Being an FBI and DIA Informant in Afghanistan

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My days snooping against the Taliban and Foreign Intelligence Services exploiting the proud people of Afghanistan.

Submitted: October 26, 2017

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Submitted: October 26, 2017



11 September 2009

After spending two years in Afghanistan supporting the development, implementation and management of Afghan Telecom's National Wireless Network, I developed an extensive and reliable human network with all of the tribes down south and within the "Northern Alliance". Having been a big fan of the FBI since my younger days watching "The Greatest American Hero", I enthusiastically accepted their offer to "provide situational awareness" in regards to terrorism activities in Afghanistan. I provided these unique services to the Bureau at no cost as I felt it was my obligation as a patriotic American. Instead, they gave me a "number" and I became part of the historic informant program created by J. Edgar Hoover almost one century before.

I did not realize (nor did my handlers) how effective I would be at spying on terrorists. Basically, what I would do, is identify and develop qualified sources for the Bureau, and then pass along information between my sources and the FBI. I had about (4) guys that I would get my intelligence from. All of these Afghan nationals had deep connections to the tribes, as well as terrorist organizations like Hezbe-Islami and Al Qaeda in "Pashtunistan" (the dense, mountainous tribal area on the Afghan-Pak border). Essentially, the incentive for the sources was a positive letter of support by the FBI to the Consular during the Visa process - they would not authorize visas, however, they would provide an enthusiastic recommendation for the candidate, which would always answer the mail essentially. My most effective source is now living comfortably in the southern USA. 

The work was simple...normally it was just passing along "organization charts" and mobile phone numbers and/or email addresses of people in terrorist organizations. I absolutely "raped" Hezbe-Islami and provided outstanding intelligence regarding their entire organization, plus surveillance capabilities (phones) on most of their senior management. In addition, I provided the Bureau with a "shit ton" of information on the nefarious Watan Group and their racket with major transportation contracts for the US Army, and how they were paying off Talibs along Route 1 to Kandahar City. This information was used by Congressman John Tierney in his case to "de-bar" the Watan group in 2011, which was successful. I also almost had Mullah Abdul Salam Zaef, the former Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan and Guantanamo inmate, "opened up" for the Bureau. 

Believe it or not, it got kinda boring...if you are spying right, it is boring because no one knows what you are doing and I am not doing any "James Bond type shit". I quickly realized that the biggest threat in Afghanistan, was the fact that so many Afghans were working for foreign intelligence services. Everyone was working for someone. The worst guys were Pakistan ISI (Inter-Service Intelligence) and they were/are targeting Afghan Government officials and using the Talibs or Haqqanni to wage attacks through out the Country. Pakistan is the biggest enemy to Afghan sovereignty without a doubt. I quickly realized that exploiting these lackeys had more value than what I was doing for the FBI with counter-terrorism.

So, in 2011, I concurrently went to work for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and received a "source code" supporting counter-intelligence initiatives in Afghanistan. That was a perfect situation for me as I had already "gotten the drop" on everyone that was spying against Afghanistan and the United States. This included mostly Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran. Same thing basically, just provide emails and phone numbers. Roughly six months later, and due to my close friendship with notorious warlord General Mattiullah Khan, I was targeted by Pakistan Intelligence (Mattiullah was number one on the ISI hit list). I was warned by my handlers to get out of the Country, and I quietly left Afghanistan in December 2012 with no real desire to ever return back (7 years total). Two years later (APR 2015), the ISI killed my friend Mattiullah and destabilized the entire southern region of Afghanistan. 

It was all just an adrenaline filled blur...I was a very dangerous man, with big ties to the mafia in Afghanistan (and President Hamid Karzai's office - Mattiullah was Karzai's right hand man). I had become "feral" and the timing was right for me to leave and try to become a "normal" American again. I remember finding out about being targeted by the ISI, and I was reprimand by the DIA for immediately offering to provide a "hit squad" to assassinate those that were targeting me. I was totally calm and rational about it. I'll never forget the look on my handler's face that was the first time I felt someone thought I was crazy when I was talking to them. That was it. Doneski...

So now I am back here trying to find something to do with myself. I thought it would be prudent to share this story with my friends. Mainly, to explain why I get so frustrated sometimes with the way we do things in this country...because I can see where all of this is going. It doesn't look good either. Furthermore, doing that work made me very content because I realized finally that I was having a real effect on these scumbags. Not like my time in Iraq as a Marine Grunt, getting shot at and blown up by strung out jihadists on the Syrian border. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is an outstanding organization, and I am extremely proud to have been part of their team, doing what I could to make our people smarter and better in counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence. 

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