National Security is not the underlying goal of this agency... [The NSA] ...Bin Laden was very careful not to take electronic
communications into his compounds... He knew he could be tracked electronically with cell phones and such. It is being
disengenuous to the American people to say now we left a secret out to terrorists that they previously didn'yt know they could
be tracked via electronic communication.
Every time that Bin Laden's whereabouts was discovered it was discovered by good old fashion intelligence foot work.
Here is a video of part of Bin Laden's first TV interview. It backs up buzzbee's comments to a tee. What I am talking about is Peter Arnett's having to use Bin Laden's or the Taliban's video and recording equipment for this interview because back in 1997 the Taliban already knew that electronic equipment could be bugged to reveal the location of Ben Laden's cave or compound.
If you want to defeat an enemy it is best to begin from a possession of superior intellect from your enemy.Exclusive Osama Bin Laden - First Ever TV Interview
Here is the transcript of that interview. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7204.htm
Just to make buzzbee's remarks as binding as cheese, two days before the 911 attacks, Osama bin Laden and his Taliban allies assassinated the leader of the Northern Alliance, Shah Massoud. The method bin Laden used was a fake or hollowed out video camera packed with explosives, maybe even the same video camera that Arnett used to tape his bin Laden interview 4 years earlier. (where is the, "I get a headache just thinking about how stupid America has become " icon?)
The Taliban don't miss an opportunity. The 911 attack was designed to draw us into Afghanistan and the Taliban didn't want us to ally ourselves with Shah Massoud and his Northern Alliance. Because Ahmad Shah Massoud was the most effective anti-Taliban military leader on Afghan territory it was dangerous in the extreme for the Taliban to leave him alive because after the 911 attacks on New York, and DC, Osama and the Taliban knew that we would come looking for them find Massoud an effective ally. By the way, the current Afghan leader is Ahmad Shah Massoud's brother.
The only reason that Osama bin Laden attacked the USA was to lure us into Afghanistan were the Taliban and their superior third world commitment could bankrupt and defeat us like the Vet Cong did 40 years earlier. The only difference between then and now is that now Osama is fighting on the offensive and 40 years before General Gap was fighting a defensive war, trying to drive us from Vet Nam. Remember both the US military and the US government has a bad case of Attention Deficit Disorder and it is no different now than it was in 1965. To his credit, Ahmad Karzai offered us a perfect storm of a winning strategy to defeat the Taliban and their black turbaned Pashtu tribesmen. The following map of the ethnic break down of Afghanistan is telling. http://s7.postimg.org/l116bbvnb/330px_Map_of_Ethnic_Groups_in_Districts_in_Afg.jpg
Notice how Pashtu's not only live in their strong hold in the South of Afghanistan but now have scattered enclaves through out the North of Afghanistan as well. Some of this patchwork resettlement is the work of the former Afghan king who tried to rule by division or by setting all sides at war against their neighbors, sometimes called the Ottoman strategy. Most of the Pashtu inroads however were the result of bin Laden's al Qaeda, fighting beside the Pashtu dominated Taliban to displace the other Afghan tribes like the Tajik, the Uzbek, the Nurastani, and the Turkmen. In fact the Pashtuns displaced many of these tribesmen and their families right into the ground because there were as many a 15 systemic genocide centers operating at that time in areas that had recently came under Taliban control.
After 911 and the first American involvement Ahmad Shah Massoud's brother Karzi, wanted us to support him in a campaign to march his late brother's army from the North of Afghanistan all the way to its southern borders killing and raping every Pashtu man, woman, and child foolish enough to either remain in Afghanistan or who stood in the Northern Alliance's way. The Tajik and the other repressed tribes were keen to join the Northern Alliance in this orgy of slaughter, pillage, mayham, and rape. In many Afghan minds this is nothing more than a full employment economy, sort of like Obama's Trillions in stimulus spending. Of course it was also seen as retribution for their own families' and tribes' misfortunes. If this seems excessively cruel, remember this is how warfare has always been conducted in this part of the world. The most innocent purpose of warfare is not to make John Wayne or Gerry Cooper movies but to trade "Peace for Peace" with your enemy. However for any long lasting peace to arrive you must trade "Peace to your enemy in exchange for his SURVIVAL!!" The problem the US Military and Political Establishment has with this strategy is that it doesn't help with the promotion prospects of the officers Corp because it only requires a minuscule outlay of American blood and treasure, meaning not only doesn't the Officer Corp get its tidy little war and a promotion out of it, but this strategy also doesn't fund many jobs and contracts in Congressional districts with military bases.