India's Claim that David Coleman Headley Is FBI Gone Rogue Escalates

Scene of Mubai attacksHopeTracker| In a story that is NO WHERE in the American press, there’s a month-long, multi-source trail of reports from India’s media sources that David Coleman Headley, previously known as Daood Geelani, now charged with conspiring the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was a double agent, working for the FBI.

This story has percolated since before Christmas, and not even reported as an allegation in the American press. It seems the continued assertions by the Indian government is ‘global news’, as long as we all state that there is no confirmation of the allegation, and the CIA has denied that Headley worked for them.

I’m not finding any denial by the FBI, a fact that means nothing anyway. This story is relevant because Americans are waking up to the double-agent reality, after the CIA blowup in Afghanistan.

With the American government getting an ‘F’ in making any progress since 2001 in preparing the country for a bioterror attack, our faith in institutions is sinking fast. Talk is cheap, and both political parties are good at it.I don’t want to sound like a teaparty girl, but they (Washington) must really think we’re stupid.

I said last night — being a liberal who supports Palestine’s right to exist as an independent entity — perhaps we should just turn our national security over to the Israeli government.  I would feel more confident.

Back to whether David Coleman Headley is an FBI agent gone rogue.

Headley was arrested in the US in October 2009 by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force at O’Hare International Airport before boarding a flight to Philadelphia, intending to travel on to Pakistan. The ‘charming businessman’ is charged with plotting terror attacks on behalf of LeT against India and also plotting a terror attack against the Danish newspaper which published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005. 

I stumbled on this story in the India Express, which says:

Rahul Bhatt, son of prominent film director Mahesh Bhatt, is ‘convinced’ that Pakistani-American LeT operative, David Headley was working for the FBI when he was in Mumbai before the 26/11 terror attacks.

“I’m convinced Headley was working for the Americans, for the FBI. I’d nicknamed him agent Headley,” Rahul said in an interview to UK’s Channel 4.

“It was the Americans’ deepest wish to infiltrate al-Qaeda. And David did exactly that for them. I had a hunch then and I have a hunch now that he was an American agent of some sort,” Rahul said.

According to Bollywood Blog, which I cannot verify, David Coleman Headley:

He (Headley) came to the attention of the US security services in 1997 when he was arrested in New York for heroin smuggling. He earned a reduced sentence by working for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) infiltrating Pakistan-linked narcotics gangs.

Indian investigators, who have been denied access to Mr. Headley, suspect that he remained on the payroll of the US security services — possibly working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) — but switched his allegiance to LeT.

“India is looking into whether Headley worked as a double agent,” an Indian Ministry of Home Affairs official said yesterday.

On Dec. 17, 2009 the CIA disputed any reality to these claims:

America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) today strongly refuted reports that Pakistani- origin US national David Coleman Headley, charged with criminal conspiring in the 26/11 terror attacks, was its agent at any point of time.

 “I can’t comment on an ongoing investigation, but any suggestion that this individual worked for the CIA is flat wrong,” CIA spokesperson Marie E Harf told PTI when specifically asked about Headley and his links with CIA.

Here’s the story, dated Jan 21, 2010, as reported by Channel 4 News in Britain:

Exclusive: Mumbai terror suspect warned of attacks

Not to state the obvious, but we all know that the CIA and FBI tend not to talk to each other.

At a time when American faith in ALL our institutions is close to an all-time low, I ask the NYTimes ‘Why is this story not worth a mention?’ Perhaps big media just doesn’t work anymore either.

To be continued … Anne