Posts Tagged ‘Secret’

Further Notes on the 60th Anniversary of July 23,1952

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

A couple of addenda to my earlier comments on the 60th anniversary of Egypt’s 1952:
Ahram Online has a lengthy excerpt from the memoir of the last surviving Free Officer, Khaled Mohieddin. (Though the caption on their photo of the Free Officers actually identifies his recently deceased cousin, Zakaria Mohieddin.) On his and Nasser’s secret dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood:

I continued to read the books brought to me by Usman Fawzi and I constantly demanded that there be a clear programme for the Brotherhood, defining its national objectives and its position and demands of the various social categories. In my arguments, I began to lean to the left and I became the odd man out in a group supposedly affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a final effort, Hasan El-Banna sought to link us with the Brotherhood via a strong bond. He decided that Nasser and I should join the Brotherhood’s Secret Division. Perhaps it was because we were the most active and effective in our group and, consequently, winning us over completely would mean ultimately winning over the whole group.

Or perhaps it was because we talked much about the nation and nationalism and therefore he believed that by having us join the Secret Division, which was concerned with weaponry and armed action, he would be satisfying our patriotic enthusiasm and ensuring closer ties with the Brotherhood.

Anyway, we were contacted by Salah Khalifa, who took the two of us to a house in Darb Al-Ahmar toward Sayyida Zaynab. There we met Abd El-Rahman El-Sanadi, head of the Brotherhood’s Secret Division at the time.

We were taken into a totally darkened room where we heard a voice (I think it was that of Saleh Ashmawi) and, placing our hands on the Quran and a gun and repeating after the voice, we took an oath of obedience and total allegiance, for better or worse, to the Grandmaster, swearing by the Book of God and the Sunna (traditions) of the Prophet. Although these rites were meant to stir the emotions, they had very little impact on Nasser and myself.

In any case, we began to work in the Secret Division and we were taken for training at a place near Helwan. Since we were officers, it was only natural that we were more knowledgeable about weapons than our training instructors. Nasser was not too happy with the situation and we felt alienated from the Brotherhood.

Also, Al-Ahram’s front page the next day; “The Army Carries Out a Peaceful Military Movement”:

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Sullivan apologizes for Secret Service scandal –

May 23rd, 2012 Comments off

ABC News

Sullivan apologizes for Secret Service scandal
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testified Wednesday in front of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee — the first time he spoke publicly about the prostitution scandal involving agents in Cartagena, Colombia.
Secret Service chief says there's no culture of misbehaviorKansas City Star
Secret Service chief denies 'culture' of improprietyChristian Science Monitor
Secret Service – or 'Secret Circus'?NECN
AFP –The Associated Press –
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Secret Service changes its rules after scandal – CNN International

April 28th, 2012 Comments off

The Guardian

Secret Service changes its rules after scandal
CNN International
Washington (CNN) — The Secret Service agent at the center of the Colombia prostitution scandal has been identified as Arthur Huntington, sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Friday. According to the sources, Huntington was the agent
Secret Service rules ban foreigners from rooms, restrict drinking, send Washington Post
Secret Service's New Rules: No Boozing, Racy BarsABC News
US Secret Service new rules: No boozing,racy barsIndian Express
The Associated Press
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3 more Secret Service agents resign – CBS News

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

CBS News

3 more Secret Service agents resign
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Updated 6:02 PM ET (CBS/AP) – CBS News has learned through a law enforcement source that three more Secret Service agents have resigned in the wake of the Colombia prostitution scandal. In addition, CBS News correspondent Pat Milton reported that one
Secret Service to dismiss two more agents: sourceReuters
Colombia scandal fallout continues for US Secret ServiceBBC News
More Secret Service officers losing jobsThe Associated Press
Seattle Post Intelligencer –Fox News –The Guardian
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Nugent Called by Secret Service (Cartoon)

April 19th, 2012 Comments off

800 Nuclear Triggers Smuggled to Israel, Mastermind Untouchable–Secret FBI Files 

March 24th, 2012 Comments off

WASHINGTON, Mar. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An espionage ring smuggled 800 krytons to the Israeli Ministry of Defense for use in the clandestine Israeli nuclear weapons program according to newly declassified FBI files.  The secret documents were originally scheduled for public release in the year 2036, but were obtained under appeal to the Justice Department by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep).  The documents available online at reveal new details about the failed effort to indict the nuclear smuggling ring’s masterminds. …
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Secret poll shows Syrians hopeful of future, EU drops sanctions call

September 28th, 2011 Comments off

An opinion poll, conducted in secret and released Wednesday, suggests the majority of Syrians hold out hope for the future, but don’t see embattled President Bashar al-Assad in it.
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‘Secret CIA Middle East base’: Sharurah, Saudi Arabia?

June 15th, 2011 Comments off

‘b’, the keeper-of-the-gate at MoonOfAlabama, took a peek, here

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The Secret Patriot Act

May 26th, 2011 Comments off

Dear Tea Party: If all your distrust of the federal government doesn’t cause you to vote against the so-called PATRIOT Act, your tea is weak. Very weak.

Spencer Ackerman reports that Rep. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) is worried about a “secret PATRIOT Act”– that is, a set of practices and inquiries into the affairs of private citizens that go far beyond the letter of the law and which would shock most Americans.

Hint: The ‘business records’ provision is the one that most concerns him.

Me, I think government surveiilance could allow the blackmailing of judges, journalists and politicians, adding to the corruption of the American political system.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) also plans to vote against if there aren’t amendments.

Congress is set to extend the unconstitutional law, which contravenes the 4th Amendment, for 4 years without debate.

So an elective dictatorship is imposing a dictatorial and unconstitutional law on Americans without so much as a discussion.

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Secret US-Pakistani talks in an Oman resort …but the interests of the CIA & the ISI are "no longer congruent"…

February 25th, 2011 Comments off

“… The CIA and the ISI are talking, the Pakistani official said, but the path toward reconciliation will be a long one.
“It’s a spy game being played out in the media and the CIA has told the ISI to cut it out,” the official said. “The relationship remains testy. But after the meeting between Mullen and Kayani the likelihood of some resolution has increased.”
Inside the Pakistani government, the Davis case has exacerbated internal tensions between the civilian government, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, and the ISI. Pakistani news agencies have been reporting that the Pakistani embassy in Washington has approved hundreds of visas for American officials without proper vetting, increasing the ease with which covert CIA operatives could enter the country.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani has denied that…
Regardless, the gentlemen’s agreement between the ISI and the CIA that the two organizations would keep each other informed on each other’s actions in Pakistan has now broken down.
“It’s a vicious circle. Davis was in Pakistan because Pakistan can’t be trusted. But Davis getting caught has increased the mistrust,” the Pakistani official said. “Their interests are no longer congruent. Eventually the ISI and the CIA will have to work out new rules of engagement.”…”

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