Missing Afghan Cops Training at Quantico With DEA Found

The DEA brought a bunch of Afghan police to Quantico to train them. It says it polygraphed them and took their passports. That didn't stop two of them from taking off in Georgetown Saturday.

They have now been found. They will be returned to Afghanistan. There's a suggestion in the article they may have intended to seek asylum and "a better life" here.

It’s not known if Samimi and Ataye intended to seek asylum, but it’s likely they left their supervised group to seek a better life in the United States.

More here.

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    "Quantico" missing the "N" (none / 0) (#1)
    by Anne on Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 10:25:32 PM EST
    in your headline.

    Is it Ok (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 10:27:28 PM EST
    To think thiS is sort of funny?  

    The officers were training under the DEA's Sensitive Investigative Unit which helps international law enforcement officers to stop illegal drugs from entering the U.S. by targeting the country of origin

    Am I missing something?

    Well (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 10:29:29 PM EST
    except the part of being sent back to their country if that's not what they want.   That's not funny at all.

    Quite right (none / 0) (#5)
    by Peter G on Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 11:15:40 PM EST
    A non-citizen who seeks asylum while inside the territory of the United States is entitled to be fairly heard before being returned involuntarily to his/her home country.  This is the international law principle of non-refoulement.

    I think it's ridiculous that we are (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 11:12:57 PM EST
    paying to train Afghan drug cops for five weeks inside  the U.S. and sharing techniques and information with them. What's next? Will we bring the Syrian rebels here to train?  Yes, it's comical that the DEA was training them on sensitive operations and they not only split right under their nose but it took five days to find them.

    I guess no one said there would not be (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 04:54:38 PM EST
    Syrian boots on the ground HERE.

    The whole story is mordantly funny on so many levels....


    Really (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 04:57:25 PM EST
    how to be over reactive and incompetent at the same time.

    Yup. I do believe the two guys were probably doing (none / 0) (#8)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 05:03:43 PM EST
    exactly what they said...but what if they hadn't been?  There are countless cases of trainees turning round and attacking Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq.  It would be just like the DEA to turn threats loose inside the US.

    Good thing we had their passports though (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 05:05:17 PM EST

    ruffian is that (none / 0) (#11)
    by fishcamp on Sun Sep 21, 2014 at 12:56:09 PM EST
    a double negative?  I always get mixed up on those.

    So... we evict people that want to immigrate (none / 0) (#10)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Sep 21, 2014 at 12:32:35 PM EST
    because the middle east has become such an epic mess,

    and "we" do our best to keep here, to the point of jailing, the young idiots that want to go there and blow themselves up for jihad.

    So glad it makes sense.

    SSDD (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 22, 2014 at 11:07:28 AM EST
    Afghan soldiers go missing in Massachusetts after mall trip

    (CNN) -- Three Afghan National Army soldiers, who were in Massachusetts for training, have gone missing after a trip to a shopping mall, authorities said. It's the second time in a week that Afghan security trainees in the United States have disappeared.

    They've been found - (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Mr Natural on Tue Sep 23, 2014 at 05:27:34 AM EST
     - at the Canadian border,

    probably while listening to an old Phil Ochs tune, the Draft Dodger Rag.


    loved that song! (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 03:50:44 AM EST