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Al Qaeda, Algeria attacks, and more US involved- Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013

The Jon Justice show 104.1 Fm
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
WB Channel 58/8
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Tucson, AZ
Broadcasted Live:  Monday, January 21, 2013
Approximate Time:   21  minutes
Podcast Author/Asst. Producer: Lenda Yu Brewer
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Daveed Gartenstein- Ross, Author of Bin Laden’s Legacy and writer on

Justice asks if Daveed has seen the latest Oscar nominated movie Zero Dark Thirty.  Of course, Daveed points out the fictionalization of the movie.  Justice says he thought of Daveed while analyzing the movie. It depicts real recognizable terrorists events with links to Bin Laden.  Daveed shares a perspective a colleague shared with him in regards to the movie, that it makes their job looks so much more interesting.   

Recent Attacks in Algeria  and Al Qaeda

Justice recaps the Attack that involved a gas plant worker and two Canadians helped according to the Algerian reports.  Al Qaeda is linked to a North African group.  Justice reads the listed reason it happened; is to target any country supporting France’s military intervention.

Daveed states this is a new target and has not experienced this magnitude. This now links several countries and follow up attacks. This involves pre planning and local networks.

American lives were lost. This then brings up the question on if and how the U.S. will be involved. Daveed explains what is involved, the characteristics of these groups.

War against Al Queda
There’s a split between the Pentagon and the White House. No one wants to have Americans involved out of fear of more Americans being risked in more terroristic events, but we also have to think back on the attack against the US in the American Embassy attack in Lybia.  We are playing a supportive role, as other countries are also taking action. 

Al Qaeda and North Africa Affiliate-But the real concern is:
Daveed explains the views on being part of Al Qaeda as a whole or part of a whole group. What the main concern is really, how dangerous are the groups, what are they capable of, what are their intentions and how big of a threat are they to us?

What is our threat level now?
Justice asks how much of a threat are we under now. As before we used to have signals of yellow,orange warning levels. Daveed reassures us, we are under less threat and we will do our best to continue that level. He goes into more details.


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