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Expert: US Lost Some bin Laden Intel by 'Spiking the Football'

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:21 PM

The release of some of the documents recovered in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden provides actionable intelligence, two experts told Newsmax TV on Wednesday, but they also said the United States lost some intelligence because it "spiked the football."

"The material is of value," Col. Derek Harvey told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "There's a tremendous amount of information in there about their tactics, techniques and procedures, how they operate, and there's still great value in this data for current operations if it is analyzed properly by the right kinds of people with the right kind of leadership."

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Mike Pregent, best-selling author and intelligence expert, said that while the intelligence gained is important, other intelligence was lost by announcing so quickly that bin Laden had been killed.

"That network went dead as soon as we spiked the football saying we killed Osama bin Laden," Pregent said. "To contrast that with the Abu Sayyaf raid that just happened, within hours of that raid, we announced that we took out a top-level ISIS official that turned out to be a mid-level guy. Again, it quieted a network."

The documents on his computer may be of some intelligence value, but the short-term benefit of the raid was squandered when it became a public-relations push, Pregent said.

Harvey said he didn't think the release of the bin Laden documents was timed to coincide with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's floor speech against reauthorizing the Patriot Act, but he said Paul "is onto something here that's important."

Even the National Security Agency has said the bulk collection of data has not yielded any intelligence that has prevented a terror attack, Harvey said.

Pregent said there is too much information to collect.

"The government can't do anything with it. It shouldn't have this bulk information that it can go into it at any point," he said. "It basically gives the intelligence analysts too much data to look at."

The intelligence community should, however, have the ability to go after specific targets and people that they're talking to, he said.

"When I say 'go after,' I mean monitor those communications," he said. A middle ground must be found for both privacy protection and having the ability to prevent future attacks, he said.

Harvey said it is discouraging to see equipment the United States gave to Iraqi forces now in the hands if the Islamic State (ISIS).

"I don't think the president gave his strategy an opportunity to work because it has not been properly resourced, it hasn't been well led, and it hasn't been well executed," he said. "Even if we give them the benefit of the doubt, the strategy itself has not been supported by this current administration."

Pregent said the fall of Ramadi to ISIS over the weekend was "a big deal."

"ISIS was weakened 30 days ago; Saturday, it gained power," he said.

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The release of some of the documents recovered in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden provides actionable intelligence, two experts told Newsmax TV on Wednesday, but they also said the United States lost some intelligence because it "spiked the football."
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