Al-Qaeda’s Counter Intelligence Op’s

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has recently released a report regarding long term Egyption terrorist Muhammad Khalil al-Hakaymah. He is a long standing member of Jamaa Islamiya and has, along withother top leaders of this group, sworn allegiance to Al-Qaeda to combat the West in the War on Terror.

Brian Fishman at CTC West Point states:

Al-Hakaymah recently joined Al-Qa’ida and seems to aspire to be its chief intelligence analyst. His report indicates that Al Qa’ida has evolved from studying U.S. security tactics and electoral politics to more sophisticated analyses of U.S. bureaucratic structure and weaknesses. Whereas security planners have tended to think of bureaucratic limitations as internal problems that may limit our ability to detect, prevent, or respond to an attack, we must now consider that Al Qa’ida will actively attempt to exploit these weaknesses. (emphasis mine ~ed)

What this simple statement means is that Al-Qaeda is studying the way the U.S government works and is using the media to influence the actions of the US through political manipulation. If they can influence electoral politics to elect sympathetic “anti-war” politicians to public office in the United States they will have won a major victory. They are actively waging a campaign of information warfare through the Internet and Main Stream Media outlets. The West needs to take appropriate action to counter this threat, it is a 21st century warfare tactic and the Jihadi’s are using it well.

The entire report in .pdf format is available for download at CTC West Point here. Bill Rogio has more information at The Fourth Rail.

8 Responses to “Al-Qaeda’s Counter Intelligence Op’s”

  1. John Ryan Says:

    the muslims know about this blog ? OH NO ! now they will know allo of our most important secrets and stuff

  2. John Ryan Says:

    How about a post on nominee Gates replying to the question “Are we winning in Iraq”? (response from Gates) “No,sir”

  3. “the muslims know about this blog ? OH NO ! now they will know allo of our most important secrets and stuff”

    You really don’t know jack shit about information warfare do you (or care for that matter)? Besides that I think your on the wrong thread.

    “How about a post on nominee Gates replying to the question “Are we winning in Iraq”? (response from Gates) “No,sir””

    You’ll need to go to a mainstream blog like Wizbang! for that, I don’t typically do the “echo-chamber” bit and post on that sort of thing, what’s the point when everyone else is doing it? However, since you asked the guy is probably a douche bag who has no intention of making an effort to win (and only his own political aspirations in mind).

  4. The forum associated with Hakaymah and Co. is actually one of the more interesting sites of that type. For those so inclined: http://www.almedad.com/vb/

  5. Thanks for the link Aaron.

  6. Forrest Says:

    If they can influence electoral politics to elect sympathetic “anti-war” politicians to public office in the United States they will have won a major victory.

    That has it ass-backwards. If anything, they’d encourage the neocons using this analysis of American politics. They want to inflame racial hatred between Americans of any color and Arabs. They want the war in Iraq to continue, because it doesn’t harm them– they’re mostly in Pakistan– and it turns tens of thousands of ordinary Arabs against the U.S. They don’t want to lose their main recruiting tool. This was what happened during the American Revolution and the Civil War, too– the excesses of any side turned average, uncommitted citizens against that side.

  7. Forrest,
    So by your logic Al-Hakaymah actually meant that they are going to use the U.S Electoral system to try and have politicians elected who are willing to fight? It would probably help if you went and read the complete articles I linked instead of basing your reply on my single paragraph of interpretation.

    It appears by your statement that you believe Al-Qaeda actually wants Western nations to combat Salafism because it gives them a “recruiting tool”. I’ve never believed that line of thought and dismissed it as ridiculous. Regardless of whether the “neo-cons” “gave” Al-Qaeda a recruiting tool I’m sure the Salafi victim-mentality could find a suitable replacement soon enough. Also, I’d like to point out that Al-Qaeda, in the current climate, is more a sweeping generalization that includes Wahhabi’s and Salafi’s than a single entity. AQ has “officially declared” operation groups in over 30 countries in Dar al-Harb, if you bothered to do any actual research at all you would know this.

  8. ya need an allegiance.. sworm agaist Al-Qaeda
    & all research happening online.. study them.. know them.. defeat them.. To know them even better than ourselves, but that in itself is dangerous.. to know that evil & have it running 24/7 in your mind daily what a bummer, if that is what we need to do lets do it!.

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