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Clashes as Israel police raze mosque in Bedouin town

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JERUSALEM – Clashes broke out in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat early on Sunday as Israeli police demolished an illegally-built mosque in a pre-dawn raid, police and witnesses said.

Israeli riot police patrol the streets of Jerusalem

Local residents said thousands of police and border police drove into the southern desert city overnight and set up roadblocks to prevent people from reaching the condemned mosque.

Clashes broke out as those living near the mosque poured out of their houses to prevent the demolition, and police fired tear-gas and rubber bullets, a spokesman for the local branch of the Islamic Movement told AFP.

“They went into the mosque and arrested those who were praying inside, including me, and drove us outside the city until the operation was over,” said Yusuf Abu Jamer.

Police confirmed the demolition, saying a local court had ordered the structure be raised as it was built without a permit.

“A large number of police demolished an illegally-built structure this morning which was being used as a mosque in Rahat,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, saying demonstrators had thrown stones to try to stop the operation, leading to two arrests.

After the raid, Rahat city council declared a general strike, with a protest planned for later on Sunday, residents said.

Abu Jamer said the mosque, one of the biggest in Rahat that had been built to try to combat drug dealing in the area, was one of 17 local mosques built without a permit.

“Obviously, this shows Israel would rather we engage in drug dealing and crime than prayer,” he said.

Rahat is the Negev’s only Bedouin city and has more than 45,000 residents.

Around 160,000 Bedouin live in Israel, more than half of them in unrecognised Negev villages without municipal services like water and electricity. Many live in extreme poverty.

Israel, Palestinians set out demands amid new direct talks

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WASHINGTON – Israeli and Palestinian leaders launched their first direct negotiations in 20 months here Thursday, agreeing to meet every two weeks in a bid to settle core differences within a year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) of Israel and President Mahmud Abbas (R) of the Palestinian Authority …

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed to hold a second round of talks on September 14-15 in the Middle East, possibly in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

In opening some four hours of talks in Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she understood the “suspicion and skepticism” leading up to the meetings.

“I know the decision to sit at this table was not easy,” Clinton told Abbas and Netanyahu in a chandeliered room at the State Department, joined by their delegations. “Thank you for your courage and commitment.”

After Wednesday’s weighty symbolism and lofty rhetoric, culminating in a White House dinner with President Barack Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas finally got down to the business end of proceedings, presenting their opening demands.

“We expect you to be prepared to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu told Abbas, as the two sat on either side of Clinton with their national flags behind them.

Such a move would be politically difficult for Abbas as it could undermine the right-of-return claims of Palestinian refugees who left or fled Israel when it was created in 1948.

In the wake of two Palestinian militant attacks on settlers in the occupied West Bank, Netanyahu renewed references he had made at the White House on Wednesday to protecting Israel’s security.

“A real peace must take into account the genuine security needs of Israel,” he said.

Abbas appeared conciliatory, saying: “We consider security as essential and vital both for us and for you, and we will not accept that anyone commits any act that would harm your security or ours.”

The Palestinian leader said investigations into the shootings that killed four Israeli settlers on Tuesday were progressing.

But he also stuck to his demands on settlements.

“We call on the Israeli government to move forward with its commitment to end all settlement activity and completely lift the embargo over the Gaza Strip,” Abbas said.

Israel tightly controls access and egress from the Gaza Strip, which is run by the militant Hamas group, a rival of Abbas’s Palestinian Authority and a fierce opponent of the peace talks.

Before going behind closed doors to begin tackling the core issues that have bedeviled past peace attempts, the two leaders poignantly shook hands, and Abbas appeared to give Netanyahu a thumbs up.

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell described a first 90-minute meeting between him Clinton, Abbas and Netanyahu as “productive” and said the parties agreed the core issues could be settled within a year.

Netanyahu and Abbas then held a one-on-one meeting with no note-takers or translators which officials said lasted 93 minutes.

The Palestinians said Abbas had reiterated face-to-face with Netanyahu his demand that settlement construction must cease for the talks to continue.

A final meeting with both leaders, Clinton and Mitchell lasted another 18 minutes.

Abbas and Netanyahu agreed to resume talks in two weeks and planned to meet every two weeks thereafter. Mitchell and Clinton announced their intention to be present at the future talks.

A Palestinian official said the talks on September 14-15 would take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, where negotiations have taken place in the past.

Mitchell said: “Our goal is to resolve all of the… core issues within one year. And the parties themselves have suggested and agreed that the logical way to proceed to tackle them is to try to reach a framework agreement first.”

Such an agreement is less detailed than a “full-fledged treaty” but more detailed than a declaration of principles.

Abbas had previously refused to enter direct negotiations without a full halt to Israeli settlement activity, but yielded under pressure from Obama.

The Palestinian leader is still warning that a renewal of settlement activities after September 26, when a 10-month partial moratorium expires, would end the negotiations.

The last direct peace negotiations ended in December 2008 when Israeli forces invaded Gaza to halt Hamas rocket fire on Israel.

Alert: Russia Orders Troops To Prepare For War With US

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Reports circulating in the Kremlin today state that Prime Minister Putin [photo top left] has ordered Russian military forces to prepare to confront American military forces in Afghanistan over what Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov warns is the”greatest threat to International peace and security”, Afghanistan’s thriving drug trade supported by the US and NATO.

Not being reported to the American people about the Afghanistan war is that it has nothing to do with their being protected from terrorists, but rather it involves the billions of dollars gained for many of the West’s top intelligence agencies (mainly the CIA) from the heroin produced in this region (90% of World’s total) that by 2001 the Taliban had virtually eliminated.

Immediately after the US invasion of Afghanistan in October, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) installed one of their main Afghan operatives, Hamid Karzai, as President, who then put into power his brother Ahmed Wali Karzai, who since then has increased heroin production to levels unseen in modern times and resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of Russian citizens

Viktor Ivanov, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, Russia’s National drug enforcement agency, told parliament in May that it was reasonable to “call the flow of Afghan opiates the second edition of opium wars.” Ivanov was referring to the 19th-century warbetween Britain and China sparked by exports of opium from British India to China.

Ivanov isn’t alone.

“I can name you a lot of politicians in Russia who said that the Americans specially arranged the situation in Afghanistan so that we would receive a lot of drugs, and this is the real aim of their occupation,” said Andrei Klimov, the deputy head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s lower house of parliament. “I’m not sure this is true, but who knows.”

One person who definitely knew it was true was German President Horst Koehler, who after returning from Afghanistan last month linked the war with the defense of German economic interests because it was securing free trade routes for the West and had nothing to do whatsoever with terrorism. For his “outspokenness” President Koehler was forced to resign plunging an already battered Chancellor Merkel into even greater political turmoil.

Most shocking to understand about the CIA’s being the World’s largest drug trafficker is that it isn’t even kept secret anymore and has been embraced by their new President, Barack Obama, who has used billions of dollars earned through Afghan heroin deals to fund his sending US Special Forces teams to over 75 different Nations as well as building for them a new $100 million headquarters base in Afghanistan while his own citizens plunge deeper into poverty.

Important to note though is that Obama is far from being the first American President to embrace the drug trade as nearly all of his predecessors were likewise involved in starting and maintaining wars to keep the billions earned from this most despicable of crimes preying on the weakest people in their society, mainly the poor and people of colour.

For those few reporters seeking to inform the American people about this crime the hard and brutal lesson learned from the late Gary Webb’s blacklisting and suiciding by US intelligence agents after his revealing the CIA’s involvement in the drug trade presents a chilling example of what these monsters will do to protect themselves and their right to poison anyone they so choose.

Interesting to note too is that according to the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organized crime were “the only liquid investment capital” available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352 Billion of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.

Though the American people still ignore the crimes being perpetrated by their so called leaders, the lessons of their own history should not be lost upon them, especially when viewed in the light of the use of drug and alcohol laws used for mass imprisonment while at the same time instituting around them a draconian tyrannical society where all their freedoms will be stripped from them.

And for those American’s thinking that their life couldn’t get any worse? They couldn’t be more mistaken! For just this past week Obama’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released what they call a “staff discussion draft” of “potential policy recommendations to support the reinvention of journalism” wherein they called for doctrine of “proprietary facts” that would outlaw anyone writing or reporting on anything that happens unless they use the “facts” provided to them by the government.

