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"I thought the problem was we suspected he was using these videotaped statementes to pass messages to his "cells." "

That's the reason we were given, but I have a feeling this is not the real reason. Propaganda is the real reason. Osama is spewing propaganda and the United States is trying to limit his reach.

Although it's clear that Osama Bin Laden is providing logistical, moral, and propaganda support. He is likely not even controling the Terrorist network he is supporting.

Cells are decentralized, self-organizing, and swarm-like. In France, if we were lucky, once we found an individual cell member, we had to extract information from that person within 24 hours, otherwise that information would just be rendered useless and the other two or three Cell members would disappear and start over somewhere else.

In short, the Cells do not need more information from Osama Bin Laden in order to know what to do. And as a fugitive in the mountains of Afghanistan; I bet Osama Bin Laden probably wouldn't even know what to tell them.

So for now, I think Bin Laden is only using the videos to recruit more people, that's it, and obviously President Bush is trying limit his reach without completely stopping the flow of videotapes.

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