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Buying Your Way Into al-Qaeda

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  • Bruce Tefft
    http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20061031.aspx Buying Your Way Into al Qaeda October 31, 2006: Getting agents into Islamic terrorist
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2006
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      Buying Your Way Into al Qaeda

      October 31, 2006: Getting agents into Islamic terrorist organizations has
      proved very difficult. There are several reasons for this. First of all,
      most terrorists come from cultures where the language spoken (Arabic, for
      example) is difficult to learn, and there are not many speakers of these
      languages that could otherwise qualify for a job in the CIA or FBI. Then
      there are the problems with background checks. Islamic terrorists are big on
      background checks. Not only do they know how to use Google, but they will
      also, eventually, send someone to your "hometown" to ask questions. The CIA
      has discovered that, Google alone has made it much more difficult to create
      "legends" (the fake background information agents require). But the
      discovery that al Qaeda will even send people out to check legends, was
      really scary. With all that, al Qaeda is also very patient, and is willing
      to wait years, before giving a new guy more access to top people, and more
      important information.

      As a result of all these obstacles, the CIA has found it more effective to
      put more effort into recruiting existing terrorist leaders. Turns out that
      corruption has long been a problem with al Qaeda. While al Qaeda exists
      largely to fight the corruption of Moslem leaders, they have not been able
      to completely rid themselves of larcenous and deceptive habits. Among the
      many al Qaeda documents captured in Afghanistan, there were quite a few
      letters and reports dealing with embezzlement and other evidence of corrupt
      leadership. Apparently, many al Qaeda regulars eventually get tired of the
      life. It's a hard life, and often a very precarious one. Despite the culture
      of suicide and sacrifice within al Qaeda, many of the members have families,
      and attachments develop. Some members change their minds, and this provides
      opportunities for any CIA people who have some channels open to these guys.
      Opening up these channels, which allows some messages to be sent either way,
      is now a major effort. This sort of thing can be moved along quickly via the
      use of lots of money. You can get to the non-terrorist kin of al Qaeda
      members, or tribal leaders, by using cash. You can see where this is going.
      If you can't easily train agents to spy from inside al Qaeda, then work on
      hiring someone who is already there. Apparently, several of the al Qaeda big
      shots who were taken down, went partly because of information from an al
      Qaeda member that was already bought, or on short-term lease.



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