Sunday, May 08, 2005

Number 3, number 389, what’s the difference?


The reason why the supposed number 3 man in Al Qaeda with the weird skin condition, who was captured last week by Pakistani agents wearing burqas, according to a BBC report which fails to say if they were men or women, and who was then beaten and drugged, has failed to give up any usable intelligence, is that he’s not particularly high up in AQ at all. The FBI still — I mean STILL — hasn’t figured out how Arab names work, exactly the problem that allowed some of the 9/11 hijackers into the country, and this guy has a similar name to another Libyan terrorist’s. “When The Sunday Times contacted a senior FBI counter-terrorism official for information about the importance of the detained man, he sent material on al-Liby, the wrong man.”

For those who wondered about my overly succinct dismissal of George Galloway, this post at Crooked Timber (for which, thanks to Tex) exactly matches my views of the man, but brings more knowledge to bear (hey, I live in California, what would I know about demagogic politicians!).

A little test: see how many news reports on the bombings in Burma, like this one from the AP, also mention that the military is using chemical weapons on rebels.

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