[Marxism] Fw: Why Jordan?

Paul Flewers trusscott.foundation at virgin.net
Sun Nov 13 09:10:12 MST 2005

Why Jordan?List members may be interested in this clipping from Haaretz that
Moshé Machover sent me.

Paul F


w w w .  h a a r e t z .  c o m

Last update - 13:26 12/11/2005

Report: Jordanian spy agency replaces Mossad as key CIA ally

By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent

Jordan's General Intelligence Directorate has become the CIA's most
important and effective counter-terrorism ally in the Middle East, a
standing once held by the Mossad, the Los Angeles Times reported in its
Friday editions.

The newspaper reported that Jordan and the U.S. have cooperated in the
interrogation of suspected terrorists, the methods of which have been
subject to widespread media criticism due to the alleged use of torture.

The report added that the GID's ties with the CIA have grown intimately
closer since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

"Jordan is at the top of our list of foreign partners," said Michael
Scheuer, who resigned from the CIA and who recently led a unit responsible
for tracking Osama bin Laden.

"We have similar agendas, and they are willing to help any way they can," he
told the Times.

Scheuer and others interviewed in the story said that the GID is as
qualified and professional as the Mossad despite the latter's reputation as
the CIA's closest ally in the region.  The GID even enjoys an advantage over
the Mossad, seeing as Jordan, an Arab nation, is more effective in operating
against predominantly Arab militant organizations.

"The GID ...  has a wider reach [in the Middle East] than the Mossad,"
Scheuer said.

The Times also reported that in addition to the CIA's funding of a
significant portion of the Hashemite Kingdom's intelligence budget, the
agency runs technologically-trained intelligence officers in GID
headquarters in Amman.

Jordan is also a partner to the controversial American policy of
"extraordinary renditions," the extradition of terror suspects from U.S
custody to foreign intelligence agencies.

The CIA transfers the suspects to Jordan, where they are covertly
interrogated by local intelligence to the point where they are "softened up"
before being returned to American custody.

The policy has elicited fierce criticism from international media and human
rights organizations who accuse the U.S. of employing the method in order to
carry out secret interrogations and conceal the use of torture against
suspected terrorists, a practice which American courts have outlawed.

Attorneys representing two terror suspects from Yemen claimed that their
clients, who were arrested in Pakistan and Afghanistan, were subsequently
flown to Jordan, where GID agents took them into custody, interrogated them,
and used torture before turning them over to American intelligence

Jordan receives annual military and economic aid from the U.S. totalling
$450 million.  Analysts believe the sum does not include the U.S. financing
of Jordanian intelligence.

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