Is the core of al Qaeda on its last legs?
Ayman al-Zawahiri became al Qaeda's leader after Osama bin Laden's death a year ago.
April 27th, 2012
08:44 PM ET

Is the core of al Qaeda on its last legs?

By Pam Benson, CNN

No one is writing al Qaeda's obituary yet. But one year after its leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead by U.S. commandos, U.S. officials and experts say the terror network's core group holed up in Pakistan is hemorrhaging and could be in its final days.

CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, for one, maintains that al Qaeda - at least its components based in south central Asia - is in terrible shape.

"Their record of failure speaks for itself: No success in the west since the London attacks of 2005, no attacks in the United States since 9/11 (2001), almost the entire top leadership dead or captured," said Bergen.

Adds Robert Grenier, the former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, "The movement has essentially been marginalized."

And a senior U.S. official describes al Qaeda as "largely in survival mode, putting most of its energy into coping with the losses and changes of the last year with a disjointed focus on global jihad."

Ayman al-Zawahiri replaced bin Laden at the helm, but by most all accounts he is a shadow of the cult-like figure of bin Laden.

According to the U.S. official, al-Zawahiri "lacks the charisma of his predecessor and his messages lack the inspiration that was bin Laden's hallmark."

In al-Zawahiri's defense, "He inherited a bit of a lemon" - an organization in decline - "and he's not making lemonade out of it," said Bergen, who has just written a book entitled, "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad."

Related: Who's dead, captured and still most wanted?

Last July, then CIA Director Leon Panetta said that with bin Laden dead, the United States was "within reach of strategically defeating al Qaeda." He went on to say that the group's remaining leaders were on the run, and it was time "to put maximum pressure on them because... we really can cripple al Qaeda as a threat."

One of the tools being used, to this end, are missiles launched by unmanned CIA aircraft against members of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups operating from the tribal areas of Pakistan.

While the pace has waned since the May 2011 bin Laden raid, drone strikes have been central to the strategy of President Barack Obama's administration - as evidenced by a dramatic increase since he took office.

Fran Townsend, a CNN National Security Contributor who was President George W. Bush's counterterrorism advisor when these attacks were first launched in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, called them "very effective in making it difficult for (terrorists) to communicate, travel, plan and train."

She added that she feels it is crucial the drone program doesn't become a bargaining chip in U.S.-Pakistan relations.

That relationship - which has been tension-filled for years - spiraled downward in 2011, after U.S. forces' secret raid into Pakistan to take out bin Laden and a later attack on Pakistani troops near the Afghanistan border that left 24 dead. U.S. officials characterized the latter attack as an accident.

The Pakistani parliament recently recommended to its government leaders that they clamp down further on U.S. activities within their borders, including the drone program.

There are no sure bets what comes out of back-room discussions among government, military and intelligence officials from both countries that could ultimately shape the U.S. approach going forward.

But U.S. officials and experts generally said they expect drone strikes to continue.

Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, would not discuss the drone program specifically, but he was adamant that "the United States should not give in on anything that we do to disrupt attacks to the homeland. To me any of those options are just non-negotiable."

Senior U.S. officials told CNN's Elise Labott that Pakistanis have some part in the drone program, and they're not preventing or saying anything about strikes going after high-value targets. And the officials said U.S. forces are still committed to going after targets they feel pose a threat.

"The program is going to continue in some way, shape or form irregardless of whether we reach some firm new agreement with the Pakistanis," added Grenier.

That's because - even as many key players have gone deeper underground since the bin Laden raid, making it more challenging to organize a spectacular 9/11-type attack - officials and experts insist al Qaeda remains a threat in the region.

"Lower level(al Qaeda) fighters are already joining other militant groups in Pakistan-locals and foreigners-to plot against the West," said the senior U.S. official. "The reality is that Pakistan remains a permissive environment for terrorism."

For that reason, the United States must keep the pressure on, said Townsend.

"It's not over, because they've got money and they've got some capability, and all they really need to regenerate is time and space," she said, pointing to the possibility al Qaeda could find another safe haven where it can operate freely to plot attacks and train recruits.

Experts are quick to note that, while the capabilities of the al Qaeda organization in and around Pakistan and Afghanistan seem to have diminished, its offshoots in places like Yemen and North Africa are alive and well.

"The greatest threat right now is with the affiliates," the U.S. official said. "A diffused enemy is not less of a concern."

