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    Exclamation The Importance of OPSEC!!!!

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    http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/0...jihaad_022708/
    the links at the bottom work if you want to know more.
    But for those that don't think OPSEC is important or what not.

    Prosecution: Leaked info matched ship moves

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Prosecutors at the federal trial of a former sailor on terrorism charges tried to show Thursday that a stop by his ship in Hawaii matched details of ship movements that he allegedly leaked to terrorism supporters.
    Hassan Abu-Jihaad, 32, of Phoenix, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he provided material support to terrorists and disclosed classified national defense information.
    If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.
    Abu-Jihaad, an American-born Muslim convert formerly known as Paul R. Hall, is accused of leaking information that could have doomed his own ship. He was a Navy signalman and received an honorable discharge in 2002.
    He is accused of passing along details that included the makeup of his Navy battle group, its planned movements and a drawing of the group’s formation when it was to pass through the Straits of Hormuz on April 29, 2001.
    Files found on a computer disk recovered by authorities from an alleged terror supporter’s home also included the number and type of personnel on each ship and the ships’ capabilities and ended with instructions to destroy the message, according to testimony.
    Adam Conaway, a Navy quartermaster, testified Thursday that Abu-Jihaad’s ship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold, stopped in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for ammunition on March 20, 2001.
    One of the leaked documents recovered by authorities indicated that some ships would load Tomahawk missiles on that date.
    On cross-examination, Abu-Jihaad’s attorneys pointed out that the leaked document referred only to some ships and did not specifically mention the USS Benfold.
    Prosecutors rebutted that by asking Conaway to confirm that the Benfold was the only ship from the battle group that stopped in Hawaii that day.
    Conaway also highlighted the dangers the battle group faced going through the Strait of Hormuz, a busy narrow Persian Gulf waterway where they were frequently challenged by Iranian officials.
    He said sailors were in a heightened state of readiness, manning machine guns and closing hatches as a preventative measure in case the ship was damaged. Before the ships entered the strait, a team prepared to defend the ship conducted a drill, he said.
    The defense, meanwhile, continued to press a first point raised Wednesday, saying some ships from the battle group passed through the Strait of Hormuz on May 2, 2001, and others on May 3. The leaked documents indicated they would pass through the strait on April 29.
    A retired admiral testified Wednesday that the plan did call for passing into another area on April 29 that is sometimes confused with the Strait of Hormuz.
    Prosecutors acknowledge that they don’t have direct proof that Abu-Jihaad leaked details of ship movements.
    Abu-Jihaad was charged in the same case that led to the 2004 arrest of Babar Ahmad, a British computer specialist accused of running Web sites to raise money, appeal for fighters and provide equipment such as gas masks and night vision goggles for terrorists. Ahmad is to be extradited to the U.S.
    Abu-Jihaad is being prosecuted in New Haven because the federal investigation first focused on a Connecticut-based Internet service provider.
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    Videos promoting jihad play in ex-sailor case
    Trial on terror charges starts for ex-sailor


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    it makes me so sad when i see things like this....



    I hear that they are cracking down harder on OPSEC issues...





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    That guy should be brought up on treason charges as well...
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    I agree, sounds like treason. Only un-death related crime still punishable by death... Just thought I'd share.
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    My reply is not meant to start a fight but just point something out..... it is not at all meant to bash anyone either.....

    with things like this in the news
    Abu-Jihaad, an American-born Muslim convert formerly known as Paul R. Hall, is accused of leaking information that could have doomed his own ship. He was a Navy signalman and received an honorable discharge in 2002.
    it's no wonder that many people are nervous about voting this year. NOT saying that any of our runners for office are gonna be like this, but it gets people thinking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BubMunkeyBles View Post
    I agree, sounds like treason. Only un-death related crime still punishable by death... Just thought I'd share.
    Agreed..... but is it still practiced? Or did I miss that in the quote?
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    Someone should PM this to Tatoo. Oh wait, is that petty?


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    Thank you for posting this. OPSEC is very important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaneyBug View Post
    Someone should PM this to Tatoo. Oh wait, is that petty?
    no not petty at all.


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    Hmm.. yeah good point. How is he not being charged with treason?
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