CIA 'set up foreign network' to counter terrorism
18 November 2005, WASHINGTON - The CIA has set up joint operation centres with more than two dozen countries to collaborate on intelligence activities aimed at tracking and capturing suspected terrorists, the Washington Post reported Friday.
18 November 2005
WASHINGTON - The CIA has set up joint operation centres with more than two dozen countries to collaborate on intelligence activities aimed at tracking and capturing suspected terrorists, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Citing current and former U.S. and foreign intelligence officials, the secret centres, financed mostly by the CIA, allow the Americans to work with agents from other countries to decide how to take suspects into custody and determine whether they should be whisked out of the country for interrogation, the Post said.
The arrangement is known as Counterterrorist Intelligence Centres, or CTICs, and employs some of the best communications and surveillance technology. It also provides foreign agencies with access to CIA databases containing classified information that was once shared only with Washington's closest Western allies.
The newspaper said that the CIA deputy director of operations told a congressional committee earlier this year behind closed doors that almost every terrorist suspect captured or killed since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was done by working closely with foreign intelligence agencies.
The information on the location of an al-Qaeda suspect usually comes from the CIA, but the apprehension takes place in coordination with foreign services and local security services without the presence of the CIA.
The centres have operated in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including Indonesia, until recently Uzbekistan, and France. During the height of U.S.-French tensions over the invasion of Iraq in spring 2003, the two countries were working closely together to establish a counterterrorism centre in Paris, the newspaper said.
Code-named Alliance Base, it is the only multinational operation carrying out worldwide stings and includes representatives from Britain, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Earlier this month the Washington Post reported that the CIA had created a network of secret prisons for holding and interrogating suspected terrorists in Eastern Europe countries. The article sparked outrage and the European Union has launched an investigation.
The U.S. government has refused to confirm or deny the report.
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