On Further Review...
I've had the opportunity to re-read Dick Clarke's book, "Against all Enemies", this time a bit more critically than on my first quick pass. On a second reading, you get the sense of many incomplete tidbits of information that (presumably by editorial necessity) Mr. Clarke relies on the reader to pursue further. One such passage that jumped out at me was a description of a golden opportunity for understanding the nature of the al Qaeda organization:
In 1996, Mr. Fadl fled the organization after he embezzled about $110,000 from one of Mr. bin Laden's companies, eventually walking into an American embassy in Africa and offering his services in the fight against Al Qaeda. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a closed 1997 proceeding, and until he testified, prosecutors referred to him in court papers only as CS-1, for confidential source.
In February 2001, wearing a white skullcap, an open-neck shirt and blue jeans, Mr. Fadl identified himself in a Manhattan courtroom and began several days of riveting testimony against four men charged with conspiring in the embassy attacks, in which more than 200 people died, and in the killings of 18 American soldiers in Somalia in 1993.
Damn the discovery process.
But anyway, out of this whole bag of worms, Clarke described the opportunity in a few short words. And this is where many people fail to grasp the connected nature of many of the events that Clarke describes in his book. Lastly, the post-squealer treatment of al-Fadl seems to almost be Chalabi-esque in nature: