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June 11, 2007

Lawyers Kibboshed 2004 CIA Plan To Sabotage IEDs So That They Exploded In Bomber's Hands

We're not serious. And this is mostly Bush's fault -- he could have stepped in and overruled this monstrous error:

The insurgents who kill our young soldiers are ruthless, but we have sometimes been cautious in our response. Take the question of targeting bomb makers: There may be an unlimited supply of explosives in Iraq, but there is not an unlimited supply of people who know how to wire the detonators. In 2004, CIA operatives in Iraq believed that they had identified the signatures of 11 bomb makers. They proposed a diabolical -- but potentially effective -- sabotage program that would have flooded Iraq with booby-trapped detonators designed to explode in the bomb makers' hands. But the CIA general counsel's office said no. The lawyers claimed that the agency lacked authority for such an operation, one source recalled.

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a nuance.


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