On whether these al-Qaeda deaths are directly resulting from bin Laden’s death
thenoobyorker asks: HIPSTER TERRORIST, JUST LOOK AT THIS “THE KILLS” INSPIRED PHOTO. Do you think that all of these new Al-Qaeda losses have something to do with Osama’s data?
» SFB says: While we don’t have the proof directly in front of us, the fact of the matter is, seeing all these deaths of key al-Qaeda figures within weeks of one another suggests the data had at least some role. Some of that data was probably time-sensitive and the kind of thing they would’ve had to act fast on to have any sort of effect. But the big question: Does the data offer information to break down the structure of al-Qaeda, beyond its leadership? (Also, the first half of your response = LULZ.) — Ernie @ SFB