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Jackpot: U.S. finds huge amount of data on Bin Ladenís computers (What's on that hard drive?)
Hotair ^ | 05/03/2011 | Allahpundit

Posted on 05/03/2011 7:16:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Would you care for some whipped cream and sprinkles on your sundae?

The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”

The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO…

Hundreds of people are going through it now,” an official said, adding that intelligence operatives back in Washington are very excited to find out what they have.

“It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable,” the official said.

Follow the link for tantalizing details about how the SEALs encountered Bin Laden in the compound and their reaction when they were told what the mission was. Who’s next on the hit list once we’re done analyzing the data? You guessed it:

Does bin Laden’s demise mean the death of al-Qaeda? CIA analysts won’t go that far. But they have concluded that the operation “will accelerate its demise,” and that the battered organization is now at a “tipping point” that could lead to collapse.

The hidden trophy of Sunday’s raid: The JSOC team captured intelligence materials from the compound that might reveal the location of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s new commander. “That’s where we’re going next,” says one U.S. official involved in planning the operation.

So at last, after fully a decade of wondering, we’ll have an answer to the question I asked in this post: Did Bin Laden have an actual job with Al Qaeda anymore or was he basically just being cc’d on messages and offering “spiritual encouragement”? Stories have popped up on the wires from time to time alleging that he’s still giving battlefield orders. Some that we’ve blogged were murky yet spectacular, like this one from Newsweek in 2007 alleging a power struggle between OBL and Zawahiri. More recently, in the fall of last year, U.S. officials claimed that Bin Laden had dispatched his couriers with instructions for a Mumbai-style attack in Europe or America. That report emerged in October — which we now know was after U.S. intelligence had already zeroed in on him in his Abbottabad compound. Wouldn’t surprise me if the hard drives confirm their suspicions.

According to Dianne Feinstein, he might have been living at the compound for the past six years. Six years. And somehow, supposedly, nobody knew.

Update: Was it even longer than six years? Was he there all along?

U.S. officials say detainees held at Guantanamo helped lead them to the courier.

In one early clue, according to a secret Pentagon cable made public by Wikileaks, senior Al Qaeda commander Abu al Libi told interrogators he became “the official messenger” for bin Laden and for a year in 2003 “moved his family to Abbottabad, Pakistan” — the city near Islamabad where bin Laden was killed Sunday.

Update: You know, I’m actually less interested in who Osama was talking to within Al Qaeda than who he was talking to within Pakistani intelligence. Let the probe begin:

Obama administration officials said Monday they would probe whether Pakistani authorities helped al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden stay in hiding for years, one day after he was killed by U.S. special forces at an outsize mansion complex located in the same city as Pakistan’s top military academy…

He didn’t specify which agencies of Pakistan’s government would be investigated. But privately, administration officials said the U.S. would have to probe for the possible involvement of Pakistan’s spy service and the military. “There are only so many agencies in the government that might have been involved,” said an official…

[An] ISI official acknowledged that Pakistanis are embarrassed by the raid. “It’s unfortunate, but we did not know about the people resident in that compound,” said the official. “That is a negative fallout that we have to live with.”




TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: computer; jackpot; osamabinladen
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1 posted on 05/03/2011 7:16:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Porn?


2 posted on 05/03/2011 7:17:42 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Did Osama have Lifelock?


3 posted on 05/03/2011 7:18:50 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: SeekAndFind

If they did get a treasure trove of intelligence why would they tip everyone off by publicizing it?


4 posted on 05/03/2011 7:19:33 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: SeekAndFind

He was living near the Pakistani Military Academy, in a huge compound, near a bunch of retired Pakistani officers. I think it’s safe to say that at some (high!) level, they knew he was there. Just wait, the stuff is going to hit the fan.


5 posted on 05/03/2011 7:19:39 AM PDT by AntiKev ("Within the strangest people, truth can find the strangest home." - Great Big Sea - Company of Fools)
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To: SeekAndFind

bttt


6 posted on 05/03/2011 7:20:14 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought we were told he had no phone or internet—had to rely on couriers.


7 posted on 05/03/2011 7:20:27 AM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought we were told he had no phone or internet—had to rely on couriers.


8 posted on 05/03/2011 7:20:49 AM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hopefully, the names and locations of his allies that walked across our Mexican border are in the stash.


9 posted on 05/03/2011 7:21:17 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind
What's on that hard drive?
10 posted on 05/03/2011 7:21:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: SeekAndFind

Neato. Wouldn’t it be fun to be a computer expert looking through Osama’s files? Hope they find some good stuff!


