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Broken News - CIA bin Laden unit shut down

Reported by Chrish - July 4, 2006 -

FOXNews.com is reporting that the New York Times reported that National Public Radio reported that the CIA has shut down the unit known as "Alec Station", tasked with finding Osama bin Laden. Unnamed intelligence officials "told the Times that the change reflects a view that al-Qaida's hierarchy has changed, and terrorist attacks inspired by the group are now being carried out independently of bin Laden and his second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri."

More from the NYT article:

"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."

Comment: The closing of the unit will probably be dismissed as a trimming of bureaucracy, but an issue that will either be a.) ignored or b.) used to further attack the New York Times AND NPR - a real twofer for the anti-First Amendment crew - is the fact that this was not known sooner to the American people.

The disbanding will doubtless anger and upset some of the remaining Bush loyalists, who will not be persuaded that finding OBL is not critical, not only to the "WoT" but to justice. We've been told for years that he was behind the 9/11 attacks - whether he is still important to Al Queda should not be a deciding factor in whether we continue to give it our all to find him and bring him to account.

I expect there will be an outcry from the right that the press once again disclosed tactics in the "WoT", and the response must be that WE THE PEOPLE have a right to know - not all the specifics, but the shifts in attitude and direction that this administration is making on our behalfs. And we shouldn't have to wait eight months or more to get the news. Would FOX News have ever revealed this if the "liberal press" didn't do it first? Would the right just rather not know what "their" government is doing in their name, and just trust them to do the right thing for all of us? Babies.