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  • SEAL-spotting becomes local sport in Virginia Beach after bin Laden raid

    05/13/2011 11:43:15 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 13 May 2011 | Frederick Kunkle
    VIRGINIA BEACH — Finding a Navy SEAL in this city should be easy. This is where hundreds of America’s most elite warriors are based. This is where their heroic exploits are celebrated and retold, especially since a team of Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in a bold raid on the al-Qaeda mastermind’s Pakistani hideout. But finding a real, active-duty SEAL in this beach resort — not to mention one of the 20 or so members of SEAL Team 6 who swept into bin Laden’s compound early this month — is like chasing echoes in a fun house. [snip] It’s...
  • SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid

    05/12/2011 5:14:48 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 46 replies
    cbs ^ | 12 may 2011 | David Martin
    A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the 40 minutes it took to kill bin Laden and scoop his archives into garbage bags were all recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 SEALs. Officials reviewing those videos are still reconstructing a more accurate version of what happened. We now know that the only firefight took place in the guest house, where one of bin Laden's couriers opened fire and was quickly gunned...
  • CNN: SEC OF DEFENSE GATES SAYS RAID DETAILS WERE SUPPOSE TO BE KEPT SECRET!

    05/12/2011 5:17:41 PM PDT · by macquire · 89 replies
    CNN: Gates gave a speech today blasting the fact so many raid and Navy Seal details were released by the government. Gates said this in front of several thousand US Marines.
  • Navy SEALs Want to Protect Their Identity Following OBL Raid

    05/12/2011 4:16:51 PM PDT · by panthermom · 129 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/12/2011 | Justin Fishel
    Members of Navy SEAL team 6, the Special Operations unit responsible for killing Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden in Pakistan last Sunday, have expressed concerns about their safety and the safety of their families now that details of the mission have been made public. Speaking to Marines at Camp Lejeune Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the concerns were expressed to him directly a week ago when he met with members of the unit to congratulate them on their mission. Gates said the SEALs were mainly focused on their families and worried they could be subject to retaliatory attacks....
  • Bin Laden hand-written journal seized

    05/11/2011 11:37:57 AM PDT · by dead · 28 replies
    ...Osama bin Laden kept a hand-written journal filled with planning ideas and details of operations. The journal was seized in the dramatic US raid...
  • Why the Hurry to Gloat About Bin Laden?

    05/10/2011 11:35:52 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11 May 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    For a week people have been asking, "Why won't the president release Osama bin Laden's photo?" That's the wrong question. We should be asking, "Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us bin Laden was dead?" The White House says the information in bin Laden's compound is the equivalent of a "small college library," potentially containing incalculably valuable and unique data on al-Qaeda operations, personnel and methods. ________ But that's exactly what President Obama did. He raced to spill the beans. The man couldn't even wait until morning. At just after 9:45 p.m., the White House communications...
  • Stop tipping off the enemy

    05/10/2011 2:26:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 9, 2011 | Peter Brookes
    OK, the incredible details of the operation to silence Osama bin Laden are, indeed, irresistible -- but our government's been saying way too much about them, tipping off al Qaeda and clueing in other bad guys. You can't blame the press; its job is to get the story. But you can finger the White House and other government officials for not keeping enough of a zipped lip on some elements of the historic operation. For instance, what about the early, broad -- and repeated -- disclosure of a "treasure trove" of information taken during the raid on Osama's compound in...
  • OBL: Mission to kill al-Qaeda leader was so secret I didn't even tell Michelle, reveals Obama

    05/10/2011 12:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Edinburgh Daily Record ^ | May 10, 2011 | Andrew Gregory
    PRESIDENT Barack Obama was so keen to ensure the mission to nab Osama bin Laden was successful he even kept it secret from his wife. The al-Qaeda chief was shot dead in his bedroom at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last week. Obama, 49, said: "I didn't tell most people here in the White House. I didn't tell my own family. "It was that important for us to maintain operational security." The president kept the plan secret from wife Michelle, 47, and spent the weekend before the raid visiting tornado victims, speaking at a space shuttle launch and attending the...
  • Bin Laden raid intel yields leads on al Qaeda No. 2 al Zawahiri

    05/06/2011 12:38:33 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 56 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 6, 2011 | Pat Milton
    The intelligence community has obtained "positive intelligence" from the materials taken from Osama bin Laden's compound which is helping narrow down the locations of core al Qaeda leadership including the whereabouts of Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's former No. 2 man and a candidate to succeed bin Laden.
  • Killing Osama (Oliver North)

