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It is irritating and tiresome to hear the uninformed, misin-
formed and ignorant frame the happenings in Afghanistan as partisan political maneuvering. The information collected in the past weeks is more valuable than all of that gained through military operations over the past two decades. Transformation to democracy will be achieved through behavior data analytics, not military occupation. The electronic metadata generated as these anti-democracy groups organize and communicate will provide invaluable in identifying and prosecuting in Afghani civilian courts those who seek to commit treason on that gov- ernment. Our foreign and domestic, civilian and military intel- ligence components are capable of intercepting and processing data far beyond our comprehension. Before you rush to judg- ment and we are inclined to criticize, keep in mind that troop withdrawal was inevitable and in the months to come, we will see civilian prosecution of those actors who seek to undermine democracy. So take a deep breath and rest assured knowing that the CIA has an app for that.
Jamal Shehadeh Taylorville