U.S. to create Tom Clancy-esque Rainbow Six organization to deal with overseas hostage situations?
According the Washington Post, the Obama administration has circulated a letter sent to the families of U.S. hostage victims articulating a proposal for a “fusion cell” allowing “law enforcement, intelligence and other officials to better coordinate its response to hostage situations.”
Some Washington D.C. national security analysts immediately associated the proposal with the fictitious Tom Clancy Rainbow organization as featured in the book Rainbow Six.
“The new fusion cell would oversee a ‘whole-of-government response to hostage events,’ according to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post. It would involve subject-matter experts from agencies including the FBI, the Defense Department, the State Department and those in the intelligence community.
Although all of those agencies already get involved when Americans are taken hostage overseas, the possible creation of a unified group underscores perceived gaps in a response that families describe as often bewildering.”