Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Agent Bond, James Bond

Today's New York Times article about Abu Ghraib prison abuses explains a rather odd incident:
The memorandum criticizing the practice of keeping prisoners off the roster was signed by Col. Thomas M. Pappas, commander of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, and a James Bond, who is identified as "SOS, Agent in Charge." Military and intelligence officials said that they did not know of a Mr. Bond who had been assigned to Abu Ghraib, and that it was possible that the name was an alias.

An intelligence official said Monday that he could not confirm the authenticity of the document, and that neither "SOS" or "Agent in Charge" was terminology that the C.I.A. or any other American intelligence agency would use. A military official said he believed that the document was authentic and was issued on or about Jan. 12, two days before abuses at Abu Ghraib involving military police were brought to the attention of Army investigators.

Let me get this straight . . . military and intelligence officials somehow suspect that "Agent James Bond" might be an alias? And who figured that out, Colonel Ben Dover? Quick, get this guy on the case!

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