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Destroy first, ask question later

This blogger has a “running record of efforts to arrest former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, who is indicted on charges of inciting mass rape and genocide.”

The latest post is intriguing:

Since making an active effort to recruit hackers to target enemy websites and chatrooms over five years ago, it [US government] has actively sought to erase enemy websites rather than use them to gather intelligence.

Such is the case with Once the central stopping point for sympathizers wishing to leave messages of support and encouragement – and occasionally actionable information about his appearances at different events and homes – the site is now non-existent thanks to American government efforts to shut it down. Now Karadzic supporters still chat, but on hundreds of more obscure sites that make monitoring infinitely more difficult. is not the only instance of this blunder. The inefficient tactics of destroying mainstream enemy websites has also been used against various insurgent groups in Iraq.

  • smiths

    its in the same basket as definately identifying where abu musab zarqawi was,
    and then dropping a fucking huge bomb on him,
    personally i would have tried to detain him for intelligence reasons,
    its always the same though these guys are dangerous alive and talking about what they know of american activities

  • Roonaldo

    I see the IDF "inquiry" into Qana 2 is now complete. That didn't take long did it? The report finds that they would not have bombed the building had they known civilians were inside. That's it, end of inquiry.

  • Addamo

    The report finds that they would not have bombed the building had they known civilians were inside.

    Yeah sure that sounds believable. I suppose they wopdln;t have bombed the vehicles carrying the civlians from their homes had the IDF knwos there were no people in those either.

  • M.Mayes

    I suppose they wopdln;t have bombed the vehicles carrying the civlians from their homes had the IDF knwos there were no people in those either.

    No you see this one is explainable by an equally convincing scenario, Ehmud Olmert had just finished watching Terminator 3 and therefore was understandably paranoid about cars being controlled remotely by machines from the future. Therefore it seemed obvious to him that these cars fleeing the IDF bombing zones were a threat and contained no humans.

  • orang

    Do you'se realize that our Noble air force(s) love this stuff?

    It's like an arcade game where they blow up lines of vehicles on a road without wasting a shot. Eeeeeeeehaaahhh!!!

    I drove by the remains of the "Turkey Shoot" in Kuwait in 1992 . Miles and miles of vehicles-cars buses, trucks piled on the side of the road after being blasted by the US airforce while heading North to Iraq. No anti aircraft fire here, just take your time and fire your shots. Mind boggling.

  • Addamo_01

    Take a look at these pictures.

    Beirut before and after Israeli love. The IDF insists that it had been bombing Hezbollah facilities. Wow, looking at these pics, it looks liek Hezbollah is the majority share holder in Beirut real estate!

    The stupid thing is that Israel seems to believe that the move Lebanese they kill, the more unpopular Hezbollah will become. Of course, quite the opposite is happening. IN fact, Human Rigths Watch, who today accused Israel of war crimes, said it ws possible the Lebanese government would resign (just to embarrass Washington, leaving Hezbollah to me the majority party of Lebanon, and give Hezbollha unquesti0onabel legitimacy.

  • Roonaldo

    Yes, and one of their spokesmen has just been on BBC radio claiming the IDF has throughout this war been using a "calibrated" response. Calibrated? When entire suburbs of Beirut are reduced to rubble? And just what does levelling a milk factory in the Baalbek have to do with a calibrated response?

  • Addamo_01

    How sneaky is that?

    Calibrated is being used to replace "measured" becaue too many people knwo what measured means.

    Calibrated is meningless unless the aim is definined. A rifle can be calibrated to kiss it's target if that is the intended outcome.

  • orang


    – OK everybody we have to do a calibration, everyone jump up and down, making looney gestures, simulating masturbation and flagellation , lots of shitting on hands and tossing it around, good good, . We are all now calibrated according to the BBC.