Dewey Clarridge’s Private C.I.A.

A fascinating profile of Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, once (and in his own mind always) a CIA spy, by Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times:

Duane R. Clarridge parted company with the Central Intelligence Agency more than two decades ago, but from poolside at his home near San Diego, he still runs a network of spies.

Over the past two years, he has fielded operatives in the mountains of Pakistan and the desert badlands of Afghanistan. Since the United States military cut off his funding in May, he has relied on like-minded private donors to pay his agents to continue gathering information about militant fighters, Taliban leaders and the secrets of Kabul’s ruling class.

Hatching schemes that are something of a cross between a Graham Greene novel and Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy,” Mr. Clarridge has sought to discredit Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Kandahar power broker who has long been on the C.I.A. payroll, and planned to set spies on his half brother, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, in hopes of collecting beard trimmings or other DNA samples that might prove Mr. Clarridge’s suspicions that the Afghan leader was a heroin addict, associates say.

Mr. Clarridge, 78, who was indicted on charges of lying to Congress in the Iran-contra scandal and later pardoned, is described by those who have worked with him as driven by the conviction that Washington is bloated with bureaucrats and lawyers who impede American troops in fighting adversaries and that leaders are overly reliant on mercurial allies.

His dispatches — an amalgam of fact, rumor, analysis and uncorroborated reports — have been sent to military officials who, until last spring at least, found some credible enough to be used in planning strikes against militants in Afghanistan. They are also fed to conservative commentators, including Oliver L. North, a compatriot from the Iran-contra days and now a Fox News analyst, and Brad Thor, an author of military thrillers and a frequent guest of Glenn Beck.

For all of the can-you-top-this qualities to Mr. Clarridge’s operation, it is a startling demonstration of how private citizens can exploit the chaos of combat zones and rivalries inside the American government to carry out their own agenda.

It also shows how the outsourcing of military and intelligence operations has spawned legally murky clandestine operations that can be at cross-purposes with America’s foreign policy goals. Despite Mr. Clarridge’s keen interest in undermining Afghanistan’s ruling family, President Obama’s administration appears resigned to working with President Karzai and his half brother, who is widely suspected of having ties to drug traffickers…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    This guy should be shackled in a public square when everyone can freely urinate on his face. This shows that there are components of a “shadow government” that act without any organized “conspiracy.” And this is exactly the kind of abuse of power that is killing our world.

    • WhiteRose

      Urine is drinkable and a disinfectant lets be reasonable here…

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    This guy should be shackled in a public square when everyone can freely urinate on his face. This shows that there are components of a “shadow government” that act without any organized “conspiracy.” And this is exactly the kind of abuse of power that is killing our world.

  • Ready to Immigrate

    When we discover that the Chinese, or other rising power, are operating death squads in the United States to kill commercial rivals and politically difficult individuals they will point to the likes of Clarridge in justifying their behavior as just protecting their national security interests.

  • Ready to Immigrate

    When we discover that the Chinese, or other rising power, are operating death squads in the United States to kill commercial rivals and politically difficult individuals they will point to the likes of Clarridge in justifying their behavior as just protecting their national security interests.

  • WhiteRose

    Urine is drinkable and a disinfectant lets be reasonable here…

  • Fkyrsl

    Super Piece Of Shit!

  • Fkyrsl

    What do you propose? I think a little piss on his face will start the game.

  • 5by5

    Clarridge is a war criminal. Plain and simple. Anyone who defends Pinochet, much less helped him stay in power, is a complete douche who oughta be neutered in order to protect the species from their rampant assholishness. These are not genes we want passed down.

    I’d love to hear Clarridge’s explanation for the bodies that divers recently discovered off the Chilean coast, that were chained to railroad tracks.

    Activists have been saying for YEARS that Pinochet, when he was done torturing people (one of whom was the former President of Chile, Michele Bachelet who experienced the horror first hand), that they’d get those big Chinook helicopters, chain victims up to the steel track bars, and then fly out and dump them in the ocean, so that the mass graves couldn’t be dug up as they had been in other places like Cambodia. Pinochet was nothing if not creative in his depravity, and guys like this Clarridge douche, helped him.

    Clarridge also points out why you can’t do as Obama wants, and “look forward” without also addressing past wrongs.

    You can’t do that, because people like Clarridge are cockroaches. They come back. All those Iran-Contra fucks should have still been doing hard time breaking rocks for betraying the country like they did, but instead, we’ve got Clarridge giving interviews, and worse, Admiral Poindexter serving as DNI, and Robert Gates (who was there in Paris with Casey when BushCo sold the Iranian hostages out to get Reagan elected) as SecDef.

    These people need to be held accountable.

  • 5by5

    Clarridge is a war criminal. Plain and simple. Anyone who defends Pinochet, much less helped him stay in power, is a complete douche who oughta be neutered in order to protect the species from their rampant assholishness. These are not genes we want passed down.

    I’d love to hear Clarridge’s explanation for the bodies that divers recently discovered off the Chilean coast, that were chained to railroad tracks.

    Activists have been saying for YEARS that Pinochet, when he was done torturing people (one of whom was the former President of Chile, Michele Bachelet who experienced the horror first hand), that they’d get those big Chinook helicopters, chain victims up to the steel track bars, and then fly out and dump them in the ocean, so that the mass graves couldn’t be dug up as they had been in other places like Cambodia. Pinochet was nothing if not creative in his depravity, and guys like this Clarridge douche, helped him.

    Clarridge also points out why you can’t do as Obama wants, and “look forward” without also addressing past wrongs.

    You can’t do that, because people like Clarridge are cockroaches. They come back. All those Iran-Contra fucks should have still been doing hard time breaking rocks for betraying the country like they did, but instead, we’ve got Clarridge giving interviews, and worse, Admiral Poindexter serving as DNI, and Robert Gates (who was there in Paris with Casey when BushCo sold the Iranian hostages out to get Reagan elected) as SecDef.

    These people need to be held accountable.

  • 5by5

    My favorite part is that he’s like “I bet you can’t count 200 people” that he helped MURDER.

    Newsflash, dipshit: that makes you a mass murderer.

    I love discussions like that. When does it become “too much” for someone like that? I mean give us a number! Is it ok to kill 200, but not 400? 1000 but not 10,000? 10,000 but not a million? A million, but not say…. 6 million?

    ONE is too many, you moron. ONE is a sin.

  • 5by5

    My favorite part is that he’s like “I bet you can’t count 200 people” that he helped MURDER.

    Newsflash, dipshit: that makes you a mass murderer.

    I love discussions like that. When does it become “too much” for someone like that? I mean give us a number! Is it ok to kill 200, but not 400? 1000 but not 10,000? 10,000 but not a million? A million, but not say…. 6 million?

    ONE is too many, you moron. ONE is a sin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lonny-Harner/517747766 Lonny Harner

    This old fuck sounds like a high value target to me, as well as those in our gov. who continue the same agendas. A bullet would be to kind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lonny-Harner/517747766 Lonny Harner

    This old fuck sounds like a high value target to me, as well as those in our gov. who continue the same agendas. A bullet would be to kind.

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