The following article by Ward Churchill originally appeared in Covert Action Information Bulletin, Number 24 (Summer 1985), pp. 16-21. As always, reposting here is for critical discussion and does not imply endorsement or affiliation by or the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement. There is a little considered aspect of the covert means through which the United States […]

In a recent exposé in the Nation magazine, Jeremy Scahill describes a dramatic increase in CIA activity in Somalia, including the opening of  a new CIA facility in the capital city, Mogadishu:

“Set on the coast of the Indian Ocean, the facility looks like a small gated community, with more than a dozen buildings behind large protective walls and secured by guard towers at each of its four corners. Adjacent to the compound are eight large metal hangars, and the CIA has its own aircraft at the airport. The site, which airport officials and Somali intelligence sources say was completed four months ago, is guarded by Somali soldiers, but the Ameri[k]ans control access. At the facility, the CIA runs a counterterrorism training program for Somali intelligence agents and operatives aimed at building an indigenous strike force capable of snatch operations and targeted “combat” operations against members of Al Shabab, an Islamic militant group with close ties to Al Qaeda.”

In addition, the CIA has began using a secret prison in the basement of the Somalia National Security Agency headquarters, also in Mogadishu. The US directs covert operations, including drone strikes, from these facilities as part of what it describes as a ‘War on Terrorism’ . Continue reading