Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Intelligence Warnings to Mumbai and Primitive Islamic Murderers used Modern Technology

Intelligence Warned of Mumbai Attack - Mark Sappenfield
New reports suggest that both Indian and American intelligence agencies had foreseen the threat to Mumbai. On Sept. 18 and 24, India's top intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, intercepted two satellite phone calls in which a member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba discussed an operation that would attack Mumbai by boat, according to the Hindustan Times. One call mentioned the Taj Mahal Hotel. Moreover, a U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN Tuesday that "the United States warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before last week's massacre in Mumbai." (Christian Science Monitor)

See also Mumbai Gunmen Used Technology as Tactical Tool - Emily Wax
The Mumbai attackers made sophisticated use of high technology in planning and carrying out their assault. The attackers who set out for Mumbai by sea navigated with Global Positioning System equipment, according to Indian investigators and police. They carried BlackBerrys, CDs holding high-resolution satellite images like those used for Google Earth maps, and multiple cellphones with switchable SIM cards that would be hard to track. They spoke by satellite telephone. "The terrorists would not have been able to carry out these attacks had it not been for technology," said G. Parthasarathy, an internal security expert at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. (Washington Post)

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