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How CIA and ISI works together a real story by American about Undercover operations by pakistan

How CIA and ISI works together a real story by American about Undercover operations by pakistan



in the back
 streets of Pakistan the CIA is tracking a target everybody was expecting another attack as bigger maybe even bigger 14 strike teams hunting for one man you got taken out to disrupt him in today' global conflict the stakes couldn't be higher how do we recruit allies and how do we engage and kill the enemy on assignment for the CIA it is a war when you have a political entity like al Qaeda and their allies seeking to attack us in the homeland yet again that's not a criminal enterprise that's not just a law enforcement issue it is war September 11th changed everything for the CIA it changed the way we look at threats around the world instead of being reactive we became proactive once 9/11 happened simply collecting intelligence on the problem wasn't sufficient we had to do something about it we had a mandate from the White House to pro actively go out and target terrorist groups disrupt future attacks and neutralize those groups and so that's what we set out to do after September 11th beginning with
al Qaeda 
The Central Intelligence Agency identifies threats to American national security by collecting information around the world born out of the Cold War and the struggle against communist Nations the CIA now faces a radically different challenge fighting terrorism facing enemies without a country or regard for human life the job of the CIA officer has never been more important or
difficult outside a remote town in eastern Pakistan travelers board a bus for the nearby city of Multan for one of them the journey is about to take a dark turn heavily um commandos wielding ak-47s blocked the road and board the bus this strike team from Pakistan's ISI the inter-service Intelligence Agency has just pulled the trigger on an Intel operation with global consequences shock waves from the raid are about to light up terror networks and intelligence ease around the world over 7,000 miles away at CIA headquarters or Langley an Operations update is added to the Intel agency's most important publication the PDB the president's Daily Brief perhaps the most exclusive and extensively researched daily paper in the world every morning the Director of National Intelligence personally delivers the president's Daily Brief to the White House these are the nation's most sensitive secrets that people have put their lives at risk to acquire for him and so they're very carefully guarded the objective is to provide the president the best intelligence possible on this day news of the bus raid in Pakistan would have been time critical information for the president the Pakistanis were working closely with the CIA and British intelligence Western Intel had identified the man they captured as the key link in a global terror plot for two months British domestic intelligence mi5 had been attempting to crack a small sell of Islamic extremists inside the UK CIA reports had picked up rumors of a plot to kill hundreds of travelers by destroying US airliners through intercepted communications and monitored transactions the agency pieced together the plan jihadists were perfecting a new type of liquid based bomb disguised as everyday items bomb components were to be smuggled through security and assembled aboard American planes it's not that liquid explosives were so new but it was how they developed it it was their ability to break it down to component pieces to understand otherwise innocuous appearing items could be constructed in a way to make an explosive device that's what made it so threatening but the trail of information was still missing critical pieces the CIA didn't know how many cells were involved what flights were targeted or most important how soon the terrorists might launch the attack the issue of timing is is an absolutely critical one the default position if you will for an intelligence officer is to wait as long as you reasonably can't because you want to get as much information as you possibly can as you're surveilling and tracking an individual you want to identify as many members of the network as you possibly can before you take action before busting the bomb cell the CIA wanted one more piece of the puzzle to track the trail back to al-qaeda British Intel had uncovered a possible link between extremists in England and the Middle East money resources and
instructions all seemed to funnel through Pakistan transmitted by a British Muslim named Rashid Rauf Rachid Ralph is a critical node because of his access just to higher level leadership in Pakistan and his ability to transmit the operational direction to the cell for the agency taking down Rashid Rauf serve two objectives to get details about the plot and to cut the link between the British cell and the terror network you got to take him out to disrupt it because once you take him out you have broken or severely weakened the link between the operational commanders at headquarters in Pakistan and the operational cell who's actually going to do the execution of the attack unlike the bomb makers who worked in isolation middlemen like Ralph need to interact with the world outside whether handing off forged passports money or supplies these men the brokers of terrorism operate in the open that makes them a prime target for the CIA Rasheed Ralph he's got both leadership access and technical knowledge he's criticall the CIA's Pakistani partners the ISI tract Ralph to the eastern city of bahawa pour their orders were to observe him


