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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jack Keane
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"I totally disagree with the premise that al Qaeda is on the path to defeat," said retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, who has advised U.S. commanders in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. "Quite the contrary, al Qaeda has deliberately decentralized its operations, not because of the relentless attacks we have had on its national leadership in Pakistan, but because its strategic objective is to dominate and control Muslim countries in the region. As such, al Qaeda must extend its geographic reach, which is not only successful but is expanding."
Gen. Keane said that while al Qaeda's core has been badly damaged by the loss of senior leaders, including Osama bin Laden, it has established itself in other countries where it did not exist on Sept. 11, 2001.