In a State of Political Theater: The Bin Laden Raid and Government disinformation

The latest and greatest:

Al Qaeda Playbook Revealed

“U.S. intelligence is now in possession of a veritable “playbook” of al Qaeda operations — from potential terror attack targets to information on international safe houses and top commanders — thanks to the Navy SEAL raid that took down Osama bin Laden Sunday, officials told ABC News today.”

The US military/intelligence community has been on the hunt for the “Al Qaeda Playbook” for years and years, letting sources milk untold amounts of money out of the US Defense establishment in pursuit of a myth, a fabrication, something that never existed.  I’ve seen this up close and its absolutely disgusting.  Even low level intelligence analysts were telling me that the AQ playbook is total BS.

Think about it, why would a decentralized organization that consists of a loose nit group of autonomous terror cells make a playbook?  And if they did, what use could it possibly have?

Today, it was also splashed all over the headlines that Al Qaeda confirms that Bin Laden is dead and vows revenge.  This message comes to us via SITE, an organization led by Rita Katz, whose father was executed by the Saddam regime for being an alleged Israeli spy.  SITE claims to be a terrorist watchdog that monitors internet chatter.  They have also been the origin of many other dubious AQ and UBL messages.

Needless to say, I would be highly skeptical of much of the information propaganda being put out at the moment.

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2 responses to “In a State of Political Theater: The Bin Laden Raid and Government disinformation

  1. Good points, all, fellow skeptic. There’s more about the whole deal that smells funny to me, but who knows.

    Nevertheless, I cling to my prophet status!

  2. This story is so ludicrous that I don’t even know which angle to attack it from first. They claim to kill him and in the same press release say they dumped his body. Oh, and they also will provide no DNA, video, or photographic evidence that he was killed. This is so insane that I really think it is going to blow up in the current administrations face. I will close by quoting something John Robb posted on his blog the other day:

    “Too little too late. A couple of trillion $$ and ten years late. Too little in that we got a corpse instead of a captive, when there was an opportunity to take him alive (or “mostly dead” if you get the reference). In all, we got more of a PR stunt than an actual historical event. Why? A trial could be cathartic and that is dangerous. It would reveal the gap between demonization and reality. It would also deflate the fear bubble. Fear was/is so useful in making the defense and homeland security dollars flow (at levels beyond reason) and perpetuating the government’s emergency powers.”

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