A former personal bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden says he is certain the al-Qaeda leader is planning an attack on the U.S. In the first television interview with an al-Qaeda member close to bin Laden since 9/11, Abu Jandal tells Bob Simon first-hand details about the world's most wanted man for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, April 2 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT)on the CBS Television Network.
Let's set this up by reading a former post (if you haven't already), Jihad: A War On Terror Or A Clash Of Civilizations?, which links to a recent article by Tony Corn entitled, World War IV As Fourth-Generation Warfare.
From Mr. Corn's article:
From the point of view of threat assessment, the much-discussed theological distinction between a greater (spiritual) and lesser (physical) jihad is utterly irrelevant, and the only thing that matters is the praxeological distinction between three modalities of jihad as practiced: jihad of the sword, of the hand, and of the tongue.
Let's look at jihad of the tongue. In this instance, it means propaganda. It means lies, half-truths, distortions, and exaggerations to promote the advancement of Islam and the destruction of the west. So let's look at some jihad of the tongue, courtesy of Abu, shall we?
It's been long speculated that bin Laden is hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan, but Abu Jandal says Afghanistan is the place. "Not Pakistan. I know the Pakistani tribe along the border very well. Yes, they can be very trustworthy and faithful to their religion and ideology, but they are also capable of selling information for nothing," he says.
This is a prime example of what is known as a "smokescreen". Let's see a show of hands of all who believe that he is being truthful, in this instance? He tells us not to look in Pakistan, because he is in Afghanistan. So it's easy to see that he doesn't want us to look in Pakistan, right? Now, that seems easy. Just keep looking in Pakistan. But wait. What if we look in Pakistan, because we think he is lying to us, but he is in fact using reverse psychology and therefore really is telling us the truth, so we will do the opposite? That means we need to look in Afghanistan, then.
See how confusing this is?
By doing a simple interview and stating something that appears to be so benign on the surface, he has confounded some, if not many. This goes to show just how incredibly difficult the intelligence business really is. When you make your living trying to find answers and people that don't want you to find those answers are continually giving off mixed messages, it isn't so easy. That is why I have to laugh at the Democrats for coming up with a campaign promise to find bin Laden, like no one has been trying for the last 4+ years.
At any rate, it will be interesting to see what other smokecreens, he will try to throw out tomorrow evening. Whatever answers he gives, I won't be willing to buy many of them.
Cross posted at The Wide Awakes