Pakistan Intelligence Failure


May 10 2011

Pakistan Intelligence Failure

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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?

3 Responses to “Pakistan Intelligence Failure”

  1. bbrant Says:

    I agree also, A major figure can not be living in a heavily patrolled area by government presence and it not be known. Pakistan has also shown how unprofessional they are, with leaking the CIA Chiefs name. This man has been able to evade capture for 10 years, however when we decide to been the rules a bit success occurs -__- there must be help from higher ranks.

  2. mdattilo Says:

    I feel that the US made a good decision by not telling Pakistan about the raid on Osama bin Laden. Pakistan has proven over and over again that they are not trustworthy and the fact that they were harboring the most wanted man in the world is a testament to that. Osama was Americas top priority for years and they could not be interfered with in this operation.

  3. cdahl2 Says:

    I agree that the Pakistani’s intelligence agency ISI would have tipped off Bin Laden had the US shared information on the raid. I don’t think that it would have been issued as a top-down directive on the Pakistani side to inform bin Laden. However, I do believe that the ISI, having been so heavily involved in the creation of the Taliban and well connected to several terrorist organizations, would have spilled the metaphorical beans. I also agree with you that it is extremely hard to believe that they didn’t have any idea that the worlds most infamous terrorist was living in a garrisoned military town an hour away from the capital.

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