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How a Lone Diplomat Compromised the Hunt for Bin Laden

WASHINGTON - A lone U.S. ambassador compromised America's hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for more than two years, The New York Sun has learned.

Ambassador Nancy Powell, America's representative in Pakistan, refused to allow the distribution in Pakistan of wanted posters, matchbooks, and other items advertising America's $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of Mr. bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders.

Instead, thousands of matchbooks, posters, and other material - printed at taxpayer expense and translated into Urdu, Pashto, and other local languages - remained "impounded" on American Embassy grounds from 2002 to 2004, according to Rep. Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois.

While the American government was engaged in a number of "black" or covert intelligence activities to locate Al Qaeda leaders, Mr. Kirk said, the "white" or public efforts - which have succeeded in the past in leading to the capture of wanted terrorists - were effectively shut down in the months following the September


http://www.nysun.com/article/11208

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(NT) (NT) Who is she? I assume she's been fired?

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Ms. Powell left her post as American ambassador in November

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thats polite way to say fired

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So a Republican nominee is responsible for all this.

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I assume that to be true since you haven't made the usual allegations of left wing, Democrat interference. Might have been nice if you'd stated it immediately though.

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you know were not perfect just close to being

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and she was canned,now if it was clinton hed have her on the carpet:D

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That program - known as Rewards for Justice - was discontinued in Pakistan prior to Ms. Powell's 2002 arrival because it was "ineffective," the senior official said.
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seems this person couldnt handle the job

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Citing his experience in intelligence matters, Mr. Kirk asked embassy intelligence officials about the distribution of matchbooks in local languages. A single matchbook helped lead to the capture of Mir Amal Kansi, who gunned down several CIA employees at the front gates of the agency's Langley, Va., headquarters in 1993. Kansi was arrested in Pakistan in 1995 when a local fingered him for the $5 million reward. Mr. Kirk pointed out the similarities between the Kansi and bin Laden cases. "Both are cases gone cold in Pakistan," he said.

Embassy intelligence officials agreed with his assessment, Mr. Kirk said, but surprised the lawmaker by saying that the ambassador had ended the distribution of printed materials advertising the $25 million price on Mr. bin Laden's head.

Security personal were unhappy with the decision, according to the congressman. "There was a lot of discord among the staff," he said.

Mr. Kirk said that he raised the issue directly with the ambassador. According to the congressman, she replied that she had "six top priorities" and finding Mr. bin Laden was only one of them. She listed other priorities: securing supply lines for American and allied forces in Afghanistan, shutting down the network of nuclear proliferator A.Q. Khan, preventing a nuclear war between Pakistan and India, and forestalling a radical Islamic takeover of the government of Pakistan, a key American ally.

thats why shes fired

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thats why shes fired

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So it's her fault that bin laden is not captured.

Didn't the article state that the "match book" program was cancelled before she got there?

I hope they were depending on more that match books to capture bin laden.

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That seems to be in dispute

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One person claims the program had ended and was ineeffective but that is contradicted by the rest of the article.

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as usual you miss read

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the supplies were there she refused to use so who knows.
and theose matchbooks and fliers helped b4.

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Did the article state the program was discontinued? (yes)

It wouldn't be the first government program that printed up tons of paper and then cancelled.


Mr. Kirk said, the "white" or public efforts - which have succeeded in the past in leading to the capture of wanted terrorists - were effectively shut down in the months following the September 11 attacks.

A senior State Department official confirmed that the meeting between Mr. Kirk and Ms. Powell did occur and that the ambassador did review the embassy's top six priorities, but the official said that "counterterrorism was the no. 1 priority."

Virtually every Al Qaeda leader captured to date has been apprehended in Pakistan, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the planner of the September 11 attacks. More than 600 Al Qaeda fighters have been killed or captured in Pakistan since 2001.

But little has been paid since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The American Embassy in Islamabad's Rewards for Justice program is now in high gear. Yet, if Mr. Kirk and some intelligence officials are correct, valuable time was lost


Why was the word efectively put in the first statement? Does that mean partially or totally.

If it was effectively shutdown how did they kill or capture more than 600 in Pakistan without the "rewards program"?

Valuable time was lost when the coalition forces were pulled out of Afganistan when they were "hot on bin ladens trail" and were told to "bring his head back in ice".

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Citing his experience in intelligence matters, Mr. Kirk asked embassy intelligence officials about the distribution of matchbooks in local languages. A single matchbook helped lead to the capture of Mir Amal Kansi, who gunned down several CIA employees at the front gates of the agency's Langley, Va., headquarters in 1993. Kansi was arrested in Pakistan in 1995 when a local fingered him for the $5 million reward. Mr. Kirk pointed out the similarities between the Kansi and bin Laden cases. "Both are cases gone cold in Pakistan," he said


and if they used them maybe that scumbag be dead?

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Seems it was more than matchbooks

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Also, it was her policy not to pursue that program. The guy who replaced her seems a little more gung-ho about it and has 'retuned' and expanded the program.

It seems to me she shouldnt have the authority to keep that program on the backburner. The person in the State Dept said it was ineffective. So what? The only gauge of effectiveness is results, and it seems the new guy is getting results.

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LOL, yeah, that's why we haven't caught him

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Matchbooks and "Wanted" posters.

:^O

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(NT) (NT) worked b4 so who knows huh josh

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