Internet aids terrorism
AL-QA'IDA is recruiting Western men to become Muslim
converts and carry out terrorist attacks, according to sources who have read the
classified version of a security assessment from the top spy agencies in the
The full five-page document of the National Intelligence Estimate -- a 1
1/2-page version was released for public consumption this week -- indicates that
Westerners outside the religious stereotype have trained at al-Qa'ida camps in
Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, sources said.
Aside from recruiting radical Muslims likely to associate with Osama bin
Laden's terror network, finding recruits not immediately recognisable as
associated with the Muslim community was a key objective of al-Qa'ida because of
the ability of such recruits to blend in with Western society, terror experts
The public version of the NIE report, published this week, rocked Washington
and Canberra with its disturbing portrait of an organisation regrouping, despite
five years of the war on terror.
The report indicated al-Qa'ida had recovered some of its strength to launch
attacks on US and European soil because of the protection of its leaders in
tribal areas of Pakistan and its emergence as a force in Iraq.
"If you think the public version is bleak, the classified version is worse,"
said a source who has read the report and who spoke with The Weekend Australian
on condition of anonymity. Pressed on the scope of al-Qa'ida infiltration and
what countries were involved, the source said any further detail could
compromise operational efforts by intelligence agencies to disrupt the networks.
However, it is understood Australia is not mentioned in this context.
Intelligence agencies pointed to the internet as boosting al-Qa'ida's efforts
to infiltrate and recruit in the West, a point alluded to in the declassified
portions of the NIE report this week.
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