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Submission + - CIA suffers highest death toll in 30 years. ( 1

reporter writes: The "Wall Street Journal" (WSJ) has just published a report detailing the context of the recent tragedy in Afghanistan. An Afghan whom the CIA officials at Base Chapman considered an informant was really a supporter of the Taliban. The Afghan was loaded with explosives when he passed the initial checkpoint to enter Base Chapman. When he was in the vicinity of several CIA officers, he donated his explosives and killed 7 of them.

The CIA team at Base Chapman had not been following established guidelines for screening visitors. The aim was to not offend informants who were risking life and limb to provide valuable information to the CIA. This risky method of dealing with visitors relied on intuitively trusting (i. e., guessing) that a visitor is not a supporter of the Taliban.

Trust is a concept that works in the West, but trust does not work when you are dealing with people who still live in the 2nd century.

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