The US State Department has lately rejected a proposal to train the Saudi intelligence services because of concerns over the kingdom’s lack of judicial accountability and security restraints.
The proposal made by the US international service provider and aviation firm DynCorp International was refused as the kingdom doesn’t yet possess stable measures to prevent illegal undercover operations and assassinations towards dissidents, such as was the case with the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last yr.
It isn’t only the murder of Khashoggi – committed on 2 October 2018 on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul – that has triggered the CIA and State Department to refuse to train the kingdom’s intelligence, but also other newer reports that it’s continuing such practices. These include surveillance on Khashoggi’s family abroad, makes an attempt to pressure and lure dissidents back into the nation, and the widespread arrest of human rights activists and figures.
The officials in the State Department allegedly stay worried that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has not but established accountability of the intelligence services and the reform of laws dealing with these points. These, they say, are completely necessary to stabilise and strengthen the connection between the US and Saudi Arabia.
An instance of this lack of justice and accountability is that of Saud Al-Qahtani, an in depth adviser of the Bin Salman who was recognized as one of the organisers of the operation to murder Khashoggi has not been detained.
Among the many more recent actions of the Saudi government which have concerned the US officials was an try to lure a young Saudi dissident back into the Gulf nation who was living in the US. Based on a US official who revealed the data to the Washington Post, the FBI deemed that it could be too dangerous for the dissident to return as he could be arrested upon his arrival in the kingdom, and so warned him against travelling. The unidentified official also reported that Khashoggi’s fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, as well as one in all his sons have been being subjected to Saudi surveillance throughout their time in London last summer season.
There are high chances that if the Saudi intelligence and espionage service – referred to as the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) – were to be modernised and subject to higher management, efficient performance, and ethical standards, then each the US and the Kingdom would greatly benefit from it and another training proposal may probably be accepted.
“We want the GIP to be stronger, however we don’t think that is the best way,” one State Department official was reported as saying, affirming that the governmental sector was obligated to evaluate and certify each significant military and security training program or trade deal, ensuring that on this case the US wouldn’t help in enabling further illegal covert operations.