If this country ain't upside down I don't know what. These folks don't need sensitivity training, they need logic 101. The Hezbo mole was so very highly regarded. Don't get me wrong, I am sure she was a great spy, for the Hezbos.
Busted illegal alien was great spy, say sources NY Daily hat tip Jane
WASHINGTON - An illegal Lebanese immigrant who lied her way into FBI and CIA jobs was so well-regarded that she got an undercover assignment in Iraq to aid U.S. counterinsurgency efforts, intelligence sources said Thursday.
Nada Nadim Prouty, 37, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship and snooping on FBI files on Hezbollah, worked in the CIA's Baghdad station sometime between 2003 and 2006 and had a knack for passing as a local.
She also demonstrated a talent for breaking captured Al Qaeda "high-value targets," an intelligence source told the Daily News.
"She was not only good at debriefing HVTs [high-value targets], she was able to pose as a native Arab and easily blend in," said the source.
Prouty was a covert CIA operations officer "just like Valerie Plame," the source added, referring to the spy infamously outed in a 2003 newspaper column.
She was so good that some in the agency want to hire Prouty back one day, the source said.
Officials again yesterday insisted Prouty is not suspected of espionage or of being a mole for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. "There is no indication at this point that she was engaged in espionage" for Hezbollah while at the CIA, said a senior U.S. official familiar with the case.
UPDATE: The CIA's Arab Revolution hat tip Ed lasky
In his CIA visit, Issa was the guest of Jasper and of the Near East Affinity Group, which, according to an official CIA communique, is "an employee group that helps promote cultural awareness and assists in the recruitment and advancement of CIA officers with a Near Eastern background." Jasper thanked Issa, and added: "With our efforts to recruit Americans of Near Eastern descent, the face of our workforce is changing, and that is as it should be. If we are to meet our mission, we need people of all backgrounds and ethnicities in our organization."
This revolution's consequences will be felt in Israel even before the new recruits reach the high ranks of the U.S. intelligence community. Political leaders come and go. The permanent apparatus - military, intelligence, diplomatic - exerts persistent influence. America defined the problem for itself, without beating around the bush - a prolonged war against a Muslim enemy in general and an Arab enemy in particular: Al Qaida, Taliban, Hezbollah, the ayatollahs' Iran, and others. If that is the referential threat, the response must follow and be resolved accordingly, hence Arabs and Persian-speakers are wanted, in this case. Living ones.
Since February, Vice Admiral John Michael McConnell has been the director of national intelligence, and is the person within the U.S. administration in charge of the CIA and another 15 intelligence agencies. According to him, after World War II and during the cold war, the attitude was: "If you're a first-generation American citizen and you have relatives in a foreign country, you're not eligible for this [intelligence] community. The rationale was, well, you could be blackmailed ... We've got to change the way we think if we're going to capture language, cultural understanding, insights and so on ... we need to increase the diversity of the community and we need to have people who speak and look like [those from] areas ... that threats are coming from."
Perhaps it's not the most novel move. After all, in their battle against the mafia, the New York Police Department and the FBI have been recruiting Italian Americans for decades. But for the CIA it's a startling innovation, traumatized as it was from the scars left by the spies - usually of independent initiative and not as moles or recruits - who passed on secrets to the Soviets (and not only to them). McConnell explained that the practice, during the period of the confrontation with the Soviet Union, of disqualifying immigrants from Warsaw Pact countries has been eliminated, because what was then perceived as a disadvantage now looks like an advantage. To understand the adversary's goals, to decipher their secrets and penetrate them, it is best to come from within and integrate into them naturally, not to stand out like a cowboy in a Bedouin encampment.