Raid on UBL compound yields intel bonanza

Yes, killing bin Laden was a great thing, but this was a far better score for us:

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.

“They cleaned it out,” one official said. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?” U.S. officials are about to find out. The material is being examined at a secret location in Afghanistan. “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.

This is going to give us an intelligence bonanza. For one it should give us many other names of al Qaeda personnel as well as possible plans for other attacks. Maybe even whom Osama was working with in Pakistan? Most important of all though is that it will force all al Qaeda operatives and operations to assume they have been compromised and to try and break off. That’s going to stop plots in progress, flush out people that try to run, and in general going to disrupt operations for a long time. This war we are in with these monsters is going to be won on information. Right now we scored a major break with this raid. Let’s hope they use it to our full advantage and send a whole bunch more of these bastards to visit Osama in hell.

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  1. TxAg94

    My bet is also on loads of porn. It occurs to me that this guy has been on the fringesof Al Queda for years, serving mainly as a mouthpiece and poster boy. I very much doubt he has any information on actual cells or plans. I could be wrong but I suspect any information will be marginally useful and/or very dated. I hope I’m wrong.

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  2. AlexInCT *

    And camel porn too. They had a lot of trouble in that town on the days where they had drivers ed and sex ed scheduled on the same day because the camels kept dying

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  3. Rann

    “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

    Like the others, my immediate thought was “Porn. Lots and lots of porn.”

    Now, the question is, do we publish that to try and shame him, or would that just turn into “Lies! They lie about our dead hero! Derka derka jihad!”?

    Of course that could also backfire for normal people. What if he had a fuckton of pirated mp3s on there?

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  4. JimK

    So what’s OBL’s favorite MP3? Club can’t even handle me? Born this way? Or is he kicking it old school with some Jellybean-era Madonna jams?

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  5. Rann

    Team America: World Police soundtrack.

    OBL was secretly a massive hipster. He listened to it ironically.

    Also recovered were over a hundred flannel shirts and a dozen pairs of thick-rimmed glasses.

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  6. Seattle Outcast

    These people need to die. Seriously, they are the most annoying douchebags I’ve ever seen – even more than hippies.

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  7. Manwhore

    I think his hard drive is going to be filled with Arab money backers, Pakistani and Afghani intelligence leaks….And internet pr0n. Lots of it.

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  8. InsipiD

    Oh, I hope it’s full of names. Even better, I bet that a few people like Musharraf, Qadaffi, and Mubarak are sweating a little, too.

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  9. richtaylor365

    For those that wonder what got into our new terror warrior president:

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/05/skulking-towards-bin-laden-obama-overridden-by-military-and-intel-officials-in-takeout-of-obl.html

    IMPORTANT SPECIFIC: When 48 hour go order issued, CoC was told, not requested. Administration scrambled to abort. That order was overruled. This order did not originate from CoC. Repeat – this order did not originate from CoC. He complied, but did not originate.

    Not quite sure what to make of this, will look into it further.

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