The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency A single paragraph really caught my attention but moreso a single part of a sentence highlighted below. Now was al-Qaeda so good that with all the intense listening from our intelligence appratus that not once did they (al-Qaeda, terrorists) slip up and make some mention, not the slightest hint, not an inkling of what was about to take place? What raises an even more interesting point is that we've been told that bin Laden and company and al-Qaeda are painted in America as the zealous, fanatic religionists who are devoted unto death to religous purity and yet our hijackers on a mission to heaven and 70 virgins show a very different lifestyle leading up to 9/11. Considering this display of vulgar male lifestyle, what are the odds these undisciplined sorts could keep all manner of secrets until after the fact? And especially when you consider that there were billion-dollar eavesdropping satellites tuned to al-Qaeda by people who were smart enough to pick up the slightest defect or at least we're led to believe that's the case! I have to say it is rather thought provoking!