Intelligence officials have said for some time that one of the difficulties in capturing Osama bin Laden was that he was off the communications grid, that he would not get on the phone, that he only spoke to his organization through couriers. This made it difficult, of course, to zero-in on his location. But suspicions were raised by the mansion in which Bin Laden lived precisely because it received no Internet or phone service, a strange circumstance for a million-dollar home in a relatively-advanced city.

In retrospect, he might as well have used the phone.

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