By Karen J. Greenberg
This quantity of displays by way of a bunch of gurus on overseas terrorism and Al Qaeda represent a useful synopsis of present wisdom in this terrorist team and the guidelines in position to counter threats of destiny assaults. The articles give a contribution to knowing how Al Qaeda has developed from a circulate to an ideology, what impact it has on center East balance and what persisted probability it's to the U.S., Europe, and different components of the area. The individuals, from academia, examine facilities, executive corporations and the media, characterize a go component of famous specialists on Al Qaeda and foreign terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the administrative Director of the guts on legislations and protection on the manhattan collage tuition of legislation. She is a traveling Professor of ecu stories at ny collage and a member of the Council on overseas relatives. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).
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Q. AUDIENCE PARTICIPANT: This question is directed to Mr. Bergen. You said that we have not begun the war of ideas. I just would like to hear what your response will be to the press when they continuously say that the detainees down in Guant´anamo Bay, Cuba, have been there two-plus years and have not provided anything relevant to the war on terror. A. PETER BERGEN: I think it is factually correct to say that the press has repeatedly said that the information coming out of Guant´anamo is not particularly useful.
So there is plenty of money out there, and terrorism is inexpensive really. A. PETER BERGEN: Yes, terrorism is a very cheap form of warfare. The first World Trade Center attack cost something like $10,000. Ahmed Ressam was planning to blow up LAX Airport with $12,000. It is sort of a feel-good exercise when we say we are going to cut down the money supply, and the Treasury Department closes down $150 million or so in terms of terrorist financing. But it is not about money, it is about belief. 22 Fallows, Bergen, Hoffman, and Simon You cannot persuade people in their twenties to fly passenger jets into large buildings because of money.
What we see today is a more diffuse phenomenon, with less centralized and more opaque relationships and a far less transparent command and control structure. Let me move on to al Qaeda today. Al Qaeda has proven itself to be a remarkably nimble, flexible, and adaptive entity. It rebounded from the loss of Afghanistan to an extent I do not think was ever fully appreciated. More recently, however, al Qaeda has been able to reconfigure itself into an organization more reflective of an ideology than it once was.