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To: Hawkmoon who wrote (3864)9/17/2001 11:23:23 AM
From: GUSTAVE JAEGER  Read Replies (1) of 23321
 
Re: But this latest intelligence failure could just as well be a failure by the FBI to act upon such intelligence as received by the Israelis. The FBI has major responsibility for domestic counter-intelligence, not the CIA.

I don't buy that... Recall that the FBI's got a new Director (Louis Freeh "retired" just a coupla months ago) whereas DCI George Tenet hangs about there since the bombing of US embassies in 1998!! He's definitely a "security liability"... From now on, the CIA has no more intelligence value than, say, a conservative think tank --after all, it may be a good idea: turn the CIA into a Beltway think tank! issuing harmless geopolitical reports for corporate/academic consumption...

From would-be head of state to disposable has-been...
How the Lion of the Panjsher got tamed and slain in the Putin Circus.


Anyway, back to the Masood Connection. Below is an interesting snippet from a paper by former Russian diplomat Youri Roubinski. It was published in the December 2000 issue (#72) of Geopolitique titled "Questions stratégiques". It's a swanky, highbrow monthly run by French jingoist Marie-France Garaud....

Central Asia's Islamic Challenge

by Youri Roubinski


(page 53)

Not so long ago, [Putin's] PR adviser Serguei Yastzjembski, dropped an astounding hint that Russia might launch pre-emptive strikes on Afghanistan's alleged training camps for Chechnyan terrorists. Later on, he was hurriedly dispatched to Pakistani leader, General Pervez Moucharraf, to offer an appeasement agenda for the whole region. Yastzjembski arrived in Islamabad just days before Putin's official visit to India --Pakistan's arch-enemy-- and reassured his Pakistani hosts about Moscow's concern to not disrupt the current balance of power.

Says Central Asia expert Victor Korgounov: "This visit highlighted Russia's new vision of Afghanistan. In Islamabad, the Pakistanis openly bargained on behalf of the Taleban. Admittedly, Yastzjembski proposed a deal to the Taleban's proxies: if the Taleban abode by a hands-off policy towards Russia's Asian bailiwicks then Russia would stop supporting Ahmad Shah Massoud, on the spot."

Aware of their having the upper hand, the Taleban pushed their luck: they demanded that Russia officially recognized their self-proclaimed "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" and lobbied the international community to pledge it as well. They further asked that Russia considers herself an "unfair broker" and, accordingly, refrains from meddling in Afghanistan's eventual peace process. Although that amounted to an unacceptable, humiliating ultimatum, Moscow had lastly engaged with the Taleban nonetheless. [...]
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As a matter of fact, the Europeans (the French in particular) successfully convinced Putin that Masood could still prove a useful instrument in yet another devious scheme of theirs... As perhaps the only Afghan insider who's able to set up terrorist cells to be dispatched overseas, Masood could man the cells in such a way that foreign services couldn't trace back their chain of command beyond their "Taleban" front... Indeed, back in the 1980s, Masood used to organize "moutahareks", that is, stormtrooper units made up of 33 militiamen headed by a "propaganda chief"... Ring a bell??
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