Eric Harroun, a veteran of the US Army, went to Syria in January to assist the “Al Nusra Front” group (also known as Jabhat al Nusra) fight against Assad forces. He was arrested for “conspiring to use a destructive device” outside the United States; but his dad says he was “quietly” working for the CIA.
Although the Al Nusra Front group has been designated as a “foreign terrorist organization,” by the State Department, who referred to the group as “an alias for al-Qaida in Iraq,” the New York Times reports that Harroun claimed to “hate” Al Qaeda and “would fight against any regime if it imposed Sharia law in Syria because he was opposed to all forms of oppression.”
TheWeek reported that “FBI agents say Harroun told them he was part of a unit that fired rocket-propelled grenades at Assad’s forces.” James Joyner says at Outside the Beltway said that’s it’s not “enough of a reason to try to put him in prison for life.” “Harroun may be wacko” who said “the only good Zionist is a dead Zionist,” on Facebook, Joyner says. But “based only on the reporting I’ve seen — he doesn’t appear to be an al Qaeda sympathizer, much less a terrorist.”
Robert M. Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas who specializes in national security was interviewed for the NYT piece and said, “If this guy’s telling the truth, there’s an interesting question as to why we’re prosecuting him…He seems to be fighting on the U.S. side, but with the wrong people.” In the mainstream media, Harroun has been painted as an anti-Semitic champion of the Arab Spring. So is he genuinely helping the battered Syrian citizens in their fight for freedom? Or is he a terrorist?
Or, was he working for the CIA?
His father, Darryl Harroun, defended his son, saying that the 30-year-old Arizona native was“quietly working for the CIA and even turned over a terrorist,“ as reported by the local ABC affiliate. His dad continued to say that “Anyone who knows Eric knows he is 100 percent American.”
Further, PressTV reported that Eric Horroun’s dad said, “He was working with the same rebels that Obama was going to fund.” Where did Horroun’s dad get that idea?
A comment on Gather provided some food for thought, “This ‘legal’ ability to snatch people up and lock them away incognito (or assassinate them), comes in real handy if some hireling stops playing the game the way they want them to.” Was Harroun too open about his activities? Was he a renegade who didn’t follow the rules?
In an interesting twist to the story, the New York Times also recently reported that
- “With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad…”
If the NYT report is true; does it boost the case in Eric Harroun’s favor?
As an aside:
Speaking of Turkey,
Remember Hillary Clinton’s testimony regarding Benghazi? Sen. Rand Paul asked her a question that was deemed a “right wing conspiracy” by ThinkProgress:
RAND PAUL: “Is the U.S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?”
HILLARY CLINTON: To Turkey? I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody has ever raised that with me.
Did she ever answer that question?
Watch a local news report with Harroun’s dad and read more here:
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