In a move which intelligence officials attributed to “lazy” security and several ignored warnings, two different CIA spying rings have been uncovered in Beirut, Lebanon, with the Hezbollah faction taken credit for noticing them.
Hezbollah noticed that a series of prepaid cellphones used by the informants were only used rarely and only in very specific locations. They used this, along with the fact that the CIA always used the same codeword, PIZZA, to uncover and arrest the informants.
Underscoring just how bad an idea using the term “PIZZA” was, the informants were said to have always met at the same pizzeria. Reportedly it was a Pizza Hut in Beirut. The CIA has denied that it was actually a Pizza Hut, but declined to provide an alternative location.
One of the rings was reportedly specifically in Beirut to spy on Hezbollah and the other members of the Lebanese ruling coalition. The other ring was said to somehow target Iran’s nuclear program.
27 thoughts on “Hezbollah Stumbles on Bumbling CIA Spy Rings”
Would there be a CIA acronym for flaming incompetence?
Yes, its CIA. In 1953 the CIA offered Nasser a $3 million bribe if he would joined the proposed Middle East Defence Organization; Nasser took the money, but then refused to join. That's $25 million in todays dollars. In 1968 the CIA insisted that North Viet Nam certainly Did NOT have any tanks in South Vietnam. Any tank type track trails had to be bulldozers. The Special Forces camp at Lang Vei SW of Khe Sahn was over run 6 Feb 1968 by the NVA using PT-76 tanks.
The CIA was also caught completely unawares by relatively minor world events like the fall of the Soviet Union, the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the 9/11 attacks, that there would be an insurgency in Iraq instead of them greeting us with flowers and tiny flags, and most recently, all of the events concerning the Arab Spring.
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or they set them up to drum up more support for war with Iran. Since when does the CIA admit to having it's people captured?
I get the same impression and maybe how they're treated will be just the spark needed to steer the sheeple into supporting a war proposal against Iran. Our masters have recognized that it's easy working with the bigoted,fearful and confused section of the public.
This explains the flurry of recent accusations from Israel and others before this. They're looking for something to stick.
SNAFU – From now on all articles mentioning the CIA should mention Petraeus is in charge of it. I am wondering what changes were made since the big man was put in charge?
Petraeus forgot to send the memo: Check for mikes under the tables before talking spy stuff at the pizzeria.
Information came out last year that informed that most of the scanning equipment that Hezbollah used to catch high level Israeli spies came from the US.
CIA should get Smart , and agent 99.
Onetime Max was jealous because 99 had talking to agent 43. She wanted to make him feel better so she told him "Ohh you're worth two 43's 86!" lol
Now if only 'terror' groups could expose the Hoover Boy incompetence that necessitates entrapments…
Wasn't Don Knotts head of that operation?
I am elated that they were caught and executed together with their yankee counterparts I would be wishing too much for those in the us suffer the same fate for sending them which would result in millions of arab people to die as a result of america meddling.
Really dude? Come on. I hate the CIA too, but I don't wish for anyone's murder. The American people and the American government are not the same thing.
The real question is why there is a disgusting Pizza Hut in Beirut, which has the best food in all of the Middle East?!
They are trying to kill off those Hezbollah folks with terroristic grease. Buuurp!
The CIA is trying to uncover Iran's nuclear program by spying in Beirut? Uh, dudes, buy a map … Iran is way over there. Its a pretty good guess that Iran's nuclear program isn't in Lebanon.
Then again, since Iran's nuclear program is fictional anyways, I guess Beirut is as good a place to look for it as anywhere, and everyone always says that Beirut is a lovely place to visit …. especially on a tax-payer funded expense account.
except when the brave and moral IDF is bombing the crap out of it
finding yellow cake … or johnnie cake
The CIA or the company got bunch of mommy's boys who graduated from Yale. They are bunch of Bureaucrats who needs to go back to school to study History+Geography & Math= Knowledge. These white crackers problem is their EGOTISTIC minds. They look down on other nation because they got big bodies with small defected brains. I am sure these kids are taking America down with their foolishness. I wonder how this strange breed got into power position. The answer is simple. Their MASTERS chose them to do their dirty job under the guise of NATIONAL SECURTIY S..T
One thing the article and most coverage of this doesn't remark on>
The leader of Hezbollah ANNOUNCED their discovery of US spy networks some time before these Pizza Hut stories broke out, and the US Embassy DENIED THEY WERE TRUE. Which, Pizza Hut or no Pizza Hut, means the US was baldly LYING.
Most of these stories also ignore what has been going on in Lebanon for the past year or 2, namely they have also been catching reams of ISRAELI spies, roughly 160 to date. The Israeli manager for intelligence ops in Lebanon and Syria KILLED HIMSELF IN THE OFFICE after this broke out. Again, something announced by Hezbollah, and obviously very relevant to this story.
Regardless of showcasing the relative competences of these opopsing sides, what does it mean? The US and Israel don't have reliable intelligence. So when they trot out their secret evidence supposedly giving reason for war, why should that be treated any different then their yellowcake fantasies of Iraqi WMD?
Ha'aretz had quite a different take on this than Ditz, and it doesn't sound at all like Hezbollah found them by 'accident'
The Middle East countries should open up their own version of Gitmo and give all these malicious idiot the royal treatment. I suggest it be done in Egypt since they've already got experience in that area.
They were told they had to get out of the embassies and onto the streets where the intel is. As they hesitantly crept past the heavily guarded embassy gates, trembling with fear, clutching at the Marine guard and whispering "help me", they spotted a piece of contemporary Americana nearby. Familiar. Comforting. Safe. Pizza Hut. Everything was going to be okay.
How many fingers am I holding up?
This sounds like something out of the Three Stooges! I didn't think the CIA was as bright as the Three Stooges!
Only the dumbest organization on Earth would get it's pizza from Pizza Hut.
It makes sense.
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