11 posted on 05/03/2011 7:21:34 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Sicvee

He could still use computers without the net.


12 posted on 05/03/2011 7:22:46 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: SeekAndFind

13 posted on 05/03/2011 7:25:26 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: SeekAndFind

14 posted on 05/03/2011 7:27:13 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
Light to the cockroaches....make them make a run for it...then take them out...it doesn't matter WHAT intell they get as long as the enemy thinks they got intell leading directly to them.....keeps them guessing and nervous.
15 posted on 05/03/2011 7:27:46 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: SeekAndFind

He did not encrypt his data?

It seems like these al-Qaeda terrorists are simply dumb and incompetent. There is always a chance the enemy will capture you and your computers.


16 posted on 05/03/2011 7:28:56 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
Well, I find it odd that no court order was issued to obtain evidence. I find it odd that the left is wanting to prosecute CIA staff who waterboarded detainees, yet wet their pants in joy when the same people blow a guys brains out and illegally steal his personal property?

I don't have an issue with what the operation was, it's tactical accomplishments, or it's taking of data. I just have a problem with the left's hypocracy.

Scary dudes in the liberal part of America. They have nothing but situational ethics. That's dangerous. It's what produces Waco's, Richard Jewel assaults, and Project Gun Walker.

17 posted on 05/03/2011 7:29:20 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Porn?


iTunes...


18 posted on 05/03/2011 7:30:21 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: AntiKev

Just a guy in the neighborhood. Like Bill Ayers. You know the excuse.


19 posted on 05/03/2011 7:32:44 AM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialist States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA

please, please tell me he had a lot of gay porn.


20 posted on 05/03/2011 7:32:58 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: Sicvee

he has sat dish.


21 posted on 05/03/2011 7:33:27 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
When it comes to doing really neat things to people, you STFU. That way the joy keeps coming.

Personally I think Bin Laden thought Obama was his friend(in relative terms). I think OBL thought he was safe from any covert action. That is exactly why he was living where he was.

22 posted on 05/03/2011 7:34:28 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: SeekAndFind

HEY! What’s he doing with a picture of my wife naked?!!!


23 posted on 05/03/2011 7:35:21 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Someone needs to do a Certificate of Live Death for Osama.


24 posted on 05/03/2011 7:36:46 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
The hidden trophy of Sunday’s raid: The JSOC team captured intelligence materials from the compound that might reveal the location of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s new commander. “That’s where we’re going next,” says one U.S. official involved in planning the operation.

Uh...whatever for?
25 posted on 05/03/2011 7:37:05 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Porn?

One can only hope that he has acres and acres of porn on that drive. Can only serve to demoralize his followers and further debase his image in the Islamic world.


26 posted on 05/03/2011 7:37:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perdogg; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

More like underage goats and sheep.


27 posted on 05/03/2011 7:37:41 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

To watch the cockroaches scatter. Hope all satellites are trained on the ME. I expect them to go to ground until they think it’s safe to resume their death and destruction. I bet Zawahiri and the guy in Yemen are thinking about how soon a helicopter will pay them a visit.


28 posted on 05/03/2011 7:38:07 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: wilco200
Can you imagine the poor SOB who bought or stole a computer used by OBL or his staff? Next week he'll be watching goat milking on a webcam and twenty Seals flash-bang his bedroom, pepper spray his face, and swoop him off in a helicopter.

The next year should prove to be interesting.

29 posted on 05/03/2011 7:46:02 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: SeekAndFind

Usama’s mortgage note was from Fannie Mae.


30 posted on 05/03/2011 7:46:23 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Get the BO out of the Executive Mansion.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The following fact is false: al Zahwahiri’s location was found in Osama’s house.

Or is it? Ayman can you take the chance? Who will be that next knock on the door?


31 posted on 05/03/2011 7:48:26 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (Hope and change is share the poverty.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“One can only hope that he has acres and acres of porn on that drive. Can only serve to demoralize his followers and further debase his image in the Islamic world.”

The politically correct U.S. administration and lap dog media would never let us know that - The operatives at the terrorist front group C.A.I.R. have brainwashed too many Americans into washing their mouths out with soap rather than ever reporting anything that might put Islam and its followers in anything but a priestly light.


32 posted on 05/03/2011 7:51:28 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now (http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm)
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To: Perdogg

Please, please tell me that Democratic Underground was his home page.


33 posted on 05/03/2011 8:03:34 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“One can only hope that he has acres and acres of porn on that drive. Can only serve to demoralize his followers and further debase his image in the Islamic world.”

