Tagged: al Qaeda

Threat of lawsuit spiked UK report on ‘head of state’ funding of al Qaeda

Was it a sharp-eyed editor’s discovery of a false story, or outside forms of influence that caused a major London newspaper to spike its story yesterday about an unnamed “head of state” whose inner circle  has been funding al Qaeda? It turns out that threats of a lawsuit under Britain’s archaic “guilty until proven innocent” libel laws, briefly caused the...

Listen to this anti-war protester. He has a point. Now he should get back in the fight.

It’s easy to dismiss the Washington Post‘s breathless, over-the-fold, front-page story that a “US official” had resigned in protest of Afghan war policy. The prominently placed headline implied that a senior figure in the Obama administration had quit. In reality, the official was a very low-level operational person on the ground who had been with the State Department for barely...

Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War: Short-term message strategies to combat the terrorists

This ground-breaking monograph by J Michael Waller departs from the conventional view of public diplomacy and international communication in time of war and argues for deploying messages as weapons of attack against the terrorists and other extremists. Proposing an immediate-term strategy that requires no bureaucratic reorganization or major budgetary changes, Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War is designed for...

Undermining the war on terror: Top American Muslim groups courted by the Bush administration have used their political cover to launch influence operations and extend support to terrorists

Published by Insight magazine, a weekly of the Washington Times, March 18, 2003 by J. Michael Waller Terrorists and their supporters are doing their best to weave themselves into the political fabric of American society, say specialists in homeland security. They are operating front groups and charities to finance their operations, and they are running influence operations to weaken federal...

The Wahhabi Lobby takes the offensive

Published in Insight magazine, a weekly of the Washington Times, August 5, 2002. by J. Michael Waller Totalitarian regimes in the Middle East have targeted the United States with a well-financed influence campaign that is being rooted in American politics. Veteran watchers of the “active-measures” programs of the former Soviet Union say this Islamist propaganda offensive bears an uncanny resemblance...

Domestic front in the war on terror

By J Michael Waller, Insight, January 7, 2002 The brochure warns: “Don’t talk to the FBI. The FBI is looking for information to use against you, your family and/or your community.” It has been posted on the Internet since 1997 by the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF). Many militant groups and their supporters, from the antiglobalist anarchists to...