“The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.” – The Daily Beast
Voice one: Welcome to TalkTalib.com. At the sound of the tone, please enter your toll-free access number and participant code.
[Series of tones.]
Thank you. You are now entering your conference.
Voice two: …in your shoes? What year is this, I asked him, 2002?
[Sounds of laughter, and a beep]
Voice two: Who is that? Ibrahim? Salaam aleikum. Everyone else is here.
Various voices: Hi Ibrahim. Hello. Hey Ibrahim. Hi Ibrahim, it’s Saif.
Voice three: Hi, hello. Can you hear me?
Voice two: Loud and clear, Ibrahim. Okay, let’s start.
[Sound of music being played on oud and darbuka.]
Voice two: So we – Ok, who pressed the hold button? If you need to drop out please press mute, not hold. Can we – great, that’s better.
Voice four: That was me, Ayman. Sorry, it won’t happen again.
Voice two: It better not.
[sounds of laughter]
Voice two: Ok, so we all know why we’re here. Sorry the Skype didn’t work out, but the guys in IT say there was a software glitch on our end.
Voice four: I’m sorry, Ayman, but can you repeat that?
Voice two: There was a gli—No never mind. Let’s get to the agenda. Saif?
Voice five: Yes. Thanks. So we all know that it’s time to, you know, to produce another show. So essentially we have the major roles cast, but we just need to work out some logistical stuff.
Voice three: Do we have a location yet?
Voice two: Not exactly, but we whittled it down to 22 in the subcommittee meeting.
Voice four: Can you repeat that?
Voice two: Oh for the love of… Why don’t you trying hanging up and calling back on a different line?
Voice four: No, no, sorry. It’s the phone service here. I’m driving from Lahore to Shahdara and there are like zero cell towers between – [whistling sound, call cuts off abruptly]
Voice two: What did I say about disclosing locations? Come on, people, it’s like rule number one around here.
[Murmurs of assent.]
Voice two: Where were we?
Voice three: We were talking about locations for the, er, show.
Voice two: Right. Mafouz, I think you have a report?
Voice six: I do. A couple of the boys in creative have worked up some ideas, so I figured I’d throw a few up the flagpole and see if any have legs.
[Cross talk, muffled laughter]
Voice six: Is something funny?
Voice three: No, no. We were just – Fazul just said — no, never mind.
Voice two: [Clears his throat] Please continue.
Voice six: So like I said, we have a few ideas for a really good venue where the show can open big, big. Should I say which ones now or —
Many voices: NO!
Voice six: Right, got ya. We’ll do this offline. Ayman, should I send to your Gmail or to your corporate account?
Voice two: Jesus, Mafouz, why don’t you just send out a press release?
[Sounds of laughter]
Voice three: We’ll send a courier, no problem, Mahfouz. How’s UPS?
Voice one: Caller “Mahfouz” is now leaving the meeting.
Voice two: Where is he going? Wow, is he sensitive.
Vice two: What was that? What the hell was that? Who’s clicking?
Voice three: No one, Ayman. Maybe we’re being, you know, maybe someone’s listening.
Voice two: I cannot STAND Verizon. Okay, listen, I think we got what we needed here. Everyone knows what to do, where and when, inshallah. We’re good?
Many voices: Yep. Bye. Good bye. Bye. Later. Bye.
Voice one: Your conference call has ended.