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.