May 10 2011
Pakistan Intelligence Failure
Since Osama Bin Laden’s death on May 1st, speculation has spread that Pakistan’s intelligence was aware of bin Laden’s whereabouts. On Monday, May 9th, suspicion augmented “Pakistan’s intelligence service leaked the name of the CIA chief in Islamabad to local media in anger over the raid” that occurred outside of Islamabad last week. The U.S. has said tension between the two countries has grown because of the reveal. Despite the CIA chief being exposed, he will not be pulled from his position.
In Pakistan, the intelligence services and military have suffered scornful disparagement from its people for not stopping the U.S. operation. Even if Pakistanis were pleased about the death of bin Laden, they do believe the raid was a violation of their sovereignty.
In response to Pakistan’s disapproval to the raid, U.S. officials have admitted they didn’t inform Pakistanis because they were concerned personnel may tip off bin Laden. Not only did the United State’s Navy SEALs raid bin Laden’s compound without telling Pakistan official first, they also used helicopters with radar-evading technology to prevent the military from tracking them.
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani, was sure to defend his intelligence services and military.
“[It was] disingenuous for anyone to blame Pakistan or for being in cahoots with al-Qaida.” He continued to state, “Yes, there has been an intelligence failure. It is not only ours but of all the intelligence agencies of the world.” Gilani believed the assassination of bin Laden as “indeed justice done,” but he warned the United States not to try another covert raid ever again.
Even though the Pakistani Prime Minister admits to a failure in the intelligence servies, it is difficult for me to believe that the government did not know bin Laden was hiding out inside their borders. I am also surprised with the response from the Pakistani people. I can understand the feeling of a lack of soveriegnty. But can they really blame us? The most wanted man in the world was living within their community, how would we not take action?