Keeping secrets becomes harder in the age of Twitter

first_imgTwitter has once again been thrust into the spotlight as a result of its impact on a major news story. As we reported, Twitter is already credited with breaking the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, but in fairness it did come from a source in the mainstream media. So, while Twitter can’t really take credit for getting the news first, they can take credit for documenting an account of the raid while it was happening.A gentleman by the name of Sohaib Athar, who goes by @ReallyVirtual on Twitter, began tweeting about a helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1am which he said was a rare event. The spotting of the helicopter was followed up by what was reported to be “a huge window shaking bang.” He went on to say that he hoped it wasn’t the start of “something nasty.”About an hour later, he reported that a helicopter was shot down near the Bilal Town area. As we now know, it has been confirmed a helicopter was lost in the raid on Osama Bin Laden due to a mechanical failure. At the time, Athar later believed the helicopter crash was the result of a training accident as claimed by a major of the Pakistan Army, though he did respond to @m0hcin via Twitter by saying a few people online believed that one of the copters was not Pakistani. As it turned out he was absolutely right about that one.Mohcin Shah (@m0hcin) also tweeted about events in Abbottabad during the evening commenting that nobody was picking up phones in the town, not even landlines, and that his family in the city reported hearing three blasts one after another. He went on to report that roads in the city were blocked and that army and local admin were “tight lipped” giving some indication that the Pakistani government may have cooperated with the raid.It wasn’t until many hours later that Athar came to grips with his small part in the historic event by tweeting, “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”Athar’s tweets show that with the invention of Twitter it has becoming increasingly harder for governments to control information. If phones and communication in the town were really cutoff during the Bin Laden raid, as was alluded to by Shah, someone forgot about Twitter. Athar, without even knowing it, could have tipped off supporters of Osama Bin Laden to send in reinforcements to push back the American led attack. On the flip side, Twitter is a gold mine for intelligence. If the roles were reversed and it was an American compound which was about to be raided, the eye witness account in real-time could have giving enough lead time for those within to prepare for an attack.It seems military planners and intelligence officers need to begin to put Twitter in the equation when it comes to receiving and controlling information. Just like any weapon, it can be used to our advantage, but also can be a dangerous tool when used by our enemy or innocent bystanders who are simply reporting what they are seeing from their bedroom window.last_img read more

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first_imgbrochurecruiseRegent Seven Seas Regent Seven Seas Cruises has releasesd its 2020-2021 itineraries with 167 sailings, including maiden calls to 11 new ports across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, four newly-released Grand Voyages, and new pre-and post-cruise land tours and accommodation for luxury ocean travellers. The company’s 2020-2021 season has now opened for bookings.What’s New:1. Seven Seas Explorer® sails to Asia, Alaska, Australia and New Zealand, where she will visit iconic local ports such as Sydney and Auckland for the first time. Seven Seas Voyager® visits Lecce, Crotone, Siracusa, Porto Empedocle and Porto Torres, Italy and Cabo Frio, Brazil, for the first time. Seven Seas Mariner will sail 117 nights on her World Cruise from Miami to Barcelona. She also calls on a new port, Esmeraldas, Ecuador.2. New ports of call include La Rochelle, France; Stornoway (Hebrides), Scotland; Aalborg, Denmark; Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam; Lecce (Otranto), Italy; Crotone (Calabria), Italy; Siracusa (Sicily), Italy; Porto Empedocle (Sicily), Italy; Porto Torres (Sardinia), Italy; and Cabo Frio, Brazil.3. Free enriching two-to-three night pre- or post-voyage land-based tour programs are included on 21 select voyages in all suite categories in destinations including Buenos Aires, Lima, Cape Town, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Bali and Auckland.4. Seven Seas Splendor sails to Havana, Cuba nine times in her inaugural year, the most visits by a Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship to the island.5. Four new Grand Voyages include a 91-Night Grand Arctic Discovery, 68-Night Grand Cape Horn Adventure,76-Night Grand Spice Route Quest, and 61-Night Grand Asia Exploration.“The best luxury voyages pair magnificent, intimate ships and gracious onboard hospitality with remarkable destinations and local immersive activities. That’s our approach in meticulously designing all 167 sailings in our 2020-2021 collection,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ president and chief executive officer. “This new season is about destinations and explorations that excite and inspire our guests. For example, our guests may experience the Tasmanian Wilderness out of Burnie in Australia, the Etruscan Necropolises in Tarquinia in Italy, the Nazca Lines in Peru via an overflight, and the Old City of Acre from Haifa, Israel.” last_img read more