A fascinating story is told of Meir Dagan developing the intelligence task force code-named Harpoon and launching financial warfare against the terrorist organizations.
In 2001, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sanctioned a new security unit – Harpoon. A new form of warfare largely the vision of legendary Mossad commander Meir Dagon. Dagon would work developing the intelligence task force Harpoon and partnering with an Israeli NGO the Israel Law Center. It set about the task to “destroy terrorists’ money networks.”
Ever wonder what the cost of a suicide bomber is? Monies must be paid for more than just a vest, explosives, nails, rat poison… Recruiters, drivers, safe houses, and money to families. One mission sought to find where the money came from and how to stop the money flow.
Terrorist organizations deal drugs worldwide to fund terrorism. Multiple Ponzi schemes were used to rip off the wealthy terrorist which including Yasser Arafat and Hezbollah.
Harpoon would get the United States government and government departments on board – Dept. of Justice, Treasury, CIA, and others to tie up or seize terror funds.
A fascinating book that is the story of Dagan and his team of spies trying to stop the monies flowing into the coffers of terror organizations. A new form of warfare, intelligence and legal war against terror.
Today lawfare – intelligence and legal war – is used by other countries including the United States to fight terror.
Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Samuel M. Katz is available at Amazon.