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Institutional Arrogance

ServantDujmovJr Wrote: May 15, 2012 12:54 AM
A failed witch hunt? Selling arms to Iran when it was on the listed as a terrorist state. Supporting a revolution in a foriegn country against the orders of congress. Smuggling cocaine into the U.S. You call that a witch hunt? Get the facts straight: YouTube > Iran Contra Coverup: 1 of 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35KcYgMPiIM

WASHINGTON -- Last week, this column described a deadly suicide attack by the Haqqani network on a secure compound outside Kabul, Afghanistan, and the failure of NATO officials to heed human intelligence that might have saved lives. I wrote, "The intel provided included information on how to precisely locate the terrorists. When I asked why the attack wasn't prevented, I was told: 'It was HUMINT. Nobody pays attention to HUMINT.'"

Shortly after the column appeared, a senior U.S. intelligence officer -- and a friend -- admonished me, "It's not just HUMINT." He described the problem as "institutional arrogance" and a failure...