Former agent reveals aspects of CIA’s bin Laden hunt

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

Arthur “Art” Keller, a retired CIA agent who spent several years looking for Osama bin Laden in the Afghan-Pakistani border areas has given a rare interview to The London Times. Until his recent retirement, Keller participated in the 50- to 100-strong covert CIA force in the region, whose primary task since 9/11 has been to capture or kill senior al-Qaeda commanders. He told the paper that the failure to find bin Laden has led the agency to start bringing back retired members of “The Cadre”, a close-knit group of Pashto- and Dari-speaking CIA agents, who spent many years in Afghanistan in the 1980s, during America’s proxy war with the Soviet Union. Most of these re-enlisted agents are currently in Islamabad, Pakistan, which is the nerve center of the CIA’s operations in the region, said Keller. He also told the Times that the hunt for bin Laden is directed and controlled by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s most powerful intelligence agency, and that CIA agents are “rarely allowed to leave safe houses [or] compound[s] by the Pakistanis”, who appear to control all human intelligence (HUMINT) activity. As a result, the CIA’s function in the hunt for bin Laden has so far been done “entirely from in front of a computer inside the base”, said Keller.

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One Response to Former agent reveals aspects of CIA’s bin Laden hunt

  1. The RealTime Intel that will Destroy Al-Qaeda and The Taliban, I’ll bet is in these Peoples minds and can, and will be the Keys to The Terrorists Destruction. Using a Trump Card like this now,- in this Phase of the War is Going to Make a lot of Terrorists Mad and they will be Destroyed also, unless they Authorize the Pakistan and Afghan Governments to Keep them from being Destroyed. The Terrorists Domain is heavily, being undermined and The Terroists don’t know How, unlesss they are Prepareed for Their Waterloo! That is the Vanity of The Uglyness of Evil to go down in Flames! Volunteer Intelligence

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