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Ex-Blackwater executives finger CIA in weapons trial

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 2, 2012

Cross Posted from Civilian Contractors

Several other lawsuits filed by Contractor Employers will expose the extent to which Civilian Contractors were actually working for the CIA and the State Department in capacities that are not known to the public.

It is known that Ronco Consulting has worked for/with the CIA via the State Department .

The Virginian Pilot  June 2, 2012

Five ex-Blackwater executives, facing federal firearms charges in connection with a gift of weaponry to a Middle Eastern monarch, have come up with a new explanation for how it occured:

It was a CIA operation.

In court papers filed last month in Raleigh, the defendants say the gift of five guns to King Abdullah II of Jordan during a royal visit to Blackwater’s Moyock, N.C., headquarters in March 2005 was requested, directed and authorized by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Attorneys for the five have filed declarations from two retired CIA officials, including a former Jordan station chief, who say they are familiar with the circumstances of the king’s visit and would be willing to testify about it.

The CIA did not respond to a request for comment.

It’s a new wrinkle in a case that dates to April 2010, when the five security company executives were indicted on a variety of felony firearms charges. One key section of the indictment involved King Abdullah’s 2005 visit to Moyock, during which the monarch was presented a Bushmaster M4 rifle, a Remington shotgun and three Glock handguns.

Please read the entire article here

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US citizen killed by Afghan at Kabul Embassy ‘CIA compound’

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 26, 2011

KABUL — A US citizen has been shot dead by an Afghan employee in a baffling attack at an annex to the US embassy used by the CIA in Kabul, officials said Monday.

The gunman was killed in the incident at the the Ariana Hotel compound late Sunday and another US citizen also wounded, the embassy said

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Raymond Allen Davis, CIA Agent, Detained in Pakistan, Former Blackwater Security Contractor

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 21, 2011

US reveals that CIA agent Raymond Davis worked for private security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater

For background on this ongoing diplomatic standoff and US Coverup read here

The Guardian UK

Pakistani Police escort Raymond Davis

US officials have provided fresh details about at the centre of a diplomatic stand-off in Pakistan, including confirmation that he had worked for the private security contractor Xe, formerly known as Blackwater. They also disclosed for the first time that he had been providing security for a CIA team tracking militants.

Davis was attached to the CIA’s Global Response Staff, whose duties include protecting case officers when they meet with sources. He was familiarising himself with a sensitive area of Lahore on the day he shot dead two Pakistanis.

The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and other media outlets reported for the first time that Davis is a CIA employee. They said they had been aware of his status but kept it under wraps at the request of US officials who said they feared for his safety if involvement with the spy agency was to come out. The officials claimed that he is at risk in the prison in Lahore. The officials released them from their obligation after the Guardian on Sunday reported that Davis was a CIA agent.

Davis shot dead two Pakistanis in Lahore last month who he says he been trying to rob him. A third Pakistani man was killed by a car driven by Americans apparently on their way to rescue Davis.

Confirmation that he worked for Xe could prove even more problematic than working for the CIA, given the extent of hatred towards Blackwater, whose staff have gained a reputation in Pakistan as trigger-happy. For Pakistanis the word “Blackwater” has become a byword for covert American operations targeting the country’s nuclear capability. Newspaper reports have been filled with lurid reports of lawless operatives roaming the country

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One Year ago Today: The Khost Suicide Bombing – December 30, 2009

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on December 30, 2010

A year ago today one of the most defining incidents of the upcoming year at war in Afghanistan occurred.  

Civilian Contractors and the  CIA working side by side were killed when a double agent set off a suicide vest  in Khost, Afghanistan.

Thank you for your service

Our Thoughts are with your families today

Jeremy Wise

Former Navy Seal  working for Blackwater

Dane Clark Paresi

Former Special Forces working for  Blackwater.

Harold Brown Jr.

Former Army Officer who specialed in Intelligence and had served as a contractor for military intelligence

and

Scott Michael Roberson

Former Detective with the Atlanta Police Department had served as a private security contractor

had recently become CIA Officers.

