Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Obama and Al Qaida: wishful idiocy

Al qaida is far from dead.  Contrary to the prevailing opinion of the Obama administration, al qaida is not on its last breath and world intelligence services know this.  So often in the US media we hear and read about al qaida all but dismantled. 

That ios simply wishful thinking by Obama and those who feel as he does about the world.  They are wrong and many will pay because of it.

Thankfully, our intelligence services will do what they do and will stop those who try, albeit, they cannot be everywhere all the time and as good as they are (and the world knows how good because they are always complaining about us spying on them) they can't be 100% all the time.

It will not be their failure when it happens, rather a man who believes his vision of the world is accurate and all he needs to do is wish it into fruition and all will be well.  Stupid people believe stupid things and innocent people are harmed.

The war on terror will be a decades long war, long after Obama is out of office and marginalized to the dustbin.

April 30, 2012|By Nic Robertson, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, CNN

On May 16 last year, a 22-year-old Austrian named Maqsood Lodin was being questioned by police in Berlin. He had recently returned from Pakistan via Budapest, Hungary, and then traveled overland to Germany. His interrogators were surprised to find that hidden in his underpants were a digital storage device and memory cards.

Buried inside them was a pornographic video called "Kick Ass" -- and a file marked "Sexy Tanja."

Several weeks later, after laborious efforts to crack a password and software to make the file almost invisible, German investigators discovered encoded inside the actual video a treasure trove of intelligence -- more than 100 al Qaeda documents that included an inside track on some of the terror group's most audacious plots and a road map for future operations.

Future plots include the idea of seizing cruise ships and carrying out attacks in Europe similar to the gun attacks by Pakistani militants that paralyzed the Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008. Ten gunmen killed 164 people in that three-day rampage.

Terrorist training manuals in PDF format in German, English and Arabic were among the documents, too, according to intelligence sources.

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U.S. intelligence sources tell CNN that the documents uncovered are "pure gold;" one source says that they are the most important haul of al Qaeda materials in the last year, besides those found when U.S. Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a year ago and killed the al Qaeda leader.

One document was called "Future Works." Its authorship is unclear, but intelligence officials believe it came from al Qaeda's inner core. It may have been the work of Younis al Mauretani, a senior al Qaeda operative until his capture by Pakistani police in 2011.

The document appears to have been the product of discussions to find new targets and methods of attack. German investigators believe it was written in 2009 -- and that it remains the template for al Qaeda's plans.

Investigative journalist Yassin Musharbash, a reporter with the German newspaper Die Zeit, was the first to report on the documents. One plan: to seize passenger ships. According to Musharbash, the writer "says that we could hijack a passenger ship and use it to pressurize the public."

Musharbash takes that to mean that the terrorists "would then start executing passengers on those ships and demand the release of particular prisoners."

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