While al-Zawahiri and his core cohorts aren't necessarily directing these affiliates' day-to-day actions, Grenier said the links between the arms of al Qaeda are "important from a psychological and motivational standpoint, to the extent al Qaeda ... is able to present itself publicly as a united front."

Deputy Director of National Intelligence Robert Cardillo predicts that al Qaeda will be in a transitional period over the next two to three years, becoming more decentralized as its regional affiliates launch "the bulk of the terrorist attacks."

"We also believe multiple voices will provide inspiration for the movement and that there will be vigorous debate about local versus global jihad within and among the terrorist organizations," Cardillo added.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, is the affiliate the intelligence community worries most about, said a senior U.S. counterterrorism official.

"We are convinced they continue to plot against us ... (and) their propaganda is both widespread and effective," the official said.

Bergen sees the potential for Yemen to become the next main sanctuary for al Qaeda, much like Afghanistan was prior to the U.S. invasion, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"Yemen is the nearest analogue to Afghanistan in the Arabian world, topographically, (with a) lack of government control, heavily weaponized ... all of those things," Bergen said.

That's very disturbing to Rogers, the Michigan congressman, as is the fact al-Zawahiri remains at large.

"We have al Qaeda actually holding ground in Yemen. And the number two guy who was with (bin Laden) from the very beginning, al-Zawahiri, is still out providing guidance and orders and they're looking for attacks," said Rogers. "The disruption of (drone) attacks is going along very well. But ... we shouldn't fool ourselves that this is a fight that's over."

Although most officials have said the degradation of al Qaeda's core has virtually eliminated the possibility of a catastrophic attack against the United States, they don't completely rule it out. And there is still the concern about smaller scale or "lone wolf" attacks.

That has left many in the U.S. national security apparatus adopting what Grenier calls a 1% doctrine.

"If there is a 1% chance it could happen, you have to treat it as though it were a near certainty," he said.

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  1. In home personal training

    "U.S. officials and experts say the terror network's core group holed up in Pakistan is hemorrhaging and could be in its final days." I just don't believe it. These guys are like cancer cells. you don't know where they are to they pop up.We need to keep fighting this war like they are everywhere.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:57 am | Reply
  2. USAnonymous

    I love americans and I love the usa, but its ovious WTC was controlled demolition. Anybody not brainwashed can see the obvious... wake up america.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Gene Hines

      You're an idiot.

      August 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  3. Matt

    It is the flip of the coin sort of thing, taking out Zawahiri as it is now I have to mute the TV when Barry talks, this scalp, god can you imagine. It would be unbearable. I am retired so I don't have to look for him anymore, but if I wasn't it would be like stop the terror and I would stop looking at least for the next 5 years.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  4. ccsroscoe@gmail.com

    As long as there is a Pakistan there will be a place to hide in comfort.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
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  6. MeMelvin

    Hitler, Rev. Jim Jones, Stalin, Pol Pot, Vlad the Impaler and bin Laden (and their admirers past and present) all represent a category of humans which most other humans dread: The Psychopath.

    It does not take international polls to support the idea that their philosophies are negative. What the polls do tell us which is of importance, is that Neo-Nazis, al Qaeda operatives, dictatorial leaders and religious fanatics of all stripes still abound.

    Our vigilance as human beings must not be unidirectional. The threat of psychopath behavior comes from many sources, some frighteningly close to us. Some sources we are even tempted to believe have the correct “solutions” to our worldly problems.

    Be careful, fellow human beings, be wise. Radical philosophies and hyper-left or right militant political solutions are most always NOT the correct path.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      "Vlad the Impaler" in that list ?
      That speaks volumes about yourself. Read some history and stop this hollow propaganda. I couldn't even read your whole post. I doubt anyone has.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:13 am | Reply
  7. winston

    Osama, whatever he was guilty of, blowing up wtc 1 2 & 7 with preplanted explosives could not have been pat of it. How could the media be so blind to this overt and obvious to anyone who looks closely, truth?
    Look at the fema BPAt app C or seen the video of wtc 7 imploding ? The Twin Towers turned to dust and shards of steel in 15 seconds each?? Its a big joke. Journalism is dead. You're corporate propaganda shills.
    ajl.smugmug com/911

    May 3, 2012 at 4:08 am | Reply
  8. chris

    AQ may be on the outs, but there is an endless supply of warped Muslim miscreants who are willing to die for their "cause". The only thing that can stop them is if good Muslims care enough to stop them. One thing is for sure – it's not our problem – guard borders, watch the exports, and let them sort it out on their own turf in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  9. darvenne

    I always like that part of 1984..when the narrator..mentions, that " We have always been at war with east eurasia.."..of course!..only the Party Favorites believe otherwise?...as if they have something to gain from it.oh wait ,faith ?.how amusing.

