Embassy-Closing Terror Plot Uncovered on Al Qaeda Conference Call
For the first time in history, a group of managers were able to sit down and prepare for a major project on a conference call. It’s just that all the managers were al Qaeda managers, and the major project was a terrorist attack.
A bizarre story from The Daily Beast, based on clearly targeted leaks from U.S. officials, holds that the communications intercepted by the U.S. government wasn’t just any old email or text—it was a full conference call between nearly two dozen representatives from various al Qaeda branches.
“This was like a meeting of the Legion of Doom,” one U.S. intelligence officer told The Daily Beast, referring to the coalition of villains featured in the Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends.
In case you were wondering why al Qaeda has thus far been unable to follow up on the spectacularly successful (from their point of view) September 11 attacks, this conference call may provide a critical clue: Perhaps, like many a Silicon Valley wunderkind before them, al Qaeda’s senior management team transformed a once-agile organization into a stodgy, hidebound old clunker of a corporation and have since occupied themselves with meetings, PowerPoints and mission / vision statement revisions. Either that or someone droned the shit out of every new project launch leader.
The Gawker article also contains some interesting speculation on why US officials are releasing this information now, why they’re willing to reveal intelligence-gathering methods they want to jail Snowden for disclosing, why they’re closing down embassies again, etc. Worth a read.