I thought I had done good. As a 22-year-old reporter just out of college, I had just gotten the then-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller, to admit right into my microphone that while he couldn’t deny the Bush administration was potentially funding covert – and illicit – acts of war against Iran, he wasn’t prepared to do a damn thing about it.
Weeks earlier, in March 2007, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh had reported
in The New Yorker that U.S. intelligence officials were telling him
that President George W. Bush had authorized support for a lovely little
Pakistani terrorist organization called “Jundullah,” or Army of God, to
wage a low-level war against the Islamic Republic, from bombing police
cadets to assassinating high-ranking military officials. ABC News reported the same thing
a month later, noting that U.S. officials said the “the relationship
with Jundullah is arranged so that the U.S. provides no funding to the
group, which would require an official presidential order or ‘finding’
as well as congressional oversight,” reminiscent of how the Reagan
administration had used proxies “to destabilize the government of
Nicaragua in the 1980s.”
Read the rest at Salon.com.