More on the Khost Suicide Bombing here

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Officer Failed to Warn CIA Before Khost Bombing that Killed Civilian Contractors

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on October 20, 2010

Officer Failed to Warn CIA Before Attack

Dane Clark Paresi, Jeremy Wise, Harold Brown Jr., Scott Michael Roberson

by Mark Mazzetti New York Times

WASHINGTON — Three weeks before a Jordanian double agent set off a bomb at a remote Central Intelligence Agency base in eastern Afghanistan last December, a C.I.A. officer in Jordan received warnings that the man might be working for Al Qaeda, according to an investigation into the deadly attack.

But the C.I.A. officer did not tell his bosses of suspicions — brought to the Americans by a Jordanian intelligence officer — that the man might be planning to lure Americans into a trap, according to the recently completed investigation by the agency. Later that month the Qaeda operative, a Jordanian doctor, detonated a suicide vest as he stood among a group of C.I.A. officers at the base.

The internal investigation documents a litany of breakdowns leading to the Dec. 30 attack at the Khost base that killed seven C.I.A. employees, the deadliest day for the spy agency since the 1983 bombing of the American Embassy in Beirut. Besides the failure to pass on warnings about the bomber, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, the C.I.A. investigation chronicled major security lapses at the base in Afghanistan, a lack of war zone experience among the agency’s personnel at the base, insufficient vetting of the alleged defector and a murky chain of command with different branches of the intelligence agency competing for control over the operation.

Some of these failures mirror other lapses that have bedeviled the sprawling intelligence and antiterrorism community in the past several years, despite numerous efforts at reform.

The report found that the breakdowns were partly the result of C.I.A. officers’ wanting to believe they had finally come across the thing that had eluded them for years: a golden source who could lead them to the terror network’s second highest figure, Ayman al-Zawahri.

As it turned out, the bomber who was spirited onto a base pretending to be a Qaeda operative willing to cooperate with the Americans was actually a double agent who detonated a suicide vest as he stood among a group of C.I.A. officers. “The mission itself may have clouded some of the judgments made here,” said the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, who provided details of the investigation to reporters on Tuesday.  Read more here

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Did Wikileaks Reveal a Poisoned Beer Plot?

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 29, 2010

Dan Fletcher at  Time Newsfeed

An interesting morsel from the Wikileaks files: an allegation the Afghan insurgency, in conjunction with Pakistan’s ISI spy agency, tried to poison an American contractor working in Afghanistan through poisoning his beer.

The Christian Science Monitor details the plot, identifying the target as James Yeager, an American geologist. Yeager alleges he returned home one night to find his home burgled, with only a bottle of Corona beer left behind. Since Yeager didn’t like Corona, the beer left sit for sometime until, in a moment of boozy desperation, he cracked it open.

“I pulled it out and when I popped it there was no fizz and the cap was loose,” Yeager tells the CSM. “Because this one didn’t have fizz you wonder if it went rancid or not, and I just kind of sniffed it and I went ‘Oh, that doesn’t smell like beer.'”

Yeager identified the smell as sulfuric acid, which meshes with a report in the trove of documents released by Wikileaks this weekend, the contents of which allege that insurgents planned similar beer attacks. However, even with Yeager’s report, experts remain skeptical of the validity of the intelligence and warn that the plot should be “taken with a grain of salt.” (via the Christian Science Monitor.)

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Shaun Sexton, UK Security Guard, Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 5, 2010

A UK private security guard killed in a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan on Friday was a former British soldier.

Shaun Sexton, 29, from Ashington, Northumberland, died in an attack on offices of US consultancy Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) in Kunduz.

Mr Sexton’s employer, Edinburgh International (EI), said Mr Sexton had served as a platoon sergeant in 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

Three other security guards were killed in the assault.

All four men – Mr Sexton, two Afghans and a German – worked for DAI’s security sub-contractor EI.

A second Briton was seriously injured in the attack.

