Susie Dow

Intelligence Breakdown: The Controversy Surrounding pre-9/11 Orders to Stop Tracking bin Laden

An interesting story recently appeared on Truthout, titled Report: Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden. Specifically, the story by Jeffrey Kaye intimates that

Ques­tions about what in­tel­lig­ence agen­cies knew or didn't know about al-Qaeda ac­tivit­ies go back some years, most pro­minent­ly in the con­trover­sy over the ex­ist­ence of a joint US Speci­al For­ces Com­mand and De­fen­se In­tel­lig­ence Agen­cy (DIA) data min­ing ef­fort known as "Able Dang­er."

What hasn't been dis­cus­sed is a Sep­temb­er 2008 De­part­ment of De­fen­se (DoD) in­spec­tor gener­al (IG) re­port, sum­mariz­ing an in­ves­tiga­tion made in re­spon­se to an ac­cusa­tion by a Joint For­ces In­tel­lig­ence Com­mand (JFIC) whistleb­low­er, which in­dicated that a sen­ior JFIC com­mand­er had hal­ted ac­tions track­ing Osama bin Laden prior to 9/11.

Here's where the story gets interesting:

Earlier this year, a blogger, Susie Dow, who has been following the story of Kirk von Ackermann , a US Army contractor in Iraq who disappeared on the road between Tikrit and Kirkuk in October 2003, asserted that von Ackermann had earlier belonged to JFIC's Asymmetric Threat Division.

According to Truthout, the Asymmetric Threat Division was known within the Department of Defense primarily by its DoD designation, DO5.

The Truthout piece also goes on to mention Susie's work with ePluribus Media, specifically the piece she wrote, with Stephen Reich, entitled One Missing, One Dead; An Iraq Contractor in the Fog of War.

The potential implications are damning.

Susie Dow has also recently posted about the Truthout piece, now front-paged here. Check it out.

 

Five Civilian Contractors In Iraq Held In The Death Of A U.S. Civilian Contractor

Hat-tip to Lady SaraBeth of Delphi Forums for the heads-up.

Our own intrepid Susie Dow has been writing about this sort of thing for months, along with some pieces by Jim Staro, Jan Barry, Connecticut Man, Cho and others. It's still happening. It's still not acceptable. But hopefully, this is the start of some degree of accountability. Via CNN:

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5 contractors held in U.S. death in Iraq

Five American security contractors have been detained in connection with the killing of another American contractor inside Baghdad's Green Zone, sources told CNN on Saturday. James Kitterman's bound and blindfolded body was found last month in a car in the heavily protected district. The 60-year-old Houston, Texas, resident owned a construction company that operated in Iraq. full story
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For those who are interested, we have a short compilation over the fold of some recent coverage on the stories of civilian contractors missing or killed in Iraq.