CIA Secret Program

There's word that the CIA hired private contractors for a secret program aimed at killing top al-Qaida operatives.

The agency hired the Blackwater USA consultants for tasks that included planning, training and surveillance. The contracts were unsuccessful and were canceled several years ago.

The New York Times first reported the program on its Web site. The program was canceled twice, first by CIA Director George Tenet and then by current CIA Director Leon Panetta. In between, it was restarted by Porter Goss.

Blackwater is now known as Xe Services, but remains based out of Moyock in Currituck County in Eastern Carolina. The company has come under heavy criticism for its alleged role in a September 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    The CIA should have a program to take out all threats to America as we know it. Domestic and foreign.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    We've been trying to kill them all since Sept. 12, 2001. There has been no secret about that. This is just one of many ways we have tried to kill them.
  • by ncbum on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    if it is a secret CIA program...why are you putting it all over the news? that does not make sense to me. i do not think that the media needs to be involved in the war or at least they should have limited access to report on certain things because it is hard to win a war if the enemy knows what you are going to do next because it was plastered all over the tv for the "public"...
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