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CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house
washingtonpost.com ^ | May 5, 2011

Posted on 05/05/2011 6:11:17 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

The CIA maintained a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance over a period of months on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Operations forces this week, U.S. officials said.

The secret CIA facility was used as a base of operations for one of the most delicate human intelligence gathering missions in recent CIA history, one that relied on Pakistani informants and other sources to help assemble a “pattern of life” portrait of the occupants and daily activities at the fortified compound where bin Laden was found, the officials said.

The on-the-ground surveillance work was part of an intelligence-gathering push mobilized after the discovery of the suspicious complex last August that involved virtually every category of collection in the U.S. arsenal, ranging from satellite imagery to eavesdropping efforts aimed at recording voices inside the compound.

The effort was so extensive and costly that the CIA went to Congress in December to secure authority to reallocate tens of millions of dollars within assorted agency budgets to fund it, U.S. officials said.

Most of that surveillance capability remained in place until the execution of the raid by U.S. Navy SEALs shortly after 1 a.m. in Pakistan. The agency’s safe house did not play a role in the raid and has since been shut down, in part because of concerns about the safety of CIA assets in the aftermath, but also because the agency’s work was considered finished.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cia; intelligence; obltermination; opsec; shiftingstory

1 posted on 05/05/2011 6:11:19 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A JDAM woulda been cheaper but it seems they did a good job.


2 posted on 05/05/2011 6:13:12 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did they get a good look at the squirt gun?


3 posted on 05/05/2011 6:13:50 PM PDT by coaltrain (Obama's a Harvard lawyer like Elvis was a Black Belt)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

why is the administration revealing this?


4 posted on 05/05/2011 6:18:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (I asked the bartender for a bin Ladin, she said 'what's that? I said 'two shots then a splash.')
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did they hire the guy who spent last summer in Alaska?


5 posted on 05/05/2011 6:21:24 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is not really news, these things don;t take place in a vacuum and I’m sure we’ll never know just all that went into this operation and for good reason.


6 posted on 05/05/2011 6:21:31 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This was an EXTRACTION project, No way they killed OBL - he be blowing bubbles in Diego Garcia right now.

Hard drives are not a treasure trove, a singing OBL? That was the only treasure ever in the compound.

7 posted on 05/05/2011 6:22:56 PM PDT by corkoman (Steadfast and Loyal)
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To: NonValueAdded

how about the GP coordinates? Al qaeda will kill everyone within a mile of the place


8 posted on 05/05/2011 6:23:56 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yeah.. let’s TELL THE WHOLE WORLD HOW THIS WAS DONE!!!!! That makes great sense.

/s


9 posted on 05/05/2011 6:26:21 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: driftdiver
No guarantees from a JDAM.
10 posted on 05/05/2011 6:36:38 PM PDT by e_castillo (Drill here drill now...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This confirms what I was thinking and there’s some questions that need answers!

Why was the operation scheduled at this particular time? The CIA has know OBL’s location for at least 9 months. With OBL at one place for six years, I’m thinking the CIA knew his location, and was monitoring communications for longer than that.

Why was OBL killed??? As others have pointed out, OBL was the treasure trove of information. Did he know something that was not supposed to be made public?? Was he threatening to talk? Was he talking?

Why now? Why killed? Who knew? Who made the decision?

The rest of the story is begging to be told.


11 posted on 05/05/2011 6:40:39 PM PDT by CharlyFord
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To: corkoman
The only reason Obama even held a press conference was because the copter went down.
12 posted on 05/05/2011 6:40:51 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: Palter
The only reason Obama even held a press conference was because the copter went down.

I wonder how the Chinese paid for that stealth Helicopter?

13 posted on 05/05/2011 6:42:57 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: corkoman

Without photos, for all we know they have 0sama behind an iron mask in some super-secret prison. /tinfoil


14 posted on 05/05/2011 6:43:06 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Bad posters drive out good; don't post and drive!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The effort was so extensive and costly that the CIA went to Congress in December to secure authority to reallocate tens of millions of dollars within assorted agency budgets to fund it, U.S. officials said.

This does not pass my smell test, I'm calling bull s#### on this. Basically here's my reason, these agency have a budget for this type of stuff already, on top of that tens of millions of dollars is just a drop in the bucket to the intelligence agencies, especially to the Democrats who spend it faster then they can tax the h### out of us. Like I said I'm calling bull on this, I may be wrong, but my gut feeling is the Washington Post is just trying to make Obama sound like he is really looking out for the American tax payer and making sure our money is going toward the right government agency instead of some rich non deserving greedy Republican created agency.

15 posted on 05/05/2011 6:43:23 PM PDT by ReformedBeckite ( post 2 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: CharlyFord

Why? Because they weren’t going to be allowed to waterboard him.


16 posted on 05/05/2011 6:44:08 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: scooby321
Well, it can't beat a free EP-3, delivered for study.
17 posted on 05/05/2011 6:48:37 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

My tinfoil hat went on when I heard that they found a video that OBL was about to release. According to the administration the video was made right before the kill.

The story began to smell at that moment and nothing that has happened since has changed my mind.


18 posted on 05/05/2011 7:12:25 PM PDT by Carley (We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail. W, 9/20/01)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So they waited until they needed to stop the slide in the polls, is that correct.


19 posted on 05/05/2011 7:14:26 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: CharlyFord

Why now on May 1? Ummm...think about it.

Think of the importance of May Day to the internationalist collectivists all over the world including the Impostor-In-Chief.

Also, Hitler was declared dead on May Day by the Commies.


20 posted on 05/05/2011 7:15:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

The media will blow every secret if they think it will help Obama


21 posted on 05/05/2011 7:24:28 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: corkoman
This was an EXTRACTION project, No way they killed OBL - he be blowing bubbles in Diego Garcia right now.

No. this would be in US national interest, and Eric Holder would frown upon it. That's not how this Administration operates.

22 posted on 05/05/2011 7:30:49 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Free ThinkerNY

OMG this release of info has GOT to stop!


23 posted on 05/05/2011 7:44:04 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: NonValueAdded

Taking into account the source, my guess is to dispel the notion that any of what happen was due to continued Bush policies but part of BHO’s own initiative. Surely someone from the WH was told to leak the script to the bird cage liner producer for release. Although possible, I doubt anyone at the CIA would have disclose this w/o WH consent.

Regards.


24 posted on 05/05/2011 8:30:03 PM PDT by Sine_Pari
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To: Sine_Pari

yikes!

happen = happened

disclose = disclosed


25 posted on 05/05/2011 8:33:14 PM PDT by Sine_Pari
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