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    had a least one smoking gun: the rockets were launched from Assad controlled territory. The only thing that lets Assad off the hook is if, as the Germans suggest, the chemical weapons were used contrary to his wishes.

    And the Germans do not say they have data where Assad or someone close to him says: "Hey, we didn't want you to do that!". Just that they have communications that indicate that permission had been routinely denied.

    It remains possible that the NSA has data showing that Assad did grant permission; or that, when informed of the CW usage, said "Eh, no biggie". But if the NSA is getting Assad's personal calls, they are not going to tell us - because he'd stop using whatever communication method it is they can hear.

    I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 07:02:03 AM PDT

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