But than again, and as the history of these American’s seems to show, with their massive government debt about to eclipse their Gross National Product (GDP) for the first time in history, their once vital Gulf of Mexico region succumbing to the World’s worst oil spill catastrophe, and their NASA scientists now warning that the “awakening” Sun may destroy everything anyway, maybe they truly can’t be told the truth and must be treated like the children they act like.

Indian Army Lt. Gen. forced to resign following charges of sexual misconduct

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NEW DELHI: In a major embarrassment for the Army, a Lieutenant General has been forced to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct against him by the wife of an officer during a visit abroad last month. Lt. General A K Nanda has been accused of sexual misconduct by the wife of a junior colleague, prompting the army to extract his resignation. Army sources told PTI here today that Lt. Gen Nanda, who is the Indian Army’s the Engineer-in-Chief, was asked to put in his papers by Army Chief Gen V K Singh after a complaint that he molested the wife of his technical secretary during a visit to Israel. Lt Gen Nanda has already put in his papers, the sources said. 59-year-old A K Nanda became the seniormost army officer to be removed in such an unceremonious manner, and is also the senior-most Army officer to face such action over sexual misconduct charges. He had one more year left in his service.

Lt Gen A K Nanda had only about a year ago taken over as the Engineer-in-Chief, and had one year of service left.

Nanda and his team had gone to Israel along with their families, the sources said. The complaint was filed by the wife of Nanda’s technical secretary to Army Chief’s wife, and the President of the Army Wives Welfare Association Bharti Singh, who promptly put it up before Gen Singh. After an inquiry into the episode, Singh is believed to have asked Nanda last week to put in his papers and leave.

Lt Gen Nanda had only about a year ago taken over as the Engineer-in-Chief and had earlier served as the Director General of the Border Roads Organisation. Nanda’s technical secretary, who had expressed his displeasure and unwillingness to work under Nanda, has been posted to Bhopal. A new technical secretary, Col Sanjeev Dalal, has taken over the job. When Nanda’s office was contacted, his staff, including Dalal, refused to speak on the matter. Nanda was not available for comments.

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June 3, 2010 at 11:51 am

Ahmadinejad: Israel World’s Most Hated Regime,Will Disappear Soon

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By politicaltheatrics

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked Israel on Thursday, asserting that it is the most hated regime in the world. Israel, he said, was established on lies, is losing the support of the West and would soon disappear.

Ahmadinejad made his attack during a speech at the port town of Bandar-Abbas which was broadcast on local media channels. “Look at what’s happened to Israel. The West gathered up the most criminal nation in the world and placed it in our region with lies and fictional tales,” he said, hinting at the Holocaust. “They started wars, acted aggressively, and made millions homeless.”

His words, quoted on the Iranian network Press TV, ended with the assertion, “The Zionist regime is the most hated regime in the world. It is no longer useful to its (western) overlords. They doubt it. They wonder if it’s worth continuing to invest in this regime. But whether Israel wants it or not, with Allah’s help, this regime will be annihilated.”

The Iranian leader also said that not even another military conflict could save it. “Thanks to their undeveloped minds, they think that another war against Lebanon or Syria will help them survive a little longer. I say to them today: Another war or more aggression will not save you.”

The president also referred to reports in all US media channels from last month, that US President Barack Obama has accelerated plans to establish batteries to defend against missile attacks in the Persian Gulf. The reports provoked harsh criticism from Tehran, which accused the US of waging psychological warfare.

“We must ensure our own security in the Persian Gulf,” Ahmadinejad said as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited the United Arab Emirates. “Our Gulf is a place of brotherhood and friendship. The Iranian nation will not permit the corrupt powers to undermine stability.”

He also expressed his surprise regarding foreign occupation forces in the Middle East. “What are you doing in our region? Why are you deploying your troops here? If you thought you could control Iraqi oil and the Persian Gulf, you were mistaken. Our young men will cut off your hands.”

During a visit to neighboring Afghanistan on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad told a joint news conference with his counterpart Hamid Karzai that he did “not see the presence of foreign military forces in Afghanistan as a solution for peace in Afghanistan.” “The question is what are you doing here in this region?” he asked in allusion to the US defense secretary who was in Afghanistan visiting the troops.

“You are 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) away on the other side of the world. You are on the other side of the world. What are you doing here? This is a serious question.”

