By David Lema
Published: April 14, 2011.
Operation Ersatz, along with other ominous plots, was launched in 1989 by the al Qaeda Shura Council. The day after September 11, 2001, a professor begins a research project in the Philippines where she moves directly into the path of an al Qaeda counterfeiting operation. She is kidnapped and held for several months before her saga ends with her boyfriend leading a last-ditch rescue attempt.