on August 9th 2006 Ralph boarded a bus heading for the northeast of Pakistan the commandos had to act to take down Ralph before he slipped away to safer ground 3,800 miles away rouse capture echoed in the streets of London British police and mi5 raced to round up the bomb makers before they could flee or launch an attack if you ever needed an example of why you need your foreign partners to be successful the case of the Heathrow liquid bomb plot is the absolute example Rashid Ralph's capture was essential to taking out the liquid bomb threat no the CIA wanted to learn what he knew about other plots but Ralph was in Pakistani custody his questioning and detention were in pakistani hands as a terrorist middleman Ralph would be a fount of valuable Intel but in December 2007 his Pakistani captors allowed him to enter a mosque for prayers alone when his guards returned Ralph had vanished the cia's prize prisoner had been wasted it wouldn't happen here in the United States given his importance to the investigation there was a great deal of disappointment and really real disappointment in anguish here in the United States among intelligence officials about it Pakistani courts dropped all terrorism charges against Rashid Ralph but the CIA kept him on their radar in fall of 2008 the agency picked up his trail once again while tracking a top al-qaeda explosives expert CIA officers caught wind of a planned meeting of extremists among those on the guest list Rashid Ralph the conference unfolded in the lawless Pakistani frontier to shut it down the agency turned to its newest and most versatile tool a UAV an unmanned aircraft the predator can even monitor electronic communications as the drone locked in on the meeting site what it saw and heard was relayed to the u.s. from remote aircraft control in the Nevada desert to CIA headquarters in Virginia the presence of top al Qaeda targets confirmed the CIA drone unleashed three Hellfire missiles although his body has never been positively identified the CIA has reason to believe the dead include Rashid Ralph's still rumors that he survived persist to this day al Qaeda middlemen like Ralph's distribute valuable information and resources throughout terrorist networks for the CIA targeting these brokers of death first became a prime strategy in the days after September 11 2001 just weeks after the World Trade Center attack the CIA had infiltrated deep inside Afghanistan their orders stamp out al-qaeda although operations in Afghanistan saw success the CIA's prime target escaped Osama bin Laden and his inner circle vanished into the mountains on the border with Pakistan with bin Laden and hiding deep underground the CIA needed to find another way to cripple al-qaeda they needed to capture a vulnerable link that could lead them to the heart of the network they needed to find osama's middleman CIA led operations in Afghanistan in the days after September 11th routed the Taliban and forced Osama bin Laden to seek a new home base al-qaeda's inner circle slipped across the border looking for refuge in Pakistan's wild western tribal regions it became obvious that there were significant numbers of foreign fighters that were trying to establish sanctuary for themselves in those tribal areas on the Pakistani side of the pack Afghan border remote and mountainous the tribal areas exist beyond the rule of law even the Pakistani government has virtually no power here the region is tailor-made for harboring terrorists no question that there's an ongoing conflict there that al-qaeda has sought to use that area as a virtual safe haven for their planning activities for their training activities and that's why you see so much concern with what's going on there many of those provinces are essentially in no-man's land for official Pakistanis
the Pakistani services don't want to go there they're afraid the Pakistani military is afraid to go there Pakistanis need a tribal visa just to go into those territories inside their own country if the Pakistanis can't get in there very easily it's incredibly difficult near impossible for Americans to go in there trying to infiltrate this isolated and secretive land could be suicide for an outsider CIA officer is trained to go undercover but the agency was set up for a different game to insert contacts not in close-knit clans but inside foreign national operations the CIA simply wasn't wired for this sort of enemy if you think about intelligence collection say in a Cold War period where you know that the issue was to know what were the plans and intentions of senior leaders in the Kremlin well that's a very linear process that was a completely different situation the terrain really shifted in November of 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended that's when the change began we got to the point where we knew the Soviet Union we were comfortable with the Soviet Union they understood us and our capabilities it's a different world now crime is transnational human trafficking against transnational drugs are transnational and terrorism is
