Tangier - Based on the USSOCOM (Untied States Special Operations Command) intern document, there are several countries subject to the United States’ mission to gather as much information as possible, and Morocco is on the list.
Tangier – Based on the USSOCOM (Untied States Special Operations Command) intern document, there are several countries subject to the United States’ mission to gather as much information as possible, and Morocco is on the list.
The role of USSOCOM is to “provide fully capable special operations forces to defend the United States and its interests and plan and synchronize operations against terrorist networks.”
The SOF (Special Operation Forces) has been called to prepare to work in different contexts because of data and information shortages about various countries. These datasets must include every single detail concerning Moroccan life.
The intern document explains that each “contractor will provide geospatially referenced, rectified, socio-cultural data on number of countries for which there is a critical need but non-existent data. The data will produce in-depth secondary research.”
This research requires general and specific data, from ethnography and economy to the price of taxi tickets, information on Internet café’s owners, and vehicles used by oil and gas companies.
A long outline of the required information was provided with specifications of types and depths of coverage; for example, it stated whether the investigation should be conducted on the provincial level or below it.
The headlines of this outline demand multiple kinds of data, including geographic breakdown, locations of infrastructure points of interest, socio-demographic and economic statistics, refugee locations, political persuasions, types and locations of foreign investments, smuggling routes and human trafficking, among others.
Contractors are given about 180 days for tasking the specific countries. The data collected must not be given to any country other than US. Furthermore, it is stressed that the mission is classified at the “SECRET” level.
They will be “authorized to courier classified information up to the “Secret” level in performance of official duties upon approval of and designation of the COR (Contracting Officer’s Representative).”
It seems that Morocco is among the countries for which the United States Joint Intelligence Center and Special Operations Command (JICSOC), has ‘’non-existent data.”
A research mission is being conducted in order to feed the “critical need” of information, which will be helpful in the case of conflict between the two countries.
Edited by Melissa Smyth
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