FYI everybody. Last night I caught an hour of a much longer recording of Washington DC conference on various aspects of Al Qaida. The conference seemed to have most of the heavy hitters in the area of terrorist research and investigative reporting. The panel I saw was on recruitment (which most panelists agreed was not something Al Qaida does: e.g. Marc Sageman said it's was more like they accepted 15-20 percent of their applicants, much like Ivy League schools) and it was very good. Given the frequency with which C-Span reruns things, there's a good chance (I'm hoping) of seeing it again. Unfortunately for some reason I can't get the C-Span website up right now, otherwise I'd post a link to their schedule.