November 26, 2013

Some Released Gitmo Prisoners Really CIA Assets

If this was common knowledge, I was certainly out of the loop. The AP reports that multiple sources confirm to them that a facility at Guantanamo Bay nicknamed "Penny Lane" housed inmates who had been flipped and who agreed to help the CIA locate wanted members of al Qaeda's leadership.

You'll have to read the whole story, but here's a couple of nuggets:

In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said....

Some of the men who passed through Penny Lane helped the CIA find and kill many top al-Qaida operatives, current and former U.S. officials said. Others stopped providing useful information and the CIA lost touch with them....

President Barack Obama took an interest the program for a different reason. Shortly after taking office in 2009, he ordered a review of the former detainees working as double agents because they were providing information used in Predator drone strikes, one of the officials said.

The eight cell facility was closed in 2006, so it's history now. I'm assuming that all the assets have dried up and that's why the people are talking now, but it's not safe to assume: some people are asshats, and others are called reporters --- but I repeat myself.

But the cat is out of the bag and the one good thing that might come out of this revelation is maybe al Qaeda will be even more suspicious of ex-Gitmo terrorists who rejoined the ranks. Hey, al Qaeda, their all spies!

Oh, this part stuck out too. One of the inducements to being moved out of the normal cell blocks into the more cushy cells at "Penny Lane"? Porn:

Candidates were ushered from the confines of prison to Penny Lane's relative hominess, officials said. The cottages had private kitchens, showers and televisions. Each had a small patio.

Some prisoners asked for and received pornography. One official said the biggest luxury in each cottage was the bed not a military-issued cot but a real bed with a mattress.

Porn: is there anything it can't do?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:52 PM | Comments |