Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Next Attack

Over at Social Sense Mustang has a thoughtful piece in reaction to the soon-to-be-released government report that an NBC attack is imminent over the next five years. A rather dubious use of funds considering that not everyone has forgotten the last NBC attack.

The full document release will come Wednesday but in the meantime here's a little story from the archives that may or may not be related. In his book "Shadow Warriors" Ken Timmerman highlighted the story of Ana Belen Montes, a senior Cuba analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

She was in that position as flight 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11. Nine days later she was under arrest for espionage and was later convicted of spying for Castro, and had been since she entered DIA in 1985.

Her position was high enough to where she was contributing data to the National Intelligence Estimates (NIE), which during her tenure were unsurprisingly mild towards her Marxist paymasters. John Bolton blew that open during a speech at the Heritage by claiming that Cuba might be dabbling with WMDs in conjunction with Iran.

Timmerman relates an incident after Bolton's speech where Jimmy Carter traveled to Havana to show support for Castro and apparently for peaceful biological purposes despite Cuba's joint facility with the Iranians in Karaj, Iran. Carter was evidently still using Montes' intelligence views but it was Bolton who was excoriated for being a mean neocon.

Interestingly, former KGB agent turned defector Ken Abilek, one of the world's leading experts on bioweapons, mentioned a possible Cuban bio program in a 1999 book based on Soviet intel. Montes herself was allegedly privy to top secret intelligence regards our impeding invasion of Afghanistan when she was picked up, so evidently they were worried she might pass attack plans to Castro. That might be shocking to people like Carter, but to the rest of us that alliance with Iran is a tad troubling.

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