Lack of Internet tips off officials to Bin Laden's whereabouts

In an ironic turn of events, it seems that Osama Bin Laden’s lack of connection to any location-aware devices or services is what tipped off authorities to his whereabouts. In a Pakistani town where many professionals live normal lives, drive cars, and are connected to at least a phone line, the expensive walled compound on the outskirts of town with no phone and no Internet drew obvious suspicion. While it certainly wasn’t the only data that led intelligence officials to believe that the leader of terrorist group Al-Qaeda was inside, according to ComputerWorld, it definitely bolstered what proof they already had. Officials already knew that Bin Laden was using only a trusted courier to transport information in and out, and communications in general amongst Al-Qaeda members is known to be low-tech and hard to track.

Aside from being an important facet in the operation to track down the terrorist mastermind, and only one small fact in what is determined to become an interesting and much analyzed years-long operation, the fact that a lack of data communication to a location was suspicious raises some important questions about privacy in the digital world. In a world where the number of people carrying location-aware smartphones is rising quickly, where social network activity continues to paint ever more detailed pictures of our real world lives, it makes one wonder if trying to block all of that will actually help your privacy. If you become the outsider who doesn’t communicate via socially accepted (and sometimes expected) modes, at what point is that person only attracting more attention? 

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Because it is politically correct to say "Intelligence agencies works as expected" rather to say "we did nothing, a rat tell us about his whereabout."

Magallanes said,
Because it is politically correct to say "Intelligence agencies works as expected" rather to say "we did nothing, a rat tell us about his whereabout."
It was a close and personal courier that lead them to Osama. They had to track this guy for a long time to finally get to the hide-out. He didn't rat. In fact, he tried very hard to hide his tracks. Doesn't sound like "we did nothing" to me. Maybe try reading an article or two before posting.

I think the key here is that he wasn't doing a very good job "blending in."

I'm glad they got him, but does anyone else think its suspicious that they "buried him at sea"? Seems like lots of folks from different countries would want to confirm that he is dead, and our special ops folks got rid of the evidence.

Well they supposedly have plenty of photographic evidence (which isn't always reliable). They are also supposed to have DNA evidence and one of his wives identified the body as his. The buried at sea thing is a little strange but then I started thinking that maybe they just didn't want the body exhumed (hiding evidence that he was executed with a shot in the head at point blank) and/or they didn't want any shrine built on his grave or deal with any disputes over the body. This way they pretty much wiped him off the face of the earth as if he never existed. Personally I like it.

Windsinger said,
So using Tor pretty much exposes me to anti-terrorist agencies??

Please, get a CLUE!

TOR, if I am not mistaken is a service you use OVER your connection....

This article brings forth that they used the lack of CONNECTIONS as proof... So while using TOR, you still connect to your ISP to get onto the internet, if I am not mistaken. He had no connection at all...

You probably use TOR over your phone line, cable, or fiber line. That physical line is what is being talked about, not anonymity software OVER that connection.

Before making sarcastic judgmental comments, perhaps you should follow your own advice?

I think the tall 18ft walls, guards, residents that were hardly ever seen by neighbours and unusual compound design probably had more to do with it

so if I become poor and lose my internet and cell phone/home phone but yet live in a nice place on the edge of town. i'll be considered a terrorist?

whaaa?

presence06 said,
so if I become poor and lose my internet and cell phone/home phone but yet live in a nice place on the edge of town. i'll be considered a terrorist?

whaaa?

"While it certainly wasn't the only data that led intelligence officials to believe that the leader of terrorist group Al-Qaeda was inside, according to ComputerWorld, it definitely bolstered what proof they already had. "

presence06 said,
so if I become poor and lose my internet and cell phone/home phone but yet live in a nice place on the edge of town. i'll be considered a terrorist?

whaaa?


exactly. SO if you ever want to become a terrorist, you should get internet by any means possible.

Ruciz said,

exactly. SO if you ever want to become a terrorist, you should get internet by any means possible.


I should get internet asap, sign up for PSN, twitter and allow tracking on my iphone/android right?

Ruciz said,

exactly. SO if you ever want to become a terrorist, you should get internet by any means possible.

Hmm it sort of suggests it yeah lol.

presence06 said,
so if I become poor and lose my internet and cell phone/home phone but yet live in a nice place on the edge of town. i'll be considered a terrorist?

whaaa?

Who said anything about poor? That compound cost over $1 mil... so yah it's a little weird to have no communication with the rest of the world.

presence06 said,
so if I become poor and lose my internet and cell phone/home phone but yet live in a nice place on the edge of town. i'll be considered a terrorist?

whaaa?


"While it certainly wasn't the only data that led intelligence officials to believe that the leader of terrorist group Al-Qaeda was inside, according to ComputerWorld, it definitely bolstered what proof they already had. "

presence06 said,
so if I become poor and lose my internet and cell phone/home phone but yet live in a nice place on the edge of town. i'll be considered a terrorist?

whaaa?


No, you would be homeless and living in the streets.... wouldnt be a problem for you i believe...