In a new videotape broadcast today on the Arabic-language Al-Jazeera network, terror mastermind Osama bin Laden named fallen terrorist Abu Yahya al-Libi Al-Qaeda's "Employee of the Month" for December.
In the tape, in which Mr. bin Laden is shown holding the terror network's "Employee of the Month" plaque and then hanging it up on the wall of his cave, the Al-Qaeda kingpin had high words of praise for al-Libi, who was killed this week by a CIA predator drone.
"Abu Yahya al-Libi worked well with others, and always kept his work area clean," Mr. bin Laden said. "For this, I hereby name him Al-Qaeda's Employee of the Month for December."
Intelligence sources believe that by posthumously bestowing the "Employee of the Month" award upon the deceased terrorist, Mr. bin Laden may be trying to entice other madmen to assume Mr. al-Libi's position as number three man in al-Qaeda, a job whose previous occupants have been captured, imprisoned or killed.
But "easier said then done," says Hassan El-Medfaai, head of al-Qaeda's human resources department and the man responsible for recruiting future number threes.
"Back in the day, when I would interview prospective terrorists, all they wanted to talk about was jihad," says Mr. El-Medfaai. "Now they're asking a lot about benefits."
"Seventy-two virgins won't seal the deal anymore," he says. "These guys all want dental." More here.