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Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts
The Daily Beast ^ | August 7, 2013 | Eli Lake and Josh Rogin

Posted on 08/07/2013 5:54:15 AM PDT by don-o

t wasn’t just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures—but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report.

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.

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Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion between the two al Qaeda leaders happened in a conference call that included the leaders or representatives of the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence. All told, said one U.S. intelligence official, more than 20 al Qaeda operatives were on the call.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 08/07/2013 5:54:15 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Not buying it. This is too well-planned/staged. The government’s not in the business of telling our enemies what we know.


2 posted on 08/07/2013 5:56:27 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: don-o

This can’t be true. Dear Leader said that al Qaeda is “on the run”.


3 posted on 08/07/2013 5:56:52 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: don-o

Fine. But not justification for archiving Americans phone calls and emails.


4 posted on 08/07/2013 5:57:52 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: don-o

A conference call? This sounds pretty hokey, if you ask me. If they are into conference calls...that means no one is truly running the organization, and there has to be some consensus by the top players before anything happens.

I can see an entire Delbert episode over this. Mullah Joe (CEO), talking with the production guys, the guys down in research and development, the CFO Mullah Marty, and the engineers who hate being pushed.

No, I think this was a set-up, and some IT gurus are laughing over what they created as a joke.


5 posted on 08/07/2013 5:58:32 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: don-o; hoosiermama; maggief; TigersEye; penelopesire; ConservativeMan55; AllAmericanGirl44; ...

Terrorist note to self:

1) throw away all cell and Sat phones
2) kill all current curriers
3) Change all safe houses
4) send thank you note to Susan Rice


6 posted on 08/07/2013 6:00:31 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: rarestia
Not buying it. This is too well-planned/staged. The government’s not in the business of telling our enemies what we know.

Are you saying that these writers are tools of the Obama regime?

7 posted on 08/07/2013 6:00:45 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o
Yeh right....big conference call.

But remember, one of the biggies of alqueda is "creating" an early "pretend attack" to see what happens.

So even though embassies are "sorta closed"....they're watching.

And they're patient. One day turned into a week?? And then a month??

8 posted on 08/07/2013 6:01:54 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: skeeter

Exactly. Trying to wave this around to justify domestic surveillance of the entire US is ridiculous.

I read in the foreign press, btw, that the latest AQ explosive device is clothing that is soaked in an explosive solution and allowed to dry - and then makes its wearer into a walking bomb. I’m not sure how it’s triggered, but it’s apparently undetectable by any method we now use.


9 posted on 08/07/2013 6:02:39 AM PDT by livius
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To: Sacajaweau
So even though embassies are "sorta closed"....they're watching

Yeah, that was my point.

So, they postpone the attack for a week, or two. Or until next year. No biggie.

This has 'false flag' written all over it.

10 posted on 08/07/2013 6:05:10 AM PDT by wbill
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To: don-o
So what genius decided to publish ... "Hey ... listen to what WE'VE heard .. "

here

11 posted on 08/07/2013 6:08:18 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: don-o

Yeah sure still trying to get a cover up on all this bunch of filthy trash has done..all of a sudden they are sharing this stuff with us..


12 posted on 08/07/2013 6:12:04 AM PDT by PLD
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To: don-o

So NSA spying on Americans had nothing to do with gathering info on the alledged terrorism threat...got it.


13 posted on 08/07/2013 6:12:25 AM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: don-o

This leak is worse than anything Snowden leaked.

To leak the super secret ability means there is panic. The need to appear to be doing something trumps national security


14 posted on 08/07/2013 6:12:43 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: livius
Obama's internal polls must show the NSA thing has seriously damaged his standing with the democrat base.

I heard the news about the liquid explosives - I don't know if I believe that either.

Its a shame we don't have a competent news media anymore.

15 posted on 08/07/2013 6:13:05 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: pepsionice
A conference call?

That made me chuckle, too. I can just hear it:

"OK, Abdul, can you give a brief summary of what this call is about today?"

"Mohammed, can you please mute your phone? We can hear those camels bleating in the background. Thank you."

