Jeffrey M. Bale
Director of the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program
Dear Dr. Bale,
I came across a Chart of alleged Al-Qa’ida’s WMD Activities, in the compilation of which you have participated. The Chart is posted on http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/other/sjm_cht.htm and is dated May 13,2005.
I have glanced over the sources of the various entries and discovered that practically all sources must be considered as questionable because they cannot be verified by independent observers. I wonder how are ordinary citizens to lend credence to warnings about Al-Qa’ida’s alleged WMD Activities when practically all evidence is generated by or processed by intelligence services who have, evidently, an axe to grind. After all, ordinary citizens cannot simply rely on what authorities and their paid advisors claim, as illustrated by the official lies regarding Iraqi WMD.
I also noted that you are specializing in Islamist Networks, Extremism and Terrorism. In that connection, I would be most thankful if you could point out court cases in the US or Europe in the past 10 years in which a Muslim was convicted for committing a violent terrorist crime (excluding the more remote forms of “terrorism” such as sending money to Hamas or possessing “jihadi literature”). I have been searching for such cases but have not discovered any. Your help would be appreciated.
With my kindest thanks,