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    Wow. Massive Al-Qaeda Document Found Hidden in Porn File

    Huge kudos to the German police force for catching the man who was smuggling this file in his underpants. The kind of intelligence a bust like this must have took must have been amazing. That, or, someone had a very good hunch.

    Bigger kudos for being able to extract the files which were, according to reports, expertly hidden.

    A completely fascinating, if chilling, article.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/30/world/...html?hpt=hp_t2

    (CNN) -- On May 16 last year, a 22-year-old Austrian named Maqsood Lodin was being questioned by police in Berlin. He had recently returned from Pakistan via Budapest, Hungary, and then traveled overland to Germany. His interrogators were surprised to find that hidden in his underpants were a digital storage device and memory cards.

    Buried inside them was a pornographic video called "Kick Ass" -- and a file marked "Sexy Tanja."

    Several weeks later, after laborious efforts to crack a password and software to make the file almost invisible, German investigators discovered encoded inside the actual video a treasure trove of intelligence -- more than 100 al Qaeda documents that included an inside track on some of the terror group's most audacious plots and a road map for future operations.

    Future plots include the idea of seizing cruise ships and carrying out attacks in Europe similar to the gun attacks by Pakistani militants that paralyzed the Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008. Ten gunmen killed 164 people in that three-day rampage.

    Terrorist training manuals in PDF format in German, English and Arabic were among the documents, too, according to intelligence sources.

    U.S. intelligence sources tell CNN that the documents uncovered are "pure gold;" one source says that they are the most important haul of al Qaeda materials in the last year, besides those found when U.S. Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a year ago and killed the al Qaeda leader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabloid Believer View Post
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    Huge kudos to the German police force for catching the man who was smuggling this file in his underpants. The kind of intelligence a bust like this must have took must have been amazing. That, or, someone had a very good hunch.

    Bigger kudos for being able to extract the files which were, according to reports, expertly hidden.

    A completely fascinating, if chilling, article.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/30/world/...html?hpt=hp_t2
    Dude was a moron.

    Carrying porn in your underwear flags it as important to the security screeners. If he'd just put the memory cards in a carry-on bag with a few issues of Score, a DVD-R hand-labeled "BRIE OLSEN" [sic] in Sharpie, a bottle of Astroglide, a few pairs of pink panties, and a foot-long dildo (like I do when I travel), he'd have gotten away with it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Calamari Face View Post
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    Dude was a moron.
    Not neccessarily. Remember, he had to get out of Pakistan with that stuff. They tend to frown on that sort of thing. And once you've hidden something, digging it out may get attention.

    That said, I still ed.

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    Well, now we know why Osama had all the porn! That's where the training manuals were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyjin View Post
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    That said, I still ed.
    You returned the favor, 'cause I misread your post at first.

    And once you've ridden something, digging it out may get attention.
    In context, it made a very nasty sort of sense...



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    Quote Originally Posted by fanboy2000 View Post
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    Well, now we know why Osama had all the porn! That's where the training manuals were.
    Who knows, maybe that's even true as well.

    At least gives an excuse to go through all the porn again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calamari Face View Post
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    Dude was a moron.

    Carrying porn in your underwear flags it as important to the security screeners.
    You are correct. If it had just been a porn file on his laptop, no one would have cared.

    I think that this may honestly come from Islamic fundamentalists' inability to completely understand the Western World. If you read about some of the documents found in Osama Bin Laden's compound, they likewise seem to misunderstand how the U.S. functions.

    I'm reminded of The Company, a novel about the Cold War, where Russia defeats itself in the Cold War because, ultimately, the Communists don't understand how Capitalism really works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabloid Believer View Post
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    I'm reminded of The Company, a novel about the Cold War, where Russia defeats itself in the Cold War because, ultimately, the Communists don't understand how Capitalism really works.
    In a way, that's true. Russia was defeated because it didn't understand how dedicated fiscal conservatives in capitalist countries were to running their national debt loads way up...



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