The Man Who Twittered the Osama Attack

Sohaib Athar's Twitter feed of the attack on Bin Laden.  Taken from

Sohaib Athar's Twitter feed of the attack on Bin Laden. Taken from

A man in Abbottabad (an interesting place itself, named after a Major Abbot of the British Army, and still a military “city” today), twittered the attack by Navy SEALS on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. Here’s a story from Mashable about the man, and what he did.  The man, Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual, on Twitter seems really humble about it: “I am JUST a tweeter, awake at the time of the crash. Not many twitter users in Abbottabad, these guys are more into facebook. That’s all.”


Like I said in  comments elsewhere, Emmanuel Goldstein is dead.  Now what? I just hope nothing worse will come from this.  I think, and most people in the world hopefully agree that Bin Laden was a really, really terrible guy: a criminal, a murderer, and terrorist.  One man’s criminal or terrorist is another man’s patriot as everyone’s tastes are slightly different.

It’s amazing how information has been coming and going through Twitter, Facebook, and all the new websites that have sprung up the last five years or so. I just wonder how long this freedom will last?  After all, what if Osama’s men had had internet (they didn’t in his nice million dollar mansion in a slum), knew this guy was Twittering and found out about this? People in high and powerful places are taking notes on this and probably having meetings about this, along with all the fallout from the attack.

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