transnational it's not nation state or nation state army or army it's a network of non-state actors operating on a global battlefield with great secrecy great stealth and they bring unprecedented death and destruction to us and to our interest we have slain a dragon meaning the Soviet Union now we find ourselves in the jungle surrounded by poisonous snakes some ways the dragon was easier to keep track of although the agency's focus may have shifted for the Intel officer the challenge remains the same the job of the CIA operations officer is to recruit spies to steal secrets it's very simple the popular perception is that someone is tall is good-looking can drive a car fast there may be examples of that but if you look at some of the best intelligence officers they are in fact nondescript they are humble for an undercover officer getting access to vital information is the hard part patiently building the relationships with inside sources can take years and only a small percentage of their mission is covert action oriented that's what you hear about mostly because that's what makes the headlines in some cases that the techniques the tactics we'll have to use may revert to many of the things that intelligence or espionage has used throughout the centuries an undercover foreign agent who needs to pass sensitive information to a CIA contact they need nothing more than a simple piece of chalk by leaving a mark in a certain place he alerts his contact that he has material to share a dead drop has been arranged it's the same thing that that the Soviets did all through the 30s 40s 50s you know into the 90s we've done it all those decades as well and the reason that that everybody uses that technique is that it's very simple it doesn't cost any money and it works in winter of 2002 the CIA was eager for a solid source that could open a window into the lion's den of Pakistan's tribal regions and lead to Osama bin Laden's bin Laden's terrorist network was built to operate underground Osama and his deputy Ayman al-zawahiri al-qaeda's number one and number two men have virtually no contact with the outside world they issued decrees in secret and final commands through a handful of trusted middlemen these men Al Qaeda's number three's cannot operate in total secrecy their job recruiting new members distributing money arranging travel implementing bin Laden's commands demands interaction with outsiders the number three is that critical node because somebody's got to have access both to the leadership and to those who are going to execute the attack and so the number three because he communicates with the outside world that's his vulnerability striking that these exposed middlemen became a CIA strategy to undermine al-qaida operations in the winter of 2002 the agency made these terror brokers priority targets including one man they believed had access to the very top of bin Laden's Network a Saudi born Palestinian named Abu Zubaydah it became quite apparent to us that Abu Zubaydah  was a key individual somebody was able to move people money explosives things false passports kind of a guy that you you would have to have if you were going to move operatives and equipment and materiel across borders to mount terrorist operations Abu Zubaydah was the logistics chief for al-qaeda he was the guy who made sure that the September 11th hijackers had money wired into their accounts he made sure they paid their flight school tuition on time he made sure they paid their rent on time made sure that they had their visas to get into the United States he was the detail guy the guy that made sure that everything ran smoothly for the hijackers zoo betas name has cropped up repeatedly in the CIA's top secret presidential briefs one month before September 11th the brief aidid Zubaydah as a linchpin in the Millennium plot al-qaeda's planned attack on sites that included Los Angeles Airport the brief also reported that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own us attack so he became an extremely important individual and we had information we had intelligence that came to us sporadically over time indicating that he was traveling back and forth through Pakistan into and then out of Afghanistan again so I spent a lot of time I and my people trying to track down Abu Zubaydah as a top al-qaeda operative zubeida might be anywhere from Africa to the Philippines then a tip from a classified source narrowed the search we got a report that Abu Zubaydah was somewhere in Pakistan but it was impossible to really pin him down they said find him and capture him and you have to take him alive but Pakistan is the size of Texas so it's easy to say there's a guy in Pakistan go catch him it's an entirely different matter to actually go out and do that it's very difficult with the specter of another attack looming over the United States the CIA prepared to launch a high-stakes manhunt Abu Zubaydah perhaps one of bin Laden's top terror brokers was somewhere inside
Pakistan the agency's job now to find one face in a sea of millions March 2002 somewhere in Pakistan one of Osama bin Laden's lieutenants is building a new network of Islamic extremists his name
