unit” (1996-99), and an agent of the CIA for over 22 years. He authored two books as “Anonymous”, most importantly Imperial Hubris, a work highly critical of the George W. Bush administration. Anonymous’s identity was revealed by Jason Vest in the 2 July 2004 edition of the Boston Phoenix. It should be noted that anonymity was not Scheuer’s choice — the CIA demanded it of him in order to publish his books. On a 30 July 2009 appearance on Glenn Beck’s Fox television program, Scheuer complained of lax border security and said that “the only chance we have” to repair America’s national security “is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States”. Wife: (two children) University: Canisius College (1974) University: MA, Niagara University (1976) University: MA, Carleton University (1981) University: PhD, University of Manitoba Professor: Security Studies, Georgetown University CIA employee (resigned 2004) Jamestown Foundation Senior Fellow (until 2009)

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!! History Commons Alert, Exciting News From 1980 to 1989, about $600 million is passed through Osama bin Ladens charity fronts, according to Michael Scheuer, head of the CIAs first bin Laden unit. Most of it goes through the charity front Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), also known as Al-Kifah. The money generally comes from donors in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, and is used to arm and supply the mujaheddin fighting in Afghanistan. Mohammad Yousaf, a high ranking ISI official, will later say, It was largely Arab money that saved the system, since so much of the aid given by the CIA and Saudi Arabia was siphoned away before it got to Afghanistan. By this I mean cash from rich individuals or private organizations in the Arab world, not Saudi government funds. Without those extra millions the flow of arms actually getting to the mujaheddin would have been cut to a trickle. [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 279-280] Future CIA Director Robert Gates will later claim that in 1985 and 1986, the CIA became aware of Arabs assisting and fighting with the Afghan mujaheddin, and the CIA examined ways to increase their participation, perhaps in the form of some sort of international brigade, but nothing came of it. [Coll, 2004, pp. 146] However, a CIA official involved in the Afghan war will claim that the CIA directly funded MAK (see 1984 and After). In the mid-1990s, the CIA suffers brain drain, as budget restrictions cause the agency to get rid of many of its most experienced officials. CIA official Michael Scheuer will later explain: They called it a buyout program through the whole federal government, and they thought they were going to get rid of the deadwood. What happened was they lost the age-40-to-48 group of very strong potential senior officers, those people who couldnt stand the bureaucracy anymore. They couldnt stand the crap, so they retired, and we lost a whole generation. In 1997, George Tenet becomes the new CIA director (see July 11, 1997) and he attempts to stop the loss of talent. He even initiates a massive recruitment drive for the CIAs Directorate of Operations clandestine service. But according to a Vanity Fair article, unfortunately, the training of these new spies remained very much old-school: they were taught how to operate undercover in European embassies, but not how to infiltrate Islamic terrorist cells. Tenets choice for the latest deputy director of operations typifies the problem. His pick is Jack Downing, a 57-year-old veteran CIA officer who served as station chief in Moscow and Beijing during the Cold War. Scheuer will comment, Downing was a Marine, and then he was a very, very successful officer during the Cold War, but he didnt have a clue about transnational targets, and he didnt like analysts. [Vanity Fair, 11/2004] Salem bin Laden, left, and Bakr bin Laden, right. Salem is killed in a plane crash in 1988. [Source: Public domain via Steve Coll]Shortly after the Saudi government publicly disowns bin Laden (while privately continuing to support him) (see April 9, 1994), the bin Laden family follows suits and publicly disowns him as well. Bakr bin Laden, the chairman of the Saudi Binladin Group, the main bin Laden family company, signs a two-sentence statement. Osama bin Laden has 25 brothers, 29 sisters, and more in-laws, aunts, uncles, and so forth. Der Spiegel will later report that in the years bin Laden lives in Sudan, Saudi intelligence minister Prince Turki [al-Faisal] sent Osamas mother, Hamida, and his brother Bakr to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, several times to convince Osama to abandon his terrorist activities. The visits were so frequent that Israels intelligence agency, the Mossad, believed at the time that Osama was a Saudi spy. Vincent Cannistraro, former head of the CIAs Counter Terrorism Center, will say, I tracked the bin Ladens for years. Many family members claimed that Osama was no longer one of them. Its an easy thing to say, but blood is usually thicker than water. Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA unit specializing in hunting bin Laden, doubts that the entire bin Laden family has severed ties with Osama. In a 2005 interview he will say, I havent seen anything in the last 10 years thats convinced me that would be the case. [Der Spiegel (Hamburg), 6/6/2005; Der Spiegel (Hamburg), 6/6/2005] The CIA begins a program to track Islamist militants in Europe. The program is operated by local stations in Europe and CIA manager Michael Scheuer, who will go on to found the agencys bin Laden unit in early 1996 (see February 1996). The program is primarily focused on militants who oppose the Egyptian government. It traces the support network that supplies money and recruits to them and that organizes their propaganda. US Ambassador to Egypt Edward Walker will later say that the operation involves intercepting telephone calls and opening mail. Suspects are identified in Egypt and in European cities such as Milan (see 1993 and After), Oslo, and London (see (Late 1995)). [Grey, 2007, pp. 125] The intelligence gathered as a part of this operation will be used for the CIAs nascent rendition program (see Summer 1995). The CIA proposes a policy of abducting Islamic Jihad militants and sending them to Egypt which will soon be approved by President Bill Clinton (see June 21, 1995). The Clinton administration began a policy of allowing abductions, known as renditions, in 1993 (see 1993). At first, renditions were rarely used because few countries wanted the suspects. Michael Scheuer, head of the CIAs bin Laden unit, is one of the architects of a 1995 agreement with Egypt to send rendered militants there. He will later recall: It was begun in desperation. We were turning into voyeurs. We knew where these people were, but we couldnt capture them because we had nowhere to take them, due to legal and diplomatic complications. The CIA realized that we had to come up with a third party. Egypt was the obvious choice because the Islamic Jihad is the prime political enemy of the Egyptian government, and many Islamic Jihad militants also work for al-Qaeda, an enemy of the US. Turning a Blind Eye – However, the Egyptian secret police force, the Mukhabarat, is notorious for its torture of prisoners. As part of the program, the US helps track, capture, and transport suspects to Egypt (see Before Summer 1995) and then turns a blind eye while the Egyptians torture them. Scheuer claims the US could give the Egyptian interrogators questions they wanted put to the detainees in the morning and get answers by the evening. Because torture is illegal in the US, US officials are never present when the torture is done. Further, the CIA only abducts suspects who have already been convicted in absentia. Talaat Fouad Qassem is the first known person the CIA renders to Egypt (see September 13, 1995). But the number of renditions greatly increases in 1998, when the CIA gets a list of Islamic Jihad operatives around the world (see Late August 1998). These renditions result in a big trial in Egypt in 1999 that effectively destroys Islamic Jihad as a major force in that country (see 1999). [New Yorker, 2/8/2005] CIA, NSC, Justice Department Lawyers Consulted – Scheuer will say that lawyers inside and outside the CIA are intensively consulted about the program: There is a large legal department within the Central Intelligence Agency, and there is a section of the Department of Justice that is involved in legal interpretations for intelligence work, and there is a team of lawyers at the National Security Council, and on all of these things those lawyers are involved in one way or another and have signed off on the procedure. The idea that somehow this is a rogue operation that someone has dreamed up is just absurd. [Grey, 2007, pp. 140-141] Leadership of Program – The rendition program does not focus solely on al-Qaeda-linked extremists, and other suspected terrorists are also abducted. Scheuer will later tell Congress, I authored it and then ran and managed it against al-Qaeda leaders and other Sunni Islamists from August 1995, until June 1999. [US Congress, 4/17/2007] A dedicated Renditions Branch will be established at CIA headquarters in 1997 (see 1997), but the relationship between Scheuer and its manager is not knownit is unclear whether this manager is a subordinate, superior, or equal of Scheuer, or whether Scheuer takes on this responsibility as well. After Scheuer is fired as unit chief in May 1999 (see June 1999), his role in the rendition program will presumably be passed on to his successor, Richard Blee, who will go on to be involved in rendition after 9/11 (see Shortly After December 19, 2001). In a piece apparently about Blee, journalist Ken Silverstein will say that he oversaw the [Counterterrorist Center] branch that directed renditions. [Harper’s, 1/28/2007] Bin Ladens brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa is pronounced not guilty of all charges and set free in a retrial in Jordan. Khalifa had been convicted and sentenced to death in a December 1994 Jordanian trial, but then a key witness recanted and the verdict was overturned in April 1995 (see Early April 1995). The US then deported him to Jordan to face retrial anyway (see April 26-May 3, 1995). [Agence France-Presse, 7/19/1995] He quickly returns to Saudi Arabia, where he has citizenship. Michael Scheuer, the first head of the CIAs bin Laden unit, will