By lex, on September 27th, 2010
The boys from Langley are flying it:
In an effort to foil a suspected terrorist plot against European targets, the Central Intelligence Agency has ramped up missile strikes against militants in Pakistan’s tribal regions, current and former officials say.
The strikes, launched from unmanned drone aircraft, represent a rare use of the CIA’s drone campaign to preempt a possible attack on the West.
The terror plot, which officials have been tracking for weeks, is believed to target multiple countries, including the U.K., France, and Germany, these officials said…
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to discuss the current European terrorism intelligence with her European counterparts at a U.N. aviation security meeting this week in Montreal. “We are in constant contact with our colleagues abroad,” she told a Senate panel last week. “We are all seeing increased activity by a more diverse set of groups and a more diverse set of threats. That activity, much of which is Islamist in nature, is directed at the West generally.”
The CIA has launched at least 20 drone strikes so far this month in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, a lawless region neighboring Afghanistan. That is the highest monthly total in the past six years, according to a tally by the New America Foundation think tank. The previous monthly high was 12 strikes in January, following the December suicide attack that killed seven CIA agents on an agency base in eastern Afghanistan.
1) Glad to hear that Ms. Napolitano is content to name names. Or much of them, any way.
2) Happier to hear that CIA is going at it with the big sticks.
3) Pleasantly surprised to learn that our president has the marbles.
In the old days, I got so tired of shrinking from the next blow.