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March 12, 2010 at 7:28 am

Independent Palestinian state gains China’s support

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RIYADH (AFP) – China on Wednesday endorsed efforts to create an independent Palestinian state as Saudi Arabia hardened its accusations that Israel is preventing a settlement of the Middle East conflict .

China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi speaks during a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saudi al-Faisal in Riyadh. China on Wednesday endorsed efforts to create an independent Palestinian state as Saudi Arabia hardened its accusations that Israel is preventing a settlement of the Middle East conflict.

“China will continue its support for the Palestinian effort to establish an independent state,” Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on a visit to Riyadh .

Yang said at a news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal that China supports the principles of a two-state solution under the Saudi-driven Arab Peace Initiative , which calls for an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and with Jerusalem as its capital.

Saud, meanwhile, stepped up the rhetoric over Israel’s refusal to freeze the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and begin talks with the Palestinians.

“This is the longest conflict in modern times,” Saud said.

“The reason why this conflict is long is the refusal by Israel of all the attempts to end this conflict. Arab countries have done their job with the Arab Peace Initiative, which gives Israel security, and gives the Arab countries the restoration of their lands.

“But peace should be established by two sides, not just one side. If one side does not want peace, peace will not be achieved,” he said.

The comments came as both the US and Saudis have increased efforts to push the Palestinians and Israelis into final-status peace talks that would result in an independent Palestinian state.

Amid a sharp increase in regional diplomacy, White House National Security Adviser James Jones met Saudi King Abdullah late Tuesday on the first stop of a regional tour that will take him to Israel and the Palestinian territories .

US Middle East special envoy George Mitchell is also expected to visit soon.

The two sides remained at odds over the key issue of Israeli settlements .

The Palestinians and their Arab backers — with Saudi Arabia one of the most important — insist that peace talks cannot resume until Israel freezes the construction of Jewish settlements in the West bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel and the United States say talks should proceed with no preconditions.

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January 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

Israeli media slam govt handling of row with Turkey

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by Jean-Luc Renaudie Jean-luc Renaudie

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli media on Thursday slammed the government’s handling of a diplomatic row with Turkey in which it humiliated Ankara’s ambassador and then retreated with public apologies.

The front page of the “Israel HaYom” showing Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon sitting with the Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Celikkol in Jerusalem with an arrow showing “the height of humiliation” alongside a headline reading “War of Insults”. The Israeli media has slammed the government’s handling of a diplomatic row with Turkey. (AFP/File)

“The policy of ‘no more grovelling’ led by Foreign Minister (Avigdor) Lieberman, was transformed within a matter of days into a situation in which Israel was forced to dispatch an official and diplomatic apology,” Israel’s Maariv newspaper said in an article entitled “Capitulation.”

The spat again turned the spotlight on the controversial minister, an ultra-nationalist who has said Israel should strike back at international criticism and defend its “national honour.”

Under pressure from President Shimon Peres, Lieberman’s deputy Danny Ayalon issued a formal apology late on Wednesday as Turkey threatened to withdraw its envoy.

Ayalon on Monday had publicly dressed down Turkey’s ambassador to Israel, Oguz Celikkol, over a Turkish television series depicting Mossad agents as baby-snatchers.

Amnon Abramovitch, a television commentator on Israel’s Channel Two, criticised the “infantile conduct” of the government and a commentator on Israel’s military radio referred to the “humiliation after the humiliation.”

The centrist opposition Kadima party joined in criticising the government, with senior official Haim Ramon saying it “should also send a letter of apology to the Israeli people following the humiliation we have suffered.”

A spokesman for Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted the protest was justified but said “the style and the procedure that were used were not appropriate and apologies were due.”

“The prime minister hopes the affair is behind us,” the spokesman, Nir Hefetz, told public radio.

An editorial in the left-leaning Haaretz meanwhile came to the defence of Ayalon and Lieberman, both members of the ultra-nationalist Israel Beitenu (Israel Our Home) party, for defending Israel’s “honour.”

“The competition between ex-diplomats, politicians, broadcasters and pundits to be the rudest in criticising the pair brings back memories of the times when anyone who publicly sought to restore the honour of the Jewish people was shouted down by a meek and frightened establishment for fear of angering the gentiles and bringing disaster upon the community,” it said.

