AFTER A DECADE AT WAR WITH WEST, AL QAEDA STILL IMPERVIOUS TO SPIES
The trouble is, the intelligence agencies would say that anyway, if they had an agent in place, and would sy they did if they didnt, too! Smoke and mirrors eh? A few agents in the Pakistani ISI might prove just as advantageous….
Treatment of captured insurgents was key according to Kitson. You have to turn them. Torturing them isnt a good way of doing that, chaps! Nor is executing them. Imagine if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had been turned into an asset rather than half drowned.
Bet ya Mossad has some roads in…
But does the article show a total misunderstanding of al Qaeda’s disorganised organisation. It seems theyre still looking for Weberian bureaucracies rather than networks. There is some recognition in this piece of the importance of family and tribe within the network, but the analysis remains Weberian in approach.
As long as you think of al Qaeda as an army, you won’t defeat it. [Today’s final exam discuss topic]