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Alec Station
Posted by: Jon Henke on Wednesday, July 05, 2006

(via Outside the Beltway) The story about the CIA shutting down the unit devoted to hunting bin Laden has gotten a lot of attention, though for the life of me I can't understand why...
The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday. The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said.
we're not prepared to invade Pakistan where it's generally believed Osama bin Laden is hiding
The CIA says the realignment is due to a reevaluation of the structure of al Qaeda versus other terrorism dangers, though some people disagree about that conclusion. In any event, bin Laden is still being tracked — just not by a group with a special office and cool code names. Is that the best CIA orientation to stop terrorism and get bin Laden? I have no idea. Nor do the other people who criticized the realignment, though that didn't stop them from adding their expert opinions on the proper deployment of intelligence assets.

I think there's a more important question here. Let's stipulate that killing Osama bin Laden would be beneficial — a very arguable proposition, I think — and that we should continue trying to 'get him'. Fine. How?

Really, what was this unit supposed to do? The empty vagaries of the Democratic Party aside, we're not prepared to invade Pakistan where it's generally believed Osama bin Laden is hiding. So, what exactly would a CIA "bin Laden unit" do? As far as I can tell, Alec Station was just an anachronism of a time when bin Laden was "catchable". Today, the path to a "dead or alive" bin Laden lies through the State Department and the White House.
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I think the point is that you always want to leverage any news into anti-Bush spin. The only fact that matters is how useful this tidbit is in attacking the Bush administration, same as wtih all other tidbits . . .
Written By: Don
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The disappearance of the Alec Unit is just the most recent confirmation of the established fact that GWB has gone AWOL on OBL.
Written By: Vigilante
I can’t believe the extent to which you Bush apologists will go. If Kerry got elected in 2004, and he disbanded Alec Station, I’m sure you would be on the front lines calling him a "terrorist" and demanded he be impeached for "treason".

You are a partisan fool. Regardless of which party they are in, if a President does not do "whatever it takes" to go after a terrorist who attacked us, then he is traitor. And you know who else are the traitors? The people like you. Get a clue.
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