The politically correct U.S. administration and lap dog media would never let us know that - The operatives at the terrorist front group C.A.I.R. have brainwashed too many Americans into washing their mouths out with soap rather than ever reporting anything that might put Islam and its followers in anything but a priestly light.


34 posted on 05/03/2011 8:06:06 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now (http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm)
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To: AntiKev
He was living near the Pakistani Military Academy, in a huge compound, near a bunch of retired Pakistani officers. I think it’s safe to say that at some (high!) level, they knew he was there.

This raises a question as to whether US taxpayer's dollars sent to Pakistan as military aid was used to build the compound in 2005?

35 posted on 05/03/2011 8:15:45 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Money path?


36 posted on 05/03/2011 8:15:45 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
If they did get a treasure trove of intelligence why would they tip everyone off by publicizing it?

Because Zawahiri and Co. would be idiots to imagine the SEALS didn't get Bin Ladin’s files. So why not say so? And twitchy vermin become worried that their present hidey-holes aren't so safe and start trying to find safer ones. And when they're in transit they can easily make a mistake that gets them caught.
37 posted on 05/03/2011 8:20:28 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: SeekAndFind
JSOC team captured intelligence materials from the compound that might reveal the location of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s new commander.

The cave al-Zawahiri's holed-up in in Afghanistan. These Al-Queerda commanders certainly do lead by example.


38 posted on 05/03/2011 8:21:44 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dates and methods of the next attacks on the U. S.????

Other countries?


39 posted on 05/03/2011 8:26:36 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: varon

That’s a good point that I never considered. This really leaves more questions than answers.


40 posted on 05/03/2011 8:28:20 AM PDT by AntiKev ("Within the strangest people, truth can find the strangest home." - Great Big Sea - Company of Fools)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Couple reasons.

1) When their buddies in the ISI get done looking at the scene, they will learn that all the hard drives were ripped out of the computers, and other electronics were missing.

2) If you act like you have lots of information it makes interrogations easier. You pretend like you already know everything, and the detainee is just agreeing with you.

3) Just to be a jerk.


41 posted on 05/03/2011 8:29:06 AM PDT by Domalais
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
If they did get a treasure trove of intelligence why would they tip everyone off by publicizing it?

My thoughts, exactly. If they truly do have "the mother lode of intelligence" that they claim to, they just rendered much of it useless by blabbing that fact to our enemies.

I suspect that they don't have nearly as much intel as they claim, and are doing this to get the cockroaches scurrying.

42 posted on 05/03/2011 8:39:34 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

They will find links to places and people that they will never release. China? Russian arms dealers with links to govt? Any Americans in contact with him? All above and beyond the links throughout the Arab world,that parts a no brainer.
You can bet we will never know 95% of what they find.


43 posted on 05/03/2011 8:48:43 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Cheburashka

Paki government already moved him and made the intelligence involving him moot.


44 posted on 05/03/2011 8:54:18 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: blackdog
I think Bin Laden thought Obama was his friend(in relative terms). I think OBL thought he was safe from any covert action

Barry thinks this is a feather in his hat he needed to get re-elected by the brainless Americans who elected him in the first place.

It was either Osama or Obama. Personnally, I think Obama is now next.

45 posted on 05/03/2011 9:34:29 AM PDT by politicianslie (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders)
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To: blackdog

“Personally I think Bin Laden thought Obama was his friend(in relative terms). I think OBL thought he was safe from any covert action. That is exactly why he was living where he was.”

Evidence seems to point to him living in that town since at least 2003, so I don’t think Obama had anything to do with it.


46 posted on 05/03/2011 9:58:28 AM PDT by Boogieman
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You mean to say that OBL has spent the last eight years living in that compound, similar to being in Crystal City, within Washington DC?

Eight years in one place and we took that long to find him? Sheesh!

47 posted on 05/03/2011 10:25:14 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: SeekAndFind
(What's on that hard drive?)

Coming soon on WikiLeaks.

48 posted on 05/03/2011 10:29:12 AM PDT by kevao
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49 posted on 05/03/2011 10:52:54 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Almost as evil as the Freeper Criminal Mastermind)
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To: Sicvee
I thought we were told he had no phone or internet—had to rely on couriers.

Two of my three desktop computers are not connected to any outside sources.

One of my memory sticks holds more than 15,000 times the capacity than my $1600 hard drive circa 1988.

Not being connected to any outside sources sure beats having constantly to run anti-virus/trojan software.

50 posted on 05/03/2011 12:49:54 PM PDT by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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