Al Qaeda In Disarray?
The training tapes they left behind still look scary and the voice of Osama bin Laden has never been more threatening, but privately several senior U.S. officials tell CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart they have concluded that al Qaeda has effectively been defeated and are now planning on how to battle its successor. Officials say they have detected that supporters of al Qaeda have also begun exploring a post-bin Laden future. Rather than choose a successor from among bin Laden’s sons or surviving lieutenants who are already sought by U.S. agencies, the organization may select from a group of men who have largely stayed underground. U.S. authorities, according to one official, have already identified some of those potential leaders. Bin Laden himself, these officials believe, is still alive but has essentially lost tactical control of his fast shrinking organization. Full Story