later claim that that day he flew back to Saudi Arabia, he was greeted by a limo and a high-ranking official of the government embraced him. [Lance, 2006, pp. 164] One later article similarly claims, Returning to Saudi Arabia, Khalifa was allegedly welcomed like a hero by Prince Sultan, Saudis second deputy premier. [Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8/11/2000] Khalifa will go on to help found a militant group in Yemen that will take credit for the USS Cole bombing in 2000 (see 1996-1997 and After), while his Philippine front companies will continue to fund militant groups with few obstacles long after 9/11 (see 1995 and After). CIA leadership allegedly suppresses a report about Osama bin Ladens hunt for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and only disseminates the report after pressure. After the CIAs bin Laden unit, Alec Station, is created in early 1996 (see February 1996), one of its first tasks is to see if bin Laden is attempting to acquire WMDs. Bin Laden a Bigger Threat than Previously Realized – Michael Scheuer, head of the unit in its early years, will later say that the unit soon discovers bin Laden is much more of a threat than I had thought. It became very clear very early that he was after [WMDs], and we showed conclusively at that point that he didnt have them. But we had never seen as professional an organization in charge of procurement. Scheuer will later tell Congress that when the unit finds detailed intelligence in 1996 on bin Ladens attempts to get a nuclear weapon, superiors in the CIA suppress the report. Only after three officers in the CIA knowledgeable about bin Laden complain and force an internal review does the CIA disseminate the report more widely within the US intelligence community. Incident Leads to Bunker Mentality – The incident contributes to a bunker mentality between the bin Laden unit and the rest of the CIA (see February 1996-June 1999). According to Vanity Fair, the CIAs top brass started to view Scheuer as a hysteric, spinning doomsday scenarios. Some start referring to him and the bin Laden unit as the Manson family, in reference to mass murderer Charles Manson and his followers. [Vanity Fair, 11/2004] David Cohen. [Source: Ting-Li Wang / New York Times]David Cohen, head of the CIAs Directorate of Operations, wants to test the idea of having a virtual station, which is a station based at CIA headquarters and focusing on one target. He chooses Michael Scheuer to run it. Scheuer is running the Islamic Extremist Branch of the CIAs Counterterrorist Center at the time and had suggested creating a station to focus just on bin Laden. The new unit, commonly called Alec Station, begins operations in February 1996 (see February 1996). The 9/11 Commission will later comment that Scheuer had already noticed a recent stream of reports about bin Laden and something called al-Qaeda. [9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 109] It has been widely reported that US intelligence was unaware of the term al-Qaeda until after defector Jamal al-Fadl revealed it later in 1996 (see June 1996-April 1997). But Billy Waugh, an independent contractor hired by the CIA to spy on bin Laden and others in Sudan in 1991 to 1992, will later claim that the CIA was aware of the term al-Qaeda back then (see February 1991- July 1992). And double agent Ali Mohamed revealed the term to the FBI in 1993 (see May 1993). The term will first be used by the media in August 1996 (see August 14, 1996). The CIAs Counter Terrorism Center creates a special unit focusing specifically on bin Laden. It is informally called Alec Station. About 10 to 15 individuals are assigned to the unit initially. This grows to about 35 to 40 by 9/11. [US Congress, 9/18/2002] The unit is set up largely because of evidence linking [bin Laden] to the 1993 bombing of the WTC. [Washington Post, 10/3/2001] Newsweek will comment after 9/11, With the Cold War over, the Mafia in retreat, and the drug war unwinnable, the CIA and FBI were eager to have a new foe to fight. Historical rivals, the spies and G-men were finally learning to work together. But they didnt necessarily share secrets with the alphabet soup of other enforcement and intelligence agencies, like Customs and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and they remained aloof from the Pentagon. And no amount of good will or money could bridge a fundamental divide between intelligence and law enforcement. Spies prefer to watch and wait; cops want to get their man. [Newsweek, 10/1/2001] Michael Scheuer will lead the unit until 1999. He will later become a vocal critic of the US governments efforts to combat terrorism. He later recalls that while bin Laden is mostly thought of merely as a terrorist financier at this time, we had run across bin Laden in a lot of different places, not personally but in terms of his influence, either through rhetoric, through audiotapes, through passports, through money-he seemed to turn up everywhere. So when we [created the unit], the first responsibility was to find out if he was a threat. [Vanity Fair, 11/2004] By the start of 1997, the unit will conclude bin Laden is a serious threat (see Early 1997).

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