The biggest flaw for the CIA on the war on terror has to be the lack of common sense. The CIA has always been a government organization that had a special ability in creativity. This was the same organization that experimented with LSD back in the 1950’s.
Two major events the past month could’ve been prevented had the CIA used common sense.
The Christmas Day attack by the underwear bomber should’ve been an event that should’ve been stopped from the beginning by the CIA.
When the father of the bomber feels that his could pose such a danger to the public that he would approach the CIA to them about him, one would think the CIA would inform every other law enforcement agency to protect the American people.
Because of the failures of the CIA, the attack was stopped by average people, with probably no self defense training at all. Nearly a hundred were almost killed as the CIA didn’t do their job and warn other about the dangers.
The suicide bomber that killed seven CIA agents on a military is another event that should’ve never had happen. One would assume in the middle of a war zone, where suicide bombers are used in a very frequent basis, the CIA would take certain precautions to take protect themselves or their operations against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
In the field of work of the CIA, you would they would have certain procedures to prevent an infiltration by a possible double agent. The CIA has long had a history of dealing with double agents going back to the beginning of the cold war.
The agents that met with Mr. Al-Balawi still should’ve taken a matter of simple security procedures. The first should’ve been to have inspected by soldiers at the entrance of the military base, as anyone else who enters a base in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
The second should’ve been to have only one agent meet with Mr. Al-Balawi. According to an article in the New York Times, this was the first meeting between him and the CIA agents. If he were to meet only with one agent, he may not have felt the necessity to blow himself up. Moreover, if Al-Balawi had still blown himself up and killed one agent instead of all seven, he would not have dealt a serious blow to one of our more important agencies against the war on terror.
It is understandable that in order to turn an individual into a spy for your interests, you must build a great matter of trust with that individual. Still, common sense should always tell us to take certain precautions for self preservation.