Thursday, July 19, 2007

So now that makes sense

I happened to read a short piece on ABC's "The Blotter" page about a deal that may or may not be in the works to free some Americans who are in custody in Iran. At the tail end of the report, which was filled with the usual amount of conflicting information from various State Department functionaries, I read this

The officials say a fifth American, former FBI agent Robert Levinson, is not part of the deal. Levinson disappeared in Iran in March. U.S. officials believe he is in a Tehran prison although Iran has never acknowledged he is in custody.
This story has always interested me. The guy disappeared, I think while on a "fishing trip" (fishing? in Iran?), and his family has no idea where he is. Then it emerged that he was a "private consultant" (translation: CIA employee), and a bunch of people suddenly thought he had been arrested and imprisoned by the Iranians. Ok. However, reading that last line about a prison in Tehran, I suddenly remembered a story I had read earlier this week
Military officials said 25 heavily armed parachutists who landed in a cornfield on the grounds of a Colorado prison last week were on a training mission but landed about 3 miles off target.

"Those were Special Operations Command forces conducting routine training," Army Col. Hans Bush, a spokesman for the command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., said Monday. He declined to identify the units that landed at Fremont Correctional Facility but said the target was Fremont County Airport.

The special operations troops, which could include Navy Seals or Green Berets, began dropping from the sky at about 4:50 a.m. Thursday. Guards on duty, who are trained to watch the skies following a helicopter escape in 1989 from a prison near Ordway, Colo., held their fire after noticing the parachutists were soldiers.
Guards who stopped the men and asked for identification were presented with documents that identified them only as Defense Department employees, Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti.
"We don't know who they were and I'm not sure we'll ever know who they were," she said. "Everyone acted appropriately."
The Fremont Correctional Facility is a mixed custody facility that houses inmates classified from minimum to administrative segregation. It houses 1,471 inmates and employs about 450 people.

Interesting, no? An American, probably a CIA agent, is in an Iranian jail, and we're having random groups of Special Forces guys dropping from skys and landing in prisons here in the states on a "training mission"? Hmmm...