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By Karen J. Greenberg

This quantity of shows by way of a gaggle of experts on overseas terrorism and Al Qaeda represent a necessary synopsis of present wisdom in this terrorist workforce and the rules in position to counter threats of destiny assaults. The articles give a contribution to knowing how Al Qaeda has advanced from a stream to an ideology, what impact it has on heart East balance and what endured risk it truly is to the USA, Europe, and different parts of the realm. The individuals, from academia, learn facilities, executive organizations and the media, signify a go component of famous specialists on Al Qaeda and foreign terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the administrative Director of the guts on legislation and safeguard on the manhattan college tuition of legislations. She is a vacationing Professor of ecu stories at ny college and a member of the Council on overseas relatives. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).

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The Moroccans carried out the bombing in Madrid and the van Gogh murder in the Netherlands. But a further, emergent issue is the problem with sleepers, people like Lionel Dumont and Willie Brigitte. Dumont, apprehended in Germany, was completely off law enforcement lists and intelligence screens until his apprehension. Brigitte, a member of Lashkar-e-Toiba, who was apprehended in Australia, was similarly unknown. And then there are two particularly interesting cases in London; namely, those of Asif Mohammed Hanif and Omar Khan Sharif, two British Muslims of Kashmiri extract who were attracted to radical jihadism by al Muhajiroun through the Finsbury Mosque.

Al Qaeda was a standing army of a notional sovereign Dar al-Islam, the world of Islam. In Afghanistan, you could see that articulated in a very explicit way by bin Laden himself in his 1996 declaration of war and then further played out in Chechnya, Kashmir, Tajikistan, in the seventh brigade of the Bosnian army, and, of course, in Somalia which was a formative experience for the group. That was then and this is now. There was a transition sometime in the 1998 time frame, probably spurred by the attacks against American interests in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, and in Dhahran in 1995 and 1996.

MICHAEL SCHEUER: I just have a short comment, first on Mr. Bergen’s description of the narrative of The 9/11 Commission Report as being superb, and I think it is. But I also think it is a terrible hoax on the American people in that it is always easy to write history if you start at the end and work backwards. It is like looking at the Civil War; if you start from Mr. McClean’s porch at Appomattox, the Union victory looks certain. If you start from John Brown’s raid, it is not so certain. One of the tremendous flaws in this now-accepted piece of American scripture is that, somehow, any intelligence analyst on earth could have known any of that information.

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