Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Miscellaneous observations re "OBL killing" lie-fest

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.

A) You'd think he would have had better computer security, being the top terrorist on the planet.
B) Now we'll know where all those sleeper cells are, after at least ten years of looking for them - yeah, right. "Sleeper cells" are created as necessary by the British empire.
C) Chances are that those who are supposedly poring over this data are actually fabricating some more lies to feed us in the guise of "revelations from Osama's computer," just as we've been fed all sorts of garbage disguised as leaked intelligence.
A senior Pakistani intelligence official said one of Osama bin Laden's daughters had seen her father being shot dead by US forces, and was one of about 10 relatives of the al Qaeda leader in custody pending interrogation.

The official, who declined to be identified, said the daughter, aged 12 or 13, was one of the people who had confirmed that the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks had been killed by US commandos in a raid early on Monday. [KSM was there?]

The relatives -- one of bin Laden's wives and up to eight children -- will be interrogated and then probably turned over to their countries of origin, and not the United States, in accordance with Pakistani law, he said.

I'm sure that Bin Laden consulted with his wife and kids on every move, and that they'll be able to add a great deal to that vast trove of intelligence which they supposedly found on Bin Laden's computer.
The CIA is already poring over confiscated hard drives, DVDs and other documents. The agency is looking for inside information on al-Qaida, including clues that might lead to his presumed successor, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri. Al-Qaida under al-Zawahri would likely be further radicalized, unleashing a new wave of attacks to avenge bin Laden's killing by U.S. troops in Pakistan.

By now, we should expect any "progress" in the "war on terror" to just make things worse (for us), so of course "killing bin Laden" will make things worse. But at least they won't have to pretend that he's alive. That was getting to be such a chore.

Note that Zawahri also has a mysterious ability to avoid being captured or killed despite a decade-long manhunt by the US government. Hmmm. But we're pretty good at rounding up nobodies from nowhere, who know nothing, and tormenting them until they go insane. They're especially useful once they go insane. They'll say anything.
"The world is safer. It is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden," President Obama declared, hours after U.S. forces killed the al-Qaeda leader in the middle-of-the-night raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
"Al-Qaida under al-Zawahri would likely be further radicalized, unleashing a new wave of attacks to avenge bin Laden's killing by U.S. troops in Pakistan." (see above)
I wish they'd at least get their lies straight before telling them to us.
Now that bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces on a mission first assigned by President Bush, aided by evidence gained from the controversial “enhanced interrogation techniques” authorized by the former president, Bush’s frustrating “mission impossible” has, in the dead of night, turned into “mission accomplished.”

The preceding excerpt is an example of a big-lie technique: simply repeat a lie until we accept it as the truth. If someone provides evidence that it's wrong, the idea is to wait until the memory fades, and then repeat it some more.

I could probably spend the rest of my life exposing the lies that have been spun in response to OBL's virtual death, but you get the idea: they're everywhere you look.

As for the notion that it makes any practical difference whether Bin Laden has been dead or alive since late 2001 (he reportedly died of a lung problem, or was murdered), it might help to recall how George Bush and others downplayed his significance. At one point, even the Israeli government indicated that they didn't consider him to be a threat, perhaps because they knew that he was dead or isolated, or who actually controls terrorism.

So, OBL's no big deal for a long time, and suddenly he is again, because some people wanted to get his phantom out of their hair, and to earn some political points and advance other agendas such as selling "enhanced interrogation" all over again. Despicable.