Washington, known for its monuments and symbols of power, is less known for what goes on behind the scenes. Sometimes it is so far behind the scenes that Washington insiders can't figure it out.
Take, for example, the Afghanistan situation. It was only a few years ago that the Afghans were freedom fighters that were working hand in glove with our U.S. intelligence forces, both domestic and foreign. Funding for such operations was abundant, and there was largely a no-questions-asked policy to qualify for the billions of taxpayer dollars that were being doled out.
Now these same folks, who make up the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the Northern Alliance, and assorted other ruthless political factions, are being mixed and matched for new political alliances.
And many of the same folks who made a handsome living advising on how to get funding for the liberation of Afghanistan from the Soviet Union, are now queuing up to get a piece of the action in rebuilding Afghanistan.
In the intelligence world and CIA parlance, there is a term called "blowback." Blowback refers to the unintended--and some times cataclysmic--consequences of an intelligence policy that goes awry. Obviously, most intelligence operatives spend a lot of time covering up these cases because they carry the potential of derailing their intelligence gravy train that Congress so readily continues to load with all sorts of goodies.
As an example, take the case of an obscure downtown Washington Confederate museum. In the eighties, the Afghan freedom fighters, and others representing a variety of covert CIA operations, were advised by their Washington handlers that a "Freedom Fighter Night" was being planned at the museum as a cover to gin up support for their respective causes. Serious money, however, had already been supplied through a $3 billion off-budget operation for the Afghans and others.
However, they ran across a major snag. The director of the museum refused to host the event, saying it violated the tax-exempt status of the organization. But, our covert friends thought, not to worry; we will simply use the funds to sue this uncooperative lout back to the Stone Age.
This they did. They not only sued the director, they sued every member of the organization's voluntary board, they sued the director's wife and his brothers. They even sued senior White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, who had agreed to serve on the board to further Texas culture.
But now, 14 years later, our covert operatives are worried. The director has found out about this domestic covert operation against his heritage association. Investigations are under way to bring to justice those who are responsible for this massive, illegal, taxpayer-funded terrorist assault in the courts. It is now one of the biggest "blowbacks" in the history of the country.
Other Southern Cites:
ELITES DIG IN TO DEFEND WASHINGTONS CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
ON EXPOSING ROGUE INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS
On Terrorism and Confiscating Confederate Homes
JUDGE JACKSON AND THE CONFEDERATE WATERGATE
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