US official: "Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"

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50 Responses to “US official: "Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"”

  1. bzishi says:

    When they had the intelligence in late 2010 it would have been easy to have hit the compound with JDAMs or cruise missiles and then justify the killing of civilians with the term “high value target”. There were a lot of chances for this to be screwed up by having bin Laden tipped off or for the helicopters to be intercepted by Pakistan. If this mission would have failed, there is no question it would have cost Obama another term and would have been a major morale booster and propaganda tool for al Qaeda.

    I am impressed that even with the incredible potential for a mishap that Obama still selected the option that was implemented. This action killed the leader of al Qaeda while minimizing civilian casualties and maximizing intelligence gains. Truly this was a gutsy move. I think it is going to take a while for the significance of this action to sink in.

    • SamSam says:

      If this mission would have failed, there is no question it would have cost Obama another term and would have been a major morale booster and propaganda tool for al Qaeda.

      The mission was performed by Navy SEALs, who are apparently one the most secretive organizations within the US military. I was just reading a news story today that the mayor of Virginia Beach is all worried because the squad involved won’t even be revealed now, after the operation, so he won’t be able to give them a victory parade.

      Point being, if they had failed to kill bin Laden, I would think it safe to assume we would never have known about it.

      Makes you wonder if this was one of the reasons for using the SEALs.

      • Anonymous says:

        We knew about other failed “secret” missions. The failed Lebanon rescue of hostages in 79. The “Bay of Pigs”.

        Trust me, if we went attacking into another country some 50 miles from their capitol and killed a bunch of civilians, we would find out about it.

        • Anonymous says:

          According to Wikipedia, the ‘Seal Team 6′ was formed in response to the failed Lebanon mission.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am guessing Angry Birds…..

  3. bimtott says:

    I’d love to see a pirated copy of The Hangover.

    Or his backed up iPhone geolocation file.

  4. JM says:

    The best records in Free Cell ever.

  5. slk says:

    Considering he’s an ex-CIA spook, I’d hope for some incriminating evidence against his handlers… which would never see the light of day.

  6. Jeremiah Cornelius says:

    Psyop? What if?

    What if OBL died of renal failure in 2001, and has been a useful “Goldstein” for 10 years?

    What? No body? Really? Hey. So much for forensic verification. Maybe they took him to wherever the steel from the WTC wound up.

    But wait a minute. This came from the CIA. They don’t lie anymore.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Classic version of Prince of Per…Pakistan!

  8. Anonymous says:

    If I were him I would use Google Docs.

  9. Anonymous says:

    In that case, you ought not to putting these ideas into Al Qaeda’s heads. :P

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

    I’d wager “various Excel spreadsheets, a collection of family photos, and a music collection (128kbps MP3, natch) entitled ‘Osama’s Favorites’”

  11. voiceinthedistance says:

    A friend of a friend told me that he was way into Mario Brothers, and that the guy had bowled three perfect games in Wii Sports. It will all come out soon enough.

  12. Brainspore says:

    Al Qaeda’s biggest secret: OBL was the guy in goatse.

  13. Major Variola (ret) says:

    Did he use Vi or Emacs?

    or keep a copy of Wordperfect going?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Option 1: They got the stash of computers and media. That’s an incredibly valuable find regardless of what and how much is on it.

    Option 2: They found nothing and the assertion is smoke & mirrors (which I very much doubt considering what we already know, but not having been there myself I must consider it a possibility). That would still be a very valuable move, because it would cause panic and commotion in terrorist circles and they’d stir up dust and leave traces in the process, since it would be too dangerous for them to just sit still and wait it out.

  15. Neko says:

    Illegal torrents, no doubt!

  16. S1s3but0 says:

    A senior White House official who insists on staying anonymous told the press OBL holds the current speed record on Minesweeper and Spider Solitaire, but that they are doing everything in their power to beat these standing records which could only have been achieved after years of training.

    All fun aside, rumor has it they found photos of him posing with a former US president.

  17. glamaFez says:

    The music from Wolfenstein 3D makes a great soundtrack for reading about the mission.

  18. Anonymous says:

    A backup of his iPhone.

  19. Orkney Mutant says:

    Wait a minute, I thought that part of the reason his compound was even suspected was due to its lack of an internet connection. I’m betting he wasn’t really big on email correspondence (a fact perhaps reinforced by all his hand delivered videos).

  20. Anonymous says:

    Porn. Porn. Porn. And Civilization III.

  21. huntsu says:

    Either way …

  22. Toff says:

    It would be interesting to know what’s on those hard drives. @Orkney Mutant: it’s possible he did read and write e-mails, but didn’t send or receive them at the compound, instead having the couriers bringing the computers in and out.

    However, according to Islamic burial customs, the Navy SEALS dumped the hard drives into the ocean.

    • Orkney Mutant says:

      I imagine it was to prevent their final resting place becoming some kind of shrine for al-Qaeda’s computer club.

  23. ultranaut says:

    I’d be happy if they just released a screenshot of his desktop

  24. dole says:

    Duke Nukem Forever release candidates

  25. Anonymous says:

    77 million playstation network account details?

  26. Anonymous says:

    I thought that the story was that the Bin Laden compound was “off the grid” with no access to telephone or internet. In which case, what would be on the thumb drives, etc? I bet any equipment is being examined with the intention of prosecution by the RIAA for multiple ripped copies of “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

    Somehow this just seems odd to me.

  27. Taniwha says:

    Come onwe all know that 99% of it will be spam and pictures of women in burqas showing their ankles

  28. Anonymous says:

    The best porn stash in all of Pakistan, mark my words.

  29. bardfinn says:

    For maximum political effect, of course, what will “be” on those hard drives will “be” seemingly-random noise, statistically indistinguishable from truly random noise, and one TrueCrypt bootloader.

    “Terrorist-enabling” FreeSoftware advocates will be “randomly” searched whenever they board an airplane (if they’re even allowed to do so).

    What’s actually on the machines is Windows XP Home and videos that have already been released. They may have been dumb enough to use satphones (which, srsly, zomg) but all their communiques are going to be on yellow legal pad.

  30. Anonymous says:

    10 bucks says a Ghost image of it shows up on wiki-leeks within 2 years.

  31. boingaddict says:

    well im probably going to get murdered for this comment…but one of my fantasies involves me, another person and a burqa……

  32. boingaddict says:

    ps: i blame it on 1.5 liters of polish beer…but once again i’m in mourning of death of democracy in Canada……conservatives won majority……yeeeey….we’re fucked…

  33. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one that’s a wee bit curious what operating system he used?

  34. delt664 says:

    Good luck, he used like 7 proxies.

  35. grs says:

    I bet there are details on the chest piece Osama was planning.

  36. alowishus says:

    Minecraft, of course.

  37. Anonymous says:

    It would be kick-ass if they found a porn stash on his HD. Of course, no one would believe the US when they released it.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I thought he was sorta famous for not allowing cell phones and computers near him? So, yeah, probably disinfo.

    Then again, he was stationary in the compound for years, in an urban area, conspicuous for NOT having telephone or internet, and employed underwear and shoe bombers, so maybe he was dumb enough to have media with actionables unencrypted.

    @bishi #14, this was a black-op; if it had failed, you likely would never have heard about it. And blackops by definition are denied by the chain of command, so not that gutsy IMHO.

  39. BuzzCoastin says:

    He had bootleg copy of Wag the Dog.

  40. Shart Tsung says:

    The Sword of 1,000 Truths

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