While none of us know the details, there has been a significant approval of funding for increased covert ops in Iran, according to Seymour Hersh in a story published online last Sundy at the The New Yorker Magazine. The news of the article was reported by MSNBC , outlines Hersh’s article and gets reactions from insiders.
Funding for the covert escalation, for which Bush requested up to $400 million, was approved by congressional leaders, according to the article, citing current and former military, intelligence and congressional sources.
Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. U.S. Special Operations Forces have been conducting crossborder operations from southern Iraq since last year, the article said.
These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in Bush’s war on terrorism, who may be captured or killed, according to the article.
But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which include the Central Intelligence Agency, have now been significantly expanded, the article said, citing current and former officials.
Many of these activities are not specified in the new finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature, it said.
While senior House and Senate leadership was informed and approved the Presidential Finding, we in the progressive blogsphere should not forget these people are bound by a Secrecy Oath that has criminal penalties should they disclose the program. They must swear to this oath in order to assume their access to the information. I’ve personally verified this reality with a member of the legal team of one of leaders involved.
Whether we should be involved in ‘regime change’ is a the issue that must be discussed. It seems that each time we get involved in ‘regime change’, including the early days of Viet Nam, the USA winds up in a bloody war.
The philosophy of ‘regime change’ is the true issue. The effort by Special Ops, which is a continuing effort, is another issue entirely. Criminals of all sorts must not be allowed a sanctuary that provides them physical and legal immunity.