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A small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama bin Laden video ahead of its official release last month, and around 10 a.m. on Sept. 7, it notified the Bush administration of its secret acquisition. It gave two senior officials access on the condition that the officials not reveal they had it until the al-Qaeda release.
Within 20 minutes, a range of intelligence agencies had begun downloading it from the company's Web site. By midafternoon that day, the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to cable television news and broadcast worldwide.
The founder of the company, the SITE Intelligence Group, says this premature disclosure tipped al-Qaeda to a security breach and destroyed a years-long surveillance operation that the company has used to intercept and pass along secret messages, videos and advance warnings of suicide bombings from the terrorist group's communications network.
I pulled this from Fark and I think one of the points raised early in the discussion over there regarding this news item is how it affects the whole "Government conspiracy" thing, especially in regards to such classics as "WTC attacks were a government ploy".
Now, I know we've seen (specific to the WTC case) a bunch of government people come out and say that there was incompetence and head-in-the-sand approaches taken leading up to the event, but doesn't the above article reinforce the notion that Government and bureaucracy in today's world means that a conspiracy of the kind described in regards to WTC would be near impossible?
I don't want to turn this into a WTC thread, it was just the most obvious example of the kind of theory thrown around about the American government. It could equally apply to any other national security issue, or hell even alien aircraft.