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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JimWhiteGNV @HayesBrown It was never in doubt.
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emptywheel @michaelbd But would they sell petro in dollars?
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emptywheel @BaFana3 Isn't Libya self-clusterfucking to a greater degree? Yemen may have already shot past it.
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JimWhiteGNV @Pedinska Not sure. We will watch him carefully for a few weeks. Neighbor's horse had two recently.
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JimWhiteGNV @Pedinska It was about a half inch diameter, at least.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Sure. If I were involved in that I'd point out that this is the second time version of this got "leaked" to AP. @Thomas_Drake1
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JimWhiteGNV Craziest inside the park homer ever. Goes as blown save.
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JimWhiteGNV LSU up by one in ninth, two outs. Batter hits ball, left fielder dives & misses. All Anerican shortstop tries to bail him out, sits on ball.
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emptywheel @Thomas_Drake1 Don't think it's to shift narrative. It's to lead us to believe they're going to end phone dragnettery in June. @BradMossEsq
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JimWhiteGNV At this point, no reporter should ever interview Rick Pitino without a clove of garlic and wooden stake at the ready.
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emptywheel @CasparBowden I suspect one big issue is doing dragnetty things usable w/smart devices, which is more 702-like production. @korch
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emptywheel @CasparBowden No. But extant OLC memo says NSA can do it w/voluntary production. Just need to get "voluntary" compliance @korch
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