CIA Creating Moderate Muslims

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According to this story in the Scotsman - CIA paid mullahs to counter anti-US feeling - the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has taken seperation of state and religion one step further, creating it's own.

In The CIA at War, Ronald Kessler, an investigative reporter and author of several books about the CIA and the FBI, also details espionage activity in Iraq which supported the March invasion that toppled the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein.

For the book, Mr Kessler interviewed the CIA director, George Tenet, and other senior CIA officials. The agency supplied most of the photographs in the book.

"In Islam, as in many other religions, anyone can call himself a religious leader," Mr Kessler is quoted as saying. "So, besides paying mullahs, the CIA created fake mullahs - recruited agents who would proclaim themselves clerics and take a more moderate position about non-believers."

"We are taking over radio stations and supporting clerics," another CIA source is quoted as saying. "It's back to propaganda. We are creating moderate Muslims." Mr Kessler claims the CIA also paid for mullahs to issue fatwas, or religious edicts, urging Iraqis not to resist American forces.

Just like real life spooks.

Posted by Paul at September 24, 2003 03:31 AM |
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Let's create some moderate Christian groups in the USA??!!

Posted by: Bonobo at September 30, 2003 06:10 PM