Monday, June 27, 2016

This is my shocked face

It seems that naivety is a characteristic of US government bureaucracy (as well as our politicians).

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train rebels — the kind of program the C.I.A. and Pentagon have conducted for decades — even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training program in Jordan under tight control.

The Jordanian officers who were part of the scheme reaped a windfall from the weapons sales, using the money to buy expensive SUVs, iPhones and other luxury items, Jordanian officials said.

The theft and resale of the arms — including Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades — have led to a flood of new weapons available on the black arms market. Investigators do not know what became of most of them, but a disparate collection of groups, including criminal networks and rural Jordanian tribes, use the arms bazaars to build their arsenals. Weapons smugglers also buy weapons in the arms bazaars to ship outside the country.

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Word that the weapons intended for the rebels were being bought and sold on the black market leaked into Jordan government circles last year, when arms dealers began bragging to their customers that they had large stocks of American- and Saudi-provided weapons.

Jordanian intelligence operatives monitoring the arms market — operatives not involved in the weapons-diversion scheme — began sending reports to headquarters about a proliferation of weapons in the market and of the boasts of the arms dealers.

After the Americans and Saudis complained about the theft, investigators at the G.I.D. arrested several dozen officers involved in the scheme, among them a lieutenant colonel running the operation. They were ultimately released from detention and fired from the service, but were allowed to keep their pensions and money they gained from the scheme, according to Jordanian officials.

There's more at the link.

Corruption in the Arab world?  Say it ain't so!!!

Anyone who thought they could safely and securely hand over large quantities of weapons to any Arab security force for onward transmission - weapons that they must have known would be in high demand and easily exchangeable for cash, gold or anything else of value - was living in cloud cuckoo land.  We've known about endemic corruption in all Arab nations for decades!  What made these idiots think it would be any different in Jordan?



Old NFO said...

It's the middle east, corruption and backshesh is expected and planned for... sigh Of course NONE of 'our' pols understand that...

Bruce said...

"We've known about endemic corruption in all Arab nations for decades! What made these idiots think it would be any different in Jordan?"

1. Yes, WE have. And by WE I mean people intelligent enough to competently think and see the world for what it is. Not idiots so stoned out of their head they think unicorn farts smell like rainbows. Like the current administration.
2. Because they think they can do it right this time? That since they are all about the feelz, the world will love them and everything will work just like their drug addled minds think, and I use that term very loosely, it will.

Gregg said...

Anyone who has been paying attention has known about this for at least centuries, 12 of them at the very least. I will admit that I have not dug deeply into pre-Islamic primary sources from the Roman territories in North Africa, and I am unaware of any Carthaginian sources that have survived.

Anonymous said...

So what did the CIA call this operation? "Fasterer and Furiouser: Harry and Lloyd join the CIA".

Anonymous said...

"Corruption in the Arab world? Say it ain't so!!!"

Yep. They have raised it to an art form. By comparison the corruptocrats in the USA are pikers.

Are you listening, barry?


Anonymous said...

Honestly I would prefer the innocents abroad rather than our government starts to exhibit both the cynicism and incompetence of those of the Arab world. I rather worry we will get both.

Will said...

nonnymouse @5:42am:

"...rather than our government starts to exhibit both the cynicism and incompetence of those of the Arab world. I rather worry we will get both."

What? you don't think our current regime isn't already there?!! You need to pay attention. They're merely up to fine-tuning their incompetence at this point. Cynicism capacity was reached long ago, limited by the inherent lack of functional intelligence of the average bureaucrat. Remember, though, that stupidity doesn't limit their threat capability.

Anonymous said...

It's cute that you think the us fed gov is less corrupt than the Arabs.

Peter said...

@Anonymous at 9:13 AM: Who says I think that?