Last week, on one of its password-protected websites, Al Qaeda said that the election of John McCain was preferable to Barack Obama. This is because McCain is more likely to continue the polarizing policies of the Bush administration, which have angered radical Muslims and made it easier for Al Qaeda to recruit new terrorists. But the polls suggest that Obama will win, so will Al Qaeda attempt to influence the election by staging a terrorist attack in the US in the next few days? The site said, “Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election.” Richard Clarke, the former White House Counterterrorism director, suggested that Al Qaeda prefers John McCain and could use terror tactics to swing the election in his direction.
Intelligence experts have intercepted recent al-Qaeda threats against Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. Since these are transmitted between members of the terrorist group in coded images, they must be carefully analyzed for meaning. Before September 11, 2001, investigators later found that one of the terrorists had emailed another one about an image of a cake with two candles on it, referring to the date 911.