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The game is afoot

October 13, 2005

I have many talents. In addition to finding shit I’m also blessed with Sherlockian crime-solving abilities. For example I was way ahead of the federales on the smiley-face pipe bomb guy a few years back, you remember:
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…a case which I solved by watching TV and saying “hey, that pattern looks like a smiley face.” Take that, “special” agents!

Now we’ve got an alleged letter from al-Zawahiri to al-Zarqawi (and as an aside to terrorists, please, a lot of people in this country have a hard time remembering the difference between Sauron and Saruman. If you want terror to bring you fame, try to make your names a little more distinct). And my first thought is, how is it possible that we intercept a letter from one High-Value Target, or whatever the euphemism is, to another, and yet are completely unable to follow the chain backwards OR forwards? This is either pathetic (entirely possible, exhibit 1: successful resolution of anthrax investigation) or it means that the letter is not exactly, you know, real.

And in fact the terrorists say that it IS fake. Not that that proves anything. But the part about the letter saying “Go say hi to Zarqawi” does cut against the idea that the letter is TO Zarqawi. So we’ve likely just be pwn3d again.

But hey, we caught Bin Laden, right?