This is coolbert:
Here is the media after-action report regarding the Mumbai terrorist attack, the use of high-technology by the villains, and the LACK OF TECHNOLOGY as available to the security forces.
"Mumbai attackers more tech savvy than the police"
Here - - in no specific order:
1. The bad guys used Google.
"militants examined the layout and landscape of the city [Mumbai] using images from Google Earth"
"The 10 gunmen also studied detailed photographs of their targets on laptop computers"
Photographs presumably taken in advance by confederates of the terrorists, OR EVEN THE ACTUAL PERPETRATORS OF THE ATTACK, WHILE IN THE PROCESS OF DOING A DRY-RUN!!??
2. The bad guys used GPS.
"four GPS systems to navigate, Maria said. The sets could also be used as walkie-talkies."
The terrorists were able to successfully from Karachi to Mumbai via trawler using GPS. GPS sets that could be used as walkie-talkies in needed!
3. The bad guys used satellite phones, cell phonies, Voice-over-Internet [VOIP] protocol, possibly using ENCRYPTION!!
"spoke from two Internet phone numbers to six different Indian mobile numbers, India's Hindu newspaper reported. The Internet numbers were paid by wire transfer by someone using fake ID"
"The attackers were equipped with a satellite phone and nine cell phones. Throughout the attack, they called their handlers in Pakistan, who had eschewed conventional phones for voice-over-Internet telephone services"
"Skype, one of the more popular voice-over-Internet providers, condemns misuse of its service and 'cooperates with law enforcement agencies as much as is legally technically possible,'"
Skype is a free Internet service using VOIP that has EMBEDDED ENCRYPTION!!
AND THE VILLAINS PAID FOR THEIR PHONE SERVICE USING FAKE ID!! NOT ONLY IS TERRORISM CHEAP, YOU HAVE SOMEONE ELSE PAY FOR IT!!
4. The good guys, Black Cat Commando, did not have high-technology equipment available. This greatly hindered the rescue mission.
"The commando unit flown in from New Delhi to take on the attackers had neither night-vision goggles or thermal sensors"
5. Cheap, and easily accessible equipment. Terrorism is cheap, done for a song, and is effective, and the BAD GUYS HAVE GEAR SUPERIOR TO WHAT THE GOOD GUYS HAVE!!
"The Mumbai attacks also raised concerns about how easily accessible and cheap civilian technology can aid criminals."
The Internet has made available to the common citizen forms of high-speed communication, encryption, satellite photos, etc., that was ONCE ONLY AVAILABLE ON A LIMITED BASIS TO PERSONS IN THE HIGHEST ECHELONS OF A FEW SELECT NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. CAN BE USED FOR GOOD OR BAD.
Now, as for atomic weaponry!!
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