‘Heroes’

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn raid, which began at about 0330 local time on Friday when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside DAI’s compound in Kunduz.

At least five other militants wearing explosives vests ran inside the building and started a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours before they were killed.

The men who died were hailed as heroes for their attempts to defend the compound.

Washington DC-based DAI is contracted by the US Agency for International Development to improve governance and community development in Kunduz, which is largely patrolled by German troops.  Original Story here

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Former Navy SEAL, Contractor, Killed Thurs in CIA bombing

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 1, 2010

Army Times January 16, 2012

A soldier based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., died Jan. 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin B. Wise, 34, of Little Rock, Ark., died of injuries sustained Jan. 9 in Balkh province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group

January 15, 2012  Benjamin Brian Wise
Ben Wise, is the brother of deceased Teammate Jeremy Wise who was killed two years ago.
Ben passed last night due to complications from wounds received while operating in Northern Afghanistan. He was a US Army Medic in support of Special Operations and received multiple rounds in both legs on January 10, 2012.
The surgeons amputated both legs in an attempt to save his life, but he passed away early this morning.
Remember the Wise Family in your prayers, Ben has joined his brother and a group of amazing warriors in heaven!


Reconstructing the bombing of a CIA Base  January 27, 2012

Jeremy Wise Funeral Arrangements

The request for burial at Arlington National was denied due to his civilian status.

Former Va Beach SEAL remembered

After special warfare training in 2002, Jeremy reported to a SEAL team based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in 2004 and spent five years within the tight brotherhood of special warfare

During his service, the former petty officer was awarded three Navy/Marine Corp achievement medals and a Joint Service Achievement medal. He also was awarded an Iraq Campaign medal, two Sea Service Deployment ribbons, a Rifle Marksmanship medal and a Pistol Marksmanship medal.

Jeremy left the Navy in September 2009 and worked as a security contractor until his death in Afghanistan on December 30. He was one of seven people who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a CIA base. Their bodies were flown back to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday morning for a small, private ceremony.

Our condolences go out to the Wise family during this difficult time. Jeremy will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and former teammates in Naval Special Warfare.

Jeremy leaves behind a bride of 2 years and a five year old stepson.

Former Navy SEAL from Va Beach Killed in Suicide Bombing

WTKR-TV3

A former Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach was killed in the suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Neighbors of Jeremy Wise say he was among the Americans killed Wednesday by a suicide bomber targeting CIA members.
A picture of Wise was posted on a Facebook page set up in his honor.
The Facebook page states that Wise is a former Navy SEAL who was working as a security contractor in Khost, Afghanistan.
The suicide bomber struck the CIA’s operation at Camp Chapman in eastern Khost Province Wednesday.
Today the Pakistani Taliban claim they used a turncoat CIA operative to carry out the suicide bombing. They say it was revenge for a top militant leader’s death in a US missile strike.
The Pakistani Taliban say they wanted to damage the CIA’s ability to launch missile strikes in Pakistan.

Hoo Ah, Jeremy Wise!

Feb 20, 1974 – Dec 30, 2009

Killed by a suicide bomber attack on FOB Chapman, Khost, Afghanistan.
Enlisted 2001, reported to BUD/S Training 2002, graduated with Class 244. Served with SEAL Team Four from 2004 to 2009. Left the Navy in 2009 and was working for the government as a contractor when he deployed back to Afghanistan. He and his wife were also new members of our church, although I hadn’t met him.
“Jeremy was a solid operator and a brother all could count on. His enthusiasm technology, his motivation to learn something new daily, and his constant dedication to team success made him a valuable asset to everyone. His lightheartedness always put a smile on your face, made the good times better, and the bad times more tolerable.” The Navy has advisors who try to ensure that sailors going on deployment have their finances organized; when Jeremy deployed, the advisor called because Jeremy was sending so much to charities that the advisor thought it was a typo.
There were over 600 at the memorial service, including over 100 SEALs. At one point in the service, they all stood, and then called out “Hoo ah, Jeremy Wise!”, after which there was silence. The burial was in Arlington.

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