Saturday, April 01, 2006

Meet Abu Jandal

From Drudge comes a preview of an upcoming interview with Osama's former body guard on CBS's "60 Minutes".

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


All_I_Can_Stands said...

I find it interesting that:

1) This is 60 minutes
2) Osama's bodyguard is making claims he is planning another attack in the US
3) This story comes out the same week the Democrats reveal that part of their agenda is promising to "get Bin Ladin"


LASunsett said...

The marketing campaign begins with CBS giving some free press. Wait until they announce the tie-in promotion.

A.C. said...

Moussaoui also recently said "you're allowed to lie for jihad" as he was waxing on about his grandiose role in 9/11.

But I'm confused about something. Is this bodyguard guy in lock up?

LASunsett said...

Is this bodyguard guy in lock up?

Good question, but damned if I know.

Always On Watch said...

When Muslims speak, remember that taqiyya may come into play. Anything to further the cause of allah.

Mustang said...

If allah wants to receive all of his really good servants from the Middle East -- e.g., furthering the cause of Islam, then I absolutely agree with AOW that we should expedite that meeting.

Always On Watch said...

I watched this segment of 60 Minutes very carefully. I came away feeling that Abu Jandal is totally committed to the jihadi cause. He may be on hiatus right now, but he would willingly do whatever is asked of him.


LASunsett said...


Honestly, after writing this, I didn't even have time to see it and haven't had time to look for the transripts, yet. It's a bit odd that this guy is talking to the American press, so I cannot believe that this guy is doing a public service to anyone, except his radical jihadist friends.

He is right about one thing, they are planning attacks. And they are being foiled, at least for now. But, one will eventually get through. There have been some real close calls. It's only a matter of time before one slips through the cracks and hits.

Always On Watch said...

Yes, the inevitabitlity is a certainty. And an attack doesn't have to be as well-organized as 9/11 because a lone wolf can work terrible mayhem.

Remember when GWB grounded all the planes on 9/11? Smart move! Of course, we don't know exactly what else was supposed to happen that day. I fear that one day we'll find out, though.