• I have to assume that al-Balawi was thoroughly debriefed by al-Qaida before being sent on this mission, and I'm surprised no one has sought to correlate his "infiltration" of al-Qaida with Abu Yahya al-Libi's book released over the summer: "Guidance on the Ruling of the Muslim Spy"
• See also: Al Qaida: Western Spies Multiply "Like Locusts". I've spent a fair amount of time making fun of jihadi counterintelligence efforts. That doesn't mean we shouldn't take those seriously all the same.
• This event will undoubtedly increase the motivation of other jihadis to step away from the keyboard and engage in more tactile forms of terrorism, but they will still need associations and opportunities in order to do so. In that sense, this event doesn't change things significantly.
• I would like to express my praise for the Jordanian secret service, who have been way ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing jihadi use of the Internet. Things may not have always gone to plan, with the bombing at FOB Chapman being an extreme example of that, but you can't win if you don't play.
• Risk is our business.™
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