Private Investigation Gone Haywire?
According to the U.S. government , private investigation can be a job for everyone who knows anything there is to know about something. Accountants can be private investigators for firms that want to look at their auditing records. Scientists can be private investigators for science firms that might be faking their data. Former police officers can be private investigators and go after witnesses. Former government workers can also work for the government in investigating different acts, be they of terrorism or otherwise.
Not all the government’s work, however, in investigation, always end up in success. According to an article published in the Baltimore Sun, the CIA worked after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to set up a network in Europe of black stations, which would cater to spies by providing company fronts that would allow these spies to operate. The operation cost way too many millions of dollars to count, and about twelve front companies were set up. However, these had to be shut down, after studies and investigation show that the project was not well thought out, and was failing to deliver information and intelligence for the CIA on terrorist groups.
The closures have ended up curtailing the CIA’s need to expand its presence to overseas territories, as well as its aim to change the way that it deploys its spies. The front companies aimed at least to allow spies to pose as bank employees, consultants for major European firms, and other jobs that would show no ties to U.S. government intelligence. The plan was filled with problems, however, and became a source of dispute within the CIA. For one, the front companies were situated far from Muslim centers, as well as other significant targets.
According to CIA officials, the entire imbroglio is actually reflective of the CIA’s struggle to cope with the changing environment of espionage. The CIA is now looking for ways to regroup by designing a façade that would allow its spies to spend some time close to Muslim radicals and their cell groups, manufacturers of nuclear weapons and equipment, and other targets that are of high priority to the U.S. government. Although the aims are noble, progress is slow, and the CIA has no success to show for its efforts.
The front companies, officials say, were created and implemented from 2002 to 2004, with half in Europe not only because of the possible proximity of Muslim radical groups, but because it is easier for Americans to travel to and live in Europe.