During four years spent conducting an exhaustive investigation, I collected numerous documents related to the vetting process used to screen Afghan recruits before they’re allowed to wear the uniforms of their country’s military, police and security agencies. Today, I share a few examples that appear in my latest nonfiction book based on that investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO.
In his unclassified May 12, 2011, report, “A CRISIS OF TRUST AND CULTURAL INCOMPATIBILITY,” behavioral scientist Jeffrey Bordin Ph.D., offered a chilling and critical observation for his International Security Assistance Force bosses:
“Four years ago after the May 6, 2007, murder of two U.S. Soldiers (COL James Harrison, Jr., and MSG Wilberto Sabalu, Jr.) by an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, an Afghan government official urged ‘patience’ regarding ISAF’s response to this killing. After an additional 54 murders of ISAF personnel since then the time for ‘patience’ is long past. Decisive actions in countering this murder epidemic are called for.”
Read more about this report in my Aug. 12, 2012, post, “Green-on-Blue” Attacks Keep Coming 15 Months After Study.
When I obtained a copy of the Army 15-6 Investigation Report concerning an attack by a so-called Afghan “ally” that took place in Afghanistan March 19, 2011, and left several Americans dead, I found the investigating officer reached several troubling conclusions. Among them, two stood out:
“…the policies defining the duties and responsibilities for vetting Armed Contracted Private Security Companies operating on International Security Assistance Force installations are vague and confusing.”
“…a larger comprehensive investigation be initiated to examine the vetting and screening procedures across Afghanistan.”
For more details about the 15-6 investigation, read the excerpt from THE CLAPPER MEMO that appears in my March 14 post, Army Investigation Report: Afghan Vetting Process Flawed.
While the above items are noteworthy, they represent but a tiny fraction of the findings I share in THE CLAPPER MEMO. For more details, including never-before-published documents from insiders at Guantanamo Bay and exclusive interviews with Special Operations professionals, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.com and comes highly recommended.