Pakistan Tells U.S. to Shut Down Fusion Cells
Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said on CNN tonight that our entry into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden was an act of war.
Also today, Pakistan told the U.S. to shut down its fusion cells and its troops in Pakistan.
The liaison centers, also known as intelligence fusion cells, in Quetta and Peshawar are the main conduits for the United States to share satellite imagery, target data and other intelligence with Pakistani ground forces conducting operations against militants, including Taliban fighters who slip into Afghanistan to attack U.S. and allied forces.
Pakistan's distrust of the U.S. is growing: [More...]
Javed Hussain, a retired Pakistani brigadier, blamed the decision to close the three intelligence centers on the mistrust that has plagued U.S.-Pakistani relations in recent months. Washington's decision to carry out the raid against Bin Laden without informing Pakistan's security establishment brought that mistrust to a new low, he said.
Pakistan says it has done a lot in the war on terror and gets far too little credit.
These fusion centers are a menace. Janet Napolitano loves them and has been busy putting them all over the U.S. She's become the "Big Sister" of the Obama Administration. Bet you didn't know there's probably one in your city. Here's the list of 72 of them.
Intelligence sharing, data mining, video surveillance, wiretapping, records searching, even rewards for spying on your neighbor and reporting your groundless suspicions -- it never ends. It just keeps on growing.
Of course, Pakistan's cutting off of the fusion centers had nothing to do with civil liberties, but all the same, if it means there are three less spy machines in the world, I'm in favor of the shut-down. Now, how do we get rid of them at home?
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