"Does anyone have any questions? Anyone? Hussein, you had problems grasping the last sinister plot. Are you sure you understand this one?"
16 posted on 08/07/2013 6:14:25 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: don-o

This is an Onion article, right? So do we get to see the PowerPoint slide deck and promotional Slinky and coffee mugs passed out to all the participants?


17 posted on 08/07/2013 6:19:48 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: don-o

If the regime revealed what info they got from where,tipping the terrorist off, its akin to selling the country out and being a traitor,IMHO.


18 posted on 08/07/2013 6:20:39 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It is difficult to believe that anything the government says isn’t obfuscating BS? Terrorists’ conference call???? Right.


19 posted on 08/07/2013 6:20:40 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: subterfuge

Now 0bie said that he doesn’t spy on Americans on Leno so it must true. 0bie is going down as the most treasonous, tyrranical, lying POS president that has ever existed in the U.S. Also the first black president and probably last black president unless they’re someone with integrity like Allen West. But no more black thug loving presidents please.


20 posted on 08/07/2013 6:20:48 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: don-o
Ahhh, so THIS is why the phony alerts were issued over the weekend: to show how necessary it is to collect all of our phone, email, and Internet information.

I hear a lot of Republicans defending this blatant 4th amendment violation too.

21 posted on 08/07/2013 6:21:24 AM PDT by Washi
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To: crosslink

Exaclty from now on intel like that will be next to impossible to get thanks to the regime. We now have terrorsits running the govt.


22 posted on 08/07/2013 6:22:28 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Maybe AQ knows how to run a PPT presentation from their laptop, ‘cause no one I ever worked for could manage it.


23 posted on 08/07/2013 6:24:09 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Its a shame we don't have a competent news media anymore.

They are competent.

They just don't do fair and balanced.

They shill for the communist/terrorist left 24/7.

Sins of omission the worst of all.

24 posted on 08/07/2013 6:25:25 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: don-o

I don’t understand why the details were released of who they heard talking. Now, they make Zawari change how he communicates.


25 posted on 08/07/2013 6:26:00 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: don-o

Did they use gotomeeting or webex??


26 posted on 08/07/2013 6:27:18 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: crosslink

‘A conference call’?? LOL..sorry but that strikes me as ridiculous! If true though,it really puts the lie to Obama regime claim that AQ is on the run. Heck...if we are to believe this..the animals are scheduling conference calls and basically operating unmolested. So tell us again how useful the NSA domestic spying is again Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain? Sounds like the NSA should turn those ears to the Middle East and stop using the technology to coerce and harass the Statists political enemies on behalf of Obama.

Here is the big problem....they think most in this country are stupid enough to buy all the conflicting lies and perhaps they are right! Even Fox News seems to think the A Rod story is more important than getting to the bottom of Benghazi and the collapse of our foreign policy in Middle East.

Heaven help us!


27 posted on 08/07/2013 6:33:37 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: skeeter
Its a shame we don't have a competent news media anymore.

The news media is to news as Cheez Wiz is to cheese. They don't do news. They do "processed news product." They are largely just stenographers for the government establishment and their advertisers.

An easy way to know if your "news" media source is not legitimate journalism is if they have regular one-on-one interviews with government officials and corporate execs. Access to those people is the leverage used to make sure those media outfits never go too fqr off script.

28 posted on 08/07/2013 6:35:33 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: pepsionice
A conference call?

[beep].....Mr. Al-Zawahiri, Mr. Abu Kablam Jihad Jihad Kaboom Hussein Jihad has just joined the conference. [beep}


29 posted on 08/07/2013 6:45:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: crosslink

A conference call? Seriously??

/bs


30 posted on 08/07/2013 6:47:37 AM PDT by maggief
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To: don-o

So much for the GoToMeeting facetime meeting set up for the 10th after last prayer.


31 posted on 08/07/2013 6:49:38 AM PDT by moovova
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To: don-o

AQ and Taliban do not use telephone or internet to communicate - haven’t since the Bush years when they learned early on that when they used the telephone or internet to discuss terrorist business that a drone or Seal team would soon pay a visit. I suspect the bad guys are playing games with us and sitting back having a good laugh because of all the havoc they can cause.


32 posted on 08/07/2013 6:54:24 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: don-o

Loose lips sink ships. If you have a direct link to their conference calls, why tell the enemy that you are listening in?


