Pentagon says intel contractors went too far in Afghanistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 29, 2010 09:30

 
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WASHINGTON — A US military contractor said he'll fight Pentagon accusations that his people went too far in gathering intelligence in Afghanistan that ended up being used to target militants.

A high-level Defense Department inquiry concluded that defense contractor Michael Furlong, a retired Army officer, ran what amounted to an illegal spying ring of private military contractors.

The 15-page classified report into the matter, obtained by The Associated Press, says Furlong's human intelligence collection program, known as "Information Operations Capstone," amounted to a "violation of executive orders" and US Defense Department policy.

Drafted by Michael Decker, the Pentagon's assistant secretary for intelligence oversight, and initialed by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the inquiry calls for further investigation by the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

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