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Wednesday
Oct102012

Satellite Images Appear to Show US Bin Laden Op Training Ground

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A civilian satellite captured what appear to be clear, overhead images of the North Carolina mock-up of Osama bin Laden’s compound used by SEAL Team Six to train for the top secret mission to take out the al Qaeda leader.

The images, posted on several satellite imaging websites as well on the map function for the search engine Bing, show what looks like a brand new, mostly open-air building complex in the rural town in North Carolina that is strikingly similar to the layout of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

One satellite imaging website, TerraServer, provides DigitalGlobe images from different dates, apparently showing that the building was constructed sometime after Jan. 14, 2011, as reported at the anti-secrecy website Cryptome.org Tuesday. While one image reportedly taken from Feb. 15 shows several vehicles at the complex as well as what appears to be a construction crane, another from just two months later, April 30, shows no vehicles at all and the complex apparently abandoned.

[See Images of the Training Compound HERE]

The next day, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a daring raid by American troops.

The final available satellite image of the compound, from November 2011, shows it has been completely leveled.

The book No Easy Day, which was written by a former Navy SEAL on the mission under the pseudonym Mark Owen, revealed that the elite team repeatedly practiced overtaking bin Laden’s home at a look-a-like complex in North Carolina.

“Nestled in a remote part of the base, the practice compound was built to scale using plywood, chain-link fence, and shipping containers,” Owen writes. “The level of detail on the mock-up was impressive. The construction crews at the base had planted trees, dug a ditch around the compound, and even put in mounded dirt to simulate the potato fields that surround the compound in Pakistan … The construction crew didn’t ask why and never said no.”

The CIA, which led the intelligence side of the bin Laden mission, declined to comment and the Department of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this report.

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Wednesday
Mar232011

Investigators Release Images of Suspected Navy Vets Con Man

Office of the Ohio Attorney General(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Investigators have released the last known images of suspected con man Bobby Thompson, who authorities say conned donors out of more than $100 million for a fake charity for Navy veterans before vanishing.

The mustachioed man, who authorities say operated under Thompson as an alias while he carried out his alleged eight-year con, was last spotted by security cameras on June 16, 2010, apparently withdrawing money from an ATM in New York City.  Thompson had been fingered three months earlier as the man behind the apparently non-existant Navy Veterans Association in a St. Petersburg Times expose.

The man known as Thompson faces charges in Ohio for identity theft, corruption and money laundering, but just over a year after the story broke, authorities still do not know his real name or whereabouts.  A spokesperson for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office is leading the investigation, told ABC News Tuesday they haven't given up their chase.

The ATM images first appeared on America's Most Wanted and show Thompson sporting jean shorts and construction boots with a hat and sunglasses covering much of his face.

Thompson raised money for the phony charity mostly through phone solicitations, telling potential donors the money was needed to assist needy veterans, according to investigators.

Federal election records show he invested some of the money -- more than $200,000 -- in campaign contributions to top Republican politicians, including former President George W. Bush, U.S. Sen. John McCain, and the incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner.

In exchange, he received grip-and-grin snapshots with American political leaders -- the sort of photo that may be commonplace on office walls in Washington, D.C., but looked to outsiders like evidence of an important man with heavy-duty connections.

In early August, then Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced an arrest warrant for Thompson, who remains a fugitive.

Darryl Rouson, a Florida legislator, initially helped represent the man he thought was Bobby Thompson after he first came under fire.

"He seemed to be a knowledgeable man about politics and community affairs," Rouson told ABC News in November.  "He was engaging, jovial.  I had no reason to suspect he was anything other than who he said he was."

DeWine, a former U.S. Senator, was one of many Republicans who took donations from Thompson.  In November, he said he would pursue the case with the same vigor as his Democratic predecessor, Cordray.

He conceded in an interview with ABC News then that the business of political fundraising is not always as intimate as people believe -- that candidates raise most of their money from people who are, essentially, total strangers.

"Some people who give you money, you just don't know them," DeWine said.  "You don't know who they are.  You're talking about thousands of people, you don't have a clue who they are.  It can be pretty hard to sort all that out.  You've got to try." 

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Naked Body Scanner Images Improperly Saved

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The government has reassured the flying public time and again that any naked images of them at airport checkpoints would be destroyed immediately. But new attention is being focused on another agency of the federal government -- the U.S. Marshals Service -- that in at least one case has been keeping thousands of similar naked images recorded by its body scanners.

Back on Aug. 4, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) was given more than 100 of 35,000 images that an Orlando courthouse kept on its scanner. The privacy watchdog group had filed a Freedom of Information Act request and went to court to obtain the images. As the debate over the scanners and the Transportation Security Administration's new patdown procedure heats up, technology blog Gizmodo on Tuesday released some of those images.

"The public should absolutely be concerned," EPIC's Ginger McCall told ABC News. "Very detailed and graphic pictures of people's naked bodies could end up out there on the internet."

While the courthouse scanners aren't as powerful and revealing as the TSA airport scanners, McCall said her group's FOIA request proves that the government is capable of storing and transferring images. While the TSA says it does not store such images -- and McCall isn't suggesting that the agency necessarily is -- EPIC's request shows that the images have been improperly stored in at least one case.

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