Perhaps there is a kernel of trust to the claims. But Hersh's story exaggerates and extrapolates one small detail. However, it doesn't change the core facts.
It is very obvious that ISI was hosting OBL in Pakistan. They didn't arrest him. He was their protected guest.
It is pretty clear that the raid did happen as described. And it is pretty clear that Pakistan did not learn about it until after it happened.
It is also obvious that OBL had a trusted courier network. OBL was involved with al Quaida while living in the compound. Yet he manged to avoid detection via signals monitoring and spies. He had to relay everything through a courier.
So that only leaves the question of how the US learned of his location.
The walk-in ISI agent selling the information to the US is plausible. Learning of and monitoring the courier is another plausible explanation.
A rouge ISI agent could have sold the info about the courier. And the torture claim was just a cover to protect the agent. I think that this is the detail that was blown up into a new narrative by Hersh.
I don't understand why Motel 6 is being picked on for this. This is not news. Nor is it unique to Motel 6.
Many cities, states, and countries require hotels to track their customers and report them all to the police. So I always assume that my information given to a hotel is being passed directly to local law enforcement because in most cases, it is.
For example: in Italy you are required by law to leave your passport with the innkeeper. They, in turn, are required to allow the cops to rummage through the passports and take whatever info they want.
It sounds me to like Providence, RI is just late the game in realizing that they can demand this data. Motel 6 is very used to this, because they already do it any many, many other places. So do all the other hotels.
And yes, the local vice squads are the LEO's that are most interested in this data.
I've mentioned this every time the subject of the LAUSD iPad program comes up. The major crime is not incompetent vendors. It is how the LAUSD paid for the program. This article hints at this, but does not come out and say it.
The district floated bonds to pay for this. In other words, they borrowed money. Let that sink in. They are financing consumer electronics with bond money.
School bonds are for building schools, and other capital expense with long service life.
I found this article about the bonds used in this program. In it, the LAUSD claims that they are allowed to use a blend of long and short term bonds to pay for technology. And they also claim that the bonds won't exceed the expected service life of the iPads, which they estimate at 5 years.
But we all missed the point. The GSP was planning on selling pizzas to drivers at the toll booths. Very clever. The plan is to order your pizza when leave work, and they will toss it in your car window as you roll through the toll both on the way home. Thus when you arrive home, dinner is served!
I worry about the connection between a property record and a car registration record. Two different systems. Cars and houses are bought and sold all the time. How are these systems synchronized?
God help you if you buy a used car from someone who money on property tax. You could find your car impounded. When you buy a used car, you file a form with the DMV letting them know that you bought a car and that you are not responsible for outstanding traffic tickets or parking tickets. I wonder if this same information protects you from property tax liens.
Sorry. It is not clear to me where the camera is going to be pointed. At the driver? Or forward like all those awesome Russian dashcams?
If forward, like the Russian dashcams, then that actually makes sense. They can use it after an accident to determine who is at fault. You are renting THEIR car. They should have the right to see how you drive it.
If it is recording the driver and passengers, then yea, that is problematic.
Recall the insane situation where NSA employees are not allowed to view the information that Edward Snowden leaked. If any NSA computer touches such information, it has to be destroyed. Yet Joe Public is free to read it all he wants.
This is because the security clearance permission of the NSA employees constrains what they are able to consume.
So what happens when AT&T forgets to honor their "no tracking" pledge? Or they start making exceptions that it becomes worthless?
In other words. They collect $30 a month, but we have no way to know that they haven't just tracked us anyhow. You can't sue them because they force no-suite clauses in their contract. And you can't prove that they failed unless some AT&T whistleblower gives them up.
It would help if the legislators had the balls to decrease the scope of whom they label "sex offender". They should have limited this to pedophiles, which is what I, and I think the public, assumed it was meant to address.
If you are convicted of taking a wizz on wall in an alley in the middle of the night, you are considered a sex offender.
If you make the mistake of being a teenager and sleeping with a girl under 18, you are a sex offender.
If you are a teenager, and a teen friend sends you a sext, or you send one, you are a sex offender.
And so on and so on. The law makes no distinction between the monsters who really need to locked up for life, and ordinary people on the other end of the "sex offender" spectrum.
In today's Wall Streek Journal editorial page, top letter from the WSJ was bitching about this move by the FCC and how terrible it was for the American way of business.
I stopped reading it about half way through. Yes, they have a good point, that government rules always add friction. And in an ideal world, we would not have them.
But the rest of the editorial was the same old BS. It works perfect now! Why are we breaking it then? No company would dare piss off if its customers by implementing discrimination (despite all evidence to the contrary).
Man that letter ticked me off. I guess when Verizon buys full page ads in your paper, they get to write the editorials.
I was thinking about this. These guys were busted because they had not learned the tricks of how to spy on love interest without being detected. They were newbies.
I suspect there are a lot of very smart guys at the NSA who know how people who do this are caught, and how to do this without being caught.
I thought of a way on the way in this morning. What about indirect look ups? We know the NSA is allowed to have 3 to 4 hops of relationships. So don't look her up directly. Instead, look up someone who knows someone she knows. Then *voila*, your girlfriend's profile comes along for the ride.
The NSA analyst can honestly claim he had no knowledge of the person he asked to look at.