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RE: [admin] Re: Fourth cable damaged in Middle Eest (Qatar to UAE)

  • From: Ben Butler
  • Date: Mon Feb 04 12:51:50 2008

The US Navy will deploy their killer ninja dolphins to bottlenose any
wrong doers :@) 

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of
Kee Hinckley
Sent: 04 February 2008 17:08
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [admin] Re: Fourth cable damaged in Middle Eest (Qatar to

On Feb 4, 2008, at 4:29 AM, Alex Pilosov wrote:
> This conversation is quickly spinning into discussion of politics and 
> terrorism.
> Reminder to all, please stick to the *operational* aspects of this 
> thread.

In all the fuss about terrorism, people may be forgetting that the  
terrorists have goals *other* than terrorism, and one of those is  
reducing the influence of the West over the Middle East. Removing  
internet connections certainly is an effective (and probably  
necessary) step in that direction. Even if this was accidental, it  
will have made them more aware of the possibility.

Which leads me to my operational question.

If you know that someone wants to cut your cables.  What defense do  
you have?  Is there any practical way to monitor and protect an  
oceanic cable? Are there ways to build them that would make them less  
discoverable? Some way to provide redundancy?  A non-physical solution  
involving underwater repeaters? Or is this like pipelines in Iraq?