“Lieberman… the outsider, who represents a national agenda, is a bull in the china shop of the foreign ministry, the DNA of which is stamped with restraint, apologetics and lip-biting.”

Turkey has been Israel’s main regional ally since the two signed a military cooperation pact in 1996, but relations were poisoned by Ankara’s severe criticism of Israel’s Gaza offensive in December 2008 and January 2009.

The series that sparked the row showed a Turkish secret agent storming an Israeli diplomatic mission to rescue a Turkish boy kidnapped by Mossad agents, an episode Israel slammed for portraying Israel and Jews “as baby-snatchers and war criminals.”

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January 18, 2010 at 7:57 am

Catholic bishops criticize Israel on Palestinians

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By BEN HUBBARD, Associated Press Writer Ben Hubbard

JERUSALEM – A high-level delegation of Roman Catholic bishops criticized Israeli polices in Arab sectors of Jerusalem on Thursday and called for more contacts between ordinary Israelis and Palestinians.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal talks to a reporter after a press conference concerning the release of the final communique of the 10th Holy Land Coordination in Jerusalem’s Old City, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. A high-level delegation of North American and European Catholic bishops has criticized Israeli polices in east Jerusalem and called for greater contact between ordinary Israelis and Palestinians. Concluding their annual Holy Land visit, the group issued a statement saying that violence, insecurity, home demolitions, the route of Israel’s West Bank separation barrier and other policies ‘threaten both a two-state solution and the Christian presence.’ (AP Photo/ Tara Todras-Whitehill)

The group of eight bishops from North America and Europe said violence, insecurity, the route of Israel’s West Bank separation barrier, home demolitions and other policies threaten peace prospects and endanger the dwindling Christian presence in the Holy Land.

The issue of Jerusalem – home to holy sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims – remains the most flammable in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians claim the city’s eastern sector as the capital of their future state. Israel, which captured east Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war, insists the city will never be divided.

In a statement issued at the end of their annual visit, the bishops called for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

“For us, this is not merely about politics; it is an issue of basic human rights,” the statement said.

During their visit, the bishops visited Christian institutions in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, talked with Palestinians about their lives and listened to presentations from Israeli and Palestinian experts. It was unclear if they met with ordinary Jewish Israelis.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev disputed the group’s criticisms of Israel’s east Jerusalem policies.

“Only since reuniting Jerusalem in 1967 have the holy places of all faiths been protected under law and freedom of religion has prevailed,” he said.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the bishops spoke of watching Palestinian children cross Israeli checkpoints to return from school and the humiliation Palestinians say they feel at such places. Israel says the crossings are necessary to prevent attacks.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the human rights situation for Palestinians in the Holy Land has gotten worse during the 20 years that he has been visiting the region.

Kicanas, also the bishop of Tucson, Arizona, said Israeli and Palestinian youth lack opportunities to meet each other.

“Unless they find a way to engage one another, to meet one another as ordinary human beings, the situation will remain grave,” he said.

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January 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

America’s Billion Dollar Intelligence Boondoggle

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Arnaud de Borchgrave

The Jordanian “triple” agent bomber whose suicide killed seven CIA agents in Afghanistan December 30 was a physician and self-avowed jihadist whose virulent anti-Americanism was well-known in the capital city of Amman. Homam Khalil Abu Mallal al-Balawi, 33, “moderated” a Yemen-based, radical Islamic forum ( on which he said his “ultimate dream in life is to die a martyr” in the jihad, or holy war, against the United States and Israel. On September 26, he vowed to avenge the killing of innocent women and children in Gaza.

Preaching about jihad, Balawi said on, was not enough and that the time had come to practice what he preached. Married with two small children, Balawi was “one of the key al Qaeda spokesmen,” according to Mohammed Abu Rumman, a Jordanian analyst of pro-al Qaeda Web sites. “He was always calling for jihad against America and Israel,” he said.

Jihadist Web sites say Balawi’s action was revenge for CIA drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas that killed Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in August 2009. Benazir Bhutto e-mailed this reporter five days before her return to Pakistan on October 19, 2007, that Mehsud had ordered her assassination. Three hours after her arrival in Karachi, she narrowly escaped a bomb blast on her parade route back to her hometown. Bhutto was killed by a second bomb two months later. Balawi, believed by both Jordanian and American intelligence to be a “valuable asset,” has now appeared on the Internet with Mehsud’s cousin and successor, Hakimullah Mehsud, in a video filmed before his suicide mission.

