Morning Security Brief: Pakistan's Consistent Record, Fighting Fraud, and the Future of Libya
Newly released formerly classified documents show Pakistan's long pre-9-11 history of not helping to find Osama bin Laden. Senators Leahy and Grassley introduce bill to give the Justice Department more money to fight fraud. Libyan opposition lays out plans for transition to democracy.
► The National Security Archive reports that before 9-11, “According to previously secret U.S. documents, Pakistani officials repeatedly refused to act on the Bin Laden problem, despite mounting pressure from American authorities.” The documents, available through the site, reveal a long history of Pakistan balancing its ties to the Taliban with its need to placate the United States.
► Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have introduced a bill to bolster law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute fraud. "The Fighting Fraud to Protect Taxpayers Act will direct a small portion of funds collected by the government in fines and penalties to investigating, prosecuting, and litigating fraud cases," says a press release from Leahy. "After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, some law enforcement resources to investigate and prosecute fraud were redirected to anti-terrorism efforts. The Fighting Fraud to Protect Taxpayers Act will help restore some of these resources," the release states.
► The BBC reports that the Libyan opposition Transitional National Council (NTC) has described its future political plans for Libya should it succeed. It is an attempt to address international concerns that there is no plan. “It includes installing an interim government while a new constitution is drafted and elections held,” the report states. Mahmoud Jibril, head of the NTC, also lauded “plans by the international contact group to set up a temporary fund to provide humanitarian assistance in rebel-held areas,” the BBC writes. It says that the U.S. has pledged $53 million to that fund and is working to free $30 billion in frozen Libyan assets to make that available to the rebels as well.