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How Did Obama Watch the Osama Raid Live?

By the time the world learned of the Osama raid, it was already over. Though most knew nothing of the operation until Obama announced Bin Laden’s death from the White House, a select few were witness to the operation that took down Osama Bin Laden.

We already know the May 1 raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden was accidentally live-blogged by an IT consultant in the Abottabad mountains. However, it seems Obama and his staff were also watching the mission live, thanks to the wonders of technology.



Official information about the technology that to allow Obama to watch scenes unfold has yet to be released. However, ZDNet’s Ruper Goodwins writes that it was "almost certainly" the ArcLight mobile broadband system from ViaSat.


Fitted to Black Hawk helicopters in a configuration dubbed the VMT-1220HE, it supports speeds of up to 5 Mbps to, and 325 kbps from the chopper.

Whether it was ArcLight or another similar technology, it allowed Obama and his team to monitor an historical mission that’s been months in the making. We’ll let you know if the there’s any official word on the tech used. For now, you can read the full story on ZDNet UK.