Saturday, May 07, 2005

More terrorists seized in Pakistan 

It's called a chain reaction: Pakistani authorities are said to have arrested seven or eight other Al Qaeda members following their capture of Al Qaeda's number 3, Abu Farraj al-Libbi a few days ago. One of the seized is another senior terrorist figure with a $4 million bounty on his head (al-Libbi's was $5 million).

It's not just al-Libbi who is apparently singing, but his magic notebook might soon provide a wealth of information:
U.S. officials are working feverishly to decipher numbers and apparent codes in a notebook retrieved from suspected al Qaeda leader Abu Faraj al-Libbi...

Sources said officials believe al-Libbi's seized notebook contains "hot" contact information. They said officials are hopeful the notebook contains useful information because al-Libbi was stunned when he was captured...

Al-Libbi was trying to destroy the notebook when he was apprehended, multiple sources said.
Hopefully, when the experts succeed in deciphering the contents of the notebook, unlike "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (the movie is highly recommended) the answer to Life, the Universe and the Whereabouts of Osama bin Laden will not be "42".

I particularly liked the observation that al-Libbi was stunned when captured - "One senior official described al-Libbi as 'shocked' and enraged. 'He thought he was invincible,' the source said. 'He was caught with his pants down. This was not the time and place of his choosing'." I guess it never is. But just how much stunned?

That much. You would be too, if you were cornered by Pakistani security agents disguised as burqa-clad women.


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