American Samizdat

Saturday, September 22, 2007. *
Listen up guys...

Remember Laura Mansfield , spoken of at the bottom of this post?
Well, look what I found yesterday...

S.C. mom scoops al-Qaida with its videos

WASHINGTON - Once her son is off to school, Laura Mansfield settles in at her dining room table with her laptop and begins trolling Arabic-language message boards and chat rooms popular with jihadists.

Fluent in Arabic, the self-employed terror analyst often hacks into the sites, translates the material, puts it together and sends her analysis via a subscription service to intelligence agencies, law enforcement and academics.

Occasionally she comes across a gem, such as when she found a recent Osama bin Laden video — before al-Qaida had announced it.

And the most important ironic part? Aside from the obvious disconnect between "average mom" and "hacker/linguist"? Well, this:
There have been times when an impending video release has kept her from a planned shopping trip with her daughter.

Damn it, al-Qaida! stop interrupting our shopping habits!!
posted by Uncle $cam at 5:45 AM
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