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CIA operative Michael Scheuer’s Osama bin Laden
In a statement he issued in 2007, al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden wrote to the U.S.: “If you want to understand what’s going on and if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing the war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer in this regard.” Scheuer, who spent much of his 22-year career as a CIA intelligence officer hunting down bin Laden, has thought a lot about the guy and argues in his new book that the US has fundamentally misunderstood him; this has kept us fighting and suffering casualties in Afghanistan. Is Osama bin Laden a crazy-eyed, homicidal fanatic or a man of intellect, compassion and piety? Scheuer believes he’s the latter. He doesn’t arrive at this conclusion without his critics, many of whom say he has an incentive to build up an endlessly illusive and omnipotent adversary, who’s continued to defy American intelligence—and specifically Scheuer, for much of his career. But is bin Laden still the nucleus of a global movement, or has the threat of terrorism moved beyond al Qaida to home-grown terrorists, persuaded by preachers like Anwar al-Awlake, operating in a disjointed network on the internet?
Michael Scheuer, adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies; former intelligence officer at the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (1996-1999) and as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit (2001-2004). His latest book is “Osama bin Laden”
- In his 22-year career with the CIA, he served as Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (1996-1999) and as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit (2001-2004)
- He is also the author of “Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terrorism,” which he wrote anonymously in 2004 before resigning from the CIA
- Osama bin Laden acknowledged Scheuer’s book in a 2007 statement: “If you want to understand what’s going on and if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing the war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer in this regard,”
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A man with a stammer or a dancer with demons? It's Oscar time.
The 83rd annual Academy Award presentation is Sunday night. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are hosting. The two are rumored to be reenacting famous movie scenes. So if you don’t want to hear their rendition of “You’re the One that I Want” from the musical Grease, you may want to locate the mute button. Oh just kidding, it could be cute. So while Oscar tries to pull in a younger audience, will Academy voters fall in line and give The Social Network the top honors? Or will they chose a small independent film like last year (The Hurt Locker) and hand the gold statue to Winter’s Bone? As far as the top acting prize, will the Oscar go to a guy with a rock, a man with a stammer, or a dancer with delusions? The biggest question of the night for some in the art world is whether the illusive street artist “Banksy” will show up if Exit through the Gift Shop takes the top prize for best documentary. Some of his work has been seen around town. Is it shameless self-promotion or real? If you haven’t seen all the nominated movies yet, you’re going to be eating a lot of popcorn this weekend.
John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times
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