20 October 2009. Add March 2009 photos.
Below, South Quonset Looking North
Below, South Quonset Looking South
Below, North Quonset Looking North
Below, North Quonset Looking South
30 June 2008
Amid U.S. Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows in Pakistan
By MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID ROHDE
June 30, 2008
By late 2005, many inside the C.I.A. headquarters in Virginia had reached the conclusion that their hunt for Mr. bin Laden had made little progress since Tora Bora. Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., who at the time ran the C.I.A.s clandestine operations branch, decided in late 2005 to make a series of swift changes to the agencys counterterrorism operations.
But Mr. Rodriguez believed that the Qaeda hunt had lost its focus on Mr. bin Laden and the militant threat in Pakistan. So he appointed a new head of the Counterterrorist Center, who has not been publicly identified, and sent dozens more C.I.A. operatives to Pakistan. The new push was called Operation Cannonball, and Mr. Rodriguez demanded urgency, but the response had a makeshift air.
There was nowhere to house an expanding headquarters staff, so giant Quonset
huts were erected outside the cafeteria on the C.I.A.s leafy Virginia
campus to house a new team assigned to the bin Laden mission. In Pakistan,
the new operation was staffed not only with C.I.A. operatives drawn from
around the world, but also with recent graduates of the Farm,
the agencys training center at Camp Peary in Virginia.
|September 2005. No Quonset structures.
|C. 2005. No Quonset structures.
|December 2006. South Quonset appears completed, the North about
|C. 2006. South Quonset appears completed, the North under
construction. North at bottom.
|Added 6 November 2008
|C. 2007. Both Quonsets appear completed, except the North has a bit
of exterior scaffolding still in place.
|Somewhat different and later view with the North scaffolding