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.