Cables, Confirmed

I’ve long traced the severance and disconnection of various parts of the world from telecommunication cables on this blog, most recently in the wake of Syria losing Toobz access after it purportedly mixed some chemical weapons.

Danger Room’s sources aren’t even asserting that both events–the mixing of the CW on Wednesday and the Intertoobz blackout on Thursday–are both signs of Bashar al-Assad’s panic.

Which would sort of be the default unless intelligence sources had reason to know that the Intertoobz blackout had nothing to do with the CW mixing.

We’ve long traced interesting Intertoobz blackouts caused by cut cables on this blog: the recent blackout in Djibouti. to a cable in the Bay Area, to a number of cut cables in the Middle East back in 2008.

It appears to be an increasingly common tactic, one difficult to attribute to a specific actor.

But if one of those actors comes out a few days after an outage and says they have no reason to find that outage as suspicious as the mixing of CW, maybe it’s not so hard to attribute after all.

One of the interesting revelations in this profile on the guy who shot Osama bin Laden is that sending Seal Team Six to do something with underwater cables is apparently routine enough that’s what they were told the mission would be before they were read into the real target.

There was so much going on — the Libya thing, the Arab Spring. We knew something good was going to go down. We didn’t know how good.

The first day’s briefing, they actually kind of lied to us, being very vague. They mentioned underwater cables because of the earthquake in Japan or some craziness.

Consider me thoroughly unsurprised.

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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Do YOU know that? Have you actually READ what Snowden's releases have gotten released? @Paulmd199 @ashk4n
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq I know that everything he said has been released by govy SINCE Snowden leaks. EVERYTHING. @Paulmd199 @ashk4n
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emptywheel Suspect NY is really going to regret putting someone as articulate as Cecily McMillan thru their prison system. http://t.co/0mHCbsUIeJ
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emptywheel @StephanieKelton So what you're saying is tax cuts don't maintain bridges? @DanielAnthonyK
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emptywheel RT @StephanieKelton: We may have forgotten how to build #infrastructure but we sure know how to dig a hole. http://t.co/9sj2j3GIwT
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emptywheel @Eff_A I chose to leave, amicably, months several months ago. @ggreenwald @the_intercept
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emptywheel "NY jails more people per capita than Rwanda, where 10s of 1000s await trial for their roles in the 1994 genocide." http://t.co/0tx1wUXcXi
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq I'm thrilled he wrote op-ed so that others FINALLY write what has been in public due to Snowden. But it was due to Snowden.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Not at all. But reason the info was DECLASS was bc Snowden leaked more of it. @Paulmd199 @ashk4n
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emptywheel Beginning to get really worried MI GOP will talk Terry Lynn Land into taking her accounting challenged self away, replace w/Mike Rogers.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Correct. But I wrote everything he did, based on Snowden AND officially released docs.Along w/program names @Paulmd199 @ashk4n
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emptywheel OOPs: Euro Court of Human Rights ruled POLAND facilitated US torture of Abu Zubaydah. http://t.co/1UovGixH2n (Earlier tweet deleted).
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