33 posted on 08/07/2013 6:56:20 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: penelopesire

If they,the terrorists, know our top officialis are sympathectic to terrorism they are likely to try anything.


34 posted on 08/07/2013 7:01:58 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: elpadre
I suspect the bad guys are playing games with us and sitting back having a good laugh because of all the havoc they can cause.

NSA? Organizing For America? Jarrett, Carney, and Hillary?

35 posted on 08/07/2013 7:10:17 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: rodguy911

True that! Good point.


36 posted on 08/07/2013 7:11:54 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: bert

I agree. I just wonder what the panic is about. Could be two things- big attack planned, or Obama’s popularity.


37 posted on 08/07/2013 7:24:26 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: don-o

If this is a false run and it’s August - it could be a plan for September. September is their favorite month.


38 posted on 08/07/2013 7:26:02 AM PDT by marychesnutfan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

After a while, the ‘team’ would admit to the CEO that they aren’t team-orientated, and they need an off-site to do team exercises, and get themselves back into the grove.

Then Warren would comment about the ethnic nature of the team, and there just enough Asians. The HR Mullah would look around and eventually agree. So a Asian recruitment officer would be appointed and given high priority to bring Asians onboard.

Later, Mullah Danny would comment about his promised status promotion, and the lack of new interns under his view.

Finally, someone would comment that the ISO 9000 rating was in jeopardy unless they spent $2 million on a audit and a review. Everyone would be scared about the lack of labels on drawers, and the general disrepair of the coffee machine....all of which could hurt their ratings attempt.


39 posted on 08/07/2013 7:27:34 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: don-o
A "conference call"?

Yeah, sure.....and next week Al Queda will have a meeting of its board of directors to discuss plans for a convention in Tampa.

Leni

40 posted on 08/07/2013 7:33:28 AM PDT by MinuteGal (West-Central Florida Get-Together Brunch - Next Sat. Freepmail me @ "MinuteGal")
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To: don-o

The topic of the “conference call” was: “How to React to the Cheezy Video” that no-one saw.


41 posted on 08/07/2013 7:54:00 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I understand we've determined the location of their next meeting. They must listen to the Rush Limbaugh show.
42 posted on 08/07/2013 8:05:56 AM PDT by reegs
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To: crosslink

Why don’t they use one of the Internet meeting sites?
Call to Worship. Er Call to Meeting.com


43 posted on 08/07/2013 8:10:14 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then)
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To: don-o

Either this is a load of crap, or this Administration is even more stupid than we thought. Well, actually, I suppose it could be both...


44 posted on 08/07/2013 8:14:18 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: don-o

We’re scarred to death of these camel humpers. It’s pathetic.

“God damn” soetoro.


45 posted on 08/07/2013 8:19:34 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: don-o

See, NSA phone spying on everyone is necessary.


46 posted on 08/07/2013 8:22:44 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: don-o

Reilly? Does anybody with half a brain believe this horse crap?


47 posted on 08/07/2013 8:28:56 AM PDT by maddogtiger
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To: maddogtiger

What’s next ?

Video conference via webcams ?


48 posted on 08/07/2013 8:45:31 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: don-o
Al Qaeda leaders had assumed the conference calls, which give Zawahiri the ability to manage his organization from a remote location, were secure. But leaks about the original intercepts have likely exposed the operation that allowed the U.S. intelligence community to listen in on the al Qaeda board meetings.

“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. The official said Zawahiri announced to the broader organization during the meeting that Wuhayshi had been promoted to “Ma’sul al-Amm,” an Arabic term that roughly translates as “general manager.”

Gosh, yeah. Just like Dr. Evil. Please send in James Bond. Or Austin Powers. Yeaaaaaahhhh Baby!!!!

49 posted on 08/07/2013 9:11:13 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: don-o
Are you saying that these writers are tools of the Obama regime?

0bama: "This is why we closed our embassies."

MSM: "This is why we closed our embassies."

0bama: "We intercepted an al Qaeda conference call."

MSM: "We intercepted an al Qaeda conference call."

0bama: "There were more than 20 al Qaeda operatives including the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations."

MSM: "There were more than 20 al Qaeda operatives including the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations."

50 posted on 08/07/2013 10:48:32 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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