CIA marks spy death with rare request

2011-11-25 19:10

Washington - In a rare request, CIA officers are asking people to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the first American killed in the Afghan war by donating to help the children of other intelligence officers killed.

Since the death in 2001 of CIA officer Mike Spann, 23 stars have been added to the wall at the CIA's headquarters that honors CIA operatives lost.

Many were killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The clandestine world rarely breaks its silence, especially when it comes to family, but the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation notes about 56 children of those killed in the line of duty will need educational support over the next 17 years.

Spann was part of a small group of CIA paramilitary officers who went into Afghanistan just 16 days after the September 11 attacks. Less than two months later, the CIA, along with US Special Forces Green Berets and a massive aerial bombing campaign, helped Afghan militias drive out the ruling Taliban.

Spann was killed when hundreds of Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners, guarded by just a handful of Afghans, tried to escape from a fortress jail in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.

Spann is survived by his wife, Shannon, a retired CIA officer, and three children.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-25 19:37

    Killed by his own.

  • Steenbra - 2011-11-25 19:59

    You put them in danger you support their kids..

  • Gail - 2011-11-26 14:02

    The U.S. are in serious financial trouble when their Intelligence Agency is breaking their silence to beg for money. What about innocent civilians who were killed as a result of these guys info in their own invaded countries? I thought the US cared about them and was going to rebuild and rehabilitate what they destroyed because they have such a wonderful system in the USA. Why are there protests happening all over America right now? The warmongersing idiots who do not understand the subtleties of other cultures and go blundering in are now reaping what they have sown. Suck it up all you rich politicians who put your own people into places they should have known more about. Use the money spent on weaponmaking to feed your own dissatisfied people. I'm sorry but I'm like Dr Phil. That is how I see it. I lived through the Cold War and sanctions imposed which did more harm than good. Fools rush in and all that.

  • Dayaan - 2011-11-26 19:31

    Why don't the US take away the $8.2 million they giving to prop up the Zionist apartheid military per day to support the idiots children they sent to destroy other peoples lives.

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