Abu Zubaydah unlike his master in Laden who must remain hidden from the world sube des role as an al-qaeda middleman requires him to travel and interact with people outside the terrorists underground the CIA believed his contacts to the terror network span people and operations from top to bottom
with bin Laden off the radar the agency needed to learn what Zubaydah knew remember this is just after 9/11 everybody was expecting that the next shoe to drop yeah we thought that there might be another attack as big or maybe even bigger there was a tremendous fear that was driving this whole effort by God we can't allow another one of these to happen initially we had nothing to go on other
than he's in Pakistan go catch him veteran CIA officer John Kerry aku stationed in Pakistan since 1998 took on the job of leading a nationwide manhunt for zubeida a tall order for a nation of a hundred and fifty million in order to capture somebody like Abu Zubaydah though you really need for there to be a perfect storm of intelligence you need an element of luck may be a good walk in somebody who just
walks in off the street and says I've got some information I don't know what it means but if you give me ten dollars I'll let you have it which happens and in many cases is the best ten dollars you've ever spent
a break in the case came from a tip a source and detention claimed that zubeida often passed throughthe
northern city of faisal abroad but before the agency could cast a dragnet over this metropolis of five million people they needed a clearer picture of their quarry literally the actual photographs that we had were some years old and we were concerned that his parents might have changed and so we had
specialists take a look at those photographs if I was a beta and and make changes to them you know what would he look like if he had a full beard for instance what we look like if he shaved his head Kiriakou knew that capturing zubeida would take more than an anonymous tip and an old photo he needed to build an Operations base in Faisal Abad the first thing we needed was money and so headquarters generously gave us everything we asked we hired a real estate agent and he took us to see this house it was quite expensive quite large and I asked him a price he quoted me a price and I said
I'll take it he was so surprised he said do you mind if I ask you what do you do for a living and I just looked at the guy because I hadn't come up with anything and my friend said we're textile Barons and I said yes yes we're textile Barons and he the realtor said oh yes he said that wonderful. 


wonderful welcome to Pakistan next job setting up an Intel shop from scratch this is the information age and terrorists like virtually anybody else are able to take full advantage of modern technology people are using phones they're using the Internet their use of that technology carries with it certain vulnerabilities the search for zubeida would exploit the terror network's own cell phones the CIA cannot divulge details but advanced monitoring systems enabled the agency to intercept thousands of calls a
day this river of data was fed through translators analysts voice recognition and GPS software you combine one cell phone or the information from one cell phone with information from others and
then the map really begins to bring great detail and granularity and then once you have these reference points you can start building a map of relationships with raw intelligence flooding his
makeshift Intel shop kiri aku called in one of the CIA's top analysts a targeting officer to focus the manhunt we flew out this analyst and he immediately started going over the information and what he did was he he laid a large piece of butcher block paper on the floor almost the size of a small billboard and just started writing down addresses as the team plugged in information associations unfolded people
and places the connections that might lead to Abu Zubaydah well we started off with hundreds of possible sites and when I say sites I mean places that we thought al-qaeda fighters could be hiding so once we were able to get it down to several dozen we decided to just drive around and see what it is we were really looking at now some of those places we discounted immediately there were literally I think
was 14 different locations in Faisal Abad that were being used by extremists who we knew were linked with debate it was most likely that he was moving around not staying in one place at any one time well we had never hit 14 places in one night before the most we had ever done was to and so I went to my boss at the time Bob Grenier and I said we just can't tighten it below 14 he said what do you need and I said we need manpower the CIA would have to raid all 14 locations at precisely the same moment should they fail to find sub ADA news of the citywide strike could send their target underground for months the team
would get only one chance the targeting officer asked me what I was thinking and I remember saying I think in 12 hours we're either gonna be heroes or our careers are going to be over one or the
other


in an unmarked house somewhere in FaisalAbad Pakistan a team of CIA officers locked down plans for the largest agency LED raid ever attempted their target Abu Zubaydah identified by the CIA as a
critical link between Al Qaeda's top leaders and the terror network their orders find him in capture him alive if possible fusing human Intel and electronic surveillance with in-depth analysis the