    05/05/2011 6:54:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 6, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — It took nine years, seven months and 21 days to pinpoint the man who plotted, paid for and perpetrated the terror attacks of 9-11-01. When a U.S. Navy SEAL team finally found Osama bin Laden in the third-floor bedroom of a comfortable house in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan, they killed him. Last Sunday's complex and highly successful operation validates Ronald Reagan's maxim for terrorists after U.S. Navy SEALs captured the murderous hijackers of the Achille Lauro in October 1985: "You can run, but you can't hide." Afterward, one of the participants penned a corollary: "Don't...
  • Sources: Bin Laden Acted 'Cowardly,' Confused in Final Moments

    05/05/2011 2:17:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 60 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/5/11 | Jennifer Griffin, Justin Fishel and Catherine Herridge
    Sources involved in the operation that took down Usama bin Laden told Fox News the terrorist leader acted "scared" and "completely confused" in his final moments, "shoving his wife" at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him. The information helps clarify the conflicting details about what exactly happened toward the end of the 40-minute raid on bin Laden's northern Pakistan compound. Sources who were part of the mission said bin Laden acted in a "cowardly manner" when confronted. Fox News has also learned that while bin Laden was unarmed, he was standing near the door within reach of two weapons...
  • <Sen) Saxby Chambliss: First shot at Osama bin Laden was a miss

    05/05/2011 1:37:06 PM PDT · by rawhide · 37 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 5-5-11 | Jim Galloway
    U.S. commandos missed with their first shot at Osama bin Laden, when the world’s most wanted man poked his head out of a third-floor room to see what was headed his way, according to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Bin Laden ducked back in, and the Navy SEALS quickly followed and finished the job, Chambliss said in a telephone interview this afternoon. The missed shot was a new detail in the emerging story of the 40-minute raid on the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. Chambliss also said commandos found a pistol and AK-47 in...
  • CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house

    05/05/2011 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 5, 2011
    The CIA maintained a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance over a period of months on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Operations forces this week, U.S. officials said. The secret CIA facility was used as a base of operations for one of the most delicate human intelligence gathering missions in recent CIA history, one that relied on Pakistani informants and other sources to help assemble a “pattern of life” portrait of the occupants and daily activities at the fortified compound where bin...
  • (Vanity) Sources & Methods

    05/04/2011 4:08:28 AM PDT · by Pecos · 6 replies
    5/4/11 | Pecos
    Is anyone except me bothered by the fact that the President, Mr. Panetta, et al, have repeatedly broken one of the primary rules of intel - namely that professionals never reveal the sources and methods by which they obtain information. On one level, it was good to know that enhanced interrogation techniques (previously reviled by Liberals as only being used by horrible people) have netted usable informaiton, and that we are clever and patient enough to track down the courier that was servicing the OBL compound. But at a higher level, letting the world know how we obtained sufficient detail...
  • Senior US Marine Says "Multiple Platoons" Are Headed To Egypt

    02/06/2011 9:08:11 AM PST · by Fennie · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 5, 2011 | By Nicholas Carlson
    A senior member of the US Marine corps is telling people "multiple platoons" are deploying to Egypt, a source tells us. There is a system within the US Marines that alerts the immediate families of high-ranking marines when their marine will soon be deployed to an emergency situation where they will not be able to talk to their spouses or families. That alert just went out, says our source. This senior Marine told our source that the Pentagon will deploy "multiple platoons" to Egypt over the next few days and that the official reason will be 'to assist in the...
  • Geotags invade privacy and OPSEC (Freepers be aware of this)

    01/08/2011 9:51:08 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Heidi E. Agostini, I MEF
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — You want to show off your new car and you take a picture with your smartphone. Then, you post it to Picasa or Flickr, both location-based social-networking services. But did you know the GPS information embedded in that picture can show people where you live or work? The growing trend is geotagging, where the GPS in your smartphone automatically attaches your longitude and latitude, along with other info, to your picture. “If you have a smartphone, it’s already encrypted to supply metadata,” said Maj. Rocky Williams, the future operations officer for I Marine Expeditionary Force. “Every...
  • US Army Watching Blogs (new unit watching for Operational Security violations on soldier websites)

    10/18/2006 8:09:54 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 11 replies · 826+ views
    Blackfive ^ | Wendnesday October 18th, 2006 | Matt Currier Burden
    US Army Watching BlogsPosted By Blackfive Note: One reason that I wanted "The Blog of War" published was to preserve several excellent military blogger entries from blogs that were either shut down by the military or the author decided to shut down in order to avoid trouble with the military (The Questing Cat, Armor Geddon, Training For Eternity, This Is Your War, A Day in Iraq, etc.).  This topic is a difficult one for me to navigate.  I hope this post effectively describes what I think about monitoring milblogs. I just spoke to an *ackk!!!* AP reporter who talked with...
  • OPSEC tool pulverizes paper

