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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Duane 'Dewey' Clarridge
A former CIA senior officer is urging the Obama administration to pay "blood money" to the families of two Pakistani men who were killed by a CIA contractor in order to win his freedom from Pakistani authorities holding him in a murder probe.
Somalia's transitional government is using private security firms and Arab governments to train and fund a paramilitary force to battle pirates in the region that have threatened international shipping.
"I want to get this guy out," said Mr. Clarridge, who was a key figure in providing arms to rebel fighters known as the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s. "At the rate we are going, we are going to get him whacked."
"Given the complexities of the issue in Pakistan … the individual who deals with this needs to be to somebody who the Pakistanis cannot refuse. That man is a senior United Arab Emirates official I would rather not name," said Mr. Clarridge, who runs a private intelligence service operating in Afghanistan and western Pakistan that provides information to the U.S. military and journalists.