The Al-Qaeda Media Machine
Seib, Philip, Military Review
LIKE AN AGING ROCK STAR who has dropped out of the public eye, Osama bin-Laden occasionally decides to remind people that he's still around. He makes video appearances that first appear on Arabic television channels but which the world quickly sees on television or on multiple Web sites. Bin-Laden's message is "Hey, they haven't caught me yet," which cheers up his fans, but bis threats and pronouncements are mostly terrorist boilerplate. For all the parsing of his sentences and scrutinizing of the color of his beard, hardly anything in his videos helps us better understand and combat terrorism.
Meanwhile, significant Al-Qaeda media efforts go largely unnoticed by news …
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Publication information: Article title: The Al-Qaeda Media Machine. Contributors: Seib, Philip - Author. Journal title: Military Review. Volume: 88. Issue: 3 Publication date: May/June 2008. Page number: 74+. © 2009 U.S. Army CGSC. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.