CIA team has narrowed the search for zubeida to 14 potential hideouts we really didn't have any intelligence that was good enough to definitively say he's probably in site one or site 10 we just
didn't have that kind of information so we decided we have to hit them all at the same time hitting 14 targets simultaneously was was unusual even at that time when we were literally capturing dozens of foreign fighters in Pakistan that was unprecedented in terms of its scope the CIA was in charge of the strike but they would not act alone for diplomatic and practical reasons Pakistani forces would be the first to enter at each site and since September 11th was an ongoing criminal investigation the FBI was also
on hand to handle the evidence we're all packed into this great room dozens of people and I remember saying at the risk of sounding melodramatic we're gonna have to synchronize our watches like they do in the movies and everybody kind of chuckled but I said I'm serious we have to synchronize our watches the plan called for 14 teams each a mix CIA FBI and Pakistani personnel every action was plotted to the second a team going in even one minute too soon could allow word to reach Zubaydah and torpedo the
entire operation there's so many things that didn't go wrong I mean when when the the takedowns occur you know he could be somewhere else he could be out on a walk there's so many unknowns what do you do when you break down the door and the house is empty and you just blew millions of dollars literally millions of dollars going after somebody and there's nobody there 1:45 a.m. 14 strike teams move into position across faisalabad about 13 of the unit's find their targets as described and await the countdown
the 14th team arrives and realizes something has gone wrong it was an empty field so I said to the pakistani colonel this has to be a mistake because our information is that this is the site and I think our information is good and he said now this happens all the time in Pakistan every plot of land is assigned
a phone number and often wired for service and undeveloped sites thieves commonly splice into the line to hijack an unused number with only minutes to go a Pakistani technician probes a tangl of phone lines and pinpoints the illegal splice he followed it down the pole and literally down the alley and then he
stopped after a few feet he said it's that house right there that was the first time that I really thought we're
gonna get him and it's gonna be in that house right thereat exactly 2 a.m. the 14 units break
into buildings across FaisalAbad many of the sites are private homes strike target number 14 the house at the end of the hijacked phone line on the top floor the strike team encounters a locked door the door was reinforced with steel it's something that we didn't expect and it took about 15 minutes to break it down with the battering ram behind the door men with reason to hide as commandos forced their way into the room one man flees for the roofs trying to escape to the next building the Pakistani forces are ready and waiting I was in there on the scene and and I think that there are some slightly conflicting stories as to what happened my understanding was that he attempted to jump from one roof to another and in the process of jumping was was fired on and it was shot he was shot three times with the same ak-47 apparently he was bleeding pretty heavily and could 
well have bled out and we had somebody who was there on the scene who was looking at him with a photograph and saying my god I think that's him

Abu Zubaydah we knew was going to be a wealth of information there was so much that we didn't understand about the September 11th hijackers and how they got their money but he was very severely
wounded in this shootout and so we had to rush him to face lebot Hospital for the doctors there literally to save his life he was bleeding to death and even after they were able to patch him up the doctor came out and said there's no way this guy's gonna live with Abu Zubaydah's life slipping away JohnKiriakou fears the CIA will lose the men they have worked so hard to find without asking him a single question six months after September 11 a CIA team is scrambling to save the life of a man they believed to be one of Osama bin Laden's top masterminds his name is Abu Zubaydah the agency has spent millions to find him and mounted an unprecedented raid to capture him now with their prisoner rapidly losing blood the CIA may forever lose the chance to learn any secrets he knows he was very severely wounded in this
shootout and so we had to rush him to face lebot hospital for the doctors there literally to save his life he was bleeding to death sube de having played such an important logistically and facilitation role was
quite likely to have information in his head that was material to future terrorist attacks we really needed to talk to him but it wasn't just the September 11th operation that he was in charge of he was doing with gistic sperm cells all around the world and it was those operations that we really wanted to disrupt and the only way to disrupt them would be to get the information from him emergency surgery rescues him from death and zubeida is moved to a secret site the CIA at last has a source who they believe knows terror networks from leadership to foot soldiers the next step interrogation sweeping new directives from the Bush White House thrust zubeida into a shadow world outside America's laws he would be
