Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"American Terrorist", bio of David Coleman Headley, airs on PBS Frontline

On April 21, PBS Frontline aired “American Terrorist”, about David Coleman Headley, video link here   As the documentary (90 min) starts, Headley is shown exploring Copenhagen, planning an attack against Jyllands-Posten over the cartoon controversy.  The NSA intercepted his activities and he was eventually arrested by the FBI before an attack, which eventually happened in January 2015 against Charlie Hebdo.  But Headley would confess to scouting out the attack on Mumbai, by sea and fishing boat through an obscure low-income section.  Headley, of Pakastani origin, would eventually get prison at supermax in Colorado.

Wikipedia has a detailed biography here 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

PBS Frontline airs major special on Yemen

It may be an open question as to how serious an “existential” threat terror in places like Yemen and Somalia could pose to ordinary Americans in the US, but PBS Frontline aired an important documentary “The Fight for Yemen” Tuesday night, narrated by a female journalist who had grown up in Sana’a.  The best link for what is going on seems to be here
Much of the documentary considered the effective dual political authority of Al Houthis, who maintain checkpoints and effective control of civilians in many areas, and who in one scene confront the government to be “open” about its meetings. 
The documentary covers the entire country, from the Saudi Arabia border (with recent Saudi military incursions) to Aden.  The country looks more developed than one would expect.
But the developed of AQAP and the capacity to attack the West in more methodical ways than ISIS (lone wolf propaganda) bears careful reporting. 
Wikipedia attribution link for map of Yemen as of 2012 by Geo Evan, under Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 license.