A Crippling Blow to Al-Qaeda


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The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs last Sunday is a victory for America, the West and the entire free world. The death of bin Laden is a triumph for the victims, both living and dead, of the September 11th attacks, and a sign to the world that America does not forgive or forget crimes committed against its citizens. But the killing of bin Laden promises to be more than just a long-sought, symbolic victory. Though little is known at this early date, according to U.S. officials, documents and digital data captured by the U.S. forces that stormed bin Laden’s compound are already proving enormously invaluable. After the intelligence obtained from the operation is processed, last Sunday’s raid could very well be the greatest victory so far in the war on terror — all considerations of symbolism and justice aside.

The impact of bin Laden’s death, and America’s capture of troves of valuable intelligence, will be measurable in three key areas (not counting the aforementioned moral victory). Once he was found, the SEALs entered not just one man’s hideout, but what U.S. intelligence officials have called “an active command and control center.” In an interview with CNN, White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon compared the documents found in the compound to a “small college library,” a “really extraordinary” find — the largest ever seized in a single anti-terrorist operation.

Already made public was al-Qaeda’s interest in hitting American railway targets on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this year. The intelligence suggested the attack was in the “aspirational” stage — al-Qaeda had decided to move ahead, but did not yet have a plan in place about which trains to derail or what terminals to bomb. The intelligence also confirmed what is already known — for maximum psychological effect, the organization sought to strike out at the West on civic and religious holidays. Recall, for example, the attempt by terrorist Mohamed Osman Mohamad to bomb the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in lovely Portland, Oregon. While Mohamad may have been acting alone, he shared the same fondness for symbolic dates as al-Qaeda.

It will likely not be known for some time what other plots similar to the Portland bombing or the public transit attack have been discovered. And as is often the case with intelligence operations, it is possible that many of the counterintelligence victories achieved from the raid will never be known.

It is equally easy to accept that still further lives will be saved as al-Qaeda goes into damage-control mode and attempts to cope with a catastrophic breach of its operational security. Clearly, given how long it took bin Laden to be found, the organization places a high value on secrecy. If all the various factions of al-Qaeda were to be joined at any one place, it would likely be the top — with bin Laden himself. Furthermore, the raid caught the al-Qaeda leader completely by surprise, without giving him any opportunity to warn his fellow terrorists to seek cover or to destroy evidence. Indeed, two telephone numbers were found sewn into his clothes — one can only imagine how nervous the people at the other end of those telephone lines now are.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    "Al-Qaeda – a threat to the West" is a misleading statement, because Al-Qaeda is just one brand – an "impatient" brand of islam resorting to extreme violence right now. They just annoy the other islamic strategist representing the "legal" islam. Those pursue islamic victory by completely legal means shunning of their "impatient" co-religionists like Al-Qaeda.

    And the legal islam is already here and everywhere: in every mosque, university, government and in the US Army (covering for the greatest terror act in the army ever of "major" Hasan) and legalized imams in the US Army!!! Can you imagine Nazi propagandists in US Army of the 40s (for the need of a few ethnic German soldiers)?

    The drafts and links of the future terror attacks found in the Al Qaeda den do matter, yet the main islamic centers planning and financing the islamic invasion are Saudis on the one side, Iranians on the other, Pakistanis on the third: Islam in general. And this is not even mentioned.

    See "Why Pakistan knew it could hide Osama"
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0511/steyn050911

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    OBAMA'S 19TH LIE ABOUT THE MISSION TO KILL BIN LADIN

    Fox News counted 18 lies or "untruths" related to the administrations muddled story about the operation to capture/kill Osama bin Ladin. But there is a 19th lie misssed by Fox, the biggest whopper of them all: the whopper about Obama's canceled authorization to bomb bin Ladin's compound.

    Click my name to read my widely linked piece : Why Obama Delayed The Mission To Kill Bin Laden, And His 19th Lie.

  • bearone7777

    Hello,
    Best thing about all of this is that Mr. O-"DUMMY" had no other obvious ways to get around this. Navy-Seal Team Number-Six had there target in there sights, and the order was given to do the deed, and what was the deed? KILL THE TARGET. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. YOU KNOW WHAT? I AM JUST GLAD HE IS DEAD, AND GONE. VINDICATION FOR THE FORMER PRESIDENT-[BUSH]-AND KUDOS FOR THE "NAVY-SEALS".

    • Amused

      That's right , and you can thank Obama , the one you hate , for accomplishing "the deed " , which btw was a campaign promise , to hunt dsown and KILL bin Laden whether in Pakistan or not , with or without Pakistans co-operation . Forget that ? Of course you did , it went down that enormous memory hole .And I guess you forgot the torrent of criticism of that statement demonstrated by your idiot in charge , Limbaugh .