detained without access to civilian courts habeas corpus or the protections of the Geneva Convention his interrogation would ignite a firestorm of controversy exactly what happened is still hotly debated several published accounts of Zubaydah's detainment each claiming to be the truth disagree on key points one of his interrogators claims zubeida responded readily to straightforward
questioning giving up key information even naming Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as the architect of 9/11 without any leverage from harsh interrogation methods however harsh methods were ultimately used
on that fact nearly everyone agrees in August 2002 a Justice Department memo gave the CIA an unprecedented arsenal of interrogation methods Abu Zubaydah became the test case for the Central Intelligence Agency's first-ever use of simulated drowning a technique used by the Spanish
Inquisition known as waterboarding according to some a single session of waterboarding was the key that unlocked so beta's most important revelations others disagree saying Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times with little to show for it but misinformation and falseconfessions still another account tells an even more astonishing story that the breakthrough with zubeida came not from
questioning or waterboarding but deception in what is called a false flag operation US Intel officers supposedly tricked zubeida leading him to believe he'd been handed over to the Saudi Arabian government Arab Americans CIA officers posed as Saudi interrogators and threatened him with brutal punishment the plan was that the fear of torture by the Saudis would make zubeida eager to
return to US custody and cooperate to his handlers surprise Zubaydah's reaction was not fear but relief he immediately volunteered a private cell phone number for a member of the Saudi royal family zubeida urged his interrogator to make the call claiming the man on the other end would demand his release the number belonged to Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz nephew to the king of Saudi Arabia zubeida went on to name two other men in the royal family and the chief of the Pakistani Air Force he claimed the four men all knew who he was all had connections to al Qaeda and at least two knew about 911 before the fact the CIA does not volunteer comment on interrogations but despite reports that
zubeida is not a top terrorist the agency maintains he is a key al-qaeda operative the American public is
unlikely to know the full story anytime soon in 2005 facing congressional scrutiny of their detainment policies the CIA destroyed 92 videotapes of interrogations included were the tapes documenting the questioning of Abu Zubaydah what is known are the fates of the men zubeida supposedly named within four months the three Saudi princes were all dead one from a heart attack one from a single car auto accident and the third mysteriously found in the desert having died of thirst the public debate about
the means used to get information from zubeida has not died I can't imagine a CIA officer thinking that the appropriate way to start was with the harshest available interrogation technique it's not the way it works in that critical moment after September the 11th people like Abu Zubaydah capturing them interrogating them became an critically important the issue of harsh interrogation even drove a rift into the
Bush White House the CIA worried the divide could undermine their political support and the agency now says that by 2003 the year after using the technique on Abu Zubaydah they stopped waterboarding altogether the great strength of this country is our optimism and our our democratic principles and so we very much are a country that wants to believe it's been seven and a half years since September the 11th we've won let's move on but it's a vulnerability and it's a vulnerability because we're operating against an enemy who doesn't think in terms of decades they think in terms of millennia Osama bin Laden said before September 11th that he would not rest until the
green flag of Islam flew over the White House and I think we need to take the man at his word so we need to capture him or kill him and his underlings before they can attack us again it's a very very complicated process and there's really only one organization in the world that this capable of doing
that and that's the US intelligence community as we speak right now there are CIA officers engaged in clandestine meetings around the world recruiting agents debriefing agents involved in counter-terrorist operations all around the world we've got to be able to discern that threat we have got to be able to identify the enemy and then engage with great precision and great speed and when and where possible with great stealth I think it's one of those fights that we're going to have to wage like we did
against international communism let's say that goes for nearly a century it's something that we're going to have to remain focused on we can't stop fighting we can't allow ourselves to be distracted and in the end I think we'll
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