Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ex-CIA Agent Sentenced to Prison For Sex Assault on Drugged Muslim Woman

The only thing unusual about this story is the fact that it ended up in the news. Rape and sexual assault are cornerstones of CIA interrogation procedures and have been so for decades. Hopefully Americans will wake up to the fact that the horrific procedures found in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib are still occurring but the federal government has, for all intents and purposes, given military and private contractors immunity from legal prosecution. So it's nice to see the occasional exception to that policy.

via:ABC News
Andrew Warren, a former CIA station chief in Algeria, has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for drugging and raping a Muslim woman in Algiers, and for illegally possessing a firearm while under the influence of cocaine....Warren, 43, had thought he would get away with the offense because of diplomatic immunity and the victim's fear of reporting the crime. Huvelle did not, however, sentence Warren to the maximum term of ten years in prison.

Warren pleaded guilty to the charges last June, admitting that he had engaged in abusive sexual contact with a woman he had rendered unconscious on U.S. Embassy property on February 17, 2008. He also admitted possessing a handgun during a crack-fueled episode in a Virginia hotel room in April 2010.

...According to an affidavit filed by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, two women in separate incidents alleged that Warren gave them drinks that caused them to pass out and then sexually assaulted them at his Algerian apartment while they were in a helpless unconscious or semi-conscious state.

U.S. officials also said that a search of Warren's residence uncovered many tapes of Warren engaged in sex with women, including at least one tape that shows a woman in a semi-conscious state. The rest of the article can be read here: