Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A worthless jackpot?

Supposedly, when our troops raided Usama bin Laden's compound, we recovered 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.'"  In theory, it should enable us to plan further atacks on the al Qaida network and its allies.  Except ...

As Aaron Worthing asks, "WHY THE HELL ARE YOU TELLING US THIS?! "
Here’s a hint [...], none of that [intelligence] is actionable, now.  Chances are virtually all of that information can go bad -- things like locations of bad guys, assumed names and the like can all be changed if the bad guys know we have that information.  Now if they are smart -- and there is good reason to think they aren’t -- they might have done that automatically as a precaution when bin Laden was killed. But if any of that information didn’t go bad the moment bin Laden reached room temperature, it went bad the moment word got out.

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