October 20, 2004


Pakistani Forces Pound Alleged Hideout (AHSANULLAH WAZIR, 10/20/04, Associated Press)

About 1,000 Pakistani soldiers backed by helicopter gunships, mortars and artillery Wednesday pounded a mountainous region near the Afghan border where a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who masterminded the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers is believed to be hiding.

The assault targeted the village of Spinkai Raghzai in South Waziristan, a tribal region where the Pakistani army has been hunting Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida associates. But the top military commander in the region said Tuesday it was unlikely bin Laden was hiding in the area, as U.S. authorities suspect.

The strategy of secretly implanting GPS transmitters in these guys at Gitmo and then releasing them appears to be working.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2004 1:51 PM

The strategy of secretly implanting GPS transmitters in these guys at Gitmo and then releasing them appears to be working.

I sincerely hope that (1) we have people working for our side who are diabolical enough to do this, and/or (2) our enemies come to believe we are doing it, even if we aren't.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 20, 2004 2:11 PM

Given what our enemies believe to be true, this meame has legs.

Posted by: luciferous at October 20, 2004 2:47 PM

There were simply asked to call their parole officers every 24 hours.

Posted by: JimGooding at October 20, 2004 2:53 PM

Can you imagine what's going to happen to the Gitmo parolee whose terrorist pals believe he has a GPS transceiver implanted up his tucchus? Too freaking funny.

Posted by: Governor Breck at October 20, 2004 2:57 PM

"There were simply asked to call their parole officers every 24 hours."


Posted by: curt at October 20, 2004 3:01 PM

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Right-o, Gov'ner!

Let's hope the meme catches on. There was an episode of CSI: Miami (or was it CSI:NY or CSI: Klamath Falls or CSI: Reykjavik; there's so many of 'em anymore I can't keep 'em straight) in the past week with prostitutes being implated with subcutaneous GPS trackers by their pimps, so it's not like it isn't possible. We might even be doing it. Maybe we should schedule every Guantanamo inmate for "minor outpatient surgery," just to mess with their minds.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 20, 2004 4:22 PM

G: Do you think they'll find that transmitter you slipped him?
S: No. Because there isn't one.
G: There isn't? Wait...
S: I lied. I figured if there was a transmitter sooner or later they'd find it and remove it. But if I just told him there was, they'd keep looking, indefinitely.
G: Commander, do you have any idea of the tests they'll put him through, the things they'll do to him, tryin' to find a transmitter that's not there?
S: Yes.

Pilot episode of Babylon 5.

Posted by: Gideon at October 20, 2004 4:57 PM

Steve Wozniak (of Apple fame) has recently been spending most of his tinker time working on just such a gizmo. For finding lost wallets, etc. It's an amped-up RFID chip that can be located with an RF beam. The stronger the beam, the more range.

Posted by: Gideon at October 20, 2004 5:06 PM

Of course, we all know the transmitters are planted inside the right arm of the person, but is way to small to locate. Love that nano.

So, all Al Queda needs to do is hack off the right arm of everyone they suspect might be tagged, and they will defeat our efforts!

(Oops! I should'na posted that. Shhh! Don't tell them.)

Posted by: Andrew X at October 20, 2004 5:18 PM

Tonight on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

Catch, Tag, and Release in the Hindu Kush.

Marlin Perkins: I'll wait here while Jim enters the cave.....

Posted by: H.D. Miller at October 20, 2004 5:41 PM

Right arm..oh boy..I thought you said anywhere but the right arm....

Posted by: jarhead at October 20, 2004 5:53 PM

So, why haven't they given these out to various civilians in Iraq? That might put a quick end to the whole kidnapping racket.

Posted by: Timothy at October 20, 2004 9:02 PM

"Tonight on CSI: Kurdistan, . . . ."

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 21, 2004 6:44 AM