Evan Kohlmann - "Terror Expert" (i.e. Propagandist) For Hire

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None other than the AMAZING Keith Olbermann helps this guy pimp his BS. Are we going to let our security be dictated by whatever crappy online "terror videos" hucksters like this put out?

It was the sixth day of the first U.S. war crimes trial since World War II and began with dry legal wrangling about when the U.S. war on al Qaeda began.

But the day ended with a 26-minute, stomach-wrenching cavalcade of archival mayhem -- from a grisly panorama of charred corpses in the 1998 suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, to black-masked al Qaeda trainees learning to slit a throat.

Also included were audible moaning and wails of ''Oh my God'' as the trade center was shown toppling from several angles on Sept. 11, 2001.

The video itself was controversial. The Pentagon paid counter-terror consultant Evan Kohlmann to produce it and supplied him with some of the images he spliced into it. The tab was $45,000 and broke down like this -- $20,000 for the seven-part, 90-minute film and $25,000 for his testimony, including preparation.

Prosecutors will not have to pay Kohlmann to play it at future trials, said Air Force Maj. Gail Crawford, a war court spokeswoman.


To counter terrorists, the U.S. government must learn how to monitor their activity online, in the same way that it keeps tabs on terrorists in the real world. Doing so will require a realignment of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, which lag behind terrorist organizations in adopting information technologies. At present, unfortunately, senior counterterrorism officials refuse even to pay lip service to the need for such reforms. That must change -- and fast.