    May 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
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      May 21, 2012 at 4:34 am | Reply
  10. hypatia

    Is CNN in need of a rousing headline?

    May 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  11. jim

    The only way Al Quaeda will die is if the CIA quits funding them. It is such a waste of taxpayer money to keep these guys going when their work has been done. They provided the cover for the WTC attack and they provided the excuse for the invasion of the Middle East. What more can we ask of them. Stop spending the money to support the terrorists and use it to create the next disaster to fool the american people . That would be money better spent.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • brian

      now i hear he he's the alqueda leader cause it would help his testoserone levels being that he has a small penis and likes young terrorists boys.

      May 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • brian

        daaaa??? try the androgel!! it worked for me!

        May 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Zini

      Who cares about Al Qaeda?, and why is most of our focus on this one group? I know that we should worry about them because they were the ones who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and they still pose a threat to the United States and its allies. But the problem is that Al Qaeda could be gone tomorrow and I wonder what difference would it make, there are so many different groups and organizations out their that are similar to Al Qaeda. It seems as if the strategy that the U.S. government has adopted is making this a never ending war.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
    • darvenne

      well said..the CIA needs them !

      May 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • chris

      Al Qaida translates to "the base" which Karl Rove had formed in the US as he made a group of Republican fanatics who are so warped they would vote for someone like Palin or O'Donnell.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  12. Paki Muhamad Zizari

    We are not finish yet .

    May 1, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • Dennis

      No,but very soon you will be finished.How has Osama Bin Laden been doing?

      May 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  13. yomama

    All thanks to the Dems in an election year...doubtful

    May 1, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • chris

      None of this would be a concern if not for Palin and Gingrich.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  14. MAJ_Dave

    AQ's objective was to stir an awakening and generate enthusiasm for extremist ideology. In this they have succeeded. It is important to assess an organization's effectiveness by looking at their objective–conducting attacks against the US was not their objective. Do not buy into rhetoric that suggests the terrorist/extremist threat is in decline because Core AQ is ineffective. Just look at the map and the news and you will see new and expanding extremist groups from West Africa through the Middle East to Asia.

    May 1, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      I wonder how much of their agenda is driven by sheer greed and selfishness.

      I also wonder how much of their agenda is driven by the massive amounts of opium being produced and sold in Afghanistan–a multi-billion dollar industry.

      I wonder how much of their agenda is driven by their desire to keep hold on power and privilege, for a few, and how much is driven by their determination to keep females weak and vulnerable and under their control.

      May 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  15. Mitt Romney for President

    Is Obama and his administration on their last legs?

    May 1, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
    • Rz

      Let me get this straight. These el Quazi terrorist guys sweat it out with their buddies holed up somewhere going over countless hours of selected porn videos encoding them with secret messages to send out to their other members. Then our CIA guys have to carefully pore over these videos repeatedly trying to uncover and decode the messages. And then some of them even get fired for hiring a bit of special outside talent. Gee, I bet sometimes things must get hard on both sides.

      May 1, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
  16. Premal D.Shah

    It is highly immature to come to a conclusion that Al Quieda is on its last legs as terror groups like these cannot be extinguished completely. The fact that Al Queda is lying low means only one thing and that is the birth of home-grown terrorism like blowing up fuel trucks at gas stations. We need to be more vigilant than ever before!

    May 1, 2012 at 1:10 am | Reply
  17. markjuliansmith

    Has, will the Islamic Text which depicts Other as less and necessarily justifiable deserving of the severest penalty changed, will change? As well as determining women subject to mans determination removed from Islamic text?

    It is really an absurd question for al Qaeda is simply a variant of organisations which have existed since the seventh century.

    Change the Islamic foundation text against Other and women – the terror from Muslims will cease – Plato knew it years ago – Zeus humans are stupid.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
  18. Joe M.

    Stamp out the last rat-holes of Al Qaida and allow the region to lift its head and look to the future. Moslem parents, do you want a secure and peaceful future for your children? Just contact the US military by phone, by letter or any means and tell them where Ayman Al Zawahiri is located. They will gladly come and take out the garbage.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
  19. RagMcmuffin

    This fuck doesnt stand a chance in Muhamids shit house

    April 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  20. FastFrankie

    Not in the U.S. They can sneak in more supporters every year thanks to immigration.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  21. Phil

    Caption for that picture....."Pool my feenger"

    April 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  22. ali ownejazayeri

    Best way find sum1 better then cash is get bunch women 2gether say person ur looken 4 sleepen with their man then they track down person within 5hours time 4 hezbollah and alqaeda wipe isreal of the map DIE ISREAL DIE

    April 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      And may you join Osama Bin Laden in hell.People like yourself is what makes your part of the world so evil.

      May 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  23. xDOVEx

    there is no al quaeda

    April 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      What a triumph. When you told me of the story it soudend worthy of a CNN focus. I'm delighted for you and Joe that it was featured.I hope NPR pick it up for an extended interview on Talk of the Nation or another of their great programmes.Good luck.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  24. Don't Be Fooled

    The USA will never stop using drones on al Qaeda until everyone who was in charge of anything on 9/11 is dead or behind bars.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      If America suddenly stops using drones it will mean one of two things.

      1. There is no one from Al-Qaeda left to target.
      2. We have something better than drones and we're not telling anyone.

      Do you know what has replaced the SR-71s? No, it's a secret. But, we stopped using the SR-71s and you know we didn't give up on the intel they were able to collect.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
      • nmclflier

        the SR71 was made obsolete by satellites compared to the cost and vulnerability of operating that awesome beast.

        May 1, 2012 at 12:27 am |
      • chris

        "We have something better than drones and we're not telling anyone."

        Super intelligent rats can infiltrate anywhere and blend in the locals.

        May 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  25. CanAm88

    Stay the course. Islam is about to be liberated from the clutches of these last few fundamentalists whose hearts are filled with nothing but hate. The younger lot with education would very likely embrace civility.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  26. mike s

    hey nothing wrong w islam im jewish and have muslim friends it extremists that are fucking things up

    April 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • CanAm88

      Well said. Civilized human beings are on right track. Keep up the tempo and this scourge of terrorism would be a history.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  27. Barry G.

    Whatever happened to Ayman al-Zawahiri?

    Is he still around?

    Does anyone know where he is?

    Tell the Navy Seals his location.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • APS

      He already has a built-in bulls-eye on his forehead to give the SEALs an easy target.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • Quannel D

      I think he's the service manager at Mr. Goodwrench in downtown Cleveland.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  28. a disgrace

    IS A LEADERLESS AMERICA ON ITS LAST LEGS?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • JV

      You are a disgrace. Get the F out then if you feel so strongly against the country for which enables you to speak against it...

      April 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
      • mslisa

        Since the Indians were here 1st, why don't you get out too.

        May 1, 2012 at 8:36 am |
      • Choad

        I disagree with the 'leaderless' part, but he has every right to say it. Same as you.

        And if you don't like it, well then............leave.

        May 1, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • BoredSecurityGarud

      shut the fuck up

      April 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      Only if Mitt Romney is elected as President.

      May 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      It is if the Republicans get in

      May 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  29. jimdog33

    I suspect it will never come to an end. It may be called something else, lead by someone else but this type of terrorism will always be around. They're as resilient as Amway and will just rebrand themselves elsewhere. Keep up the vigilance for everyone else.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  30. palintwit

    Each morning when I awake, I face west, and I thank John McCain for the gift of Palin.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  31. krm1007

    Behind all the problems in South Asia....is India. A bad neighborhood with a bully who has been exporting and financing terror to deflect imminent internal implosion. Well, the evil boomerang is about to make a U -Turn.India's economy has stalled, inflation is rampant, growth of every sort! has shrunk. Masses are being kept occupied watching cricket leagues and thus off the streets. No moolah left to spend on terror or pay the IOUs. Finally one can expect terrorism to decrease in South Asia.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • Kellyop

      krm1007 are you the naughty lady from Pakistan. Who at every instance cites India as reason for Pakistan's bad stomach.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  32. Ben

