Seal Team Six

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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bmaz Judge John O'Donnell clearly intent on filibustering this bullshit acquittal so long that Cleveland is too exhausted to riot.
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bmaz @arcsine @PogoWasRight Explanation by court on a verdict from trial to court not rare, but this is just nuts.
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bmaz Don't know that that is 100% fair, this was also a product of completely asinine non-charging by prosecutors https://t.co/uGPeNjb4hW
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bmaz Message to cops from Cleveland: The more crazed homicidal cops you have shooting, with more bullets, more likely are to get off scot free
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bmaz @APribetic @PogoWasRight @Popehat Kind of a giveaway when started quoting Scalia on police shootings earlier
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bmaz @Popehat This prick is gonna filibuster his way out on the assault too.
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bmaz Apparently. may get tagged with assault though. But I bet Judge O'Donnell walks out of that too https://t.co/WlVXuD6XuE
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bmaz Judge John O'Donnell's rambling explanation is just ridiculous+self contradictory. What a load of shit. Boo on the lame prosecution+court
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bmaz Sure strongly looks that way so far. https://t.co/xynGZhsRU9
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bmaz And THAT is how prosecution rigged the Brelo trial: can't prove Brelo shots were death shots. Looks like acquittal https://t.co/WnIlVGUyH7
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bmaz Aw shit, there it is: "The parties' experts differ" https://t.co/2TKnnovTXp
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