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GOP senator demands answers for CIA ‘ghost money’ to Afghanistan

Posted By admin On May 3, 2013 @ 5:26 am In Featured Stories,U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Carlo Muñoz
The Hill [1]
May 3, 2013

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is demanding an explanation for the CIA’s decade-long effort to funnel cash to Afghan leaders, including President Hamid Karzai.

The reported millions in so-called “ghost money” — delivered and accepted in secret as part of a deal between the CIA and Kabul — undermined efforts by Washington to root out rampant corruption and fraud within the Karzai administration, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Thursday.

“The alleged [CIA] arrangements make accountability impossible and promote corruption at the top levels of the Afghan government, as well as break trust with the American taxpayer,” Corker wrote in a letter to President Obama.

Reports of the cash payments — sent clandestinely to Afghan officials via suitcases, backpacks and shopping bags — “if accurate, indicate an incoherent U.S. policy toward Afghanistan,” Corker wrote.

The Tennessee Republican is requesting a formal explanation of the classified program and “how this alleged policy fits within overall U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.”

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[1] The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/297501-corker-demands-answers-on-cia-ghost-money-to-afghanistan-

[2] Afghanistan’s Karzai thanks Obama for ‘your taxpayers’ money’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistans-karzai-thanks-obama-for-%e2%80%98your-taxpayers-money.html

[3] Karzai: Afghanistan to back Pakistan if it wars with U.S.: http://www.prisonplanet.com/karzai-afghanistan-to-back-pakistan-if-it-wars-with-u-s.html

[4] Karzai admits receiving ‘bags of money’ from Iran: http://www.prisonplanet.com/karzai-admits-receiving-bags-of-money-from-iran.html

[5] Senator Demands Answers On Government Anthrax Investigation Mystery: http://www.prisonplanet.com/senator-demands-answers-on-government-anthrax-investigation-mystery.html

[6] MI6 ‘handing bundles of cash to Hamid Karzai’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mi6-handing-bundles-of-cash-to-hamid-karzai.html

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