      • coyote3

        As far as I am concerned he can attack Iran, the country that actually invaded us, and nuke every living thing there, and I would still oppose him. Not for doing that, but for being "constitutionally incorrect", which is a nice way of saying he's a criminal.

  • Fred Dawes

    I will not go on about this, but read Alexander Gofen he gets what has happened and what will happen, he can see!

  • Jim_C

    You know any terrorists actively planning, now, have got to be nervous–and people in that state of mind can be tempted to do stupid things.

    I will be very interested to see what (if anything) happens in Pakistan in the coming months. Will they clean house? Will they pretend to clean house? Or will they keep feeding us (and the rest of the world) idiotically transparent b.s. lines?

    The pressure is on in all the right places.

  • Amused

    Kudos to Obama , you guys will choke on those words , but I'll give credit where credits due as did Obama – The United States ,and the Navy seals accomplished the mission .POTUS gave the credit to the US , it's intelligence agencies and the Navy Seals . Yes Bush AND Clinton played a role as both strived for the same goal .He was mocked in the campaign when he said he would do it whether it meant going into Pakistan ,with or without its approval , and he did . Had the mission failed , you would no doubt give him ALL the credit for that , but it didn't fail and you hypocrites lack the decency to get over your rabid hatred .So now here come the theories , the lies , the innuendo , and new aspersians cast . What a bunch of pathetic sorry arse phony patriots .

    • Fred Dawes

      You must Love People more and be good not bad. after all its about one idea one people and one leader under one rule and one great dream so get Behind the ideals of a Great Prison State for all.

      • Amused

        Dawes you racist mind is turning to incoherent jello .You must stop hating , and perhaps your ridiculous paranoid delusion of a "prison state " will diissipate . And please list the freedoms that have been abridged , especially YOURS , which lead you to believe such utter rubbish .

  • http://www.fx-exchange.com/ Bowmanave

    Osamas belated demise won't mean a damn thing. If he had to use couple of couriers to dispatch orders then he wasn't doing much ordering or planning.

    • WeMustResist

      Good point Bowmanave. It is a big contradiction if he was well hidden and a leader at at the same time. That cannot be done. A leader is in touch with his followers. Osama was out of touch so he could be secure. To get a meassage to him would have taken a long time, so he could be safe. There was no busy traffic in and out of his safe house. He was retired.

      • SpiritOf1683

        He wasn't retired. He still got his orders out of that house to his minions, whether on horseback or on foot. Getting orders out is still getting them out, whatever the method. An e-mail or phone call would have pinpointed his whereabouts, that is why he didn't use them. The rest of the Al Qaeda leadership does the same in their attempts to avoid detection. These are the sort of enemies where you do need eyes and ears on the ground the old-fashioned way.

  • sydchaden

    Our illustrious leaders and learned commentators do not appear to have grasped that bin Laden could have easily travelled to Mexico, walked across the border into the US, and then plotted the sequel to 9/ll in the comfort of San Francisco or another sanctuary city. Only a fool or a fanatic would have passed up that opportunity to remain in Pakistan, which explains why bin Laden's end came as it did.

  • SpiritOf1683

    It's a triumph for Bin Laden's victims and a feather in the cap for the West, but a victory it isn't. Al Qaeda is still around, as are the multitude of Islamic terrorist organisations and their enablers and financiers, and they're still dangerous and have to be eliminated. And last but not least, so is Islam and its unholy hate-filled killing manual otherwise known as the Koran, plus the hadiths which exhort Muslims to murder and subjugate infidels as their religious duty, and the hate-peddling clerics, mullahs, muftis and ayatollahs. Until they're all gone and on the ashheap of history, we cannot proclaim victory.

  • Jim_C

    I disagree that it wasn't a victory of sorts, and I even credit Mr. Bush in part for the reason why.

    The Muslim world greeted bin Ladin's death not with the gnashing of teeth and whacking themselves on the head with swords, but with a certain breath of relief. Given the "Arab Spring" and the various protests, etc., could it possibly be they are tired of their own nonsense?

    I am watching with great interest those who are acting defensively, who are making excuses, who are "cracking down" on their own people. Surely there is more violence to come, but the ethos of al Qaeda does not seem especially fashionable, anymore.

  • Amused

    It was a victory , in that it was PAYBACK .And most appropriately done -a bullet in the face . Justice served . The war on terror ? No one on the left or right , in their right mind thinks the war has been won or is it anywhere near over . bin Laden was onbe man , but one man we said we would hunt down and kill , and that is done . The war will continue until islam is put in its place . A battle is won , and there are many more to come , so lets get #2 and then #3 , right down the line and in the same manner . No trials are necessarry no apologies for killing them outright is required .There are no trials in war , it is Kill or be Killed .