Over recent decades, the CIA has spent several hundred million dollars developing Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate. Al Qaeda Web sites described the intelligence coup as an “epic breakthrough” in penetrating both U.S. and Jordanian intelligence. Balawi was escorted to the fatal meeting by a Jordanian intelligence officer who was also killed in the explosion. He was a member of the royal family. King Abdullah II and a score of royals attended the funeral. The Jordanians led the CIA to expect precise information on the whereabouts of Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor who is al Qaeda’s second in command.

It was the biggest CIA disaster since April 18, 1983, when a Hezbollah suicide truck driver detonated 2,000 pounds of explosives in front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63, wounding 120 and wiping out the entire CIA station, including the agency’s top Middle East analyst and regional director, Robert C. Ames, and the station chief. Six months later two more Hezbollah trucks exploded killing 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French soldiers; President Reagan then ordered a U.S. military withdrawal from Lebanon.

Former CIA field operatives, loath to critique the lack of tradecraft at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, did just that. Balawi got out of his vehicle and walked into the base with one hand in his pocket, which should have aroused immediate alarm. But it wasn’t until he was surrounded by CIA officers that they decided to pat him down. The concealed hand then triggered the suicide vest bomb under his clothes.

Khost was a key anti-terror CIA facility that coordinated pilotless drone strikes against al Qaeda and the Taliban a few miles away in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It was also a center for recruiting and debriefing informants. Drone strikes have killed almost 700 since Aug. 28, 2009, and have exacerbated already inflamed anti-U.S. sentiments throughout Pakistan. President Asif Ali Zardari says drones are radicalizing more people to side with the Taliban. Offstage, however, drones have the support of the Pakistani High Command.

Balawi had been arrested as an al Qaeda sympathizer in Jordan and was then recruited by GID, long a closer partner of the CIA. In the 1970s King Hussein was receiving $4 million a year from the CIA, the conduit chosen by the king to fund the vest-pocket war that had broken out between South Yemen, a pro-Soviet Marxist state, and pro-Western North Yemen.

It was a costly blunder for America’s IC. The 17-agency Intelligence Community (including the 2,000-strong Director of National Intelligence) and the Defense Intelligence Agency – with its Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard intelligence components – now number 200,000 and spend $80 billion a year. For budgetary purposes, they are regrouped into three principal categories:

* The National Foreign Intelligence Program, which includes the CIA; the FBI’s foreign counterintelligence and intelligence activities; the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research; the Department of Energy Office of Intelligence; the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence Support. Also funded in part by NFIP are the National Reconnaissance Office for designing, building and deploying spy satellites, and the National Security Agency, which monitors, collects and deciphers worldwide electronic and cyber intel, known as SIGINT; the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, whose mission is to make high-resolution digital maps for military operations; and the Defense Intelligence Agency for defense-wide intelligence.

* Joint Military Intelligence Program and Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities that fund a wide variety of highly secret military activities.

* The National Counter-terrorism Center, which sorts through and analyzes almost 10,000 reports in each 120-hour shift, from HUMINT (human intelligence) to satellite and other electronic sources, and matches the information against terrorist watch and no-fly lists of more than half a million names. NASA’s global collections also flow into the Center.

NCTC received the CIA intelligence about the would-be Nigerian terrorist caught on Christmas Day in Detroit, after his father told the CIA at the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria he was alarmed about his son’s extreme views and that he was in Yemen. But the dots – among millions of dots – didn’t immediately connect to the British dots that revoked the same Nigerian’s visa. The glitch was in the transliteration of non-English names.

In the decade since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Intelligence Community, including payments to contractors such as SAIC, Boeing and BAE, has spent close to $1 trillion. But no amount of taxpayer money can repair the self-inflicted damage done at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan. John le Carre’s George Smiley, we never were. James Bond? Not since the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Arnaud de Borchgrave, a member of the Atlantic Council, is editor-at-large at UPI and the Washington Times. This essay was syndicated by UPI as “Billion Dollar Boondoggle.” Photo montage: TIME.