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Whether Osama bin Laden dead who's next to take the reins of the murderous -- we know is al-Qaeda.
US born on while I'll -- here -- -- -- perhaps we never heard out.
And is there anyone who will be as effective on the terror level has been -- was.
Here now is former CIA bin Laden honor my -- lawyer and author of the terrific and compelling biography simply called.
Osama bin Laden Michael it's a pleasure as always welcome back to freedom watch.
Thank you judge a pleasure to be here is there's some struggle for leadership going on as we speak and if there is should we be be concerned.
About who emerges as the top dog of al-Qaeda.
I think there is at least a long discussion about who's going to be leader Yasser zawahiri looks like he's going to be the interim leader but he's very much and acts -- within the organization he's a very avuncular person he's very abrasive.
I -- I think there's a younger generation that they've been grooming and exposing to the Muslim world via -- Internet.
Over the last couple of years that probably is in the running and I don't think we should forget that in Latin has a number of signs that we're fighting with them.
-- a problem most prominently his son comes -- who may well turn out to be somewhere in the leadership mixed so there's a lot of folks out there to take over.
Is al-Qaeda as dangerous today as it was two months ago.
When -- -- was alive and had every reason to believe that he would continue.
As as the leader of the organization.
Think they're probably in a dormant period judge but if you just look objectively at a map and see where they are today.
As compared to 9/11.
It's a much bigger organization -- -- a much more -- geographically dispersed organization.
Rather that being Afghan centric they're now still in Afghanistan.
There in Pakistan.
There in Yemen there in Iraq there in Somalia.
There in North Africa there and Palestine and Syria so.
It's a much bigger organization are they is lethal.
I think that's another thing that's being discussed in these talks I I think we're going to see -- move toward.
More Hamas like -- -- within the United States I think they've been moving toward -- rather than waiting for that for a big attack.
Very scary that they would move towards Hamas like attacks in the United States.
I didn't hear -- list that Libya.
Is al-Qaeda in Libya in if they are Michael what side are -- on and that civil war where we've tried to determine the outcome.
-- Yeah of course is of one of the major producers of fighters for the insurgent groups in Iraq and Afghanistan and has always played a very leading role in not.
And in that al-Qaeda in fact one of the leading candidates to succeed bin Laden is a Libyan name -- ya -- And of course the Libyan resistance is is focused in the eastern part of the country which the US government in 2009.
As -- as the most radical most.
Insurgent prone area in the world.
And in for a while they were more Libyan Hamas suicide bombers in Iraq for example.
Then there are in then there except for the saudis the saudis had more.
What side -- they and they're trying to take Qaddafi down.
Because once Qaddafi is gone the plate in that room for operational activity and organizational activity in Libya is enormous.
Are you telling us Michael that -- united states military the public policy of the United States the department of defense and the Department of State.
Are on the same side in Libya as al-Qaeda fighters and murderous thugs are.
-- assured judge were providing it it's like what if as if we -- providing air support for the Taliban.
In not in Afghanistan and that's what we're doing in Libya.
I'm not saying that all of the Libyan resistance is al-Qaeda horror or a fundamentalist.
Islamist fighters but a great number of them are.
And and there's no one -- more eager in Libya to get after Qaddafi then those fighters.
But Michael it's a federal statute that -- there's a federal statute that prohibits providing material assistance to terrorist organizations.
And you're telling me that the federal government itself is providing material assistance to terrorist organizations.
Albeit in -- I don't I don't think there's any any doubt about that judge I think we also have a statute in the -- and the constitution that we have to have a declaration of war by the congress.
Increasingly we live in a lawless country when it comes to foreign policy.
Michael your great man it's always a pleasure thanks for joining us thank you judge when you hit rock bottom there's no way to go but up.
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