Al Qaeda (al-Qaeda, al Qaida, al-Qaida, al Qa'ida, al-Qa'ida) is a terrorist organization being fought by the United States and others. They are generally believed to be behind the 2001-09-11 attacks.
The name "al-Qaida" was coined by the United States government based on the name of a computer file belonging to Osama bin Laden that listed the names of contacts he had made in Afghanistan and which referred to the organization as the "Qaida-al-jihad.
It is unclear whether al Qaeda is a real organization, or just a name used to connect largely unrelated groups having a similar mission (Islam extremism) under a single, more threatening umbrella in order to present a more frightening menace to the public. The organization does not use the name to refer to itself.
- 2015-01-12 [L..T] Jeremy Scahill on Paris Attacks, the al-Qaeda Link & the Secret U.S. War in Yemen "We speak to the reporter who broke this story, The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill, about al-Awlaki’s background and the Paris shooters' claims of militant ties."
- 2008-07-13 [Talk|Index] Overstating Our Fears § “The threat from Islamic terrorism is no larger now than it was before Sept. 11, 2001.”
- 2008-05-07 [Talk|Index] Neocons Admit that "War On Terror" Is a Hoax § “Key war on terror architect Douglas Feith has now confirmed Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Wesley Clark in admitting that the so-called War on Terror is a hoax.
- 2008-05-06 [Talk|Index] Terrorist Triage § “In those days [1998-2000] Sheehan was among that persistent, relentless and finally shrill chorus of voices trying to warn the Clinton administration that Osama bin Laden and his boys represented a horrific danger to the United States and its interests. Days after the October 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 American sailors, experienced analysts like Sheehan at the State Department and Richard A. Clarke at the White House were certain Al Qaeda was behind it, but there was no support for retaliation among the Clintonistas or, even less, the Pentagon.” Um... that last claim is so not true; Clinton bombed Afghanistan and Sudan specifically because of the threat he perceived from Osama. “But what's interesting is not that Sheehan was so right, for all the good it did, or that President Bill Clinton and then President George W. Bush were so wrong not to pay attention. What's interesting is Sheehan's argument now that Al Qaeda just isn't the existential-twilight-struggle threat it's often cracked up to be.”
- 2008-02 [Talk|Index] FPTV: How to Break a Terrorist § “How do you make a terrorist talk? Veteran FBI interrogator Jack Cloonan has broken some of al Qaeda's toughest operatives. In this special interview with FP, he shares some of his methods for making a terrorist tell all.” Two videos.
- 2008-01-13 [Talk|Index] Unraveling the Myth of Al Qaida § “The myth of "al Qaida" is built on an expansive foundation of many half-truths and hidden facts. It is a CIA creation. It was shaped by the agency to serve as a substitute "enemy" for America, replacing the Soviets whom the Islamist forces had driven from Afghanistan.”
- 2007-12-18 [Talk|Index] FBI, CIA Debate Significance of Terror Suspect § “Al-Qaeda captive Abu Zubaida, whose interrogation videotapes were destroyed by the CIA, remains the subject of a dispute between FBI and CIA officials over his significance as a terrorism suspect and whether his most important revelations came from traditional interrogations or from torture.”