Sunday, September 26, 2021

FBI Now "Investigating" Operation Pineapple

Most of you know that "Operation Pineapple" is a civilian-led evac effort in Afghanistan.

Grim brings us some news about it.

In one instance, agency officials showed up at the home of Scott Mann, founder of Task Force Pineapple, said Tim Parlatore, the group’s legal counsel. Such a visit is normal for the FBI, and the group cooperated fully, Parlatore said.

Some of the people described the outreach as nothing out of the ordinary and part of the growing public-private partnership on evacuations. “In my mind, the FBI was trying to be helpful, not intimidating,” a person familiar with the outreach said.

Others saw it differently.

Grim also notes that State Department people who were assisting Pineapple have backed out due to pressure from "above." 

At this point in time, trusting the FEEBS is the very last thing anyone should do, legal advice notwithstanding.

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