Saddam Loyalists Infiltrate US forces

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    Saddam Hussein’s Loyalists Infiltrated U.S. Operations in Iraq

    By Martha Raddatz

    Dec. 18— Agents for deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein have penetrated the U.S. command in Iraq, ABCNEWS has learned. As a result, they have the potential to undermine U.S. authority.

    Among the documents found in Saddam's briefcase when he was captured last weekend was a list of names of Iraqis who have been working with the United States — either in the Iraqi security forces or the Coalition Provisional Authority — and are feeding information to the insurgents, a U.S. official told ABCNEWS.

    "We were badly infiltrated," said the official, adding that finding the list of names is a "gold mine."

    The United States has been rapidly recruiting Iraqis to take over security in the war-torn nation. Some 162,000 Iraqis have been trained in the areas of civil defense, police and other security activities since May.

    On a recent trip to Baghdad, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was told by the commander of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division that every two or three weeks the military discovers someone who should not have made it through the vetting process.

    William Rosenau, who once served in the Pentagon's Office of Special Operations, says the spies could have caused great harm.

    "They could conceivably disrupt operations directed against you. They can throw sand in the gears, they can spread disinformation," said Rosenau. "They are going to be able to tell you what those forces are trying to do, what their equipment is like, what their tactics are going to be and so on."

    With the attacks continuing in Iraq, the U.S. military can now use the list to seek out the infiltrators and, officials hope, stop some of the damage they may be causing.

    Pentagon officials with whom ABCNEWS spoke were not surprised about the infiltration. It is a common tactic that certainly happened in Vietnam, they said. But what they continue to worry about are infiltrators whose names are not on the list.
     
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    It is very good news that we got that suitcase. Its kind of funny how many lives were saved by it.
     
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    I don't find it funny at all, in fact, I find it very disturbing that our forces were so easily infiltrated and the future security of iraq has been put at stake.
     
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    That's one of the side effects of recruiting nationals of a country that's being occupied.

    Different culture, different values, how do you choose who is going to be a stand up guy and weed out the people that have different loyalties? Some people are exceptional liars and can beat a state-of-the-art polygraph manned by the best human polygraphs.

    You do your best, but some are going to slip through.
     
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    Its a shame they dont have thier loyalties tattooed on thier heads. That would make it a whole lot easier. Then we could just aim for the lettering.
     
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    Just to complete the post.. World Net Daily has this posted. I hope they figure out who all of them are and charge them all.
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    Iraqis given polygraph tests

    December 20, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Army counterintelligence agents are forcing many Iraqi employees of the U.S.-led civilian authority in Baghdad to submit to polygraph tests after a list of Saddam Hussein's spies was discovered in his briefcase, The Post has learned.
    Military officials said yesterday "several" Iraqis working as translators and low-level functionaries for the Coalition Provisional Authority and some who have been hired for the police are being given lie-detector tests this week on suspicion they are giving inside information to Ba'athist terrorist cells.

    Army counterintelligence officers are investigating whether Saddam's nest of spies inside the coalition may have helped set up unsuccessful assassination attempts on top civilian leader Paul Bremer and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, military sources told The Post.

    Officials said those who fail the test will lose their jobs and will could be arrested and charged as enemy combatants for aiding terrorist campaign to undermine the rebuilding of Iraq.

    U.S. officials confirmed a list of double agents who have penetrated the coalition was discovered in documents found in Saddam's briefcase during his arrest last week.

    "We experienced the same problems in Vietnam. And given that the CPA was in such a rush to get set up after the war and was desperately looking for English speakers, it should come as a surprise to no one that there was penetration," said retired Lt. Col. Patrick Lange, a former Middle East chief for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
     

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