Algeria CIA Station Chief Accused of Drugging, Raping Women

Algeria’s top CIA operative has been accused of drugging and raping two Muslim women in his home, who after nearly two years of investigation, has been returned home to Washington, DC. Since Andrew Warren wasn’t just an officer but headed the entire CIA office of security services in Algeria, the case is being perceived as potentially damaging to the U.S. as the new administration makes attempts to wipe clean our Bush-dirtied image in the Muslim world, according to the Washington Post.
While a CIA spokesperson claimed that they “would take seriously, and follow up on, any allegations of impropriety,” Warren has yet to be officially charged. I hope this happens soon, considering there’s videotaped evidence; apparently Warren has several videotapes of him “having sex” with women, including a tape of him raping one of the accusers, who is shown in a semi-conscious state.
Pretty much everyone else is declining to comment on the case, although WashPo managed to get a jackass to very clearly confuse rape with romance:

Mark Zaid, a private attorney who represents current and former CIA officers, said the case raises questions about the adequacy of the agency’s self-policing of its senior officers. All CIA officers are required to report any unofficial contact with foreign nationals, although in practice, the agency sometimes looks the other way when its employees engage in romances overseas, Zaid said.
While cases of rape would be “unbelievably rare,” the reality is that some agency employees “are sleeping around while posted overseas — sometimes brazenly — and no one does anything about it,” he said.

The U.S. government is no stranger to sexual assault accusations, whether as a weapon of war or within the military, and also in cases like this where a top official feels entitled to women’s bodies in his stationed country. One of the survivors told investigators that she briefly became conscious during the attack, asking Warren to stop, in which he said to the effect, “Nobody stays in my expensive sheets with clothes on.”
However, the Department of Defense has a history of downplaying the existence of sexual assault by their folk. So while we worry about this case and how it’s going to effect our relationship with Muslim nations, it also wouldn’t be a bad idea to start paying attention to the larger problem surrounding it.

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  • FrumiousB

    While cases of rape would be “unbelievably rare,”
    If they are rare, that would be unbelievable.

  • Cassius

    Smear Campaign or fact ? Surely there are ways to get sex or access to prostitution in ways that are less harming to your career, but anything is possible I guess. Do not get me wrong, iam not saying it does not happen, but if somebody of high status gets busted on something incredibly stupid, like watchig kiddie porn on the computer in his office, one suspect a set up.
    But Maybe he was really one of those men who need the feeling to hurting a woman. But I would be surprised if he gets punished, when do American operators ever get punished for something they do overseas, or soldiers even ?
    But what is wrong with “sleeping around” as long as it is consensual ? I can see how it is embarassing to the CIA and reflects poorly on it, but if they do not want that kind of behaviour, which is legal after all, it needs to be part of the job description.

  • Matt

    Nothing is wrong with “sleeping around” if it’s consensual. He’s accused of rape. Massive difference.

  • ShelbyWoo

    What part of RAPE don’t you understand, Cassius?

  • Vanessa

    Cassius has been banned, folks….has been derailing many threads as of late; sorry for the delay!

  • wax_ghost

    Am I the only one who can’t help thinking “colonialism” right off the bat? This strongly reminds me of the same justification that was used for the power-imbalanced “relationships” that European (male) officers had with African and Asian women in the 19th and early 20th century.

  • ucsbclassics53

    I guess in Cassius’ world, women get blamed for “crying” rape…I’m sure he thinks the Muslim women just accused the CIA agent in order to discredit the United States…
    talk about having your head up your ass…
    What people never get is rape is rape…but why is it that people always seek to make excuses?

  • ucsbclassics53

    Change would be prosecuting this operative and bringing him to justice and providing recourse to the victims…I want to know if those women are also in danger of honor killings, a documentary I saw in my women’s psychology class documented men who proudly proclaimed their honor killings, even when their family members had been raped. Their reasoning was a rapist would NEVER target a “respectable” woman…If so, then these women need to be protected.

  • ShelbyWoo

    Interesting, wax ghost. The power imbalance had occured to me, but I didn’t make the connection with colonialism. It definitely smells the same.

  • ShelbyWoo

    On a totally off-topic note:
    I can comment again. YAY!