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February 20, 2009

Mossad bugs Hezbollah

This is just too sweet, unfortunately the fact that we are hearing about it means it was busted.

According to the report, an auto electrician was trying to fix a problem with a Hizbullah vehicle when he discovered an "unfamiliar device" attached to the electrical system that he thought might have been causing the problem.

Thinking that it may have been fitted by Hizbullah, the electrician had a discreet (sic) word with the vehicle's owner, pointing out that the device was interfering with the car. But whatever it was, it had not been placed by Hizbullah, and a search of the party's fleet of vehicles revealed dozens of the mystery devices.

Investigations revealed that they were satellite wire tap devices and they were only present on vehicles supplied from one particular car dealer in Nabatiyeh: Marwan Faqih. Years of gathering intelligence about notoriously secretive Hizbullah on behalf of their sworn enemies were about to come to an end.

Mossad has always been one of my favorite outfits and historically they have done many creative and wicked things. I loved the response to the Munich Black September killings when they were blowing people up with their own telephones. Sadly they had a miscue and that led them to stop whacking these folks for a bit.

Right now we are relying on them to take care of the Iranian nuke program and they are actively looking at the folks working on this as targets. Good on 'em, but they are limited in how much impact they can have on their own. There are even reports that US intel is doing some of that as well, although I have much less faith in our spycraft and tradecraft. I do hope that President Obama's pragmatic bone causes him to increase these capabilities so he can avoid hot wars, and what ever causes the impetus we need to rebuild our human intelligence capabilities.


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