Monday, February 11, 2008

Who cut the line?

I've been up to my eyeballs in work, but I wanted to take a few minutes off to mention this before the news was completely stale. Too late. I'm going to comment anyway.

As of about five hours ago, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting that repairs are complete on the two undersea Internet cables that were cut last week. Earlier they reported that the cause was an abandoned anchor. They provide an 5 and a half ton anchor they hauled up from nearby to prove it.

Pardon me for not buying it. The thing is 5.5 tons in weight and designed to sink like...well, an anchor. It did not drift over the cable. Nor do I buy any argument that the cable drifted over the anchor. Furthermore, if this giant anchor could have drifted, it wouldn't have drifted through the bloody Suez Canal to cut a separate cable on the other side of Egypt, in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, yet another cable has been cut.

On CNN, Stephan Beckert, an analyst with TeleGeography is quoted as calling those that find this suspicious the "tin-foil hat crowd." The vast majority of thinking, reasoning people who are faced with THREE nearly simultaneously severed cables in the tumultuous Middle East in a time of war have their own name for Beckert's analysis. I've heard it called "cranio-rectal impaction."


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