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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 10:27

Bin Laden's techno fear killed him

Written by Nick Farell


Luddites can only be so paranoid
It is starting to look like it was Osama bin Laden's techno fear which killed him. His house in a military cantonment town north of the Pakistani capital Islamabad was completely technology free. This was because he was paranoid about being tracked electronically.

However the lack of the basic tools of modern communications in a luxury home was cited by US officials as precisely one of the things that aroused their suspicion that the building was being used to house the al-Qaeda leader. A senior US administration official who requested anonymity said it was "noteworthy" that "the property is valued at approximately $US1 million but has no telephone or internet service connected".

No normal person would own an expensive house in a good region and not have a phone or access to the web. So US intelligence worked out that the bloke who lived there must be a terrorist. They then used every technological gizmo to try and find out who that might be.

What a difference a few years makes. In the 1990s US law enforcement reached the same conclusions about Ted Kaczynski.
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+38 #1 jozef 2011-05-03 10:46
Did his technology fear kill him, or did it aid in his 9 years of freedom while the USA hunted him tirelessly?

If you can survive nearly 10 years while the USA considers you their #1 most wanted terrorist for crimes committed on American soil, you're doing something right.
 
 
+26 #2 JAB Creations 2011-05-03 11:09
I wonder what tech he had decades ago when the CIA hired him to fight the Soviets.
 
 
-15 #3 Warrior24_7 2011-05-03 11:40
What killed him was a Navy Seal and a bullet to the head! :lol:
 
 
-25 #4 Warrior24_7 2011-05-03 12:54
Quoting jozef:
Did his technology fear kill him, or did it aid in his 9 years of freedom while the USA hunted him tirelessly?

If you can survive nearly 10 years while the USA considers you their #1 most wanted terrorist for crimes committed on American soil, you're doing something right.


He was hidden by Pakistan who consistantly lied to the US about his whereabouts! We don't care if it takes 5-10 or 50 years once the hunt begins. No other country could've pulled that $h!t off!!
 
 
+24 #5 Exodite 2011-05-03 13:20
Quoting jozef:
If you can survive nearly 10 years while the USA considers you their #1 most wanted terrorist for crimes committed on American soil, you're doing something right.



The more cynical, and perhaps more realistic, viewpoint was that he was no a significant enough bogeyman to distract from domestic problems and could thus be brought down.

Expect a new 'terrible threat to democracy' to rise before the summer is over.
 
 
-2 #6 Boomstick777 2011-05-03 14:22
America, F**k Yeah! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcmuPc8_SWQ&feature=player_embedded
 
 
+4 #7 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-03 16:23
Quoting jozef:
If you can survive nearly 10 years while the USA considers you their #1 most wanted terrorist for crimes committed on American soil, you're doing something right.




And yet he died... after 9 years of embracing the Amish way.
 
 
+7 #8 reecem27 2011-05-04 02:54
seriously Nick... you should do an article on the dumbest and most ignorant comments Warrior has posted.
It'd be most popular!
I read more fz articles just to see what his newest opinions are. Love it!
 
 
0 #9 hoohoo 2011-05-04 23:00
Quoting Warrior24_7:
What killed him was a Navy Seal and a bullet to the head! :lol:


Some downvotes I will never understand. It really was a Navy Seal bullet that killed him! What's the problem with Warrior24_7 saying so?
 
 
+2 #10 hoohoo 2011-05-04 23:03
Quoting Warrior24_7:
... No other country could've pulled that $h!t off!!


Come on fule: there are any number of countries with special ops forces that are in the same league as the USA and which special forces are respected by the USA ones. Russia, UK, Israel, Canada, Australia is a short list.
 

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