This is not the terrorist you’re looking for

May 8th, 2005 – 8:59 pm
Tagged as: Terrorism

Apparently our Fearless Leader and his cronies are once again trying to act like a minor arrest is some great victory in the “War on Terror.” It’s just not true.

Bush called him a �top general� and �a major facilitator and chief planner for the Al- Qaeda network�. Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state, said he was �a very important figure�. Yet the backslapping in Washington and Islamabad has astonished European terrorism experts, who point out that the Libyan was neither on the FBI�s most wanted list, nor on that of the State Department �rewards for justice� programme.

Just who is this guy then?

�Al-Libbi is just a �middle-level� leader,� said Jean-Charles Brisard, a French intelligence investigator and leading expert on terrorism finance. �Pakistan and US authorities have completely overestimated his role and importance. He was never more than a regional facilitator between Al-Qaeda and local Pakistani Islamic groups.�

How many times do we have to go through this dog-and-pony show anyway?

[via Informed Comment]

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