"United States intelligence officials have helped select the recipients, according to American officials." I mean, really. Not one paper has mocked this standard reference to the role of US intelligence agencies. But did the CIA not play the same role in Pakistan during the war on the Soviets in Afghanistan? (Oh, Bin Laden was deemed to be OK by the CIA, by the way). So now, they stand at the border and they meet people? So somebody comes an the CIA hand asks: who are you? The man answers: Abu Mahmud. CIA man asks: Are you good guys or bad guys? Abu Mahmud: good guys, naturlich.