Dear CIA: Maybe It’s Time to Spring for New PO Boxes?

I’ve suggested since the “names” of the two “trainers” ambushed in Mexico last Friday were released they were likely covers.

Not only are they apparently covers, but one of them was tied to a PO Box whose prior user had already been publicly tied to the CIA’s rendition program.

But an examination of public records suggests that the name used by one of the men may be fictitious, with similarities to others created by the CIA to provide cover for its officers overseas.

Shortly after the shooting, major Mexican news organizations identified one of the U.S. officials as Stan D. Boss, a name associated with a post office box at a Dunn Loring mail facility tied to at least one previous CIA cover identity that was publicly exposed. Records indicate that Boss was issued a Social Security number in Texas in 2004. Beyond that, the records are largely blank, with not even a date of birth associated with the name.

That same Dunn Loring post office is linked to dozens of other names that have similarly scant records and to Social Security numbers issued around the same time. Among the previous holders of post office boxes at that location was an individual named Philip P. Quincannon, who apparently does not exist but who was listed as an officer with at least two aviation companies suspected of involvement in CIA rendition flights after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Call me crazy, but these narcos are pretty shrewd guys. If they discover Stan Dove Boss has been picking up noted rendition guy Philip P. Quincannon’s mail, they might make certain conclusions about what line of work Stan Dove Boss is in (as if the name weren’t already a dead giveaway). And they might show up with 4 cars full of Federales to try to keep Stan Dove Boss off their turf.

Jeebus. It’s bad enough we’re invading Mexico with our spooks. But we’re sending them in with transparent covers.

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bmaz @Archtype There is no one "solution". But cams, body and otherwise, such as van, are absolutely an important factor to police accountability
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bmaz This, absolutely this. Cop cams are not worth much w/o insurance they will work for the public as intended. https://t.co/mh9zRXr0Ue
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bmaz @peterdaou It is a horrible thing, but such is nature of money in politics these days. Without direct quid pro quo, it is now usual business
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bmaz @peterdaou Frankly, don't think many care about the newer, seemingly daily, drivel on speeches and foundation donations either.
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emptywheel Dunno how many times we'll smile as the Saudis arm jihadist groups before we'll learn.
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emptywheel "Aides of POTUS as increasingly concerned arms may end up w/indivs & groups that have questionable motives" http://t.co/z25xnmPHT3 AKA AQAP
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bmaz @Pachacutec_ The least criminal option anyway.
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bmaz @chriswnews @Rachel__Nichols Either that or all press should ignore Mayweather and act like he is not there.
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