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John Kerry Calls for CIA’s bin Laden Unit to Reopen Immediately

by Pamela Leavey

With Bush faced with a “world of crises,” on Monday it was confirmed that the CIA closed the unit “that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants.”

The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said.

The decision is a milestone for the agency, which formed the unit before Osama bin Laden became a household name and bolstered its ranks after the Sept. 11 attacks, when President Bush pledged to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice “dead or alive.”

John Kerry sent to a letter John Negroponte, the Director of National Intelligence, today calling for the CIA’s bin Laden Unit to reopen immediately:

July 6, 2006
The Honorable John D. Negroponte
Director of National Intelligence
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Washington, DC 20511

Dear Mr. Director:

I write to express my concern over recent reports that the CIA has closed down the unit responsible for hunting down Osama bin Laden. This unit should be reconstituted immediately and given all resources necessary to finish the job of holding bin Laden accountable and preventing him from organizing or inspiring future attacks against the United States and our allies.

There is no question that since 9/11, al Qaeda has morphed into a global terrorist movement that transcends any one individual. The decision to divert resources from the crucial fight against bin Laden and al Qaeda to wage war on Iraq has made the task of eradicating this increasingly diffuse threat more difficult. We now face a long, difficult and multi-faceted struggle against global terrorism and the hateful ideology that inspires it.

I fully support efforts to adapt our response to the evolving nature of the threat, but this is not a compelling rationale for curtailing efforts to bring this mass murderer to justice. In fact, we cannot lose sight of the fact that eliminating bin Laden would still strike a key blow against al Qaeda and represent a significant step forward in the war on terror. Given what is at stake, our intelligence community should be given sufficient resources to both pursue bin Laden and prosecute the broader war on terror.

Moreover, disbanding the bin Laden unit sends the message to the terrorists that they can kill thousands of Americans without being held to account. Given that Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz was quoted this week as saying that “nobody has any idea” where bin Laden is, it is especially important that we send a clear message now that we have not given up the hunt. Reconstituting the bin Laden unit now would make it clear that we will never rest until he has been brought to justice.

Past failures to eliminate bin Laden at Tora Bora and in the nearly five years since 9/11 are no excuse for failing to do everything possible to find him now. The CIA’s bin Laden unit can play an important part of our effort to win the war on terror, and I urge you to revive and strengthen it as soon as possible.


John F. Kerry

6 Responses to “John Kerry Calls for CIA’s bin Laden Unit to Reopen Immediately”

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  2. I think the Bush administration likes
    bin Laden right where they don’t have him.

    He’s the bogey man under the bed, in the shadows. His continued existence keeps the kids in line and leaves the door open for every illegal ploy our criminal leadership can dream up.

    I’m fairly convinced that Bush and Co. actually LUV terrorists, they’re such an effective distraction, a wonderful tool for diverting public attention from the incredible scale of the criminality of this notorious gang of international thieves.

    There I go again, being all reserved.

    Anyway I like your site (haven’t been here before)I linked to you, from my site at
    Worldwide Sawdust

    If you have a few minutes please review my site and consider linking back to me.

    Keep up the good fight.

    Bob Higgins
    Worldwide Sawdust

  3. Bob,
    I like your site.
    You have one of my favorite Ben Franklin quotes:

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

  4. Three Cheers for Kerry.

    Not doing everything possible to bring bin Laden to justice does not sound like a war on terrorism to me. I believe, along with many other true Americans, that the Bush administration would prefer bin Laden alive and at large so they can promote their agenda. An agenda that apparently does not include doing everything possible to get bin Laden. An agenda which subverts our laws, our separation of powers, and the high moral ground that America held for so many years.

    Using the fear that terrorist set out to inflict on us for there own political purposes is a grievous charge. Yet, what else can you make of backing off of the head terrorist while creating more where none existed. It is scary to think this, but what other conclusions can you draw?

    Concerned American

  5. Kudos for Senator Kerry…But are the rest of the Democrats in congress AND those Repubs who are standing up for America supporting this request?

    I am afraid that Senator Kerry cannot do this himself…Maybe the media will finally find some courage, investigate this storyline and start to show the Bush Administration for what it is: a hypocritical bunch of pandering politicos only watching out for themselves…and their friends.

  6. Worldwide Sawdust – great site. Bob, we ALWAYS want to know what you are really thinking… (saves us the trouble of writing our own version)

    I guess another version applies to John Swan and AD Roher.

    OBL is a covert friend of the Bush family – I wouldn’t go so far as a CIA operative, but certainly he has communications with folks who translate for W (not because OBL is speaking another language) and then the media orchestrates the message BushCo would like played to the nation.

    Sorry, been AWOL for a few days and my cynicism has had no place to vent.