Friday, November 18, 2005

CIA joint operation centres winning against terrorism

Andrew Sullivan points out this interesting piece in the Washington Post on CIA joint ventures with overseas intelligence agencies. They are apparently a big success in tracking down and killing or exporting for torture suspected terrorists. I'm unsurprisingly keen on the former but not the latter.
The CIA has operated the joint intelligence centers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, according to current and former intelligence officials. In addition, the multinational center in Paris, codenamed Alliance Base, includes representatives from Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Australia.
The National Security Agency is also playing a big part:
The new cooperative ventures depended as well on loosening U.S. rules for sharing electronic eavesdropping and other precious "signals intelligence," which experts estimate provides 80 to 90 percent of the information the United States gathers about terrorist networks.
Doubtless the UK's GCHQ will be undertaking a similar role.

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