Failed Attempt At A Psy-Op?
The last time the military dangled this guy at us, when they offed the magnified persona of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, it blew up in their faces when reports surfaced that he was in an Egyptian jail. Or dead.
It's always dangerous when the propagandists play with their non existent creation "Al Qaeda in Iraq". The Iraqis certainly know the truth that AQ is a mythical organization, and now it's slowly seeping into the american consciousness that all our supposed enemies - Hezbollah, Iraqi resistance, Iran, all are fighting "Al Qaeda" too, reason being that AQ is the CIA and a few hired thugs pretending to be a terror group. So it seemed someone wasn't completely on the same page when he decided to drag this guy into the picture once again to make us believe their fairy tales, when it's so demonstrably evident that facts speak otherwise. In any event they quickly backed off the claim that he was captured.
Ayyub al-Masri was in an Egyptian prison and was killed last year and has now been arrested
What they have to do on occasion is slap a face on the bogus terror that we're supposed to fear so much. It's an old propaganda technique, refined over years of use in bringing the people to the point of supporting their war schemes. Each face becomes the new villain du jour, the sudden and dangerous enemy that we should all rally behind our leaders to defeat.
"It was nearly eleven hundred, and in the RECORDS DEPARTMENT, they were dragging the chairs out of the cubicles and grouping them in the centre of the hall opposite the big telescreen, in preparation for the Two Minutes Hate.... (...)
The programmes of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but there was none in which Goldstein was not the principal figure. He was the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party's purity. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching. Somewhere or other he was still alive and hatching his conspiracies: perhaps somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of his foreign paymasters, perhaps even - so it was occasionally rumoured - in some hiding-place in Oceania itself."