Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stark and unexpected lesson in personal safety

Today was a very eventful day- It began with a visit to the White House and ended with a realization that your world is controlled sometimes by forces that you have no control over.

I am a regular listener to WTOP ( other than when I am listening to Jack Diamond on Mix 107.3) and hear the every day headlines like "Fairfax woman wakes to man's hands around her neck" or Dog shot after attacking school children on bus, and usually being human beings we always assume it is happening to someone else.

We had some friends over and were our usual selves joking chatting and generally making a lot of noise and then we decided to move from the Family room to the dining room. We heard the door sensor beep and that was unusual as everyone was right there. Looking into the family room we saw the deck door was slightly open and a stranger was standing there.He said his wife was beating him and he was running away from her. My first reaction was how did he get to the deck which has no staircase and is quite high from the ground. my first reaction was to get him out of the house and so I heard him say things like " my daughter goes to school with your son " I told him that I wanted him out of the house immediately. it helped that the house was crowded and he was outnumbered and he left through the front door. We called 911 and we did not see which direction this person went. As soon I mentioned intruder to the 911 operator she immediately asked me for details and description and said the Police were looking for a person of interest . Within a few minutes the detectives arrived along with a sniffer dog.

At the time of writing  the police appear to know who they are looking for as he allegedly fled from a accident scene and he has not been caught yet. I think he scaled the walls to climb the deck and was running away from the sniffer dogs chasing him. When it started raining he may have tried the deck door and open it.

We are lucky we had invested in a  Security system that let us know when the door was opened alerting us. You can never be too prepared.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Really ! 800 yards from the Pakistani Military Academy - Osama Bin Laden's last hideout

In an article on NDTV on the Osama Bin Laden's death there are two things that headlined my attention

  • Osama was just 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy
  • Bin Laden's killing at a compound near a city that is home to the military academy, a brigade and thousands of army personnel could prove to be an embarrassment to the Pakistani military
Having grown up in India I am quite surprised that he could live in a house in what seems to be a close knit community ( I am going by pictures on TV) and Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/XhY7 without detection for so long. Granted we do not know yet how long he was living here, granted press reports say the house was built  not more than 6 years ago. Maybe he had several of such houses built ( reportedly costing 1M). This did not look like a mansion and the surrounding houses seem typically for any South Asian town.

In NDTV the Pakistan Ambassador to the UK Wajid Shamshul Hasan said that he thinks that the Pakistan knew about Osama's whereabouts in Pakistan only about a week to 10 days.

 Interesting to see reaction from  India that this death of Osama so close to the Pakistan Army base vindicates India's assertion that Pakistan has been a haven for terrorists.
Congrats to the US teams that worked over 4 years to track this very carefully and patiently and kept it from leaking.

A 6 ft four man with all his medical needs in a small town ( where people talk) went unspotted ? Come on !

Update :

It seems that the fact that the house did not have any phone or internet and also the residents burned their own trash aroused suspicion.
As the Economist said The long and bloody decade that began on September 11th 2001 is not quite over. But it may at last be drawing to an end.




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