HUMINT Mission, 2008 Analytical Essay by Top Papers

HUMINT Mission, 2008
A look at a human intelligence mission in 2008.
# 136794 | 750 words | 1 source | 2007 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that while ostensibly, the Navy's super-secret group called Task Force 157 was disbanded late in the 1970s, here it is being revived in order to provide on-the-scene human intelligence (HUMINT) about sea traffic in and around North Korea that spy satellites cannot adequately cover, such as cargo, tonnage, ship names destinations and crew components. The new task force requires "tramp steamer" type cover, each with Navy SEALS and mini-subs.

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"Since the mid-1970's, the U.S. Navy has had a special HUMINT unit, known now as Task Forcer 157. At that time, when there was relative peace (that is, few areas where actual fighting occurred- given the end of the Viet Nam war) this secret Navy unit used spy ships even disguised pleasure yachts crammed with electronics gear, to watch over sensitive points such as the Strait of Gibraltar and the Panama Canal. According to public records, Task Force 157 was disbanded, after attempts to move it within the CIA failed. However, for 21st century clandestine operations involving the safety of the international seaways and guarding against terrorist ..."

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