If the Zioconned Pentagon gets its way, the gentleman doodling on his notepad as your next overseas business trip goes on endlessly could be a soldier, sailor, airman or marine in disguise...., working under the auspices of the infamous White House Murder INC, in the Levant and Worldwide.....
This extraordinary redefinition of the U.S. military’s authorities for clandestine action overseas is officially part of a Pentagon wish list for revisions to its legal authorities recently sent to Congress.
“The conflict with al Qaida and its affiliates, and other developments, have required the regular conduct of small-scale clandestine military operations to prepare the battlefield for military operations against terrorists and their sponsors,” the Pentagon explains in a document first reported on by Inside Defense. “Expansion of this authority is necessary to permit DoD to conduct revenue-generating commercial activities to protect such operations and would provide an important safeguard for U.S. military forces conducting hazardous operations abroad.”
There’s another change the proposal would make — one that seems boring and bureaucratic, but explains a great deal. Authority for overseeing the Defense Department’s human spying lies with the Defense Intelligence Agency. The proposal would give it instead to the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, the top aide for intel to the secretary of defense. And that undersecretary, Michael Vickers, is one of the Pentagon’s leading advocates of the transformation of special operations forces into elite intelligence operatives. Basically, the Nuclear Terrorist and assassin Mike Vickers would take control of a broad expansion in clandestine military activity.... of the most infamous White House Murder INC,....which is about to spring into cowardly action anew very very soon....!
The CIA has been at this game for a long time and is expert at undercutting the opposition and using dirty cut-outs like Asef SHAWKAT and Lebanon's deep CIA state... in the infamous White House Murder INC, and the string of assassinations in Lebanon and Syria.... without anyone knowing what is taking place even with phony tribunals like STL....full of CIA/MOSSAD lackeys... Only the White House Murder INC, can approve contracting out for any portion of the dirty covert INTEL operations, ugly assassinations and low intensity conflicts in Lebanon, Syria, the middle east and beyond....? Grab them by the shorthairs so to speak?
Notice how the proposal says that using the cover of “commercial activities” would “provide an important safeguard for U.S. military forces.” Perhaps it would. But it would also place businessmen in danger. Once civilian commercial activities become a front for U.S. military spying, then foreign governments will likely view normal businessmen as targets for their own counter-spying, or even detention....
ON A TRAIN SOMEWHERE ON THE EAST COAST: Imagine a soldier, wearing mufti, traveling through Syria in a rattletrap taxi. He's a spy, dressed in a suit, going to meet an agent who says he can offer rebels the Syrian government's order of battle....
The soldier, a Zioconned Army intelligence officer fluent in Syrian and Iraqi Arabic, has spent 18 months cultivating the source, a senior official in the telecommunications company owned by the brother of Syria's president. The son of a general, the agent has grown disillusioned by two years of civil war and wants to help end his country's agony. His information could help the rebels break the regime's back....LOL
That's the kind of operation the Pentagon hopes its agent might be able to execute if they are given authority they've requested from Congress. It would substantially increase the Defense Intelligence Agency's authority to build covers, create businesses and to run them for long periods.
"Expansion of this authority is necessary to permit DOD to conduct revenue-generating commercial activities to protect such operations and would provide an important safeguard for U.S. military forces conducting hazardous operations abroad," the request for legislation says. It was first reported by my colleagues at Inside Defense.
But a former senior intelligence official with years of experience handling a wide array of covert operations is skeptical that DIA, which has never run such operations before, will be able to pull this off.
"Having commercially-covered military collectors is easy to say and conceptually makes sense but would be very difficult to do well. Commercially-covered operations are cost-ineffective and require a long-term view and lots of patience. It is a non-trivial task, and as far as I know DIA has no experience in this area," the ex-official told AOL Defense.
On top of DIA's inexperience in running such ops, there is the basic question of why they need to do this and how they would coordinate with their colleagues at CIA, questions certainly not answered by the legislative proposal.
The CIA has long handled business operations, not to mention all intelligence activities overseas. "Under the DCID5/1 [directive which governs "Coordination of US Clandestine Foreign Intelligence Activities Abroad"] all intel and CI [counter-intelligence] issues/activities overseas are under the purview and authority of the CIA. And as long as that regulation is observed, then having military collectors is fine," the former intelligence official said. Of course, that doesn't mean Congress should give them the authority without a good scrubbing of the whys and wherefores.
Since CIA already runs such operations, why does DIA suddenly feel the need to start doing this? The proposal argues that combatting terrorists and "other developments, have required the regular conduct of small-scale clandestine military operations to prepare the battlefield for military operations against terrorists and their sponsors."
The proposal argues that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants this authority. Since Mike Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, oversees this stuff and Panetta wants it to happen, the Pentagon argues that "the current statutory mandate for an oversight office in DIA [is] an unwarranted limitation on the discretion of the Secretary and the Under Secretary in managing and overseeing the commercial activities program."
If I were a congressional expert on intelligence or a lawmaker, that statement would set off alarm bells and I would have many questions for the Zioconned Pentagon.....
What is it that the administration and DoD is asking for? They already had the authority to do exactly what you describe; see "10 USC 431 - Sec. 431. Authority to engage in commercial activities". There have been DoD directives in this area for years, searching for ICAs info turns up a ASD(C3I) memo posted by fas.org, and USDI replaced ASD(C3I) nearly a decade ago. Perhaps Inside Defense's article has actual detail, but it's content is behind a pay wall, and I did not see any reference to this topic on the accessible front page....LOL