Truthout - Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden
A slight detour from what I had originally intended to post today.
Regular readers know that for years now I've been following the story of the 2003 disappearance of a contractor in Iraq, Kirk von Ackermann. In a strange twist, the Department of Defense recently released a report about the joint forces counter terrorism division he worked with. Truthout has released an article about that report.
Report: Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden
By Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout, May 23, 2011
Tracking Bin Laden had been undertaken by a secret unit within the JFIC, the Asymmetric Threats Division, formed in 1999 "to take a non-traditional approach to analysis." Known by its DoD acronym, DO5, it was tasked with providing "current intelligence briefings and produced the Worldwide Terrorist Threat Summary in support of the USJFCOM Intelligence staff [J2]." Almost no public source material exists on DO5 activities, except what is in the IG report.
Based on 7+ years of research, I can with 100% confidence say that the above Asymmetric Threats Division, is the same division that Capt. Kirk von Ackermann USAF was assigned to. (I've provided some of the background research as to why on my blog - including two scans of Capt. Kirk von Ackermann's JFIC awards See: Counter Terrorism and JFIC, By Susie Dow, Missing Man, May 6, 2011).
Here is the thing.
Kirk von Ackermann remains the longest missing American in Iraq. Because of the report, it now appears he was actively involved in handling intelligence that tracked Osama bin Laden. Process that information for a minute. The longest missing American in Iraq at one point handled some of the most sensitive intelligence there is in the United States.
Safe to say, he was not a dumb guy.
So how can anyone honestly think Kirk von Ackermann then forgot all of his training and experience, jumped into an unfamiliar SUV in Iraq, without a translator or a fixer, for a 180 mile journey - much of it through an isolated ridge of hills he had previously identified as dangerous - with a bad tire?
Review of Joint Forces Intelligence Command Response to 9/11 Commission PDF
Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence
Department of Defense
September 23, 2008