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Meta-Post: No One Wants to Talk About CIA Briefings on Karzai’s Brother

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | October 28, 2009 | Rian Mcconnell
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It seems like only yesterday that members of Congress bitterly determined that the CIA didn’t sufficiently or accurately brief them about various important secret activities. That’s because it was! But today is a new day, and *no one *on the Hill wants to talk about whether they’ve been briefed on the small matter of the CIA paying Ahmed Wali Karzai, the powerful Kandahar rainmaker/druglord/Roger Clinton.

I hope other reporters have better luck. But I’ve been in contact with a number of congressional offices that work on intelligence matters, and I have gotten an affirmative response from exactly none. I’ve gotten off the record responses that there won’t be any comment or any clarification. Why aren’t I identifying these offices? Because I’ve got to deal with them down the road. Life is unfair.

As I say, I hope other reporters have better luck. I’ll link to you!

Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.

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