    Yes, Obama took care of them

    April 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
    • LOVE

      I think your analysis may be inrorcect. Most Aemricans seem to think the Iraq war was misguided from the start, not merely badly executed. The American people seem to me to want us out of Iraq NOW. It does not seem likely that the American people would support an aggressive posture against either Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, or any one else. In other words, I don't think the American people will support our continued involvement in Iraq or an aggressive stance against Iran, Syria, or Saudi Arabia no matter who leads it. It is correct that most Aemricans hate losing, however, it seems that most people view Iraq as "Bush's war." As such, if the war in Iraq is lost, it will not be a strategic defeat for America but only for the President and his closest advisors. They do not seem to believe that the enemy we fight in Iraq is capable of threatening the US or its interests outside of Iraq and most Americans do not seem to think the US has any just interests in Iraq. In other words, in the minds of most Americans, withdrawl from Iraq will cost us nothing. Given that Americans want us out of Iraq now, its hard for me to grasp why the Demcorats don't simply cut the funding and withdraw the troops now. The short term political costs to doing this are almost non existent. Even if Bush supporters or any one else tried to label them as "soft on defense" or soemthing worse, this would only backfire and the so called "hawks" would only be digging themselves a deeper hole. I would like to see a more forceful military response to the Jihadist threat, however, it does not seem that the American people or our European allies will support this right now. With this in mind the Bush Administration and the next president must aim to implement policies that can actually be implemented. I suggest the following: 1.)Redeploy American troops that are currently in the Middle East to America and use them for border security. This is especially important now that Hezbollah has a base in South America. 2.)Open up all of our domestic oil and naturaul gas supplies for domestic drilling. This includes ANWR. 3.) Build more refineries. 4.) If the oil companies need incentive to implement 3 and 4, offer them tax subsidies to get this done.With more oil and gas supplies at our disposal this will give us some leverage when dealing diplomatically with countries like Venezuela, as well as Middle Eastern nations.

      June 29, 2012 at 5:41 am | Reply
  33. Bobby Dias

    There will be al Qaeda as long as Obama has something to blame on somebody in the middle east.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Roach

      From Reagan to Bush, Al-Qaeda is a Republican creation.

      April 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
      • Bobby Dias

        Then why is always the Democrat-media always using the term?

        May 20, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  34. AMerica

    Its funny how America sends troops over to a country .. destroys it, kills its citizens, and then thinks they are helping and the world owes them something...lol idiots

    April 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • josh

      really? you're an idiot

      April 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Pliny

      No. What's funny is how you 3rd world dirtbags can't drag your primitive cultures and religions out of the 15th century.

      So keep wallowing in your own feces. Keep teaching your children hatred. Keep blaming America for your the miserable failures that are your lives and your sociteis.

      And keep on killing innocents in the name of your own self-imposed victimhood. Eventually, we in the west will come to a point where we finally get sick and tired of putting up with your nonsense. Hey...my taxes paid for those nukes...and I don't mind one bit if they are used.

      Filthy savages.

      April 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
      • ben

        You really think it is their faults for being stuck in a third world country? The minority that teaches hate is still there, but that isn't everyone in the country. Countries can only be modern with the right geography and climate, so don't hate people whos cultures are "stuck in the past" I am happy the US made a difference in Iraq though. Hussein was a terrible tyrant.

        May 1, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Ben

      Come talk to me whenever your country, assholestan, does something for the world...

      April 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
      • Bob Loblaw

        Come talk to me whenever you do the same.

        May 1, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • ugoma

      its the same problem with you fanatic monsters: blame, blame, blame when you know your defeat is at hand. well the fact is one day just one day, i promise you that islam will just fizzle out very soon, even if you claim it is growing.

      April 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Coflyboy

      ***yawn***

      April 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      I agree. America thinks it has to be the police of the world. Just mind your own business. Any wonder why you're a target. Stop imposing your democratic values on other countries. Judging by the state of your country it's not a good sell.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • John

        Hi Tom,
        I'm going to make an assumption based on your name that you're from some western-culture country? Please keep in mind or at least bear a slight bit of thought to the fact that had we elicited your attitude and "mind(ed) our own business" during World War I and World War II, the axis powers would most certainly have won the war, and you'd likely not be in any position to make such statements. In fact, I find it quite probable that you wouldn't be around at all. Show some respect at least for the 17 million Americans that served half a world away from their home and their own country to protect you from falling under a tyrannic dictatorship, notably lacking any of the freedoms that you seem to take for granted.

        May 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
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