Monday, March 28, 2005

American Diplomats Now Setting International Policy

This one just aggravates me. Not to mention there isn't sufficient information out there to tell what is going on with this CF.
Ambassador Nancy Powell, America's representative in Pakistan, refused to allow the distribution in Pakistan of wanted posters, matchbooks, and other items advertising America's $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of Mr. bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders.

Instead, thousands of matchbooks, posters, and other material - printed at taxpayer expense and translated into Urdu, Pashto, and other local languages - remained "impounded" on American Embassy grounds from 2002 to 2004, according to Rep. Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois.
She has been removed, but she essentially stopped all "white" intelligence measures in Pakistan related to OBL.

She still works for the state department, and the state department denies that she restricted the distribution of the materials. Which doesn't match what the intelligence service told the Rep. Kirk. State says the program was discontinued because it was ineffective. I can't find anywhere who made the decision on the effectiveness of the activity.

There is also denial that she was removed because of this, which seems likely since it took quite some time to remove her, and she still works for the state department.

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