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Should someone be disciplined or fired for systemic failures that led to 7 deaths?

WASHINGTON – Warnings were ignored, security was lax and good judgment was lacking, leading to one of the worst tragedies in CIA history, when a double-agent suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan last December.

That's the view from the CIA director himself, speaking to reporters Tuesday, after a six-month internal review of the attack.

Yet Leon Panetta said no one will be disciplined or fired. He blamed the bombing on what he called "systemic failures," which meant Jordanian intelligence warnings about the bomber weren't shared and sufficient security measures weren't taken.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:51 PM on Oct. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes, something should be done. If you take a on a job with that kind of power you should be prepared to take responsibility for the effects of your decisions or lack of them.

    Answer by scout_mom at 1:00 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Its the same way with the nut case who shot and killed 13 on the base. They know there were many people who dropped the ball but they all work for the government so.... whatever.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:16 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I think discipline is appropriate. While the ultimate responsibility lies with the bomber/shooter, people must also be held accountable for mistakes that could have stopped them.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 1:30 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • If you can identify someone who really is responsible, then yes. In reality, it's more likely a scapegoat would have their life ruined and whoever was really responsible would get away with it anyway.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:41 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I agree with NotPanicking - if there was one individual actually responsible, they should be reprimanded. This sounds like a screw up across multiple people/departments, I'm glad that they didn't find some poor schmuck to be the scapegoat.

    Answer by Scuba at 1:51 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Over and over again, the powers that be, keep giving free passes to these terrorists; it appears that a premise has been set forth for leniency, concerning the lot of these terrorist murderers. Selective Transparency?

    Scuba, the scape goat is we the people…imo

    Answer by agentwanda at 2:38 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I think Panetta is "taking the fall" for this tragedy in order to spare his department. They thought the bomber was on their side, when he was really an Al Quaida SPY! If the bombers "credentials" cleared, and he "proved" to be trustworthy, how could they have known he had ulterior motives?

    What if the recently arrested and deported Russian spies who successfully assimilated into the US turned out to be as nefarious as the bomber was? Where would you start pointing fingers?


    "The suicide bomber who gained access to a heavily-guarded CIA outpost in Afghanistan last week and blew himself up, killing seven high-ranking US agents in the process, was a Jordanian spy who had supposedly been recruited to infiltrate al-Qa'ida, it was claimed last night."


    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:16 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I would have to see an assessment from someone besides Panetta. He has NO clue on being director of the CIA. Even many democrats in office were against his appointment.

    Answer by Carpy at 7:20 PM on Oct. 20, 2010


    The CIA review, as well as a second independent study by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired CIA analyst Charles Allen, both concluded that the combined agency failures allowed the al-Qaida double agent, Humam al-Balawi, to enter the CIA base at Khost. Al-Balawi managed to kill five CIA employees, including the base chief, and two CIA security contractors, as well as the Jordanian  intelligence officer and Afghan driver who had brought him there. Six other officers were wounded.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:52 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Its the same way with the nut case who shot and killed 13 on the base. They know there were many people who dropped the ball but they all work for the government so.... whatever.

    ITA, starting with the psych that said he was a psychotic schitzoid...and did NOTHING! That was YEARS before the shooting spree..


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:17 PM on Oct. 20, 2010