Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data

Mike Allen

The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”

The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO.

…The encounter with bin Laden lasted only seconds, and ended with a kill shot to his face.

The team’s photos of bin Laden are gruesome, complicating officials’ deliberations about whether to release them.

Officials also have images of bin Laden in a white shroud before his burial at sea.

The raid was not supposed to last more than 30 minutes. The forces finished in 38 minutes, even though they lost one of their choppers and had to go to a back-up plan…

Politico has the complete article and related video.

Update: Related articles…

GatewayPundit: Rep. Peter King: “Through waterboarding…we got vital information that  directly led us to Bin Laden” (Video) and Fail Flashback: Obama and Biden insist “waterboarding is not effective” (Video)

Michelle Malkin: How Tweet it is: Twitter and the bin Laden story

The micro-blogging/social networking giant reports: “Last night saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever. From 10:45 – 2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 Tweets per second.”

Also, White House photo: Watching the bin Laden operation real-time

Update 2: Barney Frank Freaks Out Over Eric Cantor Singing the Praises of Bush, at JammieWearingFool.

The ugly, angry left has spent the better part of the past 24 hours doing a victory lap over the killing of Osama bin Laden, as summarized nicely here. We’ve come to expect this. These are the same people who derided George W. Bush for reading to kids during the attacks on 9/11. So they tried to score cheap political points on 9/11 and then again they day bin Laden died. None of this comes as any surprise. These are vicious, ugly people, so expect nothing less.

So we have to wonder what planet Barney Frank is living on when he freaks out over Eric Cantor paying proper homage to George W. Bush on the day when it’s revealed the interrogation tactics he put in place helped eventually lead to bin Laden’s whereabouts.

I guess Frank instead expected Cantor to get on his knees and bow before Obama?…

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