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Playing Offense

“After 9/11, the gloves come off.” – COFER BLACK, former director, CIA Counterterrorism Center. And the brass knuckles came on. America’s frontline agents in the war on terror have hacked into foreign banks, used secret prisons overseas, and spent over $20 million bankrolling friendly Muslim intelligence services. They have assassinated al Qaeda leaders, spirited prisoners to nations with brutal human-rights records, and amassed files equal to a thousand encyclopedias. But the war is far from over. Last week, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy exhorted the faithful to strike at western embassies and businesses. The injunction, from Ayman al-Zawahiri, came on the heels of bombings in Morocco and Saudi Arabia and caused the United States to close diplomatic posts overseas and increase the homeland security warning level from yellow to orange. Al Qaeda, one FBI veteran explained, “has one more 9/11 in them.” Full Story

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