Sunday, February 15, 2009

Another Affirmative-Action Success Story?

Double Drug-Rape Disgrace of CIA’s Top Agent in Algeria

"Andrew Warren, 41, seemed to have all the right qualifications as an undercover agent in the Middle East. An African-American schooled in martial arts, he is a convert to Islam who speaks six Arabic dialects."

Makes you wonder whether his race was a significant factor in his selection for the National Intelligence "fast track". Or whether his being a designated "Golden Boy" by CIA leadership might have reduced/impeded any scrutiny that might have been placed upon his earlier postings. Or even whether or not his own awareness that he was "special" within the Agency may have possibly led to his feelings of entitlement and invulnerability with respect to rules/law violations.

I don't want to jump to any conclusion regarding his guilt, but since "A CIA station chief in Algeria, who was accused of drugging and raping two Algerian women, filmed the attacks and stored images on his computer, an official investigation has discovered." and his claims of consensual sex were "...undermined by images that investigators found on his computer and mobile telephone in which the women seemed as passive as dolls. Also found in Warren’s home was a handbook on the investigation of sexual assaults and quantities of Xanax and Valium, tranquillisers commonly used in date rape.", he seems to have little chance of being exonerated.

This guy is DONE. But the real question is whether the CIA and our society in-general can recognize and learn from the mistakes in leadership that allowed this to happen. I know which way I'm betting -- especially with Leon Panetta taking-over (and probably further politicizing) the Agency.

P.S. Is this more or less damaging to us in the Arab World than a few grunts putting panties over the heads of detainees at Abu Ghraib? Is it getting more or less play in the MSM? Just askin' is all.

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