So earlier today the US delivers death by drone to that Awlaki fellow, under a law which allows the President to authorise the assassination of American citizens he considers worthy of the honour, and then, if he chooses keep, the killing and the reasons for it secret for reasons of state.
To recap, Awlaki was al-Qaeda’s English language agitprop maestro, in which capacity he inspired the Fort Hood shootings, the underpants plane bomber and that woman who stabbed the Labour MP. He was also the presiding genius behind Inspire, the al-Qaeda Take a Break, which should now perhaps be called Expire.
So me and Mrs Treasure are sitting in a living room in Manchester and I ask her if she’s ever seen Inspire, and she says you want to be careful about reading stuff like that and I don’t say ‘I’ll read whatever I want, thanks very much’ I say no it’s OK I didn’t go to a jihadi site to see it, there were pdfs all over the place (I think I saw it at Danger Room, as I recall.) And we both had a laugh about ‘making a bomb in the kitchen of your mom’ We’re sat here keeping our noses clean and the killer robots are flying overhead. Not yet, exactly, but half-boiled frogs or what? Has anyone else had conversations like that?