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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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To: blackdog

Court order? Ummm, exactly which court could have written an order for search and seizure in Pakistan? Surely you aren’t suggesting that we approached a Pakistani court, knowing full well that we would have found an empty compound had we done so.


51 posted on 05/03/2011 1:16:20 PM PDT by Melas
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To: Melas
Of course not. I'm asking why the double standard? There is an ICC (world court). Liberals went bat$hit crazy over illegal capture and detaiment and interrogation of Jihadis who killed our people, claiming doing so was illegal. They wanted convictions of republican staffers who engaged in such activities. Liberals do it and kill the suspects, steal their personal property, and it's the celebrated action d'jour?

I'm all for modest wink-wink silence on the whole thing. I give Obama tons of credit for doing this using our troops and assets. I'm now looking for him to be the adult in the room about it and resist getting all full of Hammas style rowdy celebre'. I think if liberals and Obama had AK47's they would be wildly firing in the air every time a camera showed up.

52 posted on 05/03/2011 1:34:48 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: blackdog
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?

Worth repeating.

53 posted on 05/03/2011 1:44:53 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

It’s a lost cause. Most humans are confusing at best. They have an emotional randomness which overtakes real logic. As to why they do this I have no idea. It sure makes life hard for everyone. Maybe that’s what motivates them? Turn everything into a crisis and then react instead of accept reality and calculate. I know we’re not the Borg, but it has it’s up side.


54 posted on 05/03/2011 2:04:14 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: SeekAndFind
Leaked from his iPhoto files:


55 posted on 05/03/2011 2:15:02 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Badger

I swear I didn’t see yours first! LOL.


56 posted on 05/03/2011 2:18:32 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle
One of his last Tweets...


57 posted on 05/03/2011 2:21:18 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Melas
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2714446/posts

I called it first! I'm the winner! Tiger's Blood!

Obama has enjoyed this so much he's about to kill Muhamar! To satisfy his base and OBL heat, the ICC is issuing an arrest warrant.

58 posted on 05/03/2011 2:37:35 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: blackdog

No, not eight years in that compound, because that was only built six years ago, according to what we’re being told. However, under “enhanced interrogation”, AQ leader al-Libbi told us that he became Bin Laden’s courier in 2003, and moved with his family to Abbottabad. Now, since we know that Bin Laden was living with his most recent set of couriers, in Abbottabad, it only stands to reason that al-Libbi had moved there because Bin Laden was already living there, 2 years before the compound was built!


59 posted on 05/03/2011 3:13:19 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: blackdog

The answer is simple - liberalism is a mental disorder.


60 posted on 05/04/2011 5:27:49 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Yaelle

GMTA!................


61 posted on 05/04/2011 5:28:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems it would have been wiser to not announce to the world that you have this info.

But, since it is the Obama admin, well, you know.


62 posted on 05/04/2011 5:38:51 AM PDT by dforest
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To: varon
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?

I would bet on it - - - heavily.

63 posted on 05/04/2011 5:46:54 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Prayers for missing Marizela Perez. Prayers for her safe return.)
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To: Marty62

Hope some of the satellites are trained on some areas in the US as well.


64 posted on 05/04/2011 5:48:32 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: indylindy

Maybe to see who packs up and moves quickly. I’m sure there are a lot of paranoid terrorists out there not knowing what’s in the info they found.
I’m thinking the CIA is running the show and not S*** for Brains.


65 posted on 05/04/2011 5:58:03 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Just a guess:

You want to see the rats scurrying from their holes. And chaos and confusion disrupts whatever activities might be in the works.


66 posted on 05/04/2011 6:10:52 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: proxy_user

You don’t think all those supercomputers at Ft. Mede are to play solitaire on, do you?


67 posted on 05/04/2011 6:12:55 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: MagnoliaB

Actually I’m hoping for eyes on, guns loaded type of surveillance here. However so far the FBI has been taking years to even bother arresting terrorist here. The FBI is using the same tactics they used with the MOB. These terrorists are targeting us to kill us. BIG difference.


68 posted on 05/04/2011 6:28:11 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: MagnoliaB

Actually I’m hoping for eyes on, guns loaded type of surveillance here. However so far the FBI has been taking years to even bother arresting terrorist here. The FBI is using the same tactics they used with the MOB. These terrorists are targeting us to kill us. BIG difference.


69 posted on 05/04/2011 6:28:49 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: AFreeBird

Brute-force cracking is still not possible. Two to the 256th power is a very large number indeed.

Most of the cracking algorithms are passphrase guessers. The hashing algorithms slow them down, and automated target checking can cause difficulties if the verification method is unknown.


70 posted on 05/04/2011 6:31:01 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj

I’m betting that Osama was a huge Justin Bieber fan.


71 posted on 05/04/2011 4:55:15 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
"If they did get a treasure trove of intelligence why would they tip everyone off by publicizing it?"

A rhetorical question perhaps?


72 posted on 05/04/2011 5:00:12 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Impy; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj

Hmmm...either that or goat and sheep in heat chants.


73 posted on 05/04/2011 5:34:00 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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