    03/09/2006 3:42:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 474+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Maj. Ann P. Knabe
    3/9/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- She’s called the “shredder queen.” Staff Sgt. Cassandra Ali, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron base records manager, keeps track of Airmen who sign up to shred paper. In the last two weeks, she’s moved 57 20-pound bags of pulverized paper from the base’s newest operational security tool, a multipurpose high-security, high-volume industrial shredder. The shredder is far from your standard paper slicer. “Pulverizer would be a more appropriate name,” said Senior Master Sgt. James Patrie, 379th Information Services Flight superintendent. “What comes out of that machine looks nothing like paper.” Unlike most unclassified shredders on...
  • Tiger team tackles operational security violations

    02/28/2006 4:42:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Maj. Ann P. Knabe
    2/28/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- A couple of Airmen sat in the base food court chatting about their return to the United States the next day. Excited to be going home, they compared flight times. Meanwhile, 3 feet away, a third-country national took mental notes. He knew someone who would pay for flight information. The aircraft takeoff time happened to be the last piece of information that an Al Qaeda terrorist needed to coordinate a deadly attack, killing hundreds of servicemembers on a flight home. The scenario presented by Capt. David Quinlan, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing plans officer, isn’t...
  • Loose blogs may blow up BCTs

    11/14/2005 3:42:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 412+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | Gary Sheftick
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 10, 2005) – This is not your father’s war, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker tells troops in a videotaped message emphasizing proper Operations Security procedures and responsible use of the Internet. The video is part of the Army’s comprehensive OPSEC Action Plan that has Mobile Training Teams visiting deploying units to teach how improper information and photographs posted on the Worldwide Web could endanger lives. For instance, photos of combat operations and destroyed military equipment could provide the enemy with clues about U.S. vulnerabilities, said Maj. Michael Pate, the Army’s OPSEC officer...
  • Naval Insecurity

    04/14/2005 7:16:37 PM PDT · by zappermom · 25 replies · 1,234+ views
    Wed 13 Apr 2005 9:47am (UK) Naval Security Reviewed over Ship Intruder By Ben Mitchell, PA A review of security at a major UK naval base has been carried out after an alleged intruder was found on board a visiting US aircraft carrier, the Royal Navy said today. The alleged trespasser was discovered on board the USS Harry S Truman, anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hants, on Saturday night during a week-long visit to Portsmouth Naval Base. A navy spokesman said the man had allegedly passed through both Royal Navy security and US Navy security to get on board passenger...
  • Inside the Ring

    02/08/2005 2:09:47 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 28 replies · 3,053+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2005 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    Code word compromise The Joint Staff at the Pentagon last week ordered an investigation into the compromise of several programs that were revealed in a book by author William Arkin. According to a Jan. 25 cable from the Joint Staff to 14 military units, most of them involved in special operations, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has asked for an "opsec" or operational security assessment of possible national security damage to special access programs and other "operational compromises" in the book, "Code Names." The U.S. Special Operations Command will be the lead...
  • Safeguarding the Coalition

    08/29/2004 8:11:20 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 4 replies · 268+ views
    Freedom Watch - CENTCOM, Afghanistan ^ | August 29, 2004 | Sgt. Frank Magni 17th Public Affairs Detachment
    Safeguarding the Coalition Story by Sgt. Frank Magni 17th Public Affairs Detachment August 29, 2004 Freedom Watch Page 13 AFGHANISTAN –– While one Coalition member at the phone center talks to his family about his quick reac-tion force mission, another at the gym discusses the possibility of an operation in a province just east of Kandahar. Finally, a Soldier e-mails his friend in Iraq, telling him he just returned from an 18-day cordon and search mission. Alone, each piece of information is vague and doesn't reveal a lot. But when combined, a larger picture can appear to anyone listening.  ...
  • Marine general slams 'Chicken Little' news: Military critique of war coverage rebukes "reporters"

    07/02/2003 12:17:14 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 360+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2003 | Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON -- A Marine general in Iraq ripped front-line journalists for "Chicken Little" coverage of the March invasion, and advised military leaders to "never forget how quickly the press jumped on the bandwagon of doom and gloom," a critical internal study of the war reveals. "Visions of Vietnam danced in reporters' heads" during halts in the march to Baghdad, griped the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division in a 67-page draft report obtained by WorldNetDaily. Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis heaped scorn on "unilateral" correspondents in his May 29 report. He said they "routinely"...
  • MILITARY: DON'T BREACH OPSEC ON THE INTERNET!

    03/29/2003 9:24:46 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 28 replies · 466+ views
    Military E-mail | March 29, 2003 | Travis McGee
    We received this mass-forwarded e-mail recently from someone we never heard of, along with about 20 military email addresses."Hi everyone, "Forgive me for hijacking part's of *****'s email list, I just wanted to pass along that I heard from ***** today, after a week's silence...it was so good to hear her voice... "They're doing great out there-- ***** said they're handling some rough things--but everyone's holding on and it's going ok. She indicated they're busy, but "not as busy as you think" (referring to me)....good news for all of us. They are able to receive email, apparently even when the...