There is nothing hypothetical about Bin Ladens threats,he has shown what his crowd is capable off,and has promised more attacks. What should we do to stop it?
We can apply all the logic we want, fact is Sept 11 happened, more acts like it are promised and logical brinkmanship will not solve the present threats.
Next we will hear if we breathe through our mouths like terrorists etc etc.
To look at this in a humane way, that is the terrorist giving intelligence freely,what happens to the "tout"?
What happened in N.I., the tout was beaten and interrogated, by his own side btw, shot in the back of the head, in such a way the family could not view the body. Viscerated, the cavity filled with explosives so the tout's body served the terrorist one last time to kill people in a booby trap.
Terrorists are terrorist, their gift to the world is murder, and any means to prevent this has to be considered.