Al-Qaeda Wants a Posse

by wjw on June 8, 2008

Got a plan to save the world? Check out the American Security Initiative, which is soliciting your ideas— well, your business plans— to make a safer world. (For business, I imagine.)

” . . . America’s first business plan competition devoted to our nation’s security, seeks to fill this gap in funding and assure the long term security and prosperity of our nation. In conjunction with the 2008 Homeland Security S&T Stakeholders Conference East, presented by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) with subject matter support provided by the Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the American Security Challenge will award $100,000 or more to the winning business plan.”

The prize is $100,000! Go for it!

And the NDIA, etc., isn’t the only group wanting new ideas. So are our friends in al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda, working through a password-controlled Internet system, is asking jihadis and jihadi-wannabes worldwide to contribute notions for causing trouble throughout the world. It makes sense, as their current sclerotic leadership hasn’t managed to pull off a major attack since September 2001.

“Frankly, it seems like Al Qaeda is becoming more like the Pentagon with each passing day. Women want equal rights to wage Jihad; the bureaucrats issue nasty memos and want to coordinate strategic communication; and now they’re putting out the equivalent of a “request for proposals” on how to cause madness and mayhem.”

Unfortunately this could, you know, work. A whole host of Internet-savvy jihad geeks are bound to be better in the imagination department than al-Qaeda’s current leadership, stuck as it is in obscure lightless valleys in Pakistan.

Fortunately Osama isn’t offering a big prize. Otherwise I could picture a whole new class of guerilla entrepreneur, selling ideas to Osama, then offering the counter to the NDIA.

halojones-fan June 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Sounds like a honey trap. “Hey guys, submit your ideas for mass terrorism! Go to“.

Anonymous June 14, 2008 at 8:45 am

No major attack since 2001 ?
Were the Madrid and London bombings mere “incidents” ? Bali, anyone ?

dubjay June 14, 2008 at 6:08 pm

The Madrid and Bali bombings were not perpetrated by al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda, after some hesitation, claimed responsibility for the London bombings, so you’ve got me there. But the context of my original post referred to attacks on the U.S.

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