Thursday, August 26, 2004
CIA: Secret Wars — Part III-b(6)
CIA: Secret Wars, Part III-b(6)
"One war begets another"
[The Clinton years - continued]
Dale Watson, FBI- Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence (1999-2002)
Robert Steele, CIA - Covert operations
Robert Baer, CIA agent - Covert operations
Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, CIA-Director of the Counterterrorist Center (1986-89), reprimanded for his role in the Iran-Contra affair
The love between the FBI and the CIA is really evident in this segment.
VOICEOVER: The American government decided to strengthen its counterterrorism working-group, to give it a new momentum by combining elements of the FBI and the CIA, the two enemy agencies, within the same service. They nominated Dale Watson, in charge of (counter)terrorism at the FBI, to join up with the ranks of the CIA.
DALE WATSON: When I asked what the work consisted of, he said, “We need somebody to join with the CIA.” I replied then: “I want to point out to you that I don’t know those people over there, that I don’t like them and that I don’t want to go over there.”
But he insisted: “You’re going to go anyway.” In a way they forced me to go there. We even joked about what we later described as “the hostage-exchange program.”
FBI agents were forced to go to the CIA; and at the same time, two guys from the CIA were summoned and were rumored to have been told: “One of you two is going to leave for the FBI.” They replied—and I know that this is true: “We don’t like those people, we don’t know them, we don’t want to go over there.”
ROBERT STEELE: Because the FBI is a nullity in counterespionage.
ROBERT BAER: His most important mission consisted of destroying the CIA.
DUANE CLARRIDGE: They took the agents and field officers of the CIA for shirkers, baboons or whatever.
DALE WATSON: And so began the cooperation between the CIA, the FBI and counterterrorism.