Exploring al-Qaida as a business operation

A television salesman watches images featuring news of Osama bin Laden's death.

JEREMY HOBSON: So what does Osama Bin Laden's death mean for the funding of al-Qaida? We're going to explore that side of the story now with terror financing expert Bill Tupman. He's at the University of Exeter in the U.K. and he joins us now. Good morning.

BILL TUPMAN: Good mroning.

HOBSON: Well, if we think of al-Qaida as a company, and bin Laden at the top, how does the death of the chairman of al-Qaida effect the financing of the organization?

TUPMAN: You want to think of it as a franchise company rather than a great big pyramidal structure with a CEO at the top. And you really want to think of Osama as the original founder of the company who's sort of been elevated to a sort of presidential honorific role. He's not involved in the day to day stuff. And you want to think of it as a business that's got lots and lots of self financing operations going on. Although obviously the headquarters operation needs its own stream of funding.

HOBSON: So what happens to the fund raising effort for al-Qaida with the death of its president as you say?

TUPMAN: It's still possible to use him as an icon, an advertising image. You want to think of him as a sort of Che Guevara type of figure. You know, you can still sell t-shirts with his face on. The thing that Osama had going for him was all his personal contacts in Saudi Arabia with incredibly rich people. But after he had to run from Tora Bora, all the contact had to be made by intermediaries. Not by himself. The fact that he's an icon means that you can use him in a different way to raise money than the way in which he himself personally visited people to raise money.

HOBSON: Officials often tract finances to find the people that they're looking for. Do you think that terror financing tracking worked in this case? Played a role?

TUPMAN: Financing used to be tracked through the banks. In this case it's been transported as cash. After 2001, a lot of al-Qaida funding was moved around by bank men -- people carrying it around in suitcases in the form of cash and delivering it as seed core funding. You know, "Here's $50,000. That's to start you off. You've then got to create your own self-funding organization after that.

HOBSON: Bill Tupman of the University of Exeter. Thanks so much for joining us.

TUPMAN: Thank you.

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According to the American announcement, Osama bin Laden was not killed DURING the firefight but executed with a shot in the head AFTER he had been taken into custody. Like CIA kingpin K. Subrahmanyam's fake death, his death -- in preparation for a withdrawal from Afghanistan -- is a consequence of India having prepositioned five to six nuclear weapons in various cities/countries for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United states (see below) and may be similarly fake.

I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, I have shown that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world are sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole; India is already under covert CIA rule. To end this, India has said that five to six nuclear bombs have been prepositioned in various cities/countries such as New Delhi, Washington and New York -- see my blog -- for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States. Satish Chandra

Indian media people have been covering the white man's wedding as if he is India's prince. How many stories have you carried about India's sovereign (see my blog above) who is also the most intelligent, most handsome man on Earth whose toe-nail clippings are worth more to India and the world than the rest of the billion-plus Indians combined? RAW has been putting out a breathless story on the white man's wedding, in the Times of India, NDTV, etc., about every five minutes just as it promotes the AIDS woman and her gang-rapist son. It is all part of maintaining white rule over India (see 'What You Should Know About RAW' in my blog above).

India's emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was kept in exile while the British ruled India just as India's sovereign is being kept in exile while the CIA rules India. Tens of millions of Indians killed by the British in just the ten years after 1857 -- depopulating entire regions so there weren't any men left to till the land -- and many more right up to 1947 is how you generate love and admiration for conquerors -- Americans doing the same in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. call it 'pacification' -- loved and admired by one Swapan Dasgupta who wrote a column admiring me as "Quick Gun Murugan" about twenty years ago at which he was recruited by CIA-RAW. India will depopulate enemies -- to hell with love and admiration -- with nuclear bombs.

Satish Chandra

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