There They Go Again: Latest Claims about the Effectiveness of Enhanced Interrogation also Proven Fal
May 05, 2011
Brian Fishman "says it all when he says it" in his piece running at FP's AfPak Channel.
Trust also matters in covert networks if communication is to be effective. And Atiyah had that trust with many of al-Qaeda's key actors and affiliates; that is why he will be hard to replace -- perhaps even more so than current al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Zawahiri is a critical leader of the organization, but he operates within a structure that increasingly emphasizes the ability to move information rather than generate authoritative commands. In other words: in al-Qaeda, connectedness is more important than authority and Atiyah was connected.