In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved
In the days since it was reported that the CIA disrupted a bomb plot targeting the United States, it has been revealed that the would-be suicide bomber was actually a double agent:
The latest al-Qaida bomb plot targeting U.S. aircraft was unraveled from inside the terrorist group by operatives — including a double agent — working on behalf of the CIA and its counterparts in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, according to U.S. and Middle Eastern officials.
In fact, Saudi intelligence played a significant role in infiltrating this particular cell of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP:
The Saudi intelligence service played a particularly important role in penetrating al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen and recovering the explosive device, according to officials who described an elaborate espionage operation in which the CIA tracked the bomb's movements for weeks and then killed suspected plotters in a drone strike after the device was seized.
The would-be suicide bomber was actually a Saudi informant who volunteered to go on a suicide mission:
Senior U.S. officials continued to withhold certain details, including the location and status of the individual — described by officials as a Saudi informant — who penetrated the terrorist group posing as a willing suicide bomber and then turned over the device to authorities after leaving Yemen.
My response is: Yay CIA! We need more and more of operations like this: to infiltrate these sick groups and disrupt plots from the inside, before they happen. The article suggested that this is exactly what is happening:
The disruption of the threat also indicates the CIA and other agencies have gained significant traction on their target two years after President Obama began deploying more spies, eavesdropping equipment and armed drones to the Arabian Peninsula.
A senior U.S. intelligence official said spy agencies were able to keep tabs on the location of the bomb, as well as those involved in plotting how it would be used, before it was intercepted in another country in the Middle East, believed to be Saudi Arabia.
Now, clearly, the CIA is not perfect. And it has made significant, severe mistakes and missteps. Yet, kudos to the spy agency for its work in infiltrating terrorist groups like AQAP to disrupt and destroy their plans before they come to fruition and hurt innocent human beings. That's what they should be doing, and I'm glad they did it in this case.