Paul Vallely: US, not Afghanistan, Needs to do Security Vetting

Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 12:40 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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The killing of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, and more than a dozen others wounded in Afghanistan, was an "inside the wire infiltration," retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

"When they turned over the vetting and the clearance provisions to the Karzai government, that meant they had to clear all the Afghan soldiers and civilians who would be, for example, inside the wire, inside conference centers, inside the training facility academy where Gen. Greene was assassinated," Vallely said on "America’s Forum," where he was joined by journalist Bob McCarty to discuss the incident.

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"(The Afghans) don't do a good job from what I understand and they don't do a proper vetting job, like the United States would do, so the security's not as good as it should be and we can't take it lightly that these were not going to occur with frequency as we go on here because part of the tactics of the Taliban and al-Qaida is to infiltrate," similar to what occurred in Fort Hood, Texas, when Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others, Vallely said.

He recommended assigning American security to all facilities that have American personnel and international security forces, and not rely on the Karzai government to be responsible for securing facilities where there are Americans.

McCarty noted that since records began being kept in 2008, there have been 88 "green on blue" attacks, also known as insider attacks.

"The biggest year was 2012, and 143 dead, 181 wounded among the coalition forces," McCarty said. "The general is just the latest."

He said he "certainly believes" that the five Taliban members exchanged for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "had a hand" in the attack that killed Gen. Greene.

McCarty has researched and written a book on non-polygraph technology that he says has proven successes in rooting out acts of terror, but that James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has forbidden its use within the Defense Department.

"We use this non-polygraph technology at Gitmo, we used it to interrogate Saddam Hussein's deck of cards after polygraph failed," McCarty said. "I interviewed a Green Beret just a few days after he retired ... he used this other technology on over 500 occasions, including Taliban and al-Qaida